Value-related issues

lie at the core of every project or organisation.
Value analysis aims at improving a product’s, a project’s or a system’s performance by identifying which functions create or destroy value (be it economic, social, environmental, …).

Things get more intricate

    if the project / the system involves multiple stakeholders, each of them driven by its own, sometimes diverging (if not mutually exclusive!) interests measured on its own value scale – as is often the case, including within one single organisation – resulting in:

  • entangled expectations,
  • loss of transparency,
  • or downright illegibility.

It all becomes really complex

    (see the animation below) as soon as stakeholders:

  • exchange value between each other;
  • and/or measure their expectations on several value scales;
  • and/or take part in the same functions and processes, thus share means and costs;
  • in the end, adjust their own behaviour in view of their partners’ or the whole system’s response – which happens more often than not -.

At that stage no simple analysis tool can deal with the system’s complexity: only through a systemic approach can an acceptable level of clarity be retrieved.

(Click on right and left arrows to view the animation)

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Combining and articulating in a most simple manner

  • value analysis on one hand
  • and systemic approach on the other

is our approach’s core principle.

Thanks to that dual approach, it is possible:

  • to represent and model exchanges, value creation and destruction among a group of stakeholders involved in one given complex project or system,
  • to set up its overall balance in a legible and shareable form,
  • to identify margins of improvement and fields of innovation,
  • to ensure choice traceability while keeping a global vision in the process,
  • to eventually maximise the creation of value.

To do so,

we leverage on a flexible, simple and robust method of value-driven design, analysis and monitoring of complex organisations, projects and systems.
Our method is easily seizable and based on a collaborative approach.
It has been developed by the Industrial Engineering Department at CentraleSupélec, one of France’s top Grandes Écoles and a member of Université Paris-Saclay.
We work in partnership with that institution in order to promote the use of the method.