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First-Run Study

A controlled experiment to validate assumptions made about the design of a work process or production system. The key objectives of a first-run study include validation of the work process design, understanding implications of product design, identification of hidden work, capture of data related to actual throughput, cycle time and its components, capacity use and Source / implications of variability. Such that further analysis including ergonomic considerations can be made, First-Run studies are often captured using videography.