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What is the Value Method?

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The Value Method (value engineering, value analysis) is a highly efficient and productive decision-making process. It uses: Systematic and organized procedural processes Creative methods to generate alternatives Essential functional approach Comparisons of worth as opposed to Life-Cycle Costs (defined as value).

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General Introduction The Value Method was originally developed by Larry Mills (General Electric) in 1943. It has been highly refined and honed by many over the years. It's designed to use highly efficient procedures that are consistent with sound management techniques and is tuned to achieve maximum performance, in the minimum amount of time required. As a complete and mature process with more than 50-years of successful application, it has been used in almost any endeavor contemplated. (You may want to see our on-line presentation for manufacturing executives and management introduction.) Key Characteristics Several characteristics differentiate the Value Method from other techniques. These help ensure that the customer obtains the kind of product they need and want. Value-based decision process Uses functional approach Follows a very systematic and organized "job plan" Directs efforts towards maximum possible alternatives through creativity techniques It is Success Oriented Good results are produced by taking the appropriate action at the appropriate time. Unfortunately, the appropriate action and timing are rarely sufficiently clear. Also, there are natural organizational and human limitations that must be contended with by everyone. The Value Method takes human and organizational limitations into account in the key characteristic of its processes. When the fundamental "requirements" of the Value Method are adhered to by those making use of it, success is virtually guaranteed. Doing a "good job" In general, all organizations and people want to do a good job. They want to meet the needs of their customers. When an organization or person consistently fails to meet the needs of the customers well, they eventually fail: few plan to fail. Unfortunately, the best direction is not always clear. The limitations of time, money,

expertise, and other resources require us to take shortcuts or make decisions that may not be based as well as we would like. Each person must also contend with our own human limitations such as how many items we can keep in the forefront of our mind at the same time, the number of times it takes us to develop understanding and comfort in any new item, and the limited experiences that we have been exposed to in our lifetime. When people decide they want to do something optimally, the results are astonishing. To decide to do something better is the first step. To use good techniques to do it is the second step. The third step is acquiring those skills. As people acquire those skills, they and their employer benefit. Whether applied by the individual, team, or organizationally, the Value Method is one of those skills that produces great benefits without having to endure hard lessons through the "school of hard knocks." You may have heard of it. Applications of the Value Method are known by several common names. Value Engineering (VE), Value Analysis (VA), Value Management (VM), and Value Planning (VP) are some of the most common names used. These names describe small variations in the general Value Method process related to the timing, selection, type of activity, or other specific application. Application of the Method is usually referred to as value studies. Each year companies save billions of dollars in expenditures; improve quality, service while improving customer satisfaction; and increasing revenue, market share, and profits.

Keywords Systematic and organized The Value Method process uses tested and successful procedures that are directed toward achieving success in meeting the purposes for the "project" by all involved. The process instills "common understanding", generates high production and high performing team activities, reduces the time necessary to obtain a product, and focuses the efforts on the purposes behind the project or activity being studied. A standard "job plan" is used to guide the entire process.

Alternatives The Value Method generates, examines, and refines creative alternatives toward the concept of producing an end product that produces high customer acceptance. The process endeavors to widen the number and scope of the available alternatives. This is done to increase the potential for enhanced satisfaction, and take advantage of the added expertise brought into the studied activity through the value study process.

Functions and FAST One of the most unique and useful qualities of the Value Method is its use of functions to describe the activity or product being studied. The value study breaks the "project" into components so as to avoid misunderstanding of the planned intents for the project. Then a Functional Analysis is conducted on each component. In the Value Method process, functions are limited to the shortest sentence possible. Just two words are usually allowed: a verb (active preferred) and a noun (measurable preferred). The main functional purpose for the component being studied is the primary function. Of course, things often happen as a result of the choice of a component, or something must be done to make the selected component work as needed. These functions are called supporting or secondary functions. The results of the functional analysis are placed into a function-logic diagram called a FAST (a short term for Functional Analysis System Technique).

Value The true value of a activity or product is its relationship to its perceived worth as opposed to its life-cycle costs. In Value Method terms: Value = Worth / Cost. When an item has a Value greater than 1.0, the item is perceived to be a fair or good value. When an item has a Value is less than 1.0, the item is perceived to be a poor value or bad value. When the perceived worth far exceeds the life-cycle cost, we usually consider purchasing the item.

