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design

Yammer removes the friction in company-wide collaboration.

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Focus your continuous improvement efforts on getting “the what” right before working on “the how”.

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Only a change in mindset and behaviors produces a lean project.

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Add a project blog for more team collaboration.

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Matthew May has another hit book. In Pursuit of Elegance, Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing challenges conventional wisdom of good design.

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Use checklists in design projects to engage people more fully.

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Twitter and Architecture both benefit from pair design.

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Make innovation an everyday event

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Sustainable design of the built environment depends on adjusting — maybe overhauling — our design practices. Target-Value Design might just be that approach.

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It’s time manufacturers acquired their facilities on a lean basis. They now can with lean design and construction.

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There is such an urge to get our projects right. Not approximately right. Right, as “Do it right the first time.” Projects are not like that, especially design projects. Norman Bodek has been speaking about two [...]

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A lean construction consultant learns Scrum Development. It’s eye-opening!

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Why would a lean projects guy hire a Scrum software development ScrumMaster? Short answer: it seemed like a good idea at the time. Seriously, I’m doing some work for an architectural engineering firm. The company focuses on designing technically sophisticated manufacturing facilities. We are developing for them a responsibility-based planning approach. [...]

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IGLC is reaching out to industry by introducing Quick n Easy Kaizen and Training with Industry’s J-Programs at the 2007 conference in East Lansing, Michigan.

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What Does “Go Lean” Mean?

by Hal on May 28, 2007

in design, lean

Be careful what you read about lean. “Experts” might lead you astray.

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Lean Construction Congress 2006: Some of the biggest projects in the world have been going on in the UK…and they’ve used the lean construction approach.

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Industrial production of housing is taking off in Sweden based on lean construction approaches

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Key Points

Problems are universal
Alignment from IFoA and shared incentives
Asking the question, “WHat makes the work unproductive?”
No GMP
Selection of the right team
No GMP
Reduction of RFIs
The showed how communication flows along
100% sign-off on design
Poor financial reporting of subs
Core team
Public tracking of PPC
Core group authorized to make commitments
Owner’s decision and commitment to change
IFoA underlying trust factor
Using PPC to [...]

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This Changes Everything

by Hal on November 8, 2006

in construction, design, lean

The lean construction story of a breakthrough project performed by a committed and enlightened team

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The Lean Construction Congress participants were fully engaged with the Sutter Health presentations. Read their highlights, questions, and Sutter’s answers.

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Turner Construction is embracing lean construction in their healthcare projects

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Sutter’s Camino Medical Project

by Hal on November 8, 2006

in construction, design, lean

A lean project conducted by DPR for Sutter Health

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Sutter’s lean process mapped to Toyota’s 4Ps and the Five Big Ideas

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The Congress has begun in San Francisco. I’ll blog the presentations, as best as I can. Keep checking back… Slide presentations and recordings will be available at the Lean Construction Institute website.

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Lean Construction Congress 2006

by Hal on November 3, 2006

in construction, design, lean

Construction project management is changing. The Lean Construction Institute is behind it.

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