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Value Engineering
A Plan for Invention




ISBN 9781574442359
Published December 3, 1998 by CRC Press
352 Pages

 
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Book Description

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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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

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Reviews

"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