The Lean Builder

The Lean Builder



May 05, 2016

The late Stephen Covey, author of one of the all-time best-selling business books, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, often wrote about “the world of abundance.” In Covey’s view, there’s always enough of

April 05, 2016

It was a cold Chicago winter day in early 1989 when I first heard a disagreement erupt about which job is toughest in home building.

March 14, 2016

Just over a year ago, at a conference in January 2015, I sat with a local builder and listened over lunch as a leading housing economist revised his 2015 forecast down to “only” 36 percent growth in housing because too many Millennials were holding out.

February 10, 2016

Last month I introduced the notion of fallacies in home building—those beliefs we may be completely committed to yet which are errant and lead us astray.

January 15, 2016

Among my trusted travel gear is a 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet that I use almost exclusively for reading books or articles on airplanes or in hotel rooms.

December 15, 2015

This is the last column in our deep dive into process improvement. In the series, we’ve explored how process—good or bad—drives almost everything in the home building business. In the August issue, we examined how what most builders call product waste is actually the result of bad process.

September 24, 2015

Among the most frustrating work requirements, whether in business, education, volunteering, or any other endeavor, is how to prioritize the myriad things that cry out to be done.

Among the most frustrating work requirements, whether in business, education, volunteering, or any other endeavor, is how to prioritize the myriad things that cry out to be done.

In these times of increasing sales with decreasing margins, home builders are on a continual campaign to decrease costs.

August 31, 2015

In these times of increasing sales with decreasing margins, home builders are on a continual campaign to decrease costs.

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