lean construction evolution


The four development stages of lean systems in the construction industry

What does Lean Evolution mean?

The Lean Evolution describes the path from the first contact with lean construction from the introduction of a customized lean system to its perfection and digitalization. We are of the opinion that project management and process optimization according to lean methods helps the construction industry to get a grip on its current efficiency problems. Classic, hierarchical project management quickly reaches its limits in many projects.

The beginning of Lean Evolution lies in the gathering of information to gain a basic understanding of Lean Design or Construction. For this purpose it is necessary to five lean principles to understand and recognize their added value. However, it is not enough for individuals in the company to be enthusiastic about lean. It is therefore necessary to convince as many colleagues and project participants as possible of the methods and to train them to apply them. After the understanding is created and the added value is recognized, the next phase of Lean Evolution begins.

Introduce Lean Construction

In the following you will implement a customized Lean System in your company. Lean is not the same as lean is not the same as no two companies or projects are alike. It is therefore necessary to understand your processes, analyze their particularities and map the entire process landscape of a project. This can then be used to create your Lean strategy developed will be. Since lean construction relies on the collaboration of all project participants, we recommend in the next step Workshops with all parties involved. This ensures that everyone receives the same information and the lean system is integrated into the project from day one. Finally, a process of project support begins in which the system is continuously improved and perfected.

When will Lean be fully implemented?

Trick question. Because an important part of Lean Construction is the pursuit of perfection. Which is why the implementation of a lean system is never complete. Because the Striving for perfection never ends. That is why you should always take a critical look at yourself in this third phase of Lean Evolution. You are welcome to use our comprehensive Lean Audit for this purpose. We will show you in detail and unembellished where your lean system currently stands and what concrete improvement potential you should address.

Transporting lean into the company

Whether a pilot project or already several successful implementations, lean construction should be rolled out throughout the entire company. After all, maximum added value can only be achieved if every Lean is integrated into his or her daily routine and everyone strives for perfection. Therefore it makes sense to combine the best of all lean projects already completed and to push the company-wide roll-out. For this purpose it is essential to provide a meaningful performance measurement system that all employees can use as a basis for orientation. This ensures that everyone is working towards the same goals and allows you to keep an overview even in times of many complex construction projects. Once you have a working KPI system in place, you need to determine whether you are ready for the next step in lean evolution.

Digital Lean Construction - Are you ready?

In recent years, a veritable digitalisation hype has broken out. Everybody is trying compulsively and without consideration of losses to digitize everything that is not yet on the tree at three. But the question arises whether this makes sense in any case. Therefore we have our digital readiness test which we use to determine whether your company is ready for the digitalization of the lean system. If not, you should invest some more time in perfecting your system. If you are ready for Digital Lean Construction, we will support you with the implementation of our Lean Construction Software.

With "Yolean", projects can be mapped from planning to implementation in one tool and we will raise your lean system to a data-driven level. Data, process flows and interrelationships can be adapted and optimized independent of location and in real-time. The recognition of process patterns automatically supports you in optimizing your projects. The more projects you handle digitally, the more knowledge from the past flows into the optimisation. This data-driven and learning lean system raises productivity to a new level.

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