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Scott Sedam


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 or 248.446.1275.

Home Builders Need to Innovate or Get Back to Basics

What the home building industry really needs now

Wanted: More Than a Few Good Architects and Engineers

The vast majority of architects aren’t trained in the intricacies of efficient construction. Engineers are trained, but most show little or no concern

Quest to Create a New Generation of Skilled Trades

Finding an answer to the construction industry's labor shortage—in your own backyard

Choices and Responsibilities in Solving the Trade Shortage

Scott Sedam examines popular conceptions on how to fix the trade labor shortage.

What Are Our Choices and Responsibilities in Solving the Trade Shortage?

With most builders facing a significant squeeze on profit margins, simply paying more for labor than the next guy isn't a viable or long-term solution

‘Brick & Kick,’ Open the Borders, or ... ?

Scott Sedam takes a look at the choices and responsibilities in solving the trade shortage

America’s Trade Shortage: Failure of an Industry

The lack of skilled labor is a massive problem for the construction industry, but so far there's been little effort made to find solutions

America’s Trade Shortage

The current lack of skilled labor is a massive problem for our industry, but so far little has been done to find solutions

Could Your Largest Obstacle Be ... You?

12 home building fallacies that get in our way

Bust These Home Building Myths

From myths about mayonnaise to myths about the effects of the trade shortage, fallacies aren’t mere errors in fact, but rather errors in thinking and reason—and they could be holding back your business


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