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In this section, we consider change management regarding product specifications. Changes may occur for many internal and external reasons. Changes tend to have a more significant impact when they occur later in the business process. External changes may result from, the customer changing the specification or a supplier unable to deliver a critical component. Internal changes may occur as a refinement of the design process, as new information becomes available. Further changes can occur due to solution optimisation or the resolution of a  problem, such as a budget issue. By working differently, change can be responded to quicker with less impact on the business and the customer.

 

Problems:

Change is the cause of increased cost and time delays. When change takes place late in the project, the impact is usually a lot higher due to the amount of rework necessary. Change may result in reduced margins, late deliveries and dissatisfied customers. The impact of change can cascade through all projects using the same resources. Furthermore, in extreme cases, change can severely damage a company.

 

Solution:

Product standardisation does not remove the cause of all change. However, having a comprehensive library of standard solutions can limit the impact of change. Therefore product standardisation benefits all stages of the product selection, specification and production phases of a project.

In sales, a standard library of products allows product configurations to be quickly and accurately selected. Having the ability to select many different product configurations quickly can help find the optimum solution. Having the ability to make rapid changes during the enquiry stage will help reduce costs and provide fast results for the customer.

Sales or project team can respond to customer changes rapidly, even after a customer purchase order has been received. Even after entering production, the impact of change can be minimised by providing comprehensive details of the alternative solutions immediately change is recognised. Product standardisation allows a faster and more efficient change management.

 

Advantages from different perspectives

  • Change managed quickly and efficiently
  • Fewer bottlenecks requiring management attention
  • Change managed quickly and efficiently
  • Fewer bottlenecks requiring management attention
  • Reduced impact to Customer
  • Reduced cost of change, preserving project margins
  • Change managed quickly and efficiently
  • Reduced cost of change, preserving project margins
  • Reduced impact on delivery and improved cash flow
  • Change managed quickly and efficiently
  • Fewer bottlenecks requiring management attention
  • Less impact on the customer
  • Reduced cost of change, preserving project margins
  • Engineering workflow is less impacted by change
  • Change managed quickly and efficiently
  • Fewer bottlenecks requiring management attention

 

Further help and assistance

Gatehouse Design are specialists in product standardisation, product configuration and design automation. We can help companies develop highly effective product strategies, maximising profitability, productivity and customer satisfaction. We can help you improve change management and improve the efficiency of your business. Please contact us to discuss any product design related issues that you may have.

There is an offer a free product audit to help identify opportunities for product standardisation, product configuration and design automation. Additionally, Gatehouse Design has published many helpful white papers and articles which are available on this website.

 

The author

Written by Peter Slee-Smith 14/05/2018.

Peter Slee-Smith founded Gatehouse Design in 2012, a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with more than 30 years experience in industrial design. Peter qualified with a Masters Degree and has held senior positions in many leading engineering and product manufacturing companies. He is passionate about product design efficiency and has written many articles on the subject. Based in Littleport just outside Ely in Cambridgeshire, Gatehouse Design specialises in product standardisation, configuration and design automation.

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