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SAMI offers an extensive number of courses. Upon request, we will tailor courses to match your the interests and the needs of your organization or customer. Training can be conducted at your site, a central location, or in one of our common training locations. The cost for each course varies due to support expenses. The textbooks for these courses are available for purchase in the products section. Short descriptions of typical training classes, their typical duration, and if any, prerequisites include:

Value Method Based Training

Value engineering marker Basic Introduction

Available: On-site sponsored only

The purpose of this introduction seminar is to give people an overview of decision-making techniques and the application and benefits of decision-making using the Value Method process. The typical course itinerary is completed in 1-2-hours and includes: limitations that make good decisions difficult, decision-making processes, the development of the Value Method as a decision process, the meaning and importance of value and using a value-basis in decisions, brief review of the Value Method job plan and its techniques, identifying high return activities through the selection phase of the job plan, affect of timing of application, and industry examples of use Customer password version of a web version of this textbook is available on-line. (You may want to see our new one hour on-line presentation for manufacturing executives and management introduction. We can give this presentation remotely if desired.)

Value engineering marker Fundamentals Introduction and/or Refresher

Available: On-site sponsored and online

This introduction seminar introduces people to the application and benefits of decision-making using the Value Method process and gives people some of the basic concepts and tools for applying it. The typical course itinerary is completed in 1-day and includes: limitations that make good decisions difficult, decision-making processes, the development of the Value Method as a decision process, the meaning and importance of value and using a value-basis in decisions, review of the Value Method job plan, identifying high return activities through the selection phase of the job plan, affect of timing of application, application of crucial intermediate steps in the phases, and industry examples of use. This class is often used by people who have taking previous training but would like to refresh their memories.

Value engineering marker Understanding and Using the Fundamentals

Available: On-site sponsored, online

This course gives people the fundamentals necessary to apply the Value Method process in their work and personal lives and demonstrates some of the benefits of applying it to make their decisions. The typical course itinerary is completed in 3-days. However, a two day version is also available. The itinerary includes: limitations that make good decisions difficult, decision-making processes, the development of the Value Method as a decision process, the meaning and importance of value and using a value-basis in decisions, review and application of the Value Method job plan, identifying high return activities through the selection phase of the job plan, value study team composition, generating high-performing team results, affect of timing of application, application of each intermediate step in the phases, application exercises, and industry examples of use.

Value engineering marker Fundamentals and Use "Workshop" Fundamentals Course

Available: On-site sponsored, physical only, online and physical combination

This course is essentially extremely similar in material presentation to the 24-hour "Understanding and Using the Fundamentals" course. The minimum recommeded course duration is 5-days. Longer versions are available. The itinerary includes: limitations that make good decisions difficult, decision-making processes, the development of the Value Method as a decision process, the meaning and importance of value and using a value-basis in decisions, human behavior, review and application of the Value Method job plan, identifying high return activities through the selection phase of the job plan, value study team composition, generating high-performing team results, affect of timing of application, application of each intermediate step in the phases, application exercises, and industry examples of use. Due to the "live project' requirement, one out of each five of the class participants must submit an activity or project that fits the definitions for a "live project. Projects must be submitted before the class and the organization involve must agree to provide staff and materials necessary to support the value study activity. People attending the course will have all the fundamentals necessary to apply the Value Method process in their work and personal lives to make decisions. (Notes-- Some organizations combine a complex complete value study with this course. In such situations, course duration's of 10-days are common. In all cases, where English is not the native language of the class participants, due to the amount of material present, a course duration of 10-days minimum is advised.)

Value engineering marker Module II "Program/Team Leader" Course

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Value engineering marker Value Study Team Leader/Facilitator

Available: physical, on-site sponsored

This course prepares the student to become a value study team leader (VSTL) and facilitator in value studies. The course meets the value study team leader course requirements of several Federal agencies. The minimum course duration is 2-days. However, the 3-day versions is preferred and hold the most credits. The itinerary includes the techniques of: identifying potentially high return activities, selecting optimum value study team composition, how to generate high-performing team results, how to help teams overcome the human limitations that make good decisions difficult, preparation and organizing hints and procedures, dealing with difficult issues and team members, human behavior, and value study tools and templates. People attending the course will obtain the basic fundamentals necessary to lead a value study team in applying the Value Method process to a complex task. Each course participant receives a package that includes Value Method templates, books, and other materials worth about $300. Before taking his course, since the fundamentals of the Value Method are only lightly reviewed, students should have a good understanding of the Value Method and its application before attending this course. Therefore, course participants should complete a fundamentals type course prior to taking this course.

Value engineering marker Establishing an Efficient and Effective Value Program

Available: physical, on-site sponsored

This course reviews the various techniques to establish a Value Program within an organization that achieves the Value Method objectives. The typical course itinerary is completed in six hours and includes: common types of programs and the points for and against each type, the importance the executive champion, integrating the Value Method as a decision process in the organization, the importance of organizational structure mirroring, selecting a program manager to oversee the operations, techniques to generate the technical performance expertise within the organization, hiring consultants and measuring their effectiveness, and keeping the executive champion informed.

Value engineering marker Operating an Efficient and Effective Value Program

Available: physical, on-site sponsored

This course is intended for the people (Value Program Managers and Coordinators) who operate, or will operate, an active program. While the course material can be applied to other types of programs, it is focused on programs established to operate and monitor Value Method use. It reviews the various techniques to obtain the objectives of a typical Value Program within an organization. The typical course itinerary is completed in 2-days and includes: techniques to integrate the Value Method as a decision process in the organization, the importance of maintaining the mirror of the organizational structure, selecting program coordinators to coordinate and monitor the program's operations, identifying projects that have high potential for return though some form of value study, selecting value study participants, generating acceptance and business for the program, measuring program performance, techniques to generate the technical performance expertise within the organization, hiring consultants and measuring their effectiveness, professional development opportunities, techniques of overcoming program problems, and the importance of keeping the executive champion informed.

Value engineering marker Measuring Value Method Success

Available: physical, on-site sponsored

The course reviews the various parameters that can be monitored to measure Value Program success and identify problems that may hinder it form achieving its intended objectives. The typical course itinerary is completed in 2-days and includes: selecting data that has meaning, integrating data collection into the existing data collection stream and avoiding additional data collection cost, making sure the data is worth its cost, types of measurement, meaning of various parameters, typical warning flags, brief review of the techniques that can be used to overcome problems, and measuring Value Method consultant effectiveness. The course is primarily intended for people who operate, or will operate, an active program. While the course material can be applied by others and to other types of programs, it is focused on programs established to operate and monitor Value Method use.

Value engineering marker Value Study Tips and Techniques

Available: physical, on-site sponsored

Professionals performing or leading value studies can add to the development of their skills in this course. The course consists of professional with extensive expertise in the Value Method field who reviews various tips and techniques used to generate success in their work. The course is in a "bull-session" format so that everyone can learn for each other. The typical course itinerary is completed in 3-days and includes techniques and tips for: establishing criteria and limits, functional analysis, function-logic diagramming and the various methods to apply it, generating cost-worth comparisons, and analysis procedures. In addition to these, course participants add their own areas of concern for discussion and development of potential solutions. As this is a professional development course, it is highly recommended that prior to taking this course, the student should have conducted or led at least 10 value studies.

Value engineering marker Understanding the Laws, Regulations, and Directives Related to the Value Method

Available: on-site sponsored only

Since about 1950, private industry and their consultants have been telling governments that use of the Value Method would help them obtain improved efficiency, obtain higher quality results, and reduce their costs. In 1976, the United States Congress passed it first law regarding a limited mandatory application of it in the Federal Government. In 1996, a law requiring its use in all executive activities was passed. The typical course itinerary is completed in 2-hours and includes: the development of the various laws, regulations, and directives; the basis for specifying value study use as measurement parameter is specifying performance, the specified intent and their present application, the potential affect on Federal executives and managers, integrating mandates into operations so as to use Value Method as a decision process and meet the mandate requirements.



Contractor and Contracting Officer Training

Value engineering marker Obtaining the Benefits From the VE Incentive Clause

Available: on-site sponsored, online, physical

The Federal government, and many local governments, have had a Value Engineering (VE) Incentive Clause in every non-service contract over $100,000 for more than 30-years. This course is primarily intended for Contracting Officers (CO's) and Contracting Officer Technical Representatives (COTR's). However, businesses planning to establish similar clauses in their contracts can use the course to help them establish their application. The typical course itinerary is completed in 6-hours and includes: review of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 48, 52.248, and other clauses; the intent and purpose the VE Incentive Clause; the resulting Value Engineering Change Proposal (VECP) and requirements associated with it, ensuring the organization obtaining the intended benefits behind the clauses; the relationship between the VE Incentive Clause and the Value Method; review and discussion of relevant legal decisions; costs, savings, development and sharing relationships; and processing the VECP. Course participants also receive a template package containing forms that help them review VECP's.

Value engineering marker Increasing Contractor Profits Using the VE Incentive Clause

Available: on-site sponsored, online, physical

The Federal government, and many local governments, have had a Value Engineering (VE) Incentive Clause in every non-service contract over $100,000 for more than 30-years. It allows contractors to recommend changes in their contract, provided the change generates a cost benefit, and shares the savings with the contractor recommending the change. While contractors are usually fully informed of its presence, many never notice it enough to actually benefit from it. This course is primarily intended for the contractor that wants to increase their profits though using the VE Incentive Clause. The typical course itinerary is completed in 1-day, but two and three day courses covering more profit making procedures are often requested. The typical course itinerary includes: review of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 48, 52.248, and other clauses; the intent and purpose the VE Incentive Clause; the resulting Value Engineering Change Proposal (VECP) and requirements associated with it, how the received VECP will be measured; how to keep the Contracting Officer and their representatives informed and pleased with the VECP, the relationship between the VE Incentive Clause and the Value Method; how contractors can use the Value Method and other processes to generate VECP's that get accepted promptly; and keeping development costs in check and verifiable so they can be reimbursed. Course participants also receive a template package containing forms that help them develop and submit VECP's.




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