Implementing Lean in Construction: How to Succeed

Roberto Arbulu1 & Todd Zabelle2

1Implementation Leader, Strategic Project Solutions Inc., 1040 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111, USA, Phone: 1-415-362-3200, email: rarbulu@strategicprojectsolutions.net
2President, Strategic Project Solutions Inc., 1040 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111, USA, Phone: 1-415-362- 3200, email: tzabelle@strategicprojectsolutions.net

Abstract

Implementing lean means an organization (project or enterprise) transforms itself from a current state to a future state vision that incorporates a lean ideal. This paper proposes a strategy for organizations to increase the likelihood of success when going through a lean transformation. This approach considers construction projects as the basis for transformation, and proposes a narrow and deep implementation approach for the transformation effort. The paper highlights key elements for a successful implementation including vision, skills, incentives, resources, and detailed action plans. It reinforces the need for heavy-weight project leadership to control behavioral development during the transformation and presents a series of concepts and techniques that support a better understanding of human and team behavior. The paper concludes with a series of recommendations for organizations that envision a transformation event towards lean project delivery.

Keywords

Behavioral development, change, construction, implementation, lean, resistance, transformation

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Arbulu, R. & Zabelle, T. 2006, 'Implementing Lean in Construction: How to Succeed' In:, 14th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Santiago, Chile, 1-. pp 553-565

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