Editor’s Voice – September 2020

By Anthony Dunams, PE, VMA – Editor, Value World

Typically, the Editor’s Voice is meant to give an overview of the topics covered in this issue and the relevancy of such articles. And this month we have a well written update by Bob Rude on modifications that are being made to the certification process to stay current with the times which involve facilitating studies virtually. Also, the SAVE International Australia & New Zealand Chapter conducted the first Value Methodology Fundamentals 1 (VMF 1) course in that region so we should be encouraged and renewed about educating the next wave of Certified Value Specialists (CVS).

Outside of touching upon developments contained in this issue of Value World, the Editor’s Voice should also address some items for us to discuss and deliberate on as we continue to grow and encourage the use of the Value Methodology (VM).

So here are some random thoughts that I think would make interesting topics to discuss and debate amicably. This is food for thought and may highlight items already thought about but reinstated here for renewed discussion. Also, please be aware that this is the Editor’s perspective and not SAVE’s.

  • Regarding spreading the word and extending the reach of SAVE:
    • Focus on working with colleges and maybe high schools to promote VM, start VM chapters at universities and develop graduate seminars detailing the VM.
    • To this end, I know in the SAVE National Capital Chapter and elsewhere, our VM practitioners are working with colleges in Arizona, teaching VM/risk classes at Catholic University in Washington, DC and preparing graduate seminar presentations for the University of Cincinnati and Virginia Commonwealth University.
    • Exposing VM to college students, in my opinion, will further the reach and utilization of VM.
  • Regarding collaboration:
    • Please think about and develop articles, academic or applied, that can be published in Value World – this will benefit you and our organization.
    • Provide opportunities for Value Methodology Associate (VMA), potentially from other firms, to sit in on VM studies so they can see different facilitators in how they approach and delivery workshops, share your knowledge and expertise and help us to build better CVS.

Enjoy this issue and stay safe out there.