TrueNorth Development
President

Scott Sedam is president of TrueNorth Development, a consulting and training firm that has worked with 200 builders in five countries to improve products, process, and profits. A senior contributing editor to Professional Builder, Scott has written award-wining commentary on all aspects of the business of homebuilding, and won the 2015 Jesse H. Neal Award, business journalism's most prestigious prize, for his commentary in Professional Builder. Scott invites you to join TrueNorth's LeanBuilding Group at www.linkedin.com and welcomes your feedback at scott@truen.com or 248.446.1275.

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May 26, 2017

In almost 20 years of writing a monthly column about home building, I’ve never received as many email responses as I did for my piece in the April 2017 issue, “

May 05, 2016

The late Stephen Covey, author of one of the all-time best-selling business books, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Pe

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 i

February 10, 2016

Last month I introduced the notion of fallacies in home building—those beliefs we may be completely committed to yet

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.

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.

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