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056: Maintaining Agility and Continually Moving Forward

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2020

056: Maintaining Agility and Continually Moving Forward


On today’s episode, Thom and Craig welcome Tom Gill, a Senior Consultant at CIMData who advises manufacturing companies and engineering software companies on how to better design their products.  Tom offers his expert insight into the world of agile software development and details the importance of managing BOMs and understanding process innovations.  He also offers encouraging career advice for anyone that is wondering how to take control and move their career forward.

On today’s podcast, you will learn:

All about agile software

  • This software style includes incremental development that offers continual improvement 

  • The Agile Manifesto defines the goal of developing working increments of software on a fixed cadence that provide value

  • The goal of agile software is to adapt to changes while continually providing value

Managing multi BOMs

  • Why does X BOM matter? It starts with the need to keep information connected across the lifecycle

  • The process starts with requirements and ends with in-service operations 

  • Linked product operations have the ability to satisfy both design and customer requirements

  • The platform creates a single logical source of truth, which is comprised of multiple interconnected systems  

Understanding process innovations 

  • Process, people, and technology — which one comes first? 

  • Innovation processes will most likely inhibit the likelihood of single tool vendors

  • Legacy processes and human limitations require slow and incremental improvements 

  • Vision, strategy, and tactics are essential to continual planning and improvements 

  • Are computers phasing humans out? Understanding the next steps forward and embracing constraints

Who is responsible for advancing your career?

  • No one is as responsible for your career as you are

  • Keep learning and understand what processes above and below you look like

  • If you’re smart enough to automate your job your employer will find something else for you to do

Do you have an example of extraordinary efforts or innovation during these unprecedented times? We would love to hear your story and possibly interview you for an upcoming episode. Please reach out to us at


Agile Manifesto



Tom Gill has over 25 years of experience applying computer-based solutions to engineering and manufacturing. Before joining CIMdata he worked as an independent PLM consultant, after spending over 20 years at high-volume manufacturing companies.  Mr. Gill has worked on projects in numerous industries, including fabrication & assembly, food & beverage, defense, chemical, and medical devices. He has executed PLM strategy projects, solution evaluation-and-selection projects, deployment planning, and training development for industrial clients. He delivers solution providers competitive and technical product analyses, white papers, and case studies.

Mr. Gill led a team that developed and deployed a PLM system to manage engineering and quality processes and has participated in enterprise system projects including RFQ management, material development, and environmental systems. He has presented papers both nationally and internationally.  Mr. Gill holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine, and is Configuration Management certified.

Tags:  BOM  PLM  Process Management 

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