Lean Construction

A3 Thinking for Powerful PDCA to Improve Project Delivery by Felipe Engineer Manriquez

A3 Thinking for Powerful PDCA to Improve Project Delivery

Since the popularization of quality circles in the 1960s, companies around the globe continue engaging front line employees to improve their work using variations of PDCA, a scientific method for problem-solving using four steps: Plan a change or test aimed at improvement. Do carry out the experiment. Check (study) the …

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Work planning for designers in lean construction by Markku Allison

Lean Construction: Improving Your Team Performance One Habit at a Time

Humans are generally resistant to change. Change requires courage, trust, and faith. We tend to stick to long-formed habits even when we realize that they are hindering progress or create pain. Forming and establishing new habits requires effort and commitment. Sometimes, painful experiences. How does this relate to Lean construction …

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complexity of lean constrution teams, Image Clint Adair via unsplash

The Impact of Decisions in Lean Construction Projects

Everything is connected. This first Law of Ecology “reflects the existence of the elaborate network of interconnections in the ecosphere: among different living organisms, and between populations, species, and individual organisms and their physicochemical surroundings.” Similar to our ecosystem, small changes ripple across companies and organizations with unintended consequences. Decisions …

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Collaboration in LeanIPD construction projects

Are You Collaborating or Muddling Through Your Construction Projects?

In many presentations, I have asked these questions:   “How many of you consider yourselves to be effective collaborators?” (Most people raise their hands) “How many of you have worked with someone who wasn’t an effective collaborator? (Everyone raises their hands) “And if those people were in the room today, …

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The Oregon Health and Science University Knight Cancer Research Building is an example of sustainability and Lean construction

When Lean and LEED go Hand in Hand

Leaving Green Footprints® is the sustainability mission at McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. As the national Director of Lean Construction for McCarthy, I often work with projects pursuing sustainability goals like LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification across the United States. Many of our project leadership teams are certified …

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How HGA optimises productivity in Lean IPD projects

How HGA Optimizes Productivity Leveraging Lean Practices

How HGA Optimizes Productivity Leveraging Lean Practices Sometimes in a service organization, productivity can be like a rollercoaster. There are times when everyone is working on billable projects, and there are times when people have slack periods in the office and bridge unproductive time with tasks that are not billable. …

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