TOP 10 LEAN CONSTRUCTION BASICS
The application of LEAN to construction is a focus upon best value for all project participants. The core aspects of LEAN have been deployed for decades through collaborative construction delivery methods such as Integrated Project Delivery – IPD (for major new construction) and Job Order Contracting – JOC (for renovation, repair, maintenance, sustainability, and minor new construction).
Core Aspects of LEAN Construction
- Best value procurement and execution
- Shared risk/reward
- Continuous improvement
- Key performance indicators – KPIs
- Mutual respect
- Ongoing education and training
- Common terms, definitions, and data architectures
- Technology that supports rather than dictates process
- Focus upon outcomes
LEAN construction requires new ways of interacting on a day to day basis. For some, the required changes in culture, workflows, and general dynamics are difficult to achieve.
Owners must lead the LEAN construction process and do so without excessive management and control. In order to lead, however, owners must first grasp and become “LEAN competent”.
The shift to LEAN construction is virtually required in order to improved productivity, quality and to reduce economic and environment waste.
While some will argue that “Every situation is unique” and there is no standard application of LEAN, core characteristics are and requirements for LEAN do exist. In short, consistency in process deployment is critical and can easily live within an environment of continuous improvement. LEAN processes are built to adapt based upon the competency and communication of participants.