3 Ways to Improve Project Management & Product Development


As chief engineers and program managers in engineering environments strive to accelerate business success and support strategic initiatives, predictable development of products, software, and services at scale is more important than ever before. Leveraging IBM’s Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM) suite enables predictability and innovation that helps improve engineering projects and product development by:

Enabling Communication and Collaboration at Scale 

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Product owners and project managers need to provide teams with communication and collaboration tools that empower teams to collectively manage plans, tasks, and project status. IBM’s ELM suite supports collaborative team development across all development functions and geographically distributed teams. Deliver configurable process automation across teams, roles and disciplines with agile and collaboration tools that support the specific needs of your distributed team.

Seamlessly Managing Evolving Requirements

Keeping up with ever-evolving requirements changes and managing their impact is challenging for product owners and project managers. Not to mention having to meet compliance and regulatory requirements while keeping all the stakeholders in sync across multiple projects and products.

Discover how to capture, trace, analyze, and manage changes to requirements with IBM’s ELM suite that optimizes communication across your development teams and stakeholders. Teams can utilize ELM for Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE) approach to make sure they’ve captured all the requirements of their system and have allocated those requirements to their system and software architectures. The IBM ELM suite helps reduce costs and eliminate manual processes with requirements traceability, configurable views, and document-sharing features.

Providing Faster Understanding of Product Opportunities

According to a Forrester Snapshot Study, IT decision-makers identified that the biggest challenge when it comes to product, software, and service development is not having the ability to do simulation, analysis, and/or prototyping which could help improve decision-making.[i] IBM provides model-based system engineering that facilitates improved productivity and quality. By utilizing automatic consistency checking, IBM’s ELM suite enhances agility, increases understanding of product opportunities with valuable insights, and improves reuse with collaboration to reduce both recurring and nonrecurring costs.

To maintain and improve market positioning and bring products to market faster, organizations need to adopt an end-to-end management of the development lifecycle. From requirements through testing and deployment, IBM’s ELM suite optimizes collaboration and communication across all stakeholders, improving decision-making, project success, and overall product quality.

Optimize Engineering and Development With 321 Gang and IBM

As a certified IBM Platinum Business Partner, 321 Gang enables organizations to address increasing complexity, shortened cycle times, continuous change, and collaboration demands while minimizing adoption time and risks. The consultants at 321 Gang have decades of experience that have led to best practices in managing complex requirements, modeling complex systems, managing change and configurations across product lines, and organizing quality and testing practices.



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[i] Forrester Inc, “Accelerate Your Business With Engineering Lifecycle Management,” Forrester opportunity snapshot: A custom study commissioned by IBM | Nov 2020.