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Configuration Management for Senior Managers by Frank B. Watts

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Chapter Two

Why CM

Abstract

Why a Configuration Management (CM) function is needed in senior management terms? CM standards and processes can contribute to profitability. Design documentation is one of the four critical elements of profitable product manufacturing. Customers must receive exactly the product configuration they ordered. Control of the design drawings, specs and bill of materials is critical, if repeatable production is to occur and profits accumulate. Attain fast and accurate processes that eliminate the “throw it over the wall syndrome.” Bridge the gap between engineering and the rest of the company. Meet regulating agency requirements. Make the CM function the quality control organization for engineering. Eliminate chaos with minimal ...

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