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April 24, 2009

LCM and KM

I just finished my optinal module on the week. So i did not write anymore about the assignment, just did the research. I am also feel just few information about LCM, most information is about Product LifeCycle Management. From my view, since the main aim of LCM is assist in busienss managing the total life cycle of products and service towards more sustainable consumption and production patterns. so perhaps, we can just consider it from product life cycle management. and from my research, the PLM can be regarded as a knowledge management solution which support different process thought the product lifecycle. For example, the Design on the LCM, the knowledge from PLM may be a part of the successes. Thus, I think we can get idea from PLM  process with Knowledge Management.

Before, I considered the barriers when adopting Knowledge Management and find out the relative solutions. Now I am thinking about Lean on LCM. since we know the aim of Lean is reduce production time and increase the speed. On the life cycle management, it concerns to Production. and the one of advantages of LCM help busienss to get more profitable, so Lean manufacturing may be a way to assist it. Thus, i thinking how to increase the production speed, the knowledge and experience from employees may be a solution. Thereby, Knowledge Management plays a role on increasing production speed and reducing unexpected processe.

One question i got is about the assignment structure. we should focus on the application of Knowledge Management  to the asset management , or the Asset Management issues or solution for the improvement, or both of them are half. 

Anyway, if anyone is doing the same topic, please share, I know all of us are difficult to find relative information directly. I will upload new information if i found it. 

LCM is an interesting topic, but also is a very complicated one.  5~ no time to change la,

April 18, 2009

knowledge management barriers

As I mentioed in previous blog, there were a lot of barriers for KM implementing successful. From my research on these days, I have prioritized for them.  I think that is very importatn to know which barrier is most important, because it can effect implementation directly. Among of nine barriers,the most important barrier is lack of top management commitment because its high driving power and low dependence among all the identified KM barriers. the suggestion to cover the barrier i found is that using Business Management System. then lack of methdology, and orgnaizational structure with highest driving power. these barriers play a key role in knowledge sharing, communication, sollaboration, and in searching for knowledge and information. Next is lack of technological infrasturcture. we know two types of Knowledge that are explicit knowledge and tacit knowledge. all of them need support from technoogy, and technology infrasturcture helps to submit, create, share, replicate knowledge, etc. Lack of orgnaizational culture and lack of motivation and reward are the following one. Both of them are related to motivate and encourage employees to share their knowledge. Then staff deflection, staff retirement, and lack of ownership of problem are the follwoing barriers when doing knowledge management successfully.

when I finished the prioritize and found solutions for copying with each important barrier, I am going to find a method to apply KM on LCM. Because life cycle management relates to thinking about products, processes, and services. it covers product design, material, production, product distribution, and cusotmer & end of life. so that the activity of LCM comprises several departments such as production department, sales department, service department, transportation department. Thus,  I think the Knowledge also comes from different department with different roles. I am thinking about find out a way for KM that suit for LCM processes. I am looking a way that is called Rubik's Cube. But I am not sure my idea is right or not.  hopefully, if someone is doing the LCM, we can share our ideas, and hope my research can help you,..

And I am keep doing ,,,

April 10, 2009


Yesterday I borrowed a book from library for the PMA. I prefer to Life Cycle Management as a Asset Management in the project. Because LCM covers produts, processes and services. it recognizes all prodduct life cycle stages. From our presentations, i got lots of findings related to LCM, which includes product after sell service,e,g. warranty, maintiance of machinery, recycling of the matierals from customer, create new production line, and opportunities for enter new market. From my research, I got the life cycle mamagement can help WaveRiders to analyse and understand life cycle stage of the business, products, and services, indentify the potential economis, social, or environmental risks and opportunities for each stage, identify opportunities to gain a stronger competitive advantages, reduce cost, design better products, and so on.

In order to suport LCM to achieve its advantages, we need to apply Knowledge Management on it. because KM comprises a range of practices used in an orgnaization to identify, create, represent, distribute and enable adoption of insights and experiences. the beneifts of KM on LCM likes reduce costs and unexpected items on design products, increase production speed because of relevant knowledge, improve product quality, and so on. However, by doing research, I have found a lot of barriers about doing KM successful, which includes lack of top management commitment, lack of methodology, lack of orgnaizational culture ,etc,. all of them are good for the PMA to analysis how to help WaveRiders to achieve excellence performance.

For the stucture of the PMA, so far, firstly i will introduce the current issues concern to LCM, then introduce the relationship between LCM and KM, next is to define the barriers for doing KM successful and how to solve it, finally, provide a strategy for WaveRider company to improve KM system to support LCM in order to get successful performance.

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