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Functional Performance Specification (FPS)
Author : Roger Giroux, Director General of Protection for the Public Curator of Quebec
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This article presents a synopsis of the redesign process by the Protection Department of the Public Curator of Québec (CPQ). The Value Management (VM) approach was selected to support the project team in their task. During the course of the project, the managers were also trained in VM theory and principles, empowering them to conduct an optimization process as part of the implementation of the chosen solutions.

 

  The innovative aspect of this VM case study is how it transformed the management style of executives by integrating VM principles and Value Analysis tools with the organization’s management practices. Examples are:

 

· The FAST diagram was used as a communication tool and a basic reference for the strategic orientation and business planning review;

 ·  And the same FAST diagram served as a tool for linking strategic goals with process review and improvement project prioritization;

· Functional performance specification (FPS) was used to clarify client user needs and upgrade related performance criteria and levels;

· And FPS was used to clearly define Protection Department needs (not in terms of solutions) for the computer specialists in designing the best value data systems. These are just few confirming examples.

 

Involving the operations staff in the task created enthusiasm among the troops for reform and sharply reduced resistance from some skeptics while facilitating change management.


Restructuring of a Quebec government ministry in crisis using Functional Performance Specification to define the business needs. Written by an Assistant Deputy Minister who has used Value Analysis to restructure Welfare, Correctional Services and the Public Curator of Quebec. 

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Year : 2004
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Author : Serge Boileau & Lucie Parrot
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Year : 2004
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Author : Hieu Nguyen,
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Paper shows how Functional Performance Specification was used in product development at Frigidaire

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Year : 1998
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Author : Roger Giroux, Assistant Deputy Minister, Government of Quebec
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Paper describes the use of value management and Functional Performance Specification in the restructuring of a Ministry in crisis. The Public Curator is responsible for taking care of incapable people and their financial assets. The use of value analysis (Functional Performance Specification) enabled the ministry to develop a vision and a plan for restructuring, to determine their information systems requirements, and to quickly restructure. Mr Giroux has previously used Value Management in restructuring of the Welfare and Correctional Services ministries. See Value Analysis, a Pivot of Change.
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Year : 2004
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Author : Richard Vèzina, Raymond Chabot Grant Thorton, Valorex
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Presentation outlines use of Functional Performance Specification in government restructuring, helping the city of Montreal amalgamate formerly separate municipalities into one city. The Value Management consultant was working for the city of Montreal to combine fleet services from the different municipalities.
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Year : 2004
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Author : Andrew Beal, Ontario Ministry of Transportation
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Presentation describes the use of Functional Performance Specification (FPS) to determine the business needs of a traffic engineering office. Demonstrates how FPS was used in determining the business needs of a traffic volume collection system, enabled the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to determine if the existing legacy computer systems could be replaced through off the shelf products or whether a new system needed to be built. See also the Ontario Ministry of Transportation article "Knowing what you Need" at http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/transtek/roadtalk/rt12-1/index.html#7
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Year : 2006
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Author : Mike Pearsall, Ontario Ministry of Transportation
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Year : 2006
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Author : Tanya Cross, Ontario Ministry of Transportation; Lucie Parrot, Quebec
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Presentation describes what a Functional Performance Specification (FPS) is and how a FPS helps characterize business needs, product needs, and stakeholder needs. A case study for determining the functional requirements for a truck inspection station building is highlighted. The use of FPS in determining and clarifying stakeholder requirements is demonstrated.
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Year : 2006
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Author : René Donais, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
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Presentation defines Functional Performance Specification and shows how FPS can be used in a variety of situations including projects, products, processes and projects. Most of the examples show applications for the public sector. Success stories included in this presentation includes 3 examples of process optimizations or restructuring of a government agency,   product optimization of a fare collection system, a motor, and an aircraft engine, project optimization examples including defining urban streets needs, project optimization of a Montreal Subway Station, project optimization of a highway interchange, and project optimization for the acquisition of subway cars.
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Year : 2006
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Author : René Donais, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
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Presentation demonstrates the use of Value Analysis and FPS in the planning of the Laval extension of the Montreal Subway (Metro).  Shows how FPS helped define project needs in the first phase, scenario analysis for the subway station egress locations in phase 2 and optimization of the design and a 12 % cost savings in phase 3.
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Year : 2001
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Author : André Baril : STM, Richard Vézina : RCGT
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Value Engineering and Transit. Definition of Transit system requirements with Value Engineering. Use of advance Value Engineering technique, Functional Performance Specification, to define transit requirements, transit needs.
Presentation outlines the use of Functional Performance Specifications and House of Quality to define the requirements of the Montreal Transit Society's requirements in the purchase of $1.2 Billion of subway cars. This presentation shows how FPS was built in the project management plan to manage the acquisition of subway cars. It shows the use of FPS, and the links between the user needs as defined through FPS and how to link the FPS to detail engineering systems requirements to enable the agency to manage the project and check that contractors and sub-suppliers are meeting their requirements. Also shows lessons learned in the use of FPS for a key strategic project.
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Year : 2007
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Author : Chris Chartrand - 27 Software
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Presentation by an IT enterprise software developer discusses how the use of Functional Performance Specification (FPS) helps the software industry understand and satisfy the needs of the business. Suggests that an FPS of a business provides the software developer with a high level understanding of the business. The structured nature of an FPS improves the understanding of the IT professional of the business need and enables the business to express their needs systematically.
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Year : 2007
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Author : Tom Fletcher, Joseph Aracaro
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Presentation demonstrates how Functional Performance Specification was integrated into the VE process to enable the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to examine winter maintenance issues and problems in a particularly difficult location in Northern Ontario. A failure modes and events analysis (FEMA) was incorporated into the VE study job plan to enable the team to identify areas of risk with winter maintenance. The use of VE, FPS and FEMA was shown to be effective in examining complex issues and evaluating complex scenarios.
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Year : 2007
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Author : Richard Vezina
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Presentation describes how the Montreal Transit Agency, STM, used Value Analysis and Functional Performance Specification to describe the system requirements for their Metro (subway) cars.
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Year : 2008
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Author : Tom Fletcher P.Eng., CVS, Scot McClintock PE, CVS (Life)
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Explores how Functional Performance Specification (FPS), employed to develop the standards and criteria by which the design of a bus and eventual light rail transitway in the Highway 407 Corridor will proceed, can be utilized as valuable input into follow on two Value Engineering (VE) studies on that design. Discussions will include suitability of the Functional Diagram from the FPS workshops as the functional input for the planning level VE Study as well as the need to further define function in the preliminary design level VE Study. Finally, lessons learned and recommendations for how to improve the combination of FPS and traditional VE will be presented
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Year : 2010
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