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Lean Construction – Efficiency AND Efficacy

Lean Construction – Efficiency AND Efficacy Newton’s second law of motion states that ‘A body will stay at rest or in a constant line of motion until a resultant force acts upon it’, i.e. force applied to a mass will change its speed and / or direction. In other words, if you want to get […]

Common Misconceptions Construction Managers have about Lean

“Of course this could work if every job we did was the same, you know, like they have in manufacturing, but all our projects are different” —   A.Projectmanager “Well you know, we have lots of peaks and troughs in our workload, feast and famine, sometimes we don’t have enough staff and other times there is […]

Goals versus Lean Doing

We all want to have successful businesses and projects. To do this, good practice dictates that we start by setting SMART goals. This is an absolutely sensible approach for life in general but what if we look at things a bit differently? It is as, if not more, important to focus on getting good systems […]

Visual Management cracks the Wall

Visual management is often proposed as one of fundamental tools in the philosophy of lean thinking and the successful use of visual management as one of the key differentiators of lean thinking over other improvement methodologies. Yet when lean thinking is applied to the construction environment does anyone really understand the concept of the visual […]

The parallels of Aviation advances in teamwork with UK Construction

“The moment a flock of Canada geese hit the aircraft and we were forced to land US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, on January 15, 2009, I knew that my life would change forever…” These are the opening lines in the foreword to a fascinating book entitled ‘Beyond the Checklist – What else […]

The Design / Procurement Paradox

It will be widely recognised that over the last 5 years we have seen a slide back to ‘lowest cost’ dominating the procurement thinking in both Client organisations and, naturally therefore, contracting organisations. Even for those organisations that philosophically support collaborative working, their systems and staff aren’t equipped with the tendering strategies for true collaborative […]

Lean Training: The Start of a Journey

As an approved centre to provide NVQ in Business Improvement Techniques (BIT), we constantly debate among ourselves, how one measures the effectiveness of lean training we provide? One common debate surrounds whether, through the “learning by doing” method, do we try to achieve a good output on a project that learners take on and out […]