Worth The worth of a product involves many features. The most common cited are: benefits received, services obtained, satisfaction of the product performance, quality, safety, and convenience. The worth of the product is a measure of what is in it for the customers involved. It is a measure of how well the end product meets the involved essential needs and the added desires of those that have a voice in the product selection or its use. An end product must always supply the essential need, or its worth will be poor

Life-Cycle Costs The true cost of an item is not just the amount of money that you pay when you buy it. Much more is involved. When you buy something, you also buy its long-term effects. The initial costs plus these long-term costs are called life-cycle costs. This includes things like the time involved to get the project done, the people needed (number, expertise and so on), the degree of difficulty involved, availability of money or other resources, the amount of maintenance needed, and the money that must be expended and kept in reserve.

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A key component of success in the producing the results we obtain for clients and performance of the Value Method process is the use of a carefully crafted and tested job plan. Adherence to the job plan focuses efforts on a decision-process that contains the right kind of emphasis, timing, and elements to secure a high-quality product. It does this by highlighting and focusing everyone on the involved issues, essential needs, criteria, problems, objectives, and concerns. We use the job plan that we belive has the highest level of success-- the eight-step job plan, that is briefly described below. Selection Phase (Occurs before the formal value study)

This is the first step. Some of our clients have attained dramatic returns from our application of this first step alone. (One client obtained five million dollars for a three day selection effort.) Almost anything can get some benefit from Value Method use. However, some activities have enough potential to warrant more formal value study use. During the selection phase, we use specialized Value Method procedures to examine activities (programs, processes, projects, designs, etcetera) to see if certain indicators are present. Then we examine the potential return on investment through formal value study application. If it is great enough, we recommend formal Value Method use. Otherwise, we submit our report and include any value enhancing options that were identified during the selection phase.

Usually, formal use means forming a value study team. This value study team uses the value study part of the job plan to examine the activity. The value study generates alternatives that show promise of increasing the value of the activity to the customers, owners, or both. If the potential is high and the client accepts use of a formal value study, we use a another process to select the type of value study, and if any, team. This selection optimizes the resources that will take part in the study. (Each activity needs specific technical expertise and experience, customer and owner involvement, independence, and team facilitation resources to obtain optimum performance of the value study team.) Note: an on-line course about this phase and selection computation form is available at this web site. Compute an estimate of value engineering / analysis study results on line Information Phase (Beginning of formal value study)

This is the first step in the formal Value Method value study. The individuals have been selected and an expected scope of operations established. Before the first meeting, we identify, collect, and disseminate to the value study participants, all possible information operational features within the scope of the study activity. To minimize resource losses, we make a Value Method preliminary analysis. Time for the value study. The value study participants examine and analyze the components making up the features and their costs, identify the criteria and limits affecting the activity, and if prudent, ranked and/or assigned values. Now that the activity pieces are in manageable chunks, they examine these components are examined in terms of their function and generate a functional logic diagram (referred to as a Function Analysis System Technique or FAST diagram). This FAST shows the relationship of the performed "why" and "how" and "supporting" functions. The value study categorizes and assigns costs to functions of note. Finally, they identify the future concentration of value study effort. This make sure the client gets the most worth out of the value study for its cost. They use two procedures: identify items that have high potential for added value and items that are present now and have less than optimal value. Creativity Phase

This is where innovation begins. Once the value study determines the frame (value-base), creativity process begin. When a team is present, high-performing team processes are in full affect by now. We usually use at least four creativity techniques. Two brief ones actually occur during the information phase. Two very extensive ones occur during this phase. The common technique most Value Method specialist use for creativity is"focused brainstorming." But we don't stop there. To generate the maximum quantity of ideas for the development phase (below), we usually add a modified affinity techniques. Three techniques are used within it: innovation, improvement, and avoidance. Analysis Phase

A key feature in our application of the Value Method is that we truly adhere to quantity principle theories. We do this because they pay off. But like so many things, they exact their price too. The price is paid during the analysis phase. The key is to pay this price with techniques so efficient, that they wipe out most of the costs.

