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FAST Creativity & Innovation

FAST Creativity & Innovation

Rapidly Improving Processes, Product Development and Solving Complex Problems
By Charles Bytheway
Hardcover, 6x9, 280 pages
ISBN: 1-932159-66-5
January 2007

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FAST Creativity & Innovation is a landmark work authored by the creator of the method called Function Analysis Systems Technique (FAST) and pioneer of value engineering and value analysis. FAST is a powerful mapping technique that can graphically model goals, objectives, strategies, plans, systems, projects, products, processes, and procedures in function terms to identify function dependencies by organizing them into a cause and effect relationship. This technique quickly brings clarity to whatever situation or problem it is applied and greatly enhances productive thinking, creativity, innovation, and complex problem solving.

Some of the basic concepts of FAST have been used for several decades in value engineering, which focuses on decreasing costs, improving quality and increasing value and profits. Derivatives of this original method such as fishbone diagrams, theory of constraints and process mapping came into use in fields such as quality management, new product development, manufacturing, and supply chain and project management. However, despite these developments, many of the original FAST concepts were either overlooked or misunderstood as greater opportunities for success remained untapped. FAST Creativity & Innovation groups all the original concepts together in great detail so you can learn them using easily understood step-by-step examples developed by the creator of this method.

The creator and author, Charles Bytheway, presents a procedure that standardizes the method for creating FAST diagrams and function trees for rapidly improving processes, innovation, new product development and value engineering, and for effectively solving a wide variety of complex problems quickly. After reading this book you will have gained not only the basic skills of using this method, but the original insight of its developer for mastering its use in any environment. This guide is an outstanding tool for use in industry, a variety of college courses and for value engineers.
Key Features
  • Covers all the original concepts of the FAST method in step-by-step detail with examples from diverse disciplines and industries, as well as some concepts not previously shared by Charles Bytheway, the founder of this technique
  • Shows how innovation can be fostered and developed using the author’s FAST and function tree method to increase value and competitive advantage
  • Illustrates how the FAST diagram clarifies a problem and pinpoints the areas to apply creativity
  • Provides an expanded function tree, which makes it possible for several people, regardless of geographical locations, to develop the required functions for analysis and quickly generate creative solutions to complex problems
  • Includes thought provoking questions to enhance logic thinking and intuitive role-playing to aid in the construction of function logic
  • WAV offers free downloadable thought-provoking questions, ground rules for brainstorming, a FAST Tree for the FAST procedure, and templates for creating FAST diagrams — available from the Web Added Value™ Download Resource Center at www.jrosspub.com/wav
  • About the Author(s)
    Charles Bytheway was the first recipient of the Lawrence D. Miles Award by the Society of American Value Engineers (now SAVE International) for his creative development of FAST diagramming. He has published 19 papers on FAST diagramming and related subjects and has been quoted in numerous professional publications. Mr. Bytheway graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering in 1952 and a MS in mechanical engineering in 1961. Shortly before receiving the second degree, he earned his value engineering certificate from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Fellow of SAVE International and until retiring in 1981, Bytheway served as the Director of Value Engineering in Salt Lake City. Early in his retirement, he worked with a team which performed value engineering consulting on new construction for the Universities of California at Berkeley, Los Angeles, and San Diego. He has since started the mechanical engineering department at Salt Lake Community College.
    Table of Contents
    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Utilizing one’s Imagination
    Questions to Ask
    Why-How Logic
    Fast & Testimonials
    A Communication Tool
    Basic Concepts

    Chapter 2: Sparked by Function
    Value Analysis
    Naming Functions
    Looking at Functions
    Functions Changed My Life
    Something Must Be Acted Upon
    Functions Not Limited to Products
    Decisions - A Form of Creativity
    Supporting Functions

    Chapter 3: Discovering Functions
    Discovering Basic Functions
    Discovering How I Was Thinking
    Answers Expressed as Functions
    Why-How Logic
    Concept of FAST Diagramming
    FAST Testimonials

    Chapter 4: Why-How Logic
    Naming Functions
    Why-How Logic
    Convert Answers to Functions
    Start With a Simple Function
    Verifying Your Answer
    Using Your Creativity
    Using Why Logic
    Verification Question
    Testimonials of Function Links
    Logic Diagrams and FAST Trees
    Looking for Creative Opportunities
    Applying Why-How Logic to New Functions
    Sure Test for How Functions
    Verification Question
    Searching for Creative Opportunities
    FAST Expands Our Thinking Quickly

    Chapter 5: Selecting Projects
    Project Testimonials
    Methods for Selecting Projects
    Using Method 1
    Using Method 2
    Using Method 3
    Using Method 4
    Using Method 5

