The Lean Builder

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

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…

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. As much as I love the feel of a genuine fat hardcover or even…

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…

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. Serious endeavors in process…

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. Serious endeavors in process…

In these times of increasing sales with decreasing margins, home builders are on a continual campaign to decrease costs. Every cost category from labor to materials to overhead…

In these times of increasing sales with decreasing margins, home builders are on a continual campaign to decrease costs. Every cost category from labor to materials to overhead to finance is up, while sales price…

 

“Sometimes life – and work – would be easier if you could forget some things you’ve learned.”

So begins my August article in Professional Builder Magazine just out today, the fifth in a series on “…

Last week’s big announcement of the merger of StanPac and Ryland Group, creating a new member of the Top 5 Homebuilders, spawned a flurry of articles and blogs, most of them suggesting the kingdom and the power and…

Last week’s big announcement of the merger of StanPac and Ryland Group, creating a new member of the Top 5 Homebuilders, spawned a flurry of articles and blogs, most of them suggesting the kingdom and the power and…

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