HotSpot Process Nips Quality Problems in the Bud

Experiencing recurring quality problems on the job site? Try the HotSpot process. Here's how to set it up.

March 01, 2009



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Experiencing recurring quality problems on the job site? Try the HotSpot process. Ed Caldeira, a pioneer in the development of residential construction quality and safety systems, explains how to set it up:

  1. Identify one or two quality issues per trade through job inspections, comprehensive quality reviews and builder feedback.
  2. Add these top quality issues as HotSpot checkpoints to your inspection forms.
  3. Create one-page training sheets using pictures and diagrams to address each specific problem.
  4. During weekly production meetings or toolbox talks, train production personnel and trade contractors on procedures to eliminate the newly identified HotSpot problems.
  5. Post the HotSpot training sheets in a prominent area.
  6. When an existing HotSpot issue is resolved, post the item in the production meeting room or construction trailer as a quality success. Remove the checkpoint from the HotSpot part of the inspection form and put it in the reminder section. In time, it may leave the inspection form altogether.

Caldeira is the founder of Caldeira Quality, a training, consulting and software firm based in Crofton, Md. For instructions on creating your own training sheets, visit the resources section at http://www.firsttimequality.com/default.aspx.


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