Integrated Systems

All contractors know the project level challenges faced when the specifications, drawings and schedule are not coordinated.

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Even tiny details that are not coordinated or communicated effectively cause delays, rework, performance and warranty issues.

Leadership Tools: Construction Technology, Integrated Systems.

The good thing about even a bad project is that it eventually ends and the team is on to the next one.  

Unlike a project; the routine processes you use every day in your business don’t have an end point therefore the continuous improvement should be part of your routine as well.  Poorly coordinated people, processes and technology become exponentially more inefficient as the business grows eroding profits, morale and customer satisfaction.  

  1. Assessment & Roadmap: Regularly look across your whole business rating your various systems then identifying your #1 bottleneck or opportunity.  Be pragmatic in your assessment and quantification. Be conservative and flexible in planning your roadmap.  
  2. Integration: Focus on your #1 bottleneck or opportunity integrating the related process and technology to add maximum value for the next 2-5 years.  Beyond that there are too many changes coming.
  3. Training: If you fail to invest enough in training your current team and effectively integrating new team members as you grow or there is turnover your return on investment will be impacted and start to decline.



Production Tracking - Don't Be a Dry Monkey
Put a few monkeys in a cage with a ladder that has bananas on top. One monkey immediately goes for the bananas. Cold water sprays on the others. Don't let anyone on your team be a dry monkey when it comes to production tracking or schedule management.
Eric Hoffer - "Learners Inherit the Earth"
How would you rate the overall effectiveness of your team when it comes to learning something new and applying that knowledge? How would you rate your own effectiveness at learning?
Levels of Design / Development / Detail - Beyond just Design
Contractors can improve business results by applying many of the same processes and vocabulary to their business that the industry is applying to projects. Consider how the different Levels of Detail (LOD) could be applied to your planning processes.