    Chapter 6: Participants
    Ask Other People to Participate
    Four Different Logic Diagrams
    Individual Logic Diagrams
    Computer Teams
    Creating Step by Step Diagrams
    Composite Merged Diagrams
    Right of Ownership
    Normal Logic Diagrams
    Selecting Team Members
    Multi-Team Analysis

    Chapter 7: Intuitive Logic
    Intuitive Thinking
    Intuitive Role Playing
    Charles Kettering’s Rule
    Switching Roles Intuitively
    In-depth Thinking
    The Chimney Story
    Getting Others to Participate
    Participants Should Be Trained
    Every Person Should Participate
    Opening the Lines of Communication

    Chapter 8: FAST Procedure -- Light Bulb - Project 1
    Project Selection
    Only One Participant
    Conduct Current and Mount Lamp
    Produce Light
    Provide Luminous Energy
    Make Life More Enjoyable
    Develop How to Make Life More Enjoyable
    Produce Electricity and Increase Productivity
    Insulate Conductors and Position Filament
    Prevent Filament Oxidation
    Use Search Lights and Reflect Light Beams

    Chapter 9: Timing Device - Project 2
    Using Method 1
    Two Team Members
    First Prototype
    Detonate Primer
    Light Flare
    Detonate Explosive
    Develop How to Detonate Primer
    Cock Firing Pin
    Develop How to Cock Firing Pin
    Release Cocking Shaft
    Modify Timing Lever
    Timing Lever Releases Start-Stop Plunger
    Eliminate Arming Pin
    Spring Steel Timing Lever
    Must Be Practical

    Chapter 10: Love - Project 3
    Using Method 2
    Only One Participant
    Express Love
    Using the Computer’s Thesaurus and Dictionary
    Convey Love
    Foster Better Relationships
    Using the Basic Function Determination Technique
    Develop How to Foster Better Relationships
    Treat People Respectfully
    Be Friendly and Speak Softly
    Develop How to Be Friendly
    Be Prompt and Protect Child
    The Inventive Genius Within You

    Chapter 11: Three Ton Heat Pump - Project 4
    Using Method 3
    Five Team Members
    Heat Air
    Supply Comfort
    Satisfy Customer
    Make Profit
    Facilitate Installation
    Sell Heat Pump Unit
    Develop How to Facilitate Installation
    Improve Existing Heat Pump Unit
    Logic Diagram - A Springboard to Creativity

    Chapter 12: Military Communication Device - Project 5
    Using Method 5
    A Product Design Team and a Product User Team
    Control Acquisition Costs
    Increase Field Performance
    Utilize Higher Level Logic Questions
    Support Mission
    Develop How to Support Mission
    Deploy Reliable Communication Equipment
    Control Sustainment Costs
    Develop How to Eliminate Computer Lockups
    Redesign Bezel Buttons and Observe Anomaly
    Proposals Must Be Developed
    Reading a FAST Tree

    Chapter 13: Generalizing & Un-disclosing Methods
    Generalizing Functions
    Golden Delicious Apples versus Fruit
    Motivate People versus Prompt Action
    Expanding New Functions
    Eliminate Failures Verses Eradicate Defects
    Brainstorming New Formulated Functions
    Using the Thesaurus
    FAST Can Help You Become More Creative

    Chapter 14: Other Applications of FAST
    Why Answers Motivate People
    A Technological Advancement
    A Home Security Challenge
    Home Burglary
    Doors and Locks
    Sliding-Glass Patio Doors
    Windows
    Be a Good Neighbor
    Lighting
    Alarm Systems
    Home Safes
    Operation Identification

    Chapter 15: Constructing FAST Diagrams
    Create Professional FAST Diagrams
    Templates Available
    Visit the Web

    Chapter 16: Summary of FAST Procedure
    Step 1 - Selecting a Project
    Step 2 - Selecting Participants
    Step 3 - Initial Functions
    Step 4 - Initial Basic Function
    Step 5 - Develop Higher Level Functions
    Step 6 - Identifying the Basic Function
    Step 7 - Develop Primary Path Functions
    Step 8 - Evaluate Remaining Formulated Functions
    Step 9 - Using When/if Logic to Add Supporting Functions
    Step 10 - Develop Secondary Path Functions
    Step 11 - Brainstorming Higher Level Functions
    Step 12 - Generalizing Functions
    Step 13 - Functions That Don’t Disclose the Method
    Procedure FAST Tree

    Chapter 17: Directories of Terms and Thought-Provoking Questions
    FAST Terms
    Thought-Provoking Questions

    Index
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