In the first post about how to product by value analysis, we gave you the initial steps of a value analysis method or technique which will allow you and your manufacturing facility to conduct a brainstorm first by understanding the goals and gathering information. Ultimately, once you then execute past the information and gathering steps, you will output information which will allow you to realize cost reductions on current products, and learn how to work towards developing new products which help grow revenue and reach new customers and keep current customers.
We conclude our value analysis method today, from guest blogger and 3PL consultant, Chuck Intrieri, with whom you may connect on LinkedIn, by talking about the execution process of the value analysis method.
The evaluation should be done after an interval, at best about two days after the brainstorm, to allow the group to gain perspective.
Now the group analyzes each idea. They group similar ideas. When evaluating, do not think why the idea would not work, why it is not possible. Develop each idea, making it more practical, making it function better. Estimate a very approximate cost for each idea and investigate carefully ideas with an apparently low cost. When an idea is canceled, that should be based on facts, not opinions.
Identify barriers and eliminate them tactfully.
Barriers are excuses or preconceived ideas that cannot be substantiated with numbers, facts, detailed and precise information or experimental evidence. Barriers can be honest beliefs. Normally there is gold behind a barrier.
Now select the two to four ideas having the lowest cost.
Make a real effort to develop the ideas of lowest cost that do the main function. Make tests, prototypes, get quotes of cost. Estimate costs of short term alternatives, of long term alternatives and of any new ideas produced during the evaluation.
At the end of this process, the idea of least cost should have been identified. Ask yourself: “Would I spend my own money on this solution?” If not, modify it.
If you work in an organization or enterprise, be sure that the person really interested in applying the solution gets to see it. Present the final solution in writing, on a single sheet of paper, to the person that should implement it. Give a copy to his boss. This sheet should state the savings, costs and a detailed plan for implementing the idea. It should have all the information needed so that a person that does not know this subject can understand it and do it. The value analysis group should not itself implement the idea, if this is outside its normal area of work.
It is good to have a recorder on the cross-functional team to write the minutes. A Captain is appointed to lead the discussion. Assignments are given to all members with due dates for replies. Always solicit Suppliers. They are the specialists in their field. Get your suppliers involved. Consider using a Supplier Day Conference for an item or commodity to gather ideas and collaborate with your suppliers.
Cost Reduction is assured using this value analysis approach. How do you conduct a value analysis? Let us know in the comments below!
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