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PDCA and DMAIC. 

One of the most basic things to understand about process performance improvement is the Deming Cycle or Plan, Do, Check and Act (PDCA) This is also referred to as the earlier Shewhart Cycle which is Plan, Do, Study and Act.

Metrics are all about the effectiveness of your processes. There are four key types of performance that we can focus on in this blog.

THE MARKET

Surely the most important issue facing everyone in the homebuilding industry, indeed every industry today is improving performance. Reducing costs and leveraging resources to improve profitability.

In case you weren't able to catch it live, we've archived our webinar with Mark Richardson. As usual, Mark had some great insight into where the market is headed and how remodelers can take advantage of it.

If there’s one housing sector that is poised for a strong recovery in the next 12 to 18 months, it’s the rental housing market, namely apartment buildings.

More good news this week for remodeling.

On a snowy Washington morning last December, a group of us from Professional Builder had the privilege of spending a couple of hours with NAHB chief lobbyist Joe Stanton and key members of his staff.

By Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief

Posted 3/7/11

The battle to repeal the new 1099 requirements continues to move at a glacial pace.

One of the big barriers to a housing industry recovery is the perception that there are a large number of vacant homes out there that are going to flood the market any day now.

A preview of our February issue:

1. Forget about it.

(For those in the Northeast, fuggedaboudit.)

While conducting research for this month’s report on “16 Tips For Driving Consumer Traffic,” I came across an interesting fact about technology and consumer behavior.

This past September, we wrote extensively about the state of builder and buyer financing, which no doubt is one of the most-difficult challenges home builders face today.

Our cover story this month focuses on the opportunities being afforded by social media and the Web in general.

This past September, we wrote extensively about the state of builder and buyer financing, which no doubt is one of the most-difficult challenges home builders face today.

When this magazine was launched as Practical Builder in the spring of 1936, the outlook for Americans and the rest of the world was far bleaker than what we face today.

It's not getting a lot of attention in the partisan bickering over the tax compromise in Washington last week, but remodelers hoping for an extension of the energy efficiency tax credits look to be the big losers.

Another survey, another sign that consumers still are not sold on a housing recovery.

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