4 Ways to Improve Projects Using Digital Tools

Thinking about using technology to step up your project planning? Many contractors have amplified the benefits of a Lean or Last Planner® approach through the use of digital tools. Here’s a rundown of how your projects will change, and tips to set you up for success from industry expert Hal Macomber. 1. Identify a Guide
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How Make Ready Planning Can Make—or Break—Your Project

You have the right team in place, the materials have arrived on time, and even the weather is cooperating. “What could go wrong?” you think to yourself as the steam rises from your coffee in a perfect arc. And yet, three months later, the project is behind schedule, over budget, and no one even has time for coffee. How did this happen?
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Lean Training: Improve Collaboration

Time is money on a job site, but all too often meetings are lengthy and unproductive. Planning meetings get derailed and turn into finger-pointing sessions, and by the end you've lost more time without making progress or finding ways to gain on your schedule.
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Takt Time Planning and Laws of Production: Getting the Most Out of LPS

Katherine Van Adzin: Hi, everyone! Let’s start off this week with a brief introduction to our guest, Colin Milberg. Colin, tell us about yourself.
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Lean Training: If You Can Increase Project Profitability by 20%, You Can Increase It by 50%

Katherine Van Adzin: Today we’re talking about profit velocity! To start off, could you define what it is?
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Lean Training: Milestone and Phase Planning Webinar

Don't worry if you missed our recent webinar, "Milestone and Phase Planning"—the recording is here! In this twenty-minute session Touchplan's Vice President of Professional Services, Michael Sullivan, covers how to divide a project into logical milestones that a team can feel confident in accomplishing. The webinar also explores how to develop a phase pull schedule (PPS) and define project...
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Lean Training: Bringing Kaizen to Design

I caught up with Lean consultant Hal Macomber and the Director of Regen50 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Calayde Davey, while they were at LCI Congress 2018. We discussed what’s changed since they co-authored The Pocket Sensei, Mastering Lean Leadership in 2017, how Kaizen practices can be introduced to design as well as construction, and what they plan to cover in the book’s upcoming second...
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Finish Ahead with Touchplan

The construction industry has lagged for many years in achieving the productivity gains enabled in other industries by digitization and technology. While this trend has been changing more recently, forty percent of construction companies still rely on paper plans during projects. With a labor shortage that shows no signs of abating, companies will be relying on improvements to operational...
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Lean Training: How to Run a Zero-Punch-List Project

Katherine Van Adzin: Let’s talk about zero-punch-list projects! Hal Macomber: Let’s begin this discussion by establishing Lean as an operating strategy that gives preference to flow efficiency over resource efficiency through continuous improvement that results in building the competence of people. If you're giving preference to flow efficiency, anything that would interrupt flow is something...
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