Design Improvement for Better Profits, Sales, Costs, Quality, Environment, etc
The classic method of Value Engineering has guided many of our most
successful projects. The uniqueness of our approach to VE has been to greatly expand the
creativity and insight methods and to ensure that project teams have a strong
grounding in the elements of business and business strategy that set the context
for success of the projects. We have delivered basic, certified, and
advanced training in these areas, and lead successful studies with construction,
manufacturing, and service projects around the world. Dr. Chris Barlow is second generation in the field, a
Certified Value Specialist (Life), a former secretary of the Certification
Board of the Society of American Value Engineers, and a researcher who earned
his doctorate for a study of the effectiveness of the tools of Value
Companies must aggressively find ways to deliver better products and
services, as costs rise and price increases are resisted.
Simply looking for cost reductions has limited success, and often damages
long-term strategic success. Value Engineering (also called Value Management or
Value Analysis) is a well-tested way to organize efforts to improve designs for
better costs and profits, as well as optimizing other factors.
Not only is it a strong profit strategy for those contracting with the
United States government (they give you half the savings) but it is a powerful
way to discover designs that better fit the balance of a company's strategic goals. The
process can be applied to anything with a design, whether product, service,
process, facility, building, organizational structure, even corporate strategy.
Since the late 1940's, managers and engineers using the name "Value
Engineering" (VE) have been leading cross-functional teams improving the
designs of products, processes, services, organizations, and strategies.
some practitioners have used names such as Value Management, Value Analysis, and
The tool kit of methods, strategies, and activities developed and tested by
these real world managers dealing with real problems and real organizations in
every possible technology and industry can help any team utilize its expertise
and knowledge more effectively and creatively.
A team that covers all the relevant aspects of a problem or design and
follows the Value Engineering process can:
A competent, well-managed design organization trying to
get a design completed on time, with no errors, at minimum cost, rarely has the
resources to seek out these opportunities.
VE assembles the relevant resources and has the luxury to
only look for opportunities for improvement.
With proper leadership and the luxury of time, the Value Engineering team
can find the opportunities, and speed their evaluation and implementation.
With the strategic business thinking concepts we cover as appropriate, teams
develop ideas in harmony with company strategy, helping build a strong
future for the company. In addition, the skill building and team building
impacts of these studies provide a long term improvement in organizational
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