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Love, Death, and PLM

Lucy Blackley, a PLM and Product Development expert, shares her thoughts on WhichPLM.


She discusses the importance of people’s lifecycle and well-being, and how investing in technology and empowering people can create a better working culture that supports and promotes a brand’s end products. Lucy is also a member of WhichPLM’s Expert panel.


Software Solutions

Technology is changing the retail industry, causing traditional business models to fail. PLM software can provide vital information and support for companies of all sizes, improving employee well-being and productivity.

Independent solution providers should make PLM accessible and affordable for all. Workplace well-being is crucial for long-term organizational effectiveness and encompasses various factors, including the physical environment, work organization, and employee satisfaction.

While healthy competition is important, forcing workers to conform to inefficient processes can create vulnerability and tension. PLM allows teams to work efficiently while promoting individual expression and innovation.

Ultimately, fostering creativity and innovation is essential for brands to stay competitive in the rapidly evolving retail landscape.

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.”

To move with the times, a company should embrace change, encourage vulnerability, and explore the future of product lifecycle management. This move could improve culture, and spark innovation and creativity.

Belonging is important in the workplace, where we spend most of our time. Without joy, we can’t give our authentic selves or be fully productive.

Culture starts from the bottom up but requires top-down investment, both financially and empathetically, to understand and support those who create the product.

Live vs Living

People today are busier than ever, and manufacturing job roles often include additional administrative tasks. The right PLM can help reduce admin work and speed up the concept-to-shelf timeline.


Many company leaders are reluctant to invest in technology that can aid their teams and improve their business. They often fail to engage with employees and ask what they need to feel supported.

Living and existing are different things. Employees need empathy and understanding from the top to feel connected and part of something bigger. When leaders open up to their team, it breaks down hierarchical barriers.

Enter PLM

Teams want leaders to understand that their roles are complex and time-consuming and that working overtime is often necessary to manage their workload and avoid potential consequences.


Technology, such as product lifecycle management systems, can help alleviate these issues. Investing in solutions shows leaders care about their team’s well-being and the future of the brand.

Companies often look into solutions after major scaling, but it’s important to ask committed employees what they need before investing in freelancers.


The right PLM can deliver a platform that is intuitive to use, provides business insight, and project transparency in the company’s native language, with tools to keep users on track and remind them of deadlines. One of the best tools within a PLM system is the ability to create tech packs that have all your products informantion in, ready to send to be made.

Creating a Positive Culture

Spending money on a long-term solution is the best way to tackle reoccurring burnout within teams instead of hiring temps. It allows for team expression in a versatile solution, catering to different personalities for maximum efficiency.


Creative individuals can work in a way that suits them while providing consistent results for the business. This flexible framework provides satisfaction and a sense of freedom and belonging for employees.


Encouraging long-term support is key to success and employee commitment. A culture that neglects this is short-sighted and will cost more in the long run.

Proper planning eliminates the feeling of lacking purpose and adds soul to the company’s structure and output.


Cheapening the consumer experience with a focus on sales won’t progress a brand. Passion is contagious, and inspiring others requires personal inspiration.


Supporting well-being in the workplace and emphasizing the importance of time off increases employee engagement and allows for personal growth outside of work.


Continuously working without taking time away will ultimately be detrimental to both employees and the brand. If you are looking for help from a PLM Consulting view please contact us and we would be happy to help.

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