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Real Life Lean 004

Happy Monday lean construction family and welcome to another edition of Real Life Lean. This newsletter is intended to give construction professionals worldwide 4 quick and easy resources to grow and continue on your lean journey.

Today's Summary:

  • Lean Article - Generating Lean Buy In on Your Projects

  • Lean Podcast - Applied Lean Construction and Lean Thinking with Melanie Gilbertson

  • Lean Event - Lean Construction Institute - Effective Big Room

  • Real Life Lean - Field Templates

Lean Article

Implementing lean can be a challenge. Some individuals run towards lean and the opportunity for improvement, while others shy away from change. Andrew Mondragon offers 4 tips for generating lean buy in on your project. Total read time - 4 min

Lean Podcast

This episode of The EBFC Show featured Melanie Gilbertson who shares here lean experience and how her company focuses on lean implementation. One thing I loved from this episode was the PDCA loop that her team conducts monthly with their project teams. I think this is a great idea and a great way to improve through a project instead of waiting until the end of a project to learn. As Felipe says in this interview, it is filled with lean nuggets. Enjoy! Total listen time - 57 minutes.

Lean Event

What is a big room? Is it just an oversized room? What characteristics make something a big room? This event from LCI should answer these questions and more.

Real Life Lean - Lean practices outside of the construction world

While working on my current project, our team has to install 100+ outlets in a modular wall system. The outlets range from 18"AFF - 84"AFF. After completing our first of 12 rooms, our electricians saw we needed some improvement. Without even mentioning lean construction or the idea of lean, the electricians came up with the two templates seen below. These helped the team improve productivity and standardize their install. I am sure the ingenuity in this tool will be seen in the quality of our final product.

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