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Description - Fast Creativity and Innovation by Charles W. Bytheway

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 FeaturesCovers 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 techniqueShows how innovation can be fostered and developed using the author's FAST and function tree method to increase value and competitive advantageIllustrates how the FAST diagram clarifies a problem and pinpoints the areas to apply creativityProvides 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 problemsIncludes thought provoking questions to enhance logic thinking and intuitive role-playing to aid in the construction of function logicmapping - and how they can be re-introduced to the original concept to tap into undiscovered opportunities for success.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781932159660
ISBN-10: 1932159665
Format: Hardback
(230mm x 150mm x 20mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: J Ross Publishing
Publisher: J Ross Publishing
Publish Date: 26-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Charles W. Bytheway

Charles Bytheway was the first recipient of the Lawrence D. Miles Award from the Society of American Value Engineers for his development of FAST diagramming.