Category: Lean

Price Volatility, Tariffs Offer a Wakeup Call for New Collaborations

Owners, contractors, and designers face increasing headwinds as we cope with rising construction costs. Compounding the demand-side effects of an industrywide workforce shortage and material cost inflation is the supply-chain uncertainty of new trade tariffs. While impossible to forecast the full consequence of these combined economic disruptors, we can predict that the cost of building […]

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  • collaboration
  • Lean
  • material inflation
  • project delivery
  • tariffs
  • volatility

The Science of How

By Jeff Palombo, Vice President of Safety Operations at Robins & Morton Human Performance. It’s a phrase you often hear associated with sociological principles, Lean, Six Sigma, airline and automobile industries, along with many other professions and ideologies, but what does it mean? Further, what could it possibly have to do with safety? Simply put, […]

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  • critical steps
  • equity huddles
  • fair accountability
  • Human Performance Approach
  • Lean
  • post-task planning
  • pre-task planning
  • questioning attitude
  • safety
  • self-checking
  • stop work authority
  • team forums

From the Field: Simple Solutions

Every day, construction professionals are tasked with anticipating constraints, balancing speed with budgets, overseeing day-to-day work and preparing for activities months ahead of their scheduled dates. In the midst of those make-or-break tasks, it’s easier to stay focused on the big things when the simple things are already handled. In support of this philosophy, several […]

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  • bucket
  • drywall
  • Lean
  • organization
  • screws
  • simple solutions
  • stands
  • stub-ups
  • temporary lighting
  • utilities

From the Field: Building Teams

In every industry, especially construction, everything is changing quickly – the technology, the operational impacts because of technology, the expectations, and perhaps most drastically, the workforce. As we look to hire the next generation, retain existing workforce and ensure lasting relationships with the trade contractors that make our work possible, we realize that we have […]

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  • culture
  • Daily Stand-Up Meeting
  • Last Planner System
  • Lean
  • teambuilding

Building Together: Jennifer Lacy

They say the third time’s the charm, which Jennifer Lacy might agree with in terms of how she found her ultimate career path. Jen graduated from East Texas State University — now Texas A&M University-Commerce — with a bachelor’s degree in operations management and a minor in human resources. After that, she continued her education […]

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  • Building Together
  • Division Marketing Director
  • Lean
  • Women in Construction
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