PDCA - Field Productivity

Improving field productivity in construction is exceptionally challenging.

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It must be embraced as a journey and not a destination.  It must be embraced as a continuous learning process. It must be made into a game so that people clearly see what winning looks like and fall in love with the process.  

Field Productivity: Continuous Improvement. PDCA.

Consistent improvements to field productivity are like climbing a mountain.  

  • Trying to “Master Plan” every detail won’t work.  There is no perfect playbook that fits every contractor, every project and every crafts person. 
  • Like climbing a mountain the best thing you can do is create a reasonable plan, create some contingency plans, train yourself and your team hard then get to work. 
  • Just plan the next 10 feet; set an anchor and get the whole team up to that level.  Repeat a few hundred (or thousand) times.  
  • You and your whole team gotta fall in love with being on the mountain; not just being at the summit.  
  • You are only at the summit for a moment in time before you need to get climbing to the next one or you slip back down into a valley and need to climb back up. 
  • Also remember that with field productivity your team is constantly changing.  Between growth and normal attrition your field team is probably changing about 15% per year.  How effectively you bring those new team members up the mountain matters as much as where your team currently is.  

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Labor Productivity
Field labor is the often the biggest variable on a construction project - making it the biggest risk and opportunity....

Labor Productivity
Field labor is the often the biggest variable on a construction project - making it the biggest risk and opportunity....

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