Response to change

Response to change solved

In this section, we consider the response to change regarding product specifications. Changes may occur for many reasons, some internal and others external. 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 apparent. 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 results in 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 can result in margin erosion, late deliveries and dissatisfied customers. The impact of change can cascade through all projects using the same resources. In extreme cases, change can severely damage a company.

 

Solution:

Product standardisation does not remove the cause of change. Having a comprehensive library of standard solutions can limit the impact of change 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. Many different product configurations considered without incurring significant cost. Having this comparison can result in beneficial results for the project. Finding an optimum solution becomes more likely. Even after entering production, the impact of change reduces by providing comprehensive details of the alternative solution immediately the change is recognised. Product standardisation allows a faster and more efficient response to change.

 

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
  • Customer impact is reduced
  • Reduced cost of change, preserving project margins
  • Engineering workflow is less likely to be 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 reduce slow response to change 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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