Rapid ResultsBusiness-Driven PLM Implementation Methodology

There are as many product lifecycle management (PLM) implementation methodologies out there as there are software solution providers. Most can guide companies through the tactical steps of configuring and testing software, but few can provide a roadmap for process and performance improvement.

PLM methodology Rapid Results is designed to do just that.

Rapid Results is so named because the methodology is explicitly engineered to increase an organization’s ability to drive true enterprise-wide innovation and quickly extract real business value from PLM. Its proven, leading practice-based approach is the result of continual insights and lessons learned from hundreds of PLM implementations.

The Rapid Results Difference

Rapid Results goes beyond the technical steps of configuring, testing and deploying PLM software, providing a comprehensive and flexible approach to address organizations’ specific needs.

Three key aspects of Rapid Results set it apart from other PLM methodologies:

Business-Results Focus

Total PLM solution

Relentless pursuit of business results

Rapid Results not only advocates developing a business case but also establishes a mechanism to measure results and make adjustments as necessary to ensure business goals and benefits are attained – well beyond go-live.

Rapid Prototyping

Closely engages the end user community

Adapts to evolving business requirements

Rapid Results is based on an iterative prototyping approach to solution design rather than a waterfall approach seen in other application implementations. It is superior in its ability to handle changing business requirements and is better suited to provide consistent engagement with the end user community during the design phase.

True Organization Transformation

The work facilitates user adoption, organizational change 

Rapid Results recognizes how the project work itself can facilitate user adoption, which is often synonymous with end user training and occasional change management restructuring processes. Rapid Results goes a step beyond that, taking advantage of the core solution design, testing and deployment processes as a lever to facilitate and enhance the user adoption process.


Benefits of a Comprehensive PLM Methodology

Provides a proven approach to successfully implementing PLM technology

Helps everyone understand the “big picture"

Allows the entire team to be on the same page with respect to work approach and terminology

Accelerates work and enhances the quality of projects

Can be scaled across projects of all sizes

Tour of Rapid Results

The Methodology

Rapid Results encompasses all of the work required in the lifecycle of a PLM implementation, from a business, project management, technology and organizational perspective. Yet, the flexible framework allows for different project launch points.

The methodology spans six key project phases and five work threads

Each thread consists of work modules that are executed during one or more of the phases. The work modules are groupings of related tasks that guide the creation of project deliverables.

The 6 Phases

Assess and define a clear set of business objectives, align executives and plan PLM

Mobilize project management processes; onboard, educate and empower project team

Design and develop PLM business solution; prepare organization for upcoming changes

Test and validate that the solution meets business needs; ensure readiness for go-live

Deploy solution across the organization, train end users and lead adoption

Optimize performance and fine-tune solution to ensure value is realized

The 5 Threads

Value Realization

  • Strategic Imperatives
  • Business Case
  • Value Realization
  • Value Case
  • Benefits Tracking
  • Optimization

Program Management

  • Solution Scope
  • Program Plan
  • Quality & Risk Management
  • Implementation Roadmap
  • Program Governance
  • Lessons Learned

Solution Delivery

  • Process Design
  • Solution Architecture
  • Data Requirements
  • Role & Privilege Definition
  • System Configuration
  • Deployment Planning
  • Technical Development
  • Solution Testing
  • Implementation

Technology Infrastructure

  • Hardware & Network
  • Environments Installation
  • Systems Integration
  • Security
  • Database Administration
  • Technology Management
  • Performance Testing & Tuning
  • Legacy Systems Decommissioning


Leadership & Adoption

  • Readiness Assessment
  • Leadership Alignment
  • Project Team Empowerment
  • Program Communication
  • Change Campaign 
  • Process & Solution Governance
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Role Changes & Performance Management
  • Learning Program
  • Adoption Monitoring


The Modules

The Work Modules are the core components of Rapid Results - tasks that guide the creation of project deliverables.

Each Work Module has an associated Work Module Approach that provides guidance on how to complete the defined work. Modules outline key considerations, lessons learned and leading practices, and offer a standard, repeatable framework to avoid "reinventing the wheel," freeing time for value-added activities.

Next Steps

contact our team  for more information on Rapid Results.

Richard Mizuno

Richard Mizuno

Daniela has over 10 years of PLM experience across a variety of industries. She has implemented multiple PLM platforms and has applied this experience to the development of Rapid Results.

Mick Broekhof

Mick Broekhof

Richard has over 25 years of consulting and business experience serving the oil and gas, oilfield services, chemicals, manufacturing, and engineering and construction industries.

Mick has over 30 years of business management and consulting experience, with deep expertise in consumer packaged goods (CPG), life sciences and process industries.