Production Tracking - Lessons Learned

Production and production tracking will never be perfect.

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Production tracking is just one part of an overall system for managing projects. The magic is developing a culture of continuous improvement across the whole team.  Some lessons learned when it comes to effective production tracking:

Field Productivity: Production Tracking. Lessons Learned. Start Small, Build Trust, Crews not Individuals, Days not Tasks, What-If Analysis, Experimentation, Selective Overtime, Small Rewards, and Refining Process.
  1. Start small testing and refining the process on one project or just a few tasks.
  2. Build trust across the field leadership and crews.  This is a tool for them to help them get better including learning to troubleshoot production.  It IS NOT a “monitoring” mechanism.  
  3. Focus on crew productivity rather than individuals.  Teach teams how to organize people for maximum impact.
  4. Focus on maximizing daily and weekly productivity; not just single tasks. Daily Production
  5. Develop tools, training and a habit of the team doing “What If” analysis to find the best way to execute before starting.  It is cheaper to figure this out on paper or virtually than it is physically.
  6. Make sure your culture supports consistent use of the best installation standards you have learned across all crews.  And provide room for smart EXPERIMENTATION to find the next best standard. PDCA
  7. Use selective overtime to meet daily production goals where applicable.  
  8. Use small rewards that are very short-interval (daily & weekly) and supervisor driven.  Combined with an overall performance compensation system this will build morale and sustainable results. 
  9. Technology is amazing but make sure your field supervisors can create an effective tracking tool including motivating the crew using a piece of sheetrock, spray paint and construction crayon.  People; then effective processes and then tools. 

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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....

Six Pillars of Productivity
Contractors can guarantee labor productivity on their projects by leading their project teams to focus relentlessly on ensuring that these 6 Pillars of Productivity are supporting each task on the job site.
General Mattis - Operations Occur at the Speed of Trust
Retired General Jim Mattis uses the word trust 65+ times in Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead.  "Trusted personal relationships are the foundation for effective fighting teams, whether on the playing field, the boardroom, or the battlefield."
Clear Installation Information
For a contractor to maximize their labor productivity they need to start with clear information provided to the crews doing the actual installation. Good information is the first of the six pillars of productivity and means several things: