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The Lean Builder Blog: Marshall Field had it right

Last weekend was the annual Christmas sojourn to my wife’s relatives in Chicago. On the obligatory trip downtown to Marshall Field’s to see the…

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Hindsight and Foresight for 2012

Learning from the past and planning for the future. As we move toward 2012 we have a wonderful opportunity to evaluate what happened this past year,…

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Should you outsource your people function?

Most small to mid size builders today have found themselves without any internal professional Human Resource function. Either that function was a…

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The Lean Design Blog: 3 simple ways to spice up your elevations

Designing a new elevation series is a lot of fun. It is an opportunity to define your brand and create homes that will speak to buyers emotionally.…

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Things to think about when purchasing tablets

Quality, criteria and requirements apply everywhere even when considering tablets, hardware and software. Overall requirements to consider: ACCESS Wi…

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The Lean Design Blog: Are TJIs costing you more than they should?

My psychiatrist told me I'm going crazy.  I told him, "If you don't mind, I'd like a second opinion."  He said, "All right. You're ugly too!" When it…


The Lean Builder Blog: Don’t let this passion go to waste

Yesterday after presenting an orientation for our LeanPlan Workout process to a group of suppliers & trades in Texas, a contractor named Mike…

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The Lean and Green Blog: Lesson 3 - 'Lots' of opportunity

Down here in the south, you will often hear the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” When it comes to lot preparation, we seem to fix a lot of…

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The Lean Design Blog: 5 most common construction drawing mishaps

Construction drawings are complex and getting them right involves a whole lot of moving parts. From working with builder and trades countrywide I…

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What and where to improve?

What and where do I start to improve? This is a common question and while we need to balance the cost and impact to identify the real bang for the…

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