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The New York Times today has more information on what the Obama administration is considering to stimulate the housing industry (and hence the economy.)

Todd Hallett and I are working with a fantastic smaller builder in California this week. They really “get it” and are very open to input from all of their suppliers and trades.

As I sit on a plane bound for Fresno I am procrastinating. I know I have to put together this week’s blog but there are a few things to handle first. I need to thoroughly read my Newspaper (front to back even the boring stuff).

From Cargill to Caterpillar, from Motorola and Boeing to Ritz Carlton they all use the Baldrige Criteria to successfully drive performance excellence at a world class level.

We all know the job market continues to be lousy more than two years after the recession officially ended. There's a variety of reasons for this.

The Washington Post is reporting this morning that President Obama's jobs program will include amongst its many proposals more relief f

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In case you missed it in the news section of HousingZone, Fiserv and Moody's Analytics are predicting home prices will increase in 365 out of 384 metro areas by 2013.

There's not much doubt where new construction sits these days -- bouncing along the bottom.

The remodeling market, on the other hand, is a lot more difficult to get a read on.

I am finishing up my September column for Professional Builder based on a list of the 10 biggest myths of Lean Building, and I just wrote about one of the most aggravating — the idea that Lean process savings don’t count like saving in sticks and bricks.

A hotspot is a recurring problem, by focusing on the top ranking hotspot with corrective and preventive action they can be reduced or eliminated allowing you to move to addressing the next ranking issue.

Here are some interesting results from a 2011 survey by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. 

Growing up near Detroit, I know that old plans are like old cars —sooner or later they start costing you more money than they are worth. It is tempting to hold onto a previous best seller and keep it in the system for no other reason than that you have the bugs worked out.

As I write this week’s blog on a plane from Detroit to Vegas, I happened upon an article in the Delta in-flight magazine about healthy eating and guess what?

When we talk about sustainable home building we focus on energy efficiency and green.

But another level of sustainable building is ensuring that every component of the home was locally or at least Made in the USA!  A local builder in Bozeman MT did just that.

The SMART acronym is an excellent way to evaluate your goals and objectives.

Are they Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely

During the housing boom, new products were being introduced into the home building market at a staggering rate.

If you knew that were losing at least $5K per unit due to one single item of waste in your houses, would you do anything about it?

Disorganized and untidy job sites are covered with destroyed or damaged materials, reflect chaos between trades, reduce productivity and send the message to those homeowners beside and near your homes under construction just how their homes were built, not to mention are safety violation and inju

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