Raising the Lean Bar in Construction

"Overall, the construction industry collectively struggles with managing the supply chain. We experience a lack of consistency in each client project, each introducing many new hurdles to overcome. Like other construction companies, we’re constantly procuring, developing, and establishing new relationships with new suppliers, subcontractors, vendors, and architects to develop and streamline the building experience."

As Senior Project Manager for DPR Construction, a leading general contractor with offices all over the U.S., Peter Berg says maintaining stability is a continuous challenge in the industry. We interviewed Peter to hear his perspective on advancing supply chains in the construction industry, and how his company is gaining a competitive advantage.

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Building the Layers of Lean Construction

Kirk Paluska, General Manager and Owner of DUCTCO LLC, is a lean guy at heart. As lean consultant in his former life, Kirk has experienced lean thinking transform organizations from waste-ridden and varied to efficient and stable. 

Now, he's hung up his consulting shoes for some steel-toes and bought a middle contracting company servicing sub contractors in the commercial construction industry.

Using his lean background, Kirk is transforming his commercial contracting company in the midst of an industry where lean thinking can be rare. With complex supply chains and custom, varied projects, there's little room for standardization, PDCA or measurement.

We interviewed Kirk on what he's seeing in the construction industry and where lean thinking can help it improve.

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Team Member Empowerment: It's Not As Difficult As You Think

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C-Suite Lean Leadership: Motivating People for the Next Frontier

Honesty and integrity have been cornerstones of Dan Mora’s career. As the CEO and President of Gemini Duplication, a provider of subpoena, copy, and online record management services, Mora is leveraging lean leadership to bring his company into the next frontier of its industry through teamwork, collaboration, advancement, and constant improvement – all in the midst of a challenging and changing industry.

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The Lean Leadership Training Series: The Way to Build Trust and Performance with Your Team

LeanCor Leadership Principle: 

Team Member Orientation – Support improved team member performance, professional development and job satisfaction through coaching and highly participative leadership.  Give Team Members clear performance feedback and provide timely and relevant training with actions to improve.

A lean culture is a learning culture, and as leaders it is our responsibility to support our team members in taking advantage of those learning opportunities.  To do this, one department at LeanCor has developed a management system to ensure we are coaching and developing our team members.   Hopefully this practical example gives you an idea or two on how to be a Team Member Oriented leader!

But first…..

What is a Management System?

Management systems are a requirement for stable processes.  They are the “controls” that help us stabilize a process or keep it from breaking.  Think of a management system as something that continues to “squeeze” the variability out of a process, leading to a more stable output.

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The Lean Leadership Training Series: Understanding Your Functional Area

 

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How Do You Change Behavior in Organizations?

Our weekly Executive Spotlight Blog Series will showcase business leaders' perspectives on real issues facing our industry, and the lean best practices that help improve supply chains and grow organizations.

We interviewed Jim Mikulski, Global Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, to understand how lean thinking is driving innovation at Greene, Tweed and enabling the forward-thinking company to change the game in its industry.

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The Lean Leadership Training Series: What is Content-Based Leadership and Why Should You Have It?

Lesson 3: What Should I Know?
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Lean Leadership Training Series: Why It's Easier to Succeed with a Customer Orientation

Lesson 2: Orient Yourself!

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The Lean Leadership Training Series: A Practical Guide to Principles

 

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