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The key benefits of lean and six sigma include providing structured methods of improvement to reduce waste, shorten production time, reducing cost, reducing lead times, promoting concurrent work, accelerating activities, improving planning and control and ultimately high levels of customer satisf

Creating change is not easy, neither is coming up with fresh ideas and perspectives to prompt those changes in the first place! Below I provide a model for change management and a list of change/improvement idea prompts.

Here is a list of some of the best books on quality and performance improvement.

A book that can help make the penny drop regarding the importance of change and improvement isWho Moved My Cheese by Johnson & Blanchard

There are a wide range of quality improvement tools and techniques, below are a list of some of them. We will be touching on all of these in this blog. At the end of this blog are links that will take you to free downloadable excel templates for many of these tools.

PDCA and DMAIC. 

One of the most basic things to understand about process performance improvement is the Deming Cycle or Plan, Do, Check and Act (PDCA) This is also referred to as the earlier Shewhart Cycle which is Plan, Do, Study and Act.

THE MARKET

Surely the most important issue facing everyone in the homebuilding industry, indeed every industry today is improving performance. Reducing costs and leveraging resources to improve profitability.

In case you weren't able to catch it live, we've archived our webinar with Mark Richardson. As usual, Mark had some great insight into where the market is headed and how remodelers can take advantage of it.

If there’s one housing sector that is poised for a strong recovery in the next 12 to 18 months, it’s the rental housing market, namely apartment buildings.

We’ve all heard the mantra, “Now is the time to buy!” Well, that also holds true for land acquisition. Distressed properties in the hands of lenders and court-appointed receiverships that have either partial or full land entitlements can be purchased at very low prices today.

The Obama administration outlined three options to change the way home loans are financed, calling for the shutdown of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the next five years and reducing or eliminating the role of government in helping borrowers secure mortgages

One of the big barriers to a housing industry recovery is the perception that there are a large number of vacant homes out there that are going to flood the market any day now.

While conducting research for this month’s report on “16 Tips For Driving Consumer Traffic,” I came across an interesting fact about technology and consumer behavior.

One of the primary obstacles to obtaining private project financing is understanding the differences between the formal banking experiences that home builders are accustomed to and the new world of private project financing.

It's not getting a lot of attention in the partisan bickering over the tax compromise in Washington last week, but remodelers hoping for an extension of the energy efficiency tax credits look to be the big losers.

If you’ve ever been in an interview and heard a question that started with, “Tell me about a time...,” then you’ve experienced a behavioral interview question.

The current housing downturn has caused a lot of problems to all members of the supply chain on many levels, and its effect goes deeper than one might think. We are all aware of the obvious: wide spread layoffs, branch closings, bankruptcies, etc.

Two years ago, at the height of the global financial crisis, investor Warren Buffett pulled out this gem of a quote to describe the situation. “It’s only when the tide goes out that you learn who’s been swimming naked.”

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