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The Builder Behind Real Life Lean

Hi there, and welcome to Real Life Lean. Within the pages of this blog, I hope you find inspiration, information and maybe some comedic relief around a true builder's lean journey. Real Life Lean has been my passion project to share my lean journey - what I am learning, how I am implementing and what it's yielding. I'll try to share what others are doing in the lean community, and share some resources that are pushing me along in my journey.


So, who am I? My name is Tim. I am a disciple of Christ, a husband, a father, a builder and a lean advocate. I work in commercial construction as a superintendent in sunny San Diego where I have the pleasure of working with some of the most talented tradesman around.


Early on in my career I noticed the construction process (from design through turnover) seemed like a constant guessing game and my days were filled with putting out fires. I thought there had to be a better way to plan projects, but I was green and just kept my head down and continued to work. A few years later, a teammate of mine mentioned he was heading to a Last Planner System training in Kansas City and he was going to learn a new way to plan projects. When he returned, he shared his experience and his new way of planning. I was hooked. After a few failed attempts at implementing the Last Planner System on my projects, I knew I needed some help. Luckily for me, my company, CRB, had some experts that were able to point me to lean resources and push me further along my journey. Seeing the amount of information that was available, I started to soak it all up. I listened to podcasts and webinars, read articles and participated in SATs. I've shared with younger colleagues and spent hours in great conversations with lean professionals around the world. This blog is a collection of what I have learned, the mistakes I have made, and maybe some little bits of information that can propel you in you lean journey. Thanks for joining me as we navigate the ins and outs of lean construction!

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