PLM implementation guidelines – relevance and application in practice: a discussion of findings from a retrospective case study
Journal article, 2012

In this paper, a recently conducted product lifecycle management (PLM) implementation project is analysed. The aims are to investigate whether published product lifecycle management (PLM) implementation guidelines are relevant to and used in practice, and, if so, to assess how useful they are for guiding project execution. This paper presents an examination of how a real PLM implementation project was conducted, mapping out the rationale for different courses of action and the effects they had. This paper evaluates the degree of relevance and application of existing PLM implementation guidelines. It is found that while most of the guidelines were highly relevant to the project, they were not applied in full. Potential reasons for why the guidelines are not followed are discussed. It is suggested that projects review their plans with the guidelines in mind, evaluating their degree of relevance and including a plan for how to apply the guidelines.

empirical study



PLM implementation

product data management


Mattias Bokinge

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Product Development

Johan Malmqvist

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Product Development

International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management

1743-5110 (ISSN) 1743-5129 (eISSN)

Vol. 6 1 79-98

Subject Categories

Other Computer and Information Science

Reliability and Maintenance

Areas of Advance


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