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# Operation Analysis

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OPERATION ANALYSISOPERATION ANALYSIS

Methods analysts use operation analysis toMethods analysts use operation analysis tostudy all productive and nonproductivestudy all productive and nonproductiveelements of an operation in order to:elements of an operation in order to:
Increase productivity per unit of time; andIncrease productivity per unit of time; and
Reduce costs while maintaining orReduce costs while maintaining orimproving quality.improving quality.

OPERATION ANALYSISOPERATION ANALYSIS
Questions asked during operation analysis, theQuestions asked during operation analysis, themost important of which is “why”:most important of which is “why”:1.1.Why is this operation necessary?”Why is this operation necessary?”2.2.Why is this operation performed in thisWhy is this operation performed in thismanner?”manner?”3.3.Why are these tolerances this close?”Why are these tolerances this close?”4.4.Why has this material been specified?”Why has this material been specified?”5.5.Why has this class of operator beenWhy has this class of operator beenassined to do the work?assined to do the work?

OPERATION ANALYSISOPERATION ANALYSIS
The question “why” immediately suggests The question “why” immediately suggestsother questions, including “How,” “Who,”other questions, including “How,” “Who,”Where,” and “When.” Thus analysts mightWhere,” and “When.” Thus analysts mightask:ask:1.1.How can the operation be performedHow can the operation be performedbetter?”better?”2.2.Who can best perform the operation?”Who can best perform the operation?”3.3.Where could the operation be performedWhere could the operation be performedat a lower cost or improved quality?”at a lower cost or improved quality?”4.4.When should the operation be performedWhen should the operation be performed