FAST Diagrams: The Foundation for Creating Effective Function Models
Function Analysis System Technique (FAST) Diagrams have been around since 1965. They are a very useful tool to provide a graphical representation of how the various functions within a complex systems interact and interrelate to perform their primary function, and have been a mainstay in the Value Engineering community for over 40 years. This is a powerful tool that helps analyze the logical linkages between critical functions to promote a common understanding of how these complex systems work. As powerful as it is for the Value Management community, it is just the foundation for the building of useful and effective function models for the TRIZ community. This paper will provide instruction on how to build FAST Diagrams and integrate various enhancements to make them truly helpful in uncovering innovation opportunities.
John Borza, President, Value Innovation, LLC, has been involved in creativity and innovation as an Engineer and Manager for over 30 years, concentrating the past several years in the area of Value Engineering and TRIZ. Mr. Borza earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is an accomplished facilitator and trainer who has successfully led numerous workshops in a variety of automotive product areas, resulting in significant cost reductions, improved products, and patentable innovations, and has trained hundreds of Engineers and Managers in Structured Innovation techniques. He is a Registered Engineer, an AI certified TRIZ Practitioner, and holds an Associate Value Specialist certification from SAVE International. He is also the Immediate Past-President of the Greater Michigan Chapter of SAVE International, and a member of SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers).