Reinventing the wheel can take a lot of time. So why not consider benchmarking best practices. The 2011 National Housing Quality Award Winners featured in the October edition of Professional Builder give three wonderful examples. Wathen-Castanos Hybrid Homes, Charter Homes and Haseko Construction.
The 2010 October edition of Professional Builder Magazine features the three winners of the National Housing Quality Award.
and Haseko Construction
How do you compare to them? What best practices can you adapt from them? What quality tools are they using that you can try? If the NHQA has helped them it can help you! Why not apply ? If you want to look outside the industry the link below will provide you with a list of all the National Baldrige winners, many have links to provide a ‘summary award application’ for free download from this page. They list the tools, metrics, training etc that they have used. The companies include small business, service and manufacturing. See what THEY are doing to drive performance.
Finally, if you want to find out more information on a Case Study of a builder that has implemented quality for well over 10 years check out this link to get a detailed behind the look at Veridian Homes
AND for more information on the impact of quality take a look at this link The Cost of Quality in Homebuilding.
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