When starting a task:
- Set aside enough time to plan out the work, talk through the sequencing, schedule and budget. 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. The planning meetings designed to find an efficient way to construct a project (logistics, sequencing, material and manpower). 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 we're spending hours greasing or taping bolts, can we buy cheap pipe foam to cover the bolts that could speed up the process. Or setting forms once for footings and eliminate the stripping (what material's needed to form a footing, yet not necessary to strip).
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 your 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.
- Develop and implement change! If the team has a good suggestion or great ideas that will help simplify or shorten the process show them ideas won’t be ignored, rather implemented! To be successful, you don’t have to be the hero and come up with all the ideas; you have to build an environment where people are free to exchange information and ideas. As well as being the leader who is smart enough and strong enough to implement change