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 through the introduction of a tailor-made Lean system to its perfection and digitalisation. 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. This is because classic, hierarchical project management quickly reaches its limits in many projects.
The beginning of the 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 and to recognize their added value. However, it is not enough if individual people in the company are enthusiastic about Lean. Therefore, it is necessary in the first step 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 the lean evolution begins.
Introduce Lean Construction
In the following, you will implement a tailor-made Lean system in your company. Because not all Lean is the same, just as no two companies or projects are the same. Therefore, it is necessary to understand your processes, analyze their specifics and map the entire process landscape of a project. Subsequently, your Lean strategy developed become. Since Lean Construction is based on the collaboration of all project participants, we recommend in the next step Workshops with all those involved. This way, 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 quest for perfection never ends. Therefore, you should always critically question yourself in this third phase of the Lean Evolution. You are welcome to use our comprehensive Lean Audit for this purpose. In it, we show you in detail and unvarnished where your lean system currently stands and which concrete improvement potentials you should tackle.
Transporting Lean into the company
Regardless of whether it is a pilot project or several successful implementations, Lean Construction should be rolled out throughout the entire company. Because the maximum added value is only achieved when everyone integrates Lean into their daily routine and everyone strives for perfection. Therefore it makes sense to combine the best of all already completed Lean projects and to push the company-wide roll-out. To do this, it is essential to provide a meaningful performance measurement system that all employees can use as a guide. This ensures that everyone is working towards the same goals and that you can always maintain an overview, even in times of many complex construction projects. Once you have a functioning KPI system in place, it is important to determine whether you are ready for the next step in the lean evolution.
Digital Lean Construction - Are you ready?
In recent years, a real digitalization hype has broken out. Everyone is obsessively trying to digitize everything that is not yet on the tree, regardless of losses. But the question arises whether this makes sense in every case. Accordingly, 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 realization in one tool and we lift your lean system to a data-driven level. Data, process flows and interrelationships can be adjusted and optimized in real time, independent of location. The recognition of process patterns automatically supports you in optimizing your projects. The more projects you handle digitally, the more insights from the past flow into the optimization. This data-driven and learning lean system raises productivity to a new level.
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