Concept and methods (a methodology) for successful low cost,
low risk, fast improvement and innovation of products, services and
processes; and more productive analysis, creativity and
Value-adding integration (VAI) is based on our work
practices. Innovation begins and ends with the customer, on
creating value and not on focussing narrowly on the product or on
VAI provides a way of thinking, analysing and developing
innovative ideas to enhance creativity, collaboration and
dissemination of data. VAI also provides a way of interpreting what
is working well and why. VAI is intended to be simple to work
in the background to help everyone involved deliver better results,
The same VAI generic approach can be used by
a team or individual to identify improvements or innovations (to
products, services and processes, to reduce costs and wastage) and
to improve the efficacy of their collaboration. It also
empowers the team to analyse their own experiences and use this
understanding for innovation and improvement.
A subtle feature of the VAI methodology is that it minimises
a. Innovations are inherently low risk
compared to a technology or product focus;
b. Risk to a successful outcome is further
reduced by later stages;
same methodology can be used to work on correcting
d. Use of the methodology can pro-actively
pre-empt some issues.
The new situation created may also provide a novel platform for
more improvements and innovations, which add value and reduce
It takes a short time to learn through a
presentation or webinar before using.
We recently gave a presentation to NASA NHHPC on our
NASA NHHPC is a virtual community led by NASA comprising of US
Government agencies, leading companies and non-profits interested
in issues relating to manned space flight.