During this phase the value study orders, collects, solidifies, and ranks the ideas generated in the creativity phase. Many techniques are available and we are well versed in most of them. The two most common Value Method techniques used for ranking are "criteria weighting matrix and evaluation analysis ranking," and "performance of the function determination and study team consensus ranking." We use these as well as other Value Method procedures. Development Phase

This is where the value study payoff starts showing up. The really great ideas become "concepts" here, and by the end they are "proposals." During this Value Method phase, the value study participants develop the ideas into the high value return product that typifies the result we talk about and show in our results and clients sections. What happens during this phase is that the value study participants use a high-product producing activity to evaluate the best ideas surviving the analysis phase. As a part of the process, they make a specialized benefits, disadvantages, and risks. Only the highestpotential concepts are taken further. The Value Method process we use makes sure, as much as possible, that the value study produces the most product for the least cost. Value study participants then develop the concepts that survive into viable, efficient, and costeffective alternative proposals. Each developed alternative proposal, that is carried to completion, has a high expectation of increasing the value (its worth versus its cost) for the product or process customer, owner, or both. Presentation Phase (Ends the formal value study part)

The best results must be made known or no one will be able to use them. Also, the people that make the decisions rarely can take out the time to fully participate in the value study. Further, that is not their function, the good decision is their task. The concepts which make through the development are, by definition, displaying "added value." This may be by monetary or non-monetary means. First your value study group place the value study results in a written report. This is so you have a document to refer to and use to make your decision. Next a presentation of the value study results is made of the "alternative proposals." These are the concepts that have sufficient projected benefits, such as: usefulness, reduced cost, increased income, more timely results, and so on; such that they outweigh the proposal's potential disadvantages and risks. (It is rare to find anything that does not entail some kind disadvantage and risk and you probably want to know about it before you decide.) Now that everyone knows about the proposals, the discussions made in the presentation are used in a final process. This is the last value study check to smooth the final product and make sure you get the optimum product from the value study. Implementation Phase

Sound like a lot of optimizing? We think it is. But it takes little time compared to its worth. It has proven itself many times over. A good decision usually saves far more than it costs to obtain.

Now the decision-maker has to do their work. They have the data, know it has been well thought out, and it is before them in a concise, well presented format that breaks the complexities down into understandable, usable, summary results. It can be used quickly, and it is backed up by supportable evidence. Only the owners users, clients, and others can make the decision. After all, its your business, customers, client base, and so on that is at stake. But you have the best data and process behind you. During this phase you consider and evaluate the decide what to implement of the value study recommendations. We can help, but only you know all the final issues and details. Our help consists of use Value Method procedures to document and monitor implementation of the added value features. A part of the process is knowing how it turns out. This means that you establish the final value of recommendations. Verification Phase

This is time for you to help us help you. You have the final status of the recommendations (e.g., accepted, rejected) and the estimates for their added value. Sharing them with us as you go, through feedback, allows us to generate Value Method statistics. We will not reveal your name unless you want us to. These statistics and value study activity results show us the overall effectiveness for your applications, and identify potential process improvements. If you want, we share the results with you. That way you can learn with us. If you decide you would like to create a value program with your own Value Method expertise in your organization, we will be glad to help; and the lessons we learn can help your people do what you would like to get from your program.

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SAMI offers an extensive number of courses. Upon request, we will tailor courses to match your the interests and the needs of your organization or customer. Training can be conducted at your site, a central location, or in one of our common training locations. The cost for each course varies due to support expenses. The textbooks for these courses are available for purchase in the products section. Short descriptions of typical training classes, their typical duration, and if any, prerequisites include:

Value Method Based Training

Basic Introduction Available: On-site sponsored only


The purpose of this introduction seminar is to give people an overview of decision-making techniques and the application and benefits of decisionmaking using the Value Method process. The typical course itinerary is

completed in 1-2-hours and includes: limitations that make good decisions difficult, decision-making processes, the development of the Value Method as a decision process, the meaning and importance of value and using a value-basis in decisions, brief review of the Value Method job plan and its techniques, identifying high return activities through the selection phase of the job plan, affect of timing of application, and industry examples of use Customer password version of a web version of this textbook is available on-line. (You may want to see our new one hour on-line presentation for manufacturing executives and management introduction. We can give this presentation remotely if desired.)

