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One of the requirements in Lean Operations is harnessing the “Voice of the Process.” Your processes can teach you so much and hence save you a lot of cash … IF you know how to get them to talk to you. How do you do that?

So apparently there is something Republicans and Democrats can agree on: the housing industry is an easy target.

A new study (by Yahoo Real Estate, Dec 9th 2011) finds that the American Dream is still to own a home and the top issue for that dream is that it is a green, energy-efficient home built with sustainable materials that yield a lower carbon footprint or if it is remodeling a home, that i

Quality, criteria and requirements apply everywhere even when considering tablets, hardware and software.

Overall requirements to consider:

ACCESS

Wi Fi or 3G, Speed and Offline

REVIEW & MARK UP

Finger, pen or both

My psychiatrist told me I'm going crazy.  I told him, "If you don't mind, I'd like a second opinion."  He said, "All right. You're ugly too!"

Yesterday after presenting an orientation for our LeanPlan Workout process to a group of suppliers & trades in Texas, a contractor named Mike walked up to me and two of the senior managers from the builder.

PB Builder of the Year DSLD shows how powerful and central the basics are. Creating excellence on such basic issues as scheduling and scopes of work creates the basis for an outstanding home builder. They continued driving excellence in all other areas of the business.

I am frequently asked, what is the right way to buy labor and materials? Should you use turnkey suppliers and trades or should you purchase and negotiate labor and material separately. Let me be 100% clear about this. I have the answer.

Construction drawings are complex and getting them right involves a whole lot of moving parts. From working with builder and trades countrywide I have uncovered the five most common areas where mistakes are made:

What and where do I start to improve? This is a common question and while we need to balance the cost and impact to identify the real bang for the buck let’s start with the basics.

The Lean Perspective is by no means limited to sticks and bricks issues on the construction site. When we talk Lean building we are really talking Lean operations: providing value & eliminating waste in product and process wherever it is found.

A UK study of those using the ISO9001 Quality Management System in the construction industry had a number of interesting findings that provide key lessons.

Have you ever looked at a detail on a plan and scratched your head wondering how that was going to work? Sometimes the details that show up on plans leave us all wondering what the architect was thinking?

Last year PB received an official complaint letter from a high level staffer at the AIA, basically saying that I was being unfair to Architects.

Often the main block to creativity is actually a mental block. Thoughts or comments such as these can stop creativity in its tracks.

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