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QUESTION 1

  1. Which of the following steps are value-added work?The following data consists of the actual time used and potential (the best time possible for this review process) to complete each step in the review process. The actual times are based on the review of 30 projects. The potential times are subjective engineering judgment estimates.Table: Basic Data Review for Construction Project Equipment Arrangement

    Cycle Time (hours)
    Step Description Actual Potential Difference
    1 Read basic data package 4 4
    2 Write, type, proof, sign, copy, and distribute cover letter 21.9 0.5 21.4
    3 Queue 40 0 40
    4 Lead engineer calls key people to schedule meeting 4 0.25 3.75
    5 Write, type, proof, sign, copy, and distribute confirmation letter 25.4 2.1 23.3
    6 Hold meeting; develop path forward and concerns 4 4
    7 Project leader and specialist develop missing information 12 12
    8 Determine plant preferred vendors 12 12
    9 Review notes from meeting 12 12
    10 Resolve open issues 106 104 2
    11 Write, type, proof, sign, copy, and distribute basic data acceptance letter 26.5 0.25 26.25
    Totals 267.8 151.1 116.7 t

    Use the data in the table above and select the best answer

    What are the sources of value-added work in this process?

    A) Read basic data package Write, type, proof, sign, copy, and distribute the cover letter Lead engineer calls key people to schedule meeting Write, type, proof, sign, copy, and distribute confirmation letter Hold meeting; develop path forward and concerns Review notes from the meeting Resolve open issues Write, type, proof, sign, copy, and distribute basic data acceptance letter
    B) Write, type, proof, sign, copy, and distribute a cover letter Queue Write, type, proof, sign, copy, and distribute confirmation letter Review notes from a meeting Resolve open issues Write, type, proof, sign, copy, and distribute basic data acceptance letter
    C) Read basic data package Hold meeting; develop path forward and concerns Determine plant preferred vendors Write, type, proof, sign, copy and distribute basic data acceptance letter
    D) Queue Lead engineer calls key people to schedule meeting Project leader and specialist develop missing information Determine plant preferred vendors Review notes from the meeting

6 points

QUESTION 2

  1. Which activities are considered non-value added work?Table: Basic Data Review for Construction Project Equipment Arrangement

    Cycle Time (hours)
    Step Description Actual Potential Difference
    1 Read basic data package 4 4
    2 Write, type, proof, sign, copy, and distribute cover letter 21.9 0.5 21.4
    3 Queue 40 0 40
    4 Lead engineer calls key people to schedule meeting 4 0.25 3.75
    5 Write, type, proof, sign, copy, and distribute confirmation letter 25.4 2.1 23.3
    6 Hold meeting; develop path forward and concerns 4 4
    7 Project leader and specialist develop missing information 12 12
    8 Determine plant preferred vendors 12 12
    9 Review notes from meeting 12 12
    10 Resolve open issues 106 104 2
    11 Write, type, proof, sign, copy, and distribute basic data acceptance letter 26.5 0.25 26.25
    Totals 267.8 151.1 116.7
    A) Write, type, proof, sign, copy, and distribute a cover letter Queue Lead engineer calls key people to schedule meeting Write, type, proof, sign, copy, and distribute confirmation letter Project leader and specialist develop missing information Review notes from a meeting Resolve open issues
    B) Write, type, proof, sign, copy, and distribute confirmation letter Hold meeting; develop a path forward and concerns Project leader and specialist develop missing information Determine plant preferred vendors Review notes from a meeting
    C) Queue Lead engineer calls key people to schedule meeting Write, type, proof, sign, copy, and distribute confirmation letter Hold meeting; develop path forward and concerns

    D) Write, type, proof, sign, copy, and distribute a cover letter Queue Lead engineer calls key people to schedule meeting Write, type, proof, sign, copy, and distribute confirmation letter Hold meeting; develop a path forward and concerns

6 points

QUESTION 3

  1. Where are the main opportunities to improve the cycle time of this process, with respect to both actual time used and the potential best times? What strategy would you use?
    A) Eliminate non-value added steps
    B) Eliminate value-added work.
    C) Use time in Queue wisely to get more work done
    D) Hold more meetings to ensure work is done correctly the first time.

6 points

QUESTION 4

  1. Step 10: Resolve Open Issues required 104 hours (potential) versus 106 hours (actual). Is there an OFI here? Why or why not? If so, how would you attack it?
    A) Increase the setup time to dilute the amount of work necessary. This reduced the issues up front.
    B) On Step 10, resolve open issues, requires 106 hours cycle time (actual) and 104 hours cycle time (potential). Resolve open issue is an opportunity for improvements. Some common causes of open issues include incomplete information during the meeting, indecisions by the project leader or manager, responsible person (or people who are the expert on the case) not present in the meeting, an organization with an improper chain of commands in decision making, etc.
    C) Reduce the open issues from 104 to 106 so that it is not an issue with which we should have any concern. For example, we may set up preferred vendor lists so that we can quickly reach out to our vendors for the supplies.
    D) Task managers with open issue – concerns to refocus the group.

6 points

QUESTION 5

  1. What do you think are the most difficult critical issues to deal with when designing a sound cycle time study such as this one? Choose the best answer.
    A) These problems should be addressed in all business processes so that the cycle time of the business process can be reduced. Suggestions on improving cycle time on resolving open issue include (1) well organized, well attended and well-informed path forward meeting, (2) well-established processes on “what if” analysis, (3) clearly defined organization structure for decision making power.
    B) The most difficult issue in the project often lies in the decision making power. People who have expert knowledge on the project may not align with a person who makes the final decision. As a result, there will be a large number of open issues left for future decisions (delay the inevitable) that cause a long cycle time.
    C) Resolve open issue is an opportunity for improvements. Some common causes of open issues include incomplete information during the meeting, indecisions by the project leader or manager, responsible person (or people who are the expert on the case) not present in the meeting, an organization with an improper chain of commands in decision making, etc.