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FAST Creativity & Innovation by Charles Bytheway

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DISCOVERING FUNCTIONS

Now that you know a little bit about functions, let me tell you more about the value engineering workshop I attended at the University of California at Los Angeles. After we were taught several steps that are required to effectively conduct a value engineering study using value analysis, the main step known as naming functions was presented. This step taught us that every component of a mechanical assembly was there for a reason and that our assignment was to find out what each component did and express that fact using an active verb and a noun. Our instructor for this technique was Ed Heller. He told us that each verb-noun ...

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