Tap into the Benefits of Lean Construction

December 21, 2018 Karli Langner

There’s a proven way to keep your complex, unclear or fast-track projects humming along, for improved profits and productivity: lean construction principles are designed to ensure you move beyond tolerating project time, cost or quality tradeoffs to:

  • Ensure design, supply, and assembly personnel share reliable work management techniques, tools and methods.
  • Minimize project waste, like transportation waste (including non-value-added movement of parts, materials or information between processes); waiting (for people, parts, systems, or facilities that are idle awaiting work completion); extra processing (work performed beyond the customer’s standard requirement); etc.
  • Help you run projects proactivelyvs. simply “monitoring the results” or reducing the cost or speed of one activityto improve the entire project’s performance.
  • Ensure you meet your customers’ goals with the minimum redundancy, stress, and project disruption.

How lean construction principles can help you get to a better place

Lean construction principles are all about helping organizations achieve integrated project delivery, rather than creating “silos” of project information or using outdated manual techniques. Lean construction principles:

  • Increase communication, team performance, and work quality. Lean construction principles and integrated project delivery processes rely on mutually shared information. When a team is working as a unit, every stakeholder feels empowered to highlight areas of a project where more value and quality can be obtained.
  • Ensure employee collaboration and accountability. Effective lean construction project management teams collaborate using technology, software, and real-time data to facilitate communication and problem-solving and contribute to a continuous improvement process.
  • Boost project satisfaction. Clear, shared information about which aspects of a project are most valuable to the project owner and end users means teams can make the best, quickest decisions without jeopardizing the outcome. Centralized decision making and contributions mean the project can stay and on schedule, track to budget, and move efficiently to quicker closeout. All these factors lead to a happy owner–and ultimately to more contracts, work, and profit for everyone.
  • Increase ROI and improve productivity rates. Lean construction principles improve productivity rates and therefore make for better subcontractor estimates—the key to profitability. In addition, any reduction of waste–whether in time, material, or operations—means better overall project efficiency.

Hero Hint:  lean construction principles can help to solve the toughest construction project management challenges.

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