Start with Planning:
- Set aside enough time to plan out the work, evaluate the entire process.
- Talk through the sequencing, schedule and budget.
- The planning meetings designed to find an efficient way to construct a project (logistics, sequencing, material and manpower).
- The pre-planning meetings need to be organized with an agenda to break down the objectives into steps, finding critical areas to discuss in detail or items needing research to be followed up later.
- Define roles and responsibilities and create a follow up action list from the meeting.
- Set up team goals: whether it’s a daily, weekly or task specific. Your crew needs to know the objectives.
- Challenge crews to think, finding the best plan before starting the task.
- When observing a task, find the bottlenecks or the time wasters, what process demands a considerable amount of time to accomplish?
- If you're spending hours greasing or taping bolts before a concrete pour ask yourself if there’s a better like buying cheap pipe foam to cover the bolts, that could speed up the process.
Last but not least is to review.
- When completing a task, ask the crew what can we do; to execute the task simpler, quicker or easier? Break it down; find a way to shorten up time consuming task, figure out how to improve the process. Changing a crews thought process might be simple as starting a conversation. Bring it up in the morning meeting, explain the objective (finding ways to eliminate inefficient steps) and how they can develop their own critical thinking.
- Finally, develop and implement change! If they come up with ideas to simplify a task, show them ideas won’t be ignored rather implemented.
This is how we become successful.