25 Value Management of Design

Takes place, ideally, at a stage when the design intent is clearly documented but when it is not too late to change it as a result of the value management process.

The benefits of undertaking Design VM workshops are:

  • Cost savings (we have documented evidence indicating average savings on over 500 projects of 12%).
  • Design improvements: There is always more than one way to solve a problem. By emphasising function and by allowing all team members to freely brainstorm potential solutions, a richness not otherwise achievable, is obtained.
  • Savings in project time.
  • Greatly improved communication and understanding between all parties to the project, including owner, users, designers and managers – resulting in better teamwork.
  • Satisfaction that a wide range of alternatives and ideas have been studied and that the solution reflects these.
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