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Engineering Documentation Control Handbook, 2nd Ed.: Configuration Management for Industry [Hardcover]

Frank B. Watts


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Dec 31 2000 0815514468 978-0815514466 1
Control of engineering documentation, sometimes called Configuration Management (CM) especially in the defense industries, is critical to world-class manufacturing survival. This new Second Edition of a highly successful engineering documentation handbook is one of the best blueprints for constructive, efficient EDC/CM ever published.

Use the Engineering Documentation Control Handbook to get on track right away and make the release of new products and their documentation flow smoothly and easily. The book is packed with specific methods that can be applied quickly and accurately to almost any industry and any product to control documentation, request changes to the product, make those changes and develop bills of material. The result is a powerful communications bridge between engineering and "the rest of the world" that makes rapid changes in products and documentation possible. With the help of the simple techniques in the handbook, companies can gain and hold their competitive advantages in a world that demands flexibility and quick reflexes -- and has no sympathy for delays.

The new edition contains substantial additions worked into the book and several new chapters. However, the thrust of the book retains the same focus on basics, rules and reasons. The author emphasizes that EDC or CM must be recognized as a key business strategy, and the days of "throwing it over the wall" are gone forever.

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Provides a significant company strategy for managers, project leaders, chief engineers, and other engineering and management personnel. Can be used in many industries, often in conjunction with Total Quality Management, Cross-Functional Teams, and other world class corporate manufacturing strategies.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp and practical guide to setting up a CM system. Feb. 25 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book explains the theory but includes plenty of examples of how to set up an Engineering Document Control, or Configuration Management (CM) system. The examples in the text focus on an imaginary manufacturing company. The text does include some mention of tailoring a CM system for software developers.
The text is crisp and the books organization clear and logical. One of the last chapters includes what is essentially a checklist of how to put together a CM system.
This is not a one size fits all system. The user must use the material in the book as a guide to tailor a CM system to their company's requirements.
Overall an indispensable book for someone trying to set up or overhaul a CM system. I highly recommend it.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Inroduction to CM June 7 2001
By Dave - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Unlike the vast majority of books available on configuration management, this book, as the title suggests, focuses entirely on configuration management in industry. Throughout the book, the author focuses on a simplified, fast configuration management system that exceeds DoD standards. This book, in the chapters titled Change Control and Fast Change, has an exceptional explanation of how to handle configuration modifications. In these chapters the author gives a detailed description of how to set up a system that allows the fastest possible changes to take place. Also, many case studies are given in these sections which provide further insight as to how to implement the correct system for a given situation. Overall, the book is very easy to understand, and serves as an excellent introduction and handbook to a configuration management system for industry.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough Industry Configuration Management Resource... Dec 26 2001
By G - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
...but not for Software CM.
As the title says, this is an Industry CM book. If your need is for Software CM, this book can be used for general CM concepts and background (and to develop a strong understanding of CM principles), but no more (get a software-specific CM/release management book instead). Only a few brief mentions of application of these concepts to software CM. If your need is for doc. control/industry CM, then this is probably an ideal book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engineering Documentation Sept. 28 2005
By David G Royffe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am a British Chartered Engineer working mainly in Blue Chip energy-related companies. I have just started using this book in my work and find it strongly re-enforces my passion for excellent documentation and design management. It is clearly the current 'bible' for Engineering Documentation Control and is extremely valuable in showing how to climb the 'Configuration Management Ladder' (page 8). It cuts away the dross and complexity that is plentiful nearly everywhere else. So many of us technologists and managers are struggling with hugely powerful new computer packages that integrate most processes in our companies. This is one of the very few books to chart our course and give us a chance of a reliable way through to simplicity, speed and profitability that are so often promissed but so rarely fully attained.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best book on the subject Nov. 24 2010
By Marc Freeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this book when I first got into documentation control and configuration management. Best buy I ever made. I constantly refer to it when explaining the subject. Very well written. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to know how this stuff works.

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