Fundamentals Introduction and/or Refresher Available: On-site sponsored and online


This introduction seminar introduces people to the application and benefits of decision-making using the Value Method process and gives people some of the basic concepts and tools for applying it. The typical course itinerary is completed in 1-day and includes: limitations that make good decisions difficult, decision-making processes, the development of the Value Method as a decision process, the meaning and importance of value and using a value-basis in decisions, review of the Value Method job plan, identifying high return activities through the selection phase of the job plan, affect of timing of application, application of crucial intermediate steps in the phases, and industry examples of use. This class is often used by people who have taking previous training but would like to refresh their memories.

Understanding and Using the Fundamentals Available: On-site sponsored, online


This course gives people the fundamentals necessary to apply the Value Method process in their work and personal lives and demonstrates some of the benefits of applying it to make their decisions. The typical course itinerary is completed in 3-days. However, a two day version is also available. The itinerary includes: limitations that make good decisions difficult, decision-making processes, the development of the Value Method as a decision process, the meaning and importance of value and using a value-basis in decisions, review and application of the Value Method job plan, identifying high return activities through the selection phase of the job plan, value study team composition, generating high-performing team results, affect of timing of application, application of each intermediate step in the phases, application exercises, and industry examples of use.

Fundamentals and Use "Workshop"

Fundamentals Course Available: On-site sponsored, physical only, online and physical combination
This course is essentially extremely similar in material presentation to the 24-hour "Understanding and Using the Fundamentals" course. The minimum recommeded course duration is 5-days. Longer versions are available. The itinerary includes: limitations that make good decisions difficult, decision-making processes, the development of the Value Method as a decision process, the meaning and importance of value and using a value-basis in decisions, human behavior, review and application of the Value Method job plan, identifying high return activities through the selection phase of the job plan, value study team composition, generating high-performing team results, affect of timing of application, application of each intermediate step in the phases, application exercises, and industry examples of use. Due to the "live project' requirement, one out of each five of the class participants must submit an activity or project that fits the definitions for a "live project. Projects must be submitted before the class and the organization involve must agree to provide staff and materials necessary to support the value study activity. People attending the course will have all the fundamentals necessary to apply the Value Method process in their work and personal lives to make decisions. (Notes-- Some organizations combine a complex complete value study with this course. In such situations, course duration's of 10-days are common. In all cases, where English is not the native language of the class participants, due to the amount of material present, a course duration of 10-days minimum is advised.)

Module II "Program/Team Leader" Course No longer available Value Study Team Leader/Facilitator Available: physical, on-site sponsored
This course prepares the student to become a value study team leader (VSTL) and facilitator in value studies. The course meets the value study team leader course requirements of several Federal agencies. The minimum course duration is 2-days. However, the 3-day versions is preferred and hold the most credits. The itinerary includes the techniques of: identifying potentially high return activities, selecting optimum value study team composition, how to generate high-performing team results, how to help teams overcome the human limitations that make good decisions difficult, preparation and organizing hints and procedures, dealing with difficult issues and team members, human behavior, and

value study tools and templates. People attending the course will obtain the basic fundamentals necessary to lead a value study team in applying the Value Method process to a complex task. Each course participant receives a package that includes Value Method templates, books, and other materials worth about $300. Before taking his course, since the fundamentals of the Value Method are only lightly reviewed, students should have a good understanding of the Value Method and its application before attending this course. Therefore, course participants should complete a fundamentals type course prior to taking this course.

Establishing an Efficient and Effective Value Program Available: physical, on-site sponsored
This course reviews the various techniques to establish a Value Program within an organization that achieves the Value Method objectives. The typical course itinerary is completed in six hours and includes: common types of programs and the points for and against each type, the importance the executive champion, integrating the Value Method as a decision process in the organization, the importance of organizational structure mirroring, selecting a program manager to oversee the operations, techniques to generate the technical performance expertise within the organization, hiring consultants and measuring their effectiveness, and keeping the executive champion informed.

Operating an Efficient and Effective Value Program Available: physical, on-site sponsored
This course is intended for the people (Value Program Managers and Coordinators) who operate, or will operate, an active program. While the course material can be applied to other types of programs, it is focused on programs established to operate and monitor Value Method use. It reviews the various techniques to obtain the objectives of a typical Value Program within an organization. The typical course itinerary is completed in 2days and includes: techniques to integrate the Value Method as a decision process in the organization, the importance of maintaining the mirror of the organizational structure, selecting program coordinators to coordinate and monitor the program's operations, identifying projects that have high potential for return though some form of value study, selecting value study participants, generating acceptance and business for the program, measuring program performance, techniques to generate the technical performance expertise within the organization, hiring consultants and measuring their effectiveness, professional development opportunities, techniques of overcoming program problems, and the importance of keeping the executive champion informed.

Measuring Value Method Success Available: physical, on-site sponsored


The course reviews the various parameters that can be monitored to measure Value Program success and identify problems that may hinder it form achieving its intended objectives. The typical course itinerary is completed in 2-days and includes: selecting data that has meaning, integrating data collection into the existing data collection stream and avoiding additional data collection cost, making sure the data is worth its cost, types of measurement, meaning of various parameters, typical warning flags, brief review of the techniques that can be used to overcome problems, and measuring Value Method consultant effectiveness. The course is primarily intended for people who operate, or will operate, an active program. While the course material can be applied by others and to other types of programs, it is focused on programs established to operate and monitor Value Method use.

Value Study Tips and Techniques Available: physical, on-site sponsored


Professionals performing or leading value studies can add to the development of their skills in this course. The course consists of professional with extensive expertise in the Value Method field who reviews various tips and techniques used to generate success in their work. The course is in a "bull-session" format so that everyone can learn for each other. The typical course itinerary is completed in 3-days and includes techniques and tips for: establishing criteria and limits, functional analysis, function-logic diagramming and the various methods to apply it, generating cost-worth comparisons, and analysis procedures. In addition to these, course participants add their own areas of concern for discussion and development of potential solutions. As this is a professional development course, it is highly recommended that prior to taking this course, the student should have conducted or led at least 10 value studies.

Understanding the Laws, Regulations, and Directives Related to the Value Method Available: on-site sponsored only
Since about 1950, private industry and their consultants have been telling governments that use of the Value Method would help them obtain improved efficiency, obtain higher quality results, and reduce their costs. In 1976, the United States Congress passed it first law regarding a limited mandatory application of it in the Federal Government. In 1996, a law

requiring its use in all executive activities was passed. The typical course itinerary is completed in2-hours and includes: the development of the various laws, regulations, and directives; the basis for specifying value study use as measurement parameter is specifying performance, the specified intent and their present application, the potential affect on Federal executives and managers, integrating mandates into operations so as to use Value Method as a decision process and meet the mandate requirements.

Contractor and Contracting Officer Training

Obtaining the Benefits From the VE Incentive Clause Available: on-site sponsored, online, physical
The Federal government, and many local governments, have had a Value Engineering (VE) Incentive Clause in every non-service contract over $100,000 for more than 30-years. This course is primarily intended for Contracting Officers (CO's) and Contracting Officer Technical Representatives (COTR's). However, businesses planning to establish similar clauses in their contracts can use the course to help them establish their application. The typical course itinerary is completed in 6-hours and includes: review of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 48, 52.248, and other clauses; the intent and purpose the VE Incentive Clause; the resulting Value Engineering Change Proposal (VECP) and requirements associated with it, ensuring the organization obtaining the intended benefits behind the clauses; the relationship between the VE Incentive Clause and the Value Method; review and discussion of relevant legal decisions; costs, savings, development and sharing relationships; and processing the VECP. Course participants also receive a template package containing forms that help them review VECP's.

Increasing Contractor Profits Using the VE Incentive Clause Available: on-site sponsored, online, physical
The Federal government, and many local governments, have had a Value Engineering (VE) Incentive Clause in every non-service contract over $100,000 for more than 30-years. It allows contractors to recommend changes in their contract, provided the change generates a cost benefit, and shares the savings with the contractor recommending the change. While contractors are usually fully informed of its presence, many never

notice it enough to actually benefit from it. This course is primarily intended for the contractor that wants to increase their profits though using the VE Incentive Clause. The typical course itinerary is completed in 1-day, but two and three day courses covering more profit making procedures are often requested. The typical course itinerary includes: review of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 48, 52.248, and other clauses; the intent and purpose the VE Incentive Clause; the resulting Value Engineering Change Proposal (VECP) and requirements associated with it, how the received VECP will be measured; how to keep the Contracting Officer and their representatives informed and pleased with the VECP, the relationship between the VE Incentive Clause and the Value Method; how contractors can use the Value Method and other processes to generate VECP's that get accepted promptly; and keeping development costs in check and verifiable so they can be reimbursed. Course participants also receive a template package containing forms that help them develop and submit VECP's.

Facilitation and Team Leading Services


Unleash your team's problem-solving talent. Our Value Consultants have helped our client save billions of dollars, increase production, improve quality, generate higher profits, and increase customer satisfaction each and every year. Imagine you could buy a machine that not only paid for itself in the first year, but returned sixty times its cost in the first year. Plus, it will keep working for year after year after the purchase with little additional cost. Would you buy it? That is the average value return of the Value Improvement Processes (VIP) "installed" by SAMI in 2004-2009. SAMI VE LLC(Systematic Innovations) has value consultant personnel available to serve our clients (service locations) throughout the US and Canada. For manufacturing applications, we use lean manufacturing, engineering, thinking concepts within our manufacturing value improvement processes. Through our affiliations with other firms, we can also provide people with technical expertise in many fields. Value Studies led by our personnel have produced literally billions of dollars each year in added revenue for our clients. SAMI uses proven, highly organized processes that generate innovations. SAMI specializes in the use of Value Method procedures and "value studies." Depending on its application, the Value Method is often known as: Value Value Value Value Engineering Analysis Management Planning

Function Analysis

We have led studies in almost any type of field in practice today. Our results for manufacturing, petroleum, chemical, and other line processes have occasionally returned clients extremely high returns (2,500:1 and higher). Application results in the construction industry are currently returning 40:1. Management and reorganization results regularly exceed 15:1. Manufacturing applications are averaging $60:1 These results were often achieved while increasing product quality, usefulness, customer satisfaction, and other increases in essential product component requirement fulfillment. Most of these benefits are provided through the use of "value studies" using highly qualified facilitation services, and team members from the business sponsoring the study. We offer many services and products in the field: Hard to Find VE Books (in stock!) Books written by SAMI Facilitation and Team Leading Services (DOT, FHWA, Federal and state too) VE, VECP, VE Program Operations and Oversight, and Business Consulting Courses VE Software Templates and Support Materials

Value Engineering / Analysis for Manufacturing Class Opportunities


Learn how others created $60 to $1 returns
Each year firms using Value Engineering / Analysis generate millions upon millions of dollars in cost savings and product improvements. Manufacturing applications often return $20-$60 for every dollar invested in each effort. In 2005, a SAMI client obtained $6.6 million dollars annually for just one single VEVA application at a total cost of under $100,000. In addition, quality and client satisfaction increased. They used the savings to become more competitive through aggressive pricing during sales and funding plant improvements.

SAMI classes produce results


Since SAMI uses actual projects for class exercises, participants often return home with proposals having potential for several millions of dollars in savings. Class success stories are abundant. A manufacturer of railroad products developed several changes to their product design and manufacturing process. This removed a previous pricing disadvantage, while improving the quality of the product. Sales

surged and continued to climb. An automotive supplier making rag tops was able to meet contractual annual cost improvement goal requirements while increasing the firms net product return. An airplane manufacturer significantly increased results for an already successful idea generation / staff recommendation program. This resulted in an increase in new profitable ideas and enabled them to meet an aggressive management savings goal in 2006 before the third quarter.

Class activities and techniques


These classes are not academic courses. We use student submitted projects from which true savings occur. Each participant learns the potential for effective and efficient application of true value engineering / analysis processes and procedures. During class, class members obtain a large array of value process tools, which allow them to immediately and profitably apply the concepts in their organizations projects. Each of the core value job plan steps and tools will be covered, including: selecting high return projects, creative processes, probability matrix analyses, due diligence processes, and methods to implement and verify acquired returns. Some of the tools will include: Pareto, functional analysis and logic, criteria and limits analysis, objectives analyses, and return analysis. The definition and use of the value study event and how the VEVA goal setting processes ensure increasing profits will be covered in detail. The mix of lean, six sigma, value mapping, and other processes, and how they are used to augment the value processes before, during and after the value engineering / analysis real life event, are included in this course.

Trainer expertise
SAMI VE LLC has taught thousands of students globally. A large number of professionals working in firms worldwide began their value improvement professions in a SAMI course. Further, our training material is used by other trainers in the field. (Certification exam available at end of class.) Because trainers have experience in many fields, SAMI offers highly defined training in specific areas, including making the most of your manufacturing value engineering / analysis efforts. This includes ways to augment VEVA activities with lean, six sigma, and other techniques as a part of more effective value program processes.