Lean Planning: We started off Looking at WorkBy
My guest for this week’s Busines901 Podcast is Gregory A. Howell, co-founder and managing director of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), a non-profit organization devoted to production management research in design and construction. Howell brings 35 years of construction industry project management, consulting and university-level teaching experience to LCI. An excerpt from the podcast:
Greg Howell: I could do a several hour standup routine of really funny stories about this. I think in some ways, Lean is funny in the sense that it contradicts your normal way of thinking.
Glenn and I are beginning to think in a different way. We go out in the field, and we’re working on a project. We see something happen, or we see somebody do something that’s very counter?intuitive in traditional practice, and it lines up with what we’re thinking, and we realize that this has helped us move forward.
We did not start off to adapt theory to practice. We started off looking at work. We saw patterns there, and then we realized that there were underlying conceptual explanations that could help us. It’s not like academics sitting inside a room, reading books, thinking it up. It’s the other way around.
An overview by co-founder Glenn Ballard on how Lean Construction saves money and improves productivity.
This podcast is just not for construction. I found Greg to be one of the best sources on Lean Project Planning that I have found.
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