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Value Engineering

A Plan for Invention, 1st Edition

By Richard Park

CRC Press

352 pages

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After more than 50 years as a manager and VE pioneer, Richard J. Park presents Value Engineering: A Plan for Invention. Park demonstrates how to adopt VE as a thinking process that can enable you to increase your problem solving skills, cultivate innovation, reduce costs, improve productivity, and more.

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"Park's book gives you useful tools to approach complex problems in systems or components, but more importantly he encourages you to approach those problems from a new point of view.

His techniques take you step by step away from the old ways of problem solving which gave us old types of solutions. His way of approaching things forces you to look at the same issues from a new perspective, something required for breakthrough discoveries." -Jeffery B Higgs, Executive Vice President - Corporate Planning, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group

"By far the most comprehensive book and the best primer on Value Engineering available. The Catalog of Functions included in the Appendix alone is worth the price of the book to the Value Engineering veteran as well as someone new to the process."-E. R. Heussner, President

Comp-U-Tense , Inc.

"This is a marvelous, well-written understandable book. It is just what Value Engineering (VE) has needed.

It brings VE into the modern world and shows VE to be essential to today's business and social environment."-John H. F. Hoving, Sr. Vice President, Ret. Federated Department Stores, SAVE International Counsel

"The VE process provides the disciplined technique required to challenge basic assumptions that limit insights necessary for innovative breakthroughs.

Mr. Park has defined the concepts and provided examples, which facilitate technical problem solving and stimulate critical analysis required in evaluations and decisions we make daily."-Richard Darios, Training and Development Specialist

Table of Contents

THE WORLD AROUND US

BACKGROUND: Fire to Fight

MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS: Tools for the Toolbox

THE TOOLBOX: The Application Benefit Matrix

THE ECONOMICS OF PROFIT

COST AND ITS ELEMENTS: The Driving Force

Goals and Objectives

Components of Cost and Price

Cost Analysis-Methods and Applications

Benchmarking, Pareto and Comparative Analysis

Cost as a Measurement Tool, Models and Criterial Analysis

Cost Estimates and Time

Cost Reduction-Risks and Benefits

FUNCTION, The Foundation of Clarity

Function is the Key

The Link-Function and Creativity

Define the Function

VALUE, A Matter of Opinion

History and Meaning of Value

Economic and Social Value

Measuring Economic Value

Defining and Measuring Social Value

Determining and Setting Values

Motivation and Value

Value, an Opinion

QUALITY, A Major Component of Value

Definition

Measuring Quality

Quality and Profit

Quality and Value

THE HUMAN ELEMENT

COMMUNICATIONS, a Two-Way Street

Information Collection

Listening-Restrictive Habits and How to Improve Body Language and Facial Expressions

Meetings and Productivity

MOTIVATION, Different Things Move Different People

Why We Act-Pleasure and Pain

Awareness to Our Environment

Wants and Needs: Conflicts With Management Goals

Motivation-Action and Reaction

Maslow, and Graves

Stress, Action and Reaction

TEAMS AND TEAMWORK, A Synthesized Knowledge Group

Why a Team?-The Specialist Society

Team Composition and Structure to Compensate for The Specialist Society

Team Building and Development

Outlook and Goals

Ideas and Action

Group Problem-Solving and its Benefits

CREATIVITY, The Innate Drive to Change

Meaning and Definition

The Environment-Need, Potential, and Conflict

The Individual

The Creative Process

Blocks to Creativity

Creativity Boosters

Brainstorming

Creative Games

THE SUM OF THE PARTS-A PRACTICAL METHOD

VALUE ENGINEERING, a Total System

Performance and Function

The Job Plan-A Step-by-Step Process

The Argus System-A Logical Organization Method

Decision Making-Screening and Evaluation of Alternatives

Concept Identification and Development

Recommendations to Management

ORGANIZATION AND IMPLEMENTATION: Organization of the Basic Elements Into a Practical System

Goal for Achievement

Understand the Principles

Develop an Organization

Education-Management and Staff

Project Selection

Keep Score

EXAMPLES, Winning Results

Manufacturing Process

Resource Consumption

Product Analysis

Organization Analysis

Community Affairs

Personal Planning

APPENDIX

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS053000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Quality Control
TEC009000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
TEC020000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Manufacturing