As your walking around the job site tomorrow, take a minute to watch your crews working. Analyze the task being performed and ask yourself what part of the process is just wasted steps. Before you ask your crews to start a task, break it down step by step and simplify the process. Go through the different forming scenarios and count how many steps it will take to complete. Look at your forming techniques, try for multiple uses that can save future steps as well. The example above is of two different types of footing forms. The top three were pre-built panelized forms. They may take longer to build than the bottom three, but they are easy to set, easy to strip and can be used multiple times and in different applications. The bottom three are horizontal whalers that are built in place. They are typically stripped apart stacking the 2x4's and plywood separately and moved to the next area to start all over. This works well for a one time use or in cut up sections. There are many ways to form something, you just have to evaluate the situation and decide what is most economical.
Another way to remove wasted steps is having a plan with all the dimension, materials and form totals. This will save time by not having multiple employees waiting around trying to figure out how many panels need to be built, how many cripples to cut or trying to find the dimension for all the pieces. As leaders and/or managers we need to simplify the task taking away as many wasted steps as possible. Thus, making the crews more efficient.
Even if you eliminate one un-necessary step it will save your crews time and save your company money.
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