Pipeline Workshop™ No. 14: Save the Date

Pipeline Workshop™ No. 14, the latest in the series of production management workshops in the open, sponsored Pipeline channel, will be held October 21-22, 2020, at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

It is sponsored, again, by Simpson Strong-Tie and Specitup.

We know full-well the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its evolving nature, because, like you, we have experienced it.  We want you to know that the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club) has adjusted its operations to provide additional safety for guests and functions, and we have extended the early registration deadline for the workshop, in order to help with decision-making.

Challenges notwithstanding, we want to welcome you to the most intense, demanding, interactive, and challenging homebuilding production management learning experience on the planet.

“This is my second attendance to the Pipeline Workshops™.  All I can simply say is WOW!  Fletcher and his team strive to improve the workshops and make [them] even more relevant.  I especially enjoyed playing the Pipeline Game™ again and learning about [the] Velocity Accelerators®.  I look forward to attending in the future!”  (Carlos Alvarez, President, Alvarez Homes, Baton Rouge, LA)

“The Pipeline workshop™ was really effective in showing how operational decisions affect business outcomes and how risky a ‘more for more’ approach to growing a home building company really is.  The Pipeline games™ were not only fun, but they were super-effective in showing how unbalancing the production system, managing the constraint resource, and managing the right amount of WIP, creates predictable operational results and maximizes financial outcomes.

“At the end of the day, running a successful business is about how much money you make on the amount of money you invest.  The Pipeline workshop™ helped me understand this better than any workshop or seminar I’ve ever attended.

“I highly recommend it.”  (Charles Roberts, VP – Operations, Providence Homes, Jacksonville, Florida)

“The Pipeline Workshop™ completely changed my approach to meeting my company’s productivity and profitability goals.  I came away with several actionable items that I was able to implement right away.  Any homebuilder with an open mind, who is willing to challenge the traditional ways of thinking that our industry has grown comfortable with, will benefit greatly by attending.”   (Ryan Band, Unbridled Homes, Louisville, KY)

We work constantly to enhance and improve this workshop.

Previously, we had been trending toward doing more with the Velocity Accelerators®, running as many as five of these in-depth sessions in each workshop.  Last year, beginning with Pipeline Workshop™ No. 11, we decided to narrow the focus, reducing the number from five to just three – Business Process Improvement, Critical Chain Project Management, and Epic Partnering™.

To one degree or another, we still cover all five, but the emphasis is now being placed on improvement techniques and approaches that are more immediate, while continuing to cast a vision toward the future.  Pipeline Workshop™ No. 14 continues this approach, but replaces Epic Partnering™ with Open-Book Management and Team-Based Performance Compensation.

Doing fewer in-depth Velocity Accelerators® allows us to do more production scenarios with the Pipeline game™, which is still the best production simulator and business game in the industry.

Pipeline workshops™ are now completing their seventh year.  During that time, we have:  (1) shortened the game, made it faster to play, easier to understand;  (2) early on, introduced an operating statement format that mirrors the particular characteristics of homebuilding operations;  (3) found ways to transfer the learning faster, to make the connection between operating decisions and business outcomes quicker;  and (4) begun to examine areas of disruptive innovation (for example, looking at what happens – what has to happen – when an outsourced building model becomes an integrated building model).

Pipeline workshops™ are completely unlike any other homebuilding conference.

The learning split is 70% simulation/business case, 30% lecture;  the format is intense, interactive, and competitive;  the Pipeline game™ production simulations and the RB Builders: Lessons from the Pipeline© business case rigorously test attendees’ understanding of production management, and challenge their ability to solve production problems.

Pipeline workshops™ build an intuitive, instinctive understanding of production principles and disciplines, and they draw the subtle-yet-crucial distinction between being in the homebuilding business, and being in the business of building homes.

And – we always find a way to make the experience incredibly fun:  the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club is a terrific AAA Five Diamond oceanfront golf and tennis resort;  we provide a relaxing and enjoyable reception on the Historic Inn’s putting green at the end of the first day;  we offer recommendations on outstanding local dining;  there are plenty of opportunities for networking.

Creating a visual image of homebuilding production;  establishing the connection between operating decisions and business outcomes;  building a new way of thinking – systemically – towards solving core problems and managing constraints;  managing limited capacity and resources, doing more without more, hopefully doing more with less;  dealing with variation;  managing homebuilding production as the type of workflow that it really is – multi-project management with surrounding, supporting, and embedded