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022: 3 Best Practices for Highly Effective PLM Teams

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2019

022: 3 Best Practices for Highly Effective PLM Teams 


On this episode Thom and Craig welcome Leigh Ringgold, a senior configuration manager for PLM, to take a look at effective configuration management from one of the largest and most unlikely manufacturers in the world — Facebook. Leigh offers a look at the logistical challenges that come with the configuration managing of such a massive company. She shares her experiences with Facebook that have proven to cultivate a more highly effective team, and she offers advice for anyone that is unsure of where to look next with regards to furthering their PLM career. 


On today’s podcast, you will learn:

The ins and outs of large scale configuration management 

  • Challenges that come with handling massive computing storage

  • Logistics of managing network devices and physical equipment 

  • How to effectively increase connectivity

How to create the culture of a highly effective team

  • A complex vetting process ensures the right person is hired for the job

  • Providing the essential tools and training new employees need prepares them for success 

  • Before you make assumptions about a process you don’t understand, find out why the company does it the way they do

Being a more effective OEM 

  • There is immense value in testing a product within the company before rolling it out 

  • Using a product yourself will help pinpoint areas for improvement

  • Falling out of touch with how a product is actually used will be a detriment to your business


Leigh Ringgold is the Senior Product Configuration Manager at Facebook.  Having entered the PLM industry back when things like ASK Manman and blueprints were all the rage, Leigh has been instrumental largely in start-up through sustaining environments. From medical with breakthrough MRI technology to the past 4.5 years having been spent in a very dynamic team supporting Facebook Infrastructure which comprises four different industries from Data Center construction and complex Compute/Storage Racks; Network and global connectivity products which are the foundation of our business Apps and mission. 

Leigh is a cross functional leader who recognizes business requirements through production having supported Core Internet Routers with Cisco Systems then developing the first PLM team at start-up Juniper Networks. 

Tags:  Configuration Management  Culture  Facebook  OEM  Podcast 

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