Two Second Lean

Changing the behaviors in your organization to focus on continuous improvement is one of the most challenging and rewarding things contractors can do.

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This journey starts with just getting you team use to identifying waste then taking the initiative to eliminate it.  

Reading List: Identification and Elimination of Waste. Book: 2 Second Lean by Paul A. Akers.

The book we have seen resonate the most with teams starting this journey is 2 Second Lean.  The book can be purchased for $5 if you order 20 or more.  It comes in English and Spanish versions.  

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

Peter F. Drucker

The book is a short read with a ton of pictures and examples that resonate with a wide variety of people.  Paul Akers has a background in construction, has a manufacturing company that serves the construction industry and works with a lot of contractors.  

There is much more to developing a true lean culture or what some would call making a lean transformation.  This is only the first step but it is a great step.  


Paul has also produced a lot of videos to augment the book:

Lean is Simple / LCI:

Lean is Simple / DPR Construction:


Will your culture allow you to dominate (or survive) the changes that are happening across the construction industry?  




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PICK SMART Improvements
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