Project Everest

Adopted Experiment

[Feb 19] Supply Chain (Channels) - Fuel Fiji

Lean Phase: Channels

Assumption: That it is feasible to manufacture 10 Buka Dragons within the project month in Fiji

Time Box: 2 weeks

Key Metrics:

  • Stoves that are delivered within the negotiated time frame
  • Percentage of stoves that are manufactured in good quality
  • Price quoted for 10 stoves from local manufacturers                                         

 Green Light

  • The manufacturer is selected on a short term contract (on negotiation)
  • Continue to look into importing to lower manufacturing costs

Success Point

  • PEV and the manufacturer agree upon the designated terms and conditions of a contract between the two parties
  • Prototype delivered on time as agreed upon with the manufacture
  • 100% of stoves manufactured are satisfactory to standards of PEV
  • The price quoted for 10 stoves (including delivery to Sigatoka) is less than or equal to $65FJD per stove
  • The manufacture is able to deliver the stoves to the arranged point without aid from Project Everest Ventures
  • The manufacturer has the capacity to increase or decrease the quantity of stoves

Orange light point

  • Prototype delivered 1-4 working days later than the negotiated time frame or up to 5 working days if communication has been consistent and open
  • 80-90% of stoves manufactured are deemed satisfactory by PEV
  • The price quoted for 10 stoves (including delivery to Sigatoka) is between $66FJD - $80FJD

Orange Light- Optimize

  • Discuss with the manufacturer any blocks to production and delivery of the stove
  • Renegotiate with the manufacturer ways that the price can be reduced (examples include: changes to the design, providing our own materials, changes to the materials, etc…)
  • Look into the potential of utilising other manufacturers

Failure Point

  • Stoves are delivered over 5 working days later than negotiated or not at all
  • Less than 80% stoves manufactured are deemed satisfactory by PEV
  • The price quoted for 10 stoves (including delivery to Sigatoka) is over $81FJD

 Red Light - Failure Protocol

  • The manufacturer is not deemed viable, and their relationship with PEV should be wrapped up
  • Repeat experiment with other manufacturers, otherwise look into overseas manufacturing and assembly in Fiji
  • Return focus to the Buka 4.0 supplied by Lincoln Refrigeration

Experiment Build:


1. Follow up with Mechanical Services and Lincoln Refrigerant Ltd to obtain a final quote for ordering 10-15 stoves at one time.

  • If the quote is $65FJD or less, order 10 stoves and negotiate with them the possibility of entering into an agreement of 10 stoves per month between March and July.
  • If the quote is over $65FJD, negotiate with them the possibility of reducing the price.
  • If the quote is not able to be lowered below $80FJD (including transport) per Buka Dragon, they are not a viable manufacturer.

2. Look into other manufacturers as possibilities, such as Nadi based businesses Jack’s Fiji and J. Kevi Group, repeating the above experiment to determine their viability

3. Obtain prototypes from a variety of contacted manufacturers, undertake physical inspection of prototypes. PEV standards are as follows:

  • All weld joints air-tight, of good quality ie. no cracking or breaking
  • No dents or scratches in the inner or outer shell
  • Each of the three pieces (Inner net, Outer net and mesh) fit together properly, no noticeable weaknesses and gaps in joints.
  • Suitable bolts and rivets used with none loose
  • Created to the dimensions of the plan

These standards will be determined either through physical inspection or through media supplied by the manufacturer. (These standards are subjective to PEV)



edited on 6th February 2019, 04:02 by Harry O'Donnell

Lucy Preiss 11 months ago

Status label added: Experiment adopted

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Lucy Preiss 11 months ago

Hi guys! This experiment looks great and is super exciting. There's a few changes that I'd like to see made before you step off:
1. Can the time box be reduced to three or preferably two weeks, this gives time to iterate should you get an orange or red light and still achieve autonomy.
2. Can you add some clarity around what 'sellable quality' means
3. Does the green light point or any of the costings change for the 4.0 vs the Dragon? At what point are you making a decision on which stove type you are manufacturing?
4. Does the green light point happen after one successful delivery or are they required to deliver within the negotiated time frame two or three times in order to be deemed reliable?
5. Can you clarify the experiment build section. The steps are the most important part of this and can be fleshed out further (i.e. once you've received the quote then how will you measure the other two metrics - this needs to go into the experiment build.) The background can be removed or placed at the end of this section and the importing information isn't required as part of this experiment.

Let me know how you go!

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Lucy Preiss 11 months ago

Status labels added: Proposed Experiment, Under Review

Status label removed: Experiment adopted

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Fiona Aaron 11 months ago

I'm a bit confused. I thought we were focusing our attention on the Dragon 5.2 and I thought we were glad to be finished with Lincoln relationship? Why are we now doing an experiment on manufacturing the old stove with the old manufacturer?

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Harry O'Donnell 11 months ago

Hi Fiona,
We are pushing hard for the Buka Dragon to be manufactured on a constant monthly basis. In the process of this we are retaining production of the Buka 4.0 by Lincoln Refrigeration. This is so we have stove stock to test our channels and revenue streams with. We hope to regulate manufacturing of the Buka Dragon at a high enough standard and at a cost-effective amount allowing us to cease production of the Buka 4.0.

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Lucy Preiss 11 months ago

Status label added: Experiment adopted

Status labels removed: Proposed Experiment, Under Review

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