The concepts of lean production aren’t complicated but they can be difficult. We start by designing and implementing an effective process for removing constraints and waste allowing a path to optimization of value to emerge. The key is to involve the entire team so everyone sees the “whole picture”. The most common trap that contractors fall into is a burning desire to start with the tools. Once we learn about the bigger picture goals of lean and how to make reliable promises, we can teach the fundamentals. Lean is about two things:

  1. Respect for People
  2. Continuous Improvement

Once we learn how to see waste, we need to focus on means instead of ends. When looking at a problem, we can use the five ‘whys’ to get to the root cause. These tools are deceptively simple but success requires a level of discipline that is rarely practiced in our industry. It’s about getting people to use the tools rooted in lean culture. Chandos has developed the Chandos Production System which is used for scheduling and production planning on 100% of our projects.

Downtime: Eight Wastes (PDF)