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Scott Sedam is president of TrueNorth Development, a consulting and training firm that works with builders to improve products, process, and profits. A senior contributing editor to Pro Builder, Scott writes about all aspects of the home building business and won the 2015 Jesse H. Neal Award, business journalism's most prestigious prize, for his commentary in Pro Builder. Scott invites you to join TrueNorth's Lean Building Group on LinkedIn and welcomes your feedback at scott@truen.com or 248.446.1275.

Business Management

So, You Want to Be a Production Builder?

The transition from custom to production requires far more than just a portfolio of standard plans

A Deming Dozen: Nuggets of Wisdom to Work and Live By

Wise words from quality and efficiency expert Dr. W. Edwards Deming abound. Here’s a look at a dozen of the best

Why Dr. W. Edwards Deming Never Gets Old

Solid advice from an expert who's been around awhile: Consider your operating philosophy thoughtfully

Doc, We Hardly Knew Ye

Most industries have seen massive productivity gains since the ’50s—except home building. But if we took Deming's teachings to heart, things might be different

Business Management

The VPO Cure: Step-by-Step Guide to Reduce Waste and Boost Your Bottom Line

Any work commissioned after the start of a home spells waste, and that waste is crippling. Here’s the fix 

Business Management

What Lies Beneath—the Sinking of a Home Builder

You can have as many plans, elevations, and options as you like, but only if you have the systems, processes, and staff to seamlessly handle them

The Variance Measurement Quagmire—the Nightmare Continues

Managers use some remarkably creative ways to avoid reporting variance. That’s the first mistake

The Lazy Engineer Isn't Interested in Efficiency

Wanted: A new job description for an old profession

Welcome to a Home Builder's VPO Nightmare

Each variance purchase order is a failure, for everyone. It’s lose, lose, lose—for the builder, the supplier or trade, and for the customer

Grand Theft Home Building

Someone is stealing from your business, eroding your margins, and beating up your bottom line. Beware: Bandits remain at large

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