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The Burt Group
Lean scheduling addresses these reasons up front by clarifying
what you're asking people to do. Lean practitioners call these gating
factors the "conditions of acceptance."
When requestors - the superintendent or other team members -
ask, "Can you do it?" the requestees are given time to think through
the task and ask questions before making a firm commitment. The
goal is to get more reliable promises.

It's All about Reliability
Lean scheduling looks at all the conditions necessary to deliver a
result by a promised date. Instead of asking after the fact - "Why
did this task run late?"- lean asks at the outset: "What do we need to
ensure we complete this task on time?"
Lean construction allows subs to say, "If all these conditions are in
place, we will complete Task X by Time Y."

It's Not Command and Control
In construction's traditional, top-down management style, general
contractors tell the subcontractors what's needed by when. But for
reasons you've undoubtedly heard time and again, those deadlines
get missed, and what follows is embarrassment, disappointment and
finger-pointing.
Lean teams replace "reasons we didn't hit the date" with "here's
what we need to make a reliable promise."
Lean's attitude is, you're likely to have that conversation anyway.
You might as well have it up front, when it'll do some good.
Clarify what you're asking people to do and allow them to offer
alternative methods or dates. Because how much is their promise
worth if they are not empowered to say no?
Instead of top-down command and control, you get commitments
you can count on.

Old-fashioned Values Return
When design and construction teams start measuring their activities following lean metrics, they may seldom complete assignments
as promised. They may hit their targets only, say, 18 percent of the
time. Implementing lean isn't a quick fix that will result in overnight
success and efficiency. Lean is a journey. But after several weeks of
measuring results and looking at the reasons dates were missed,
those percentages start to climb.
High-performing teams attain planned percent complete rates in
the 80 percent range. (You'd never expect a team to hit 100 percent
because that means they're not pushing themselves.)
In addition to avoiding finger-pointing, teams enjoy the old-fashioned satisfaction that comes with doing what you say you'll do.
Lean captures audit trails to understand why dates change. As a
result, the team spots trends and takes measures to manage them.

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Two recent projects
exemplify Burt Group's
construction approach.
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Walsh Group
R.D. Olson Construction -
Irvine Spectrum Marriott
Odom Construction Systems
The Burt Group
MIINC LP
J. Raymond Construction/Butler
Enterprises - Butler North
Streetscape Partners
A. Secondino & Son Inc.
Sabre Commercial Inc.
Alterra International - Butler
Brothers Building renovation
Montgomery Martin Contractors
Swinerton Construction -
Oaks Business Park

The intent is not punitive, but to improve
coordination as a team.
Reliability is the goal. If you say you'll do
something, you need to take full responsibility to make it happen.
Five years ago it seemed out of reach,
but we're seeing high-performing teams
bringing back that quaint notion of being
a person of your word. Lean requires a shift
in culture as much as it requires the proper
tools to help manage and guide the journey.
High-performing teams have made the intentional commitment to the process, which
is resulting in more reliability, predictability
and productivity.
Today, more companies are exploring the
lean journey and it is to the credit of the early
adopters that have been vocal to share their
experiences and positive outcomes.
Susan Parker is the director of construction solutions for Newforma, a developer
of software for building and infrastructure project information management.

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