Paul Empringham

Can You Deliver Successful PLM Projects with an Agile Methodology?

The pressure for shorter product development cycles coupled with an increase in product complexity has seen many engineering teams embrace methods such as; Design Thinking and Agile Development, to deliver innovative new products.  

As a result, there is now more pressure than ever on the IT/PLM teams to keep evolving the PLM data model, implementation platform and additional functionality. The expectation is for zero downtime, but new features are needed on an ever-increasing cadence.  Agile and continuous development methods work well for software developers, but do they work for PLM configuration?
In this presentation, Paul talks about his experiences in reorganising his team to deliver PLM updates through short timeframe SPRINT development cycles.

Olaf Tellefsen

The Value of Lean: Volvo’s Journey

In an effort to drive up efficiency in their product development lifecycle, Volvo's transformation towards lean is much more than an IT system upgrade, it is a showcase of organizational cultural change. 

Volvo successfully achieved results both in increased ROI and improved company-wide buy in. Olaf takes us through his experiences of Volvo's operational development changes with personal insight into leading cultural and IT changes that underlined a complete business transformation.

  • Defining your strategy and identifying the challenges in your current system
  • Culture and behaviour-A top down approach from leadership to embed company strategy
  • Targeting the melting pot: the critical value adding activity in the organization that can make change happen
  • The IT system does not solve the problems, people do!

Heiko Witte

Innovation and Lean

As more and more processes emerge and are targeted for investment, industry often misses the opportunity to make them lean. At Rolls-Royce two major investment areas are regulatory compliance and global working and the complexity that comes with both of these fields. This has highlighted the need to improve existing processes and change the way new processes are deployed and enabled. This is important for enabling innovation in the product development, as well as becoming lean and cost-effective.

The session covers:

  • How Rolls-Royce endevoured to improve these processes - tackling day-to-day challenges
  • Understanding the divisional and cross-divisional implications of process improvements
  • Exploring the impacts on specific systems such as PLM, and the added opportunities it helps realize
  • What are the major obstacles to this transformation?
  • How PLM and related systems can help this transformation
  • Adding value by using IoT technology and Big Data to help product development and servitisation