Daily Management Application in a Dam Construction Project

Renato N. Mariz1, Eduardo L. Galvao2, Flavio A. Picchi3, Reymard S.S. Melo4 & Marcela C.B. Barcelos5

1PhD student, Construction Management Research Laboratory (LAGERCON); University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and lean consultant, Lean Institute Brazil; [email protected]
2Ms.C, University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and lean consultant, Lean Institute Brazil; [email protected]
3Associated Professor, Construction Management Research Laboratory (LAGERCON); Department of Architecture and Building, School of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Urban Design; University of Campinas, Brazil (UNICAMP), and President, Lean Institute Brazil; [email protected]
4Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Dept., Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, RN, Brazil, [email protected]
5Planning engineer , Construtora Ápia, MG, Brazil [email protected]


Brazilian construction companies have sought lean thinking to increase competitiveness in the sector. The initial step for lean implementation is to stabilize the project production system. Many lean tools have been applied to stabilize production, however daily managemet is a lean practice that has been implemented in manufacturing and has little application in the construction. This paper aims to explore daily management in the construction context and evaluate the results of its implementation. Action research was the research method adopted. The research lasted three months and was conducted in three stages: the first for preparation, the second for the implementation cycles and the final for analysis and conclusions. The application evaluated the four fundamental elements of daily management: visual management, teamwork problem solving, help chain, and leadership. Daily management implementation facilitated decision-making and problems were solved more often and in a more structured way with the help chain. Visual boards helped the managers to see the production and productivity deviations. Meeting routines provided a more present leadership in the field and a spirit of team collaboration. The main results of the research were the reduction of project costs, project completion on time and increased project team commitment.


Daily management, daily huddle, visual management, action learning/research



Mariz, R. N. , Galvao, E. L. , Picchi, F. A. , Melo, R. S. & Barcelos, M. C. 2019, 'Daily Management Application in a Dam Construction Project' In:, Proc. 27th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Dublin, Ireland, 3-5 Jul 2019. pp 1425-1434

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