Fundamentals of Lean Construction
Many of us have likely heard the quote – “Give me six hours to chop down a tree 🌳, and I will spend the first four ⏲ sharpening the ax.”
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO)'s President and Executive Director, Mark Niehaus, summarized C.D. Smith's sharpening of the ax for MSO's historic wall move saying, "The way it was done was so thoughtfully put together that the risk of the actual move was very low. We had a week set aside for the move and we moved the entire wall in, I think it was six hours."
Here's how this concept applies to the fundamentals of lean. 👇
By using lean principles to sharpen our metaphorical ax, we can effectively and efficiently execute a construction project, deliver it on time, within budget and minimize waste and rework.
Whether you are an astute practitioner of lean or early on in your journey, lean planning is a philosophy that can be applied to managing any organization or project.
Fundamentally, the lean ideal is to give customers, both internal and external, precisely what they need when they need it to accomplish their purpose with no waste.
Customers can be both upstream or downstream, external or internal or end users.
It’s a good idea to consider managing the whole client, not just the next step in a process.
By taking a holistic view of what we need to deliver and to whom, we can ensure that we precisely provide the right deliverable to keep a project flowing.
While construction is not a continuously moving assembly line, and every construction project is unique based on location and specifications, flow is typically critical to the success of a project.
When a project experiences a blockage in flow, it can result in waste.
In its basic form, waste is anything associated with a cost, whether monetary, material, time or even stress.
If the goal is to give customers exactly what they need when they need it to accomplish their purpose, there should be no waste.
from Beneath the Hard Hat® on 11.02.2022
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