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The home of QR_'s Industry Reflections column, the PLM Essentials series, and topically pertinent thoughts from across the QR_ business and wider industry.

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A founding principle of QR_ is to approach PDM from a people rather than systems centric worldview. With this in mind, we publish a series of Quality Reads aimed at offering up insight and real-world examples.

‘Industry Reflections' covers the key challenges faced by both start-ups and established manufacturers, as we navigate a world of increasingly disruptive technology.

'PLM Essentials' touches upon the aspects of PLM any business must get right to accelerate their complex engineering product development, including how to create processes and systems that will help your organisation deliver the innovation it requires to thrive in an ever more competitive marketplace.

'Recommended Reads' explores recently or frequently encountered questions and conundrums through a data lens, with insight on how to best address them.

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Industry Reflections - 11. Navigating the business change roadmap when implementing new Operational capabilities

In the 11th instalment of his 'Industry Reflections' series, Lio Grealou discusses what it takes to build credible holistic business change roadmaps and associated considerations essential to successfully implementing new operational capabilities.

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Digital Plumbing: Diagnosing and fixing enterprise data leaks

An open discussion with Rob Ferrone, Quick Release_ co-founder and director, about bringing together product, enterprise, and customer data to deliver insight in a pragmatic, immediate, and outcome focused way. Why the "digital plumbing" analogy? In short, it refers to connecting things across a combination of data, processes, and IT systems—a.k.a. the product data management professionals, men and women who are able to think out-of-the-box and bridge the gap across business and technical domains.

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Pre-requisites for introducing successful ECM in a start-up

When working with start-ups, Engineering Change Management (ECM) is often among the first processes identified as required and implemented by the QR_ team. This paper outlines the key pre-requisites that should be in place for ECM to function effectively. For each area, a minimum and ideal requirement specification has been outlined. Although having the ‘ideal’ requirements in place will help ECM function more effectively from day one and reduce process iterations, making decisions and implementing change management quickly is the priority to gain control of the change throughput. Therefore, a balance must be struck between speed and creating an ideal environment for implementation.

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Industry Reflections - 11. Navigating the business change roadmap when implementing new Operational capabilities

In the 11th instalment of his 'Industry Reflections' series, Lio Grealou discusses what it takes to build credible holistic business change roadmaps and associated considerations essential to successfully implementing new operational capabilities.

Find out more

Digital Plumbing: Diagnosing and fixing enterprise data leaks

An open discussion with Rob Ferrone, Quick Release_ co-founder and director, about bringing together product, enterprise, and customer data to deliver insight in a pragmatic, immediate, and outcome focused way. Why the "digital plumbing" analogy? In short, it refers to connecting things across a combination of data, processes, and IT systems—a.k.a. the product data management professionals, men and women who are able to think out-of-the-box and bridge the gap across business and technical domains.

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Pre-requisites for introducing successful ECM in a start-up

When working with start-ups, Engineering Change Management (ECM) is often among the first processes identified as required and implemented by the QR_ team. This paper outlines the key pre-requisites that should be in place for ECM to function effectively. For each area, a minimum and ideal requirement specification has been outlined. Although having the ‘ideal’ requirements in place will help ECM function more effectively from day one and reduce process iterations, making decisions and implementing change management quickly is the priority to gain control of the change throughput. Therefore, a balance must be struck between speed and creating an ideal environment for implementation.

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Establishing effective Product Data Management: The lifeblood of any complex engineering programme

Effective product data management is a requisite of any complex engineering programme. Organisations that can get their products to market faster, better prepared and more efficiently will clearly be the winners. Without a capable PDM solution, your organisation could face reduced productivity, quality failures and loss in revenue; ultimately losing ground against competitors. From individual components to complete systems and assemblies, QR_ provide a fully-supported and scalable solution that delivers real results.

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QR_ 'Insightinar' #3: managing data against shortage

How the automotive chip shortage came about, and how better use of existing data can mitigate against supply chain disruption.

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Industry Reflections - 10. NPD governance and effective milestone management

In the 10th instalment of his 'Industry Reflections' series, Lio Grealou elaborates on the purpose and effectiveness of key milestone delivery and associated NPD governance when driving complex engineering product development programmes.

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Industry Reflections - 9. Agile product development management

In part nine of his Industry Reflections series, Lio Grealou discusses business value from agility, adaptivity, and scalability - building better NPD governance, driving better data integration with portfolio management, incorporating continuous improvement towards open innovation and reinforced cross-functional accountability.

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Special Edition Newsletter: IWD 2022

What started out as an internal newsletter to celebrate International Women’s Day has turned into something too good not to share, but we shouldn't be surprised with some of QR_'s leading ladies at the helm!

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Why the latest UNECE regulations are making OEMs think twice about configuration management

UNECE regulations 155 and 156 introduce new vehicle homologation requirements around software update management and cyber security. Here, Omid Hosseinitabar, QR_'s Engineering Management champion and Product Manager for ERis, the continuous improvement product within QR_'s GAia suite, explores a high-level approach to managing the complex world of software in-line with the new requirements.

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Industry Reflections - 8. Effective Enterprise Data Governance: Driving Business Transformation (Part 2)

For the 8th instalment of his Industry Reflections series, Lio Grealou examines the success criteria for effective data governance, including the key roles of stakeholder groups, and outlines how effective data governance contributes to value creation and ongoing business transformation, and in turn how business transformation contributes to enabling better data governance practices.

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Horizon Scanning: ECM in Automotive and beyond

Many current ECM systems are designed for robust approval in a slower paced market, falling into the ‘Less’, ‘Earlier’ and ‘Effective’ strategies. As traditional powertrains begin to disappear, these workflows and systems will need to adapt to meet the demands of a now highly innovative and dynamic industry, pushing towards ‘Efficient’, ‘Better’, and a new Agile ECM strategy. This report outlines some of the industry changes likely occur within the next 10 years, and how ECM must evolve to fulfil the new and changing demands of the automotive industry.

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FT identifies QR_ as leading automotive management consultancy for third consecutive year

Based on client and peer feedback, QR_ features on the FT’s Leading Management Consultants list for the third consecutive year. Here’s our take on how we can mix it with the heavy hitters and in many cases come out on top.

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