While teaching DriveWorks over the years, I have found that one of the most useful, but possibly least understood tools is the Child Specification. The forums, blogs and chat rooms are full of people asking how they work. So, I wanted to write a blog that focused on what a Child Specification is and why you would use it.
What Is A Child Specification?
Great Question! I am glad you asked. Child Specifications are a great way to call up different DriveWorks projects in your Group and link them in one Order or Quote. For Example let’s say you are a company that makes Shelves and you have two divisions. One division makes industrial shelves and the other make wooden furniture grade shelves. Both divisions use a DriveWorks project to create customization for their shelves. However you have one sales department that covers both divisions.
When Should I Use A Child Specification?
May times your customers want to order a custom shelf from each division on the same PO. How would this be possible? You guessed it, a Child Specification! It will launch a project of your choosing, allowing you to customize a shelf from each of your Projects to complete the order.
What If A Customer Wants To Order Multiple Shelves From The SAME Project?
Now you’re thinking! That is when a List Item comes in. Like a Child Specification and List Item will keep track of multiple customizations however it does it in the same Project. It can even track Optional Accessories the customer might want to add to each shelf. Here is a graphic that helps explain in as simple of terms as possible the theory of Child Specifications.
Other Things To Know About DriveWorks Child Specification
The biggest thing with using a Child Specification is that ALL the projects need to be in the same Group. If not, you cannot use the Child Specification to Start and Track the projects. Also, in our shelf example we only had two divisions or sub-projects. But you could have many more! The sky is the limit!
How To Get Started
To understand the steps to create a Child Specification I recommend this webinar from DriveWorks.