Lean Thinking in the Construction Industry is a pilot program funded by CSQ, to investigate the benefits of implementing  ‘Lean’ into the building and construction industry.

David Ham, owner of building construction company QA Developments, worked with Norm McGillivary from QMI Solutions Ltd to implement the ‘Lean’ methodology into his business.

After implementing Lean David picked up days across all areas of his business, and the increase in cash flow and time savings meant he could take on more jobs. Previously his supervisors would run about 12-13 jobs at a time, since introducing Lean they run 19-20 jobs.

David has experienced a huge increase in productivity because he now has timeframes on every part of his business. 

“The problems we identified are the same industrywide. Lean has transformed our whole business”, says David.

“We used to work on whiteboards and Excel spreadsheets, now we work from ipads. I hope industry stands up and takes notice, this is a really valuable tool which has taken my business to a new level.”

Norm says it’s about working on your business, not in your business. When you use Lean correctly it can improve bottom and top lines.

Read the full article in CSQ’s On Site Magazine: Lean Thinking in the Construction Industry

QMI Solutions is a Brisbane-based consultancy that works with small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) to help businesses improve their competitiveness.QA Developments are a building construction company specialising in residential investment properties.

To learn more about using Lean contact Norm at Norm.McGillivray@qmisolutions.com.au or 07 3364 0700.

What is Lean?

The concept of Lean was developed by Toyota executive and Japanese industrial engineer Taichi Ohno (1912-1990). His famous Toyota Production System became known as Lean Manufacturing. 

Describing Lean, Ohno said "All we are doing is looking at the timeline from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point when we collect the cash. And we are reducing that timeline by removing the non-value-added waste.”

Although the term Lean originated in the manufacturing sector its tools and techniques are now used across many different industries.

The core idea of Lean is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. 

More than just a cost reduction program, Lean considers all activities, materials, people, and information that must come together to provide customer value.