1. Business and IT must be aligned
Demand (business requirements, product enhancements or product change) needs to be fed into the front of the PLC. The business and delivery organisation (internal IT or outsourced vendor) need to be aligned to enable these demands to be fulfilled.
2. Agility must be endemic
The PLC needs agility and speed to be at its core. The development methodology and approach must enable rapid capture, proving and adoption for any in-flight code-drops, interim and/or major product releases.
3. Enterprise Architecture is key
The focus of PLC is on outcomes not the business processes. Enterprise architecture, aligned to the design authority and the product management discipline, are there to deliver the outcomes in an optimised modular way.
4. Don’t try this on bespoke or customised solutions
High-levels of reusability and maintainability of the product modules/artefacts is key to successfully achieving an ROI and shifting from the project cycle and the associated costs and risks. Bespoke, tailored or significantly configured solutions should be removed from the IT ecosystem.
5. Use a toolset
PLM tools can support both the IT organisation and the Enterprise. Depending on your portfolio, this maybe one tool for the Enterprise or you may have application specific tools for large ERPs such as SAP or Oracle.