The industrialization phase is characterized by asking questions, running mandatory modification cycles as well as component validation and evaluation. At global companies with plants in different countries, each individual component modification currently has to be coordinated with all plants in all countries. This is a massive undertaking that ties up countless resources.
Time constraints and coordination efforts are increasing significantly as the project begins to culminate. The major challenge: The project manager must work to avoid any stumbling blocks and flukes by getting tool optimization processes up and running on time and ensuring that the suppliers have production processes that are working and—most importantly—reliable.
Central issues addressed during the industrialization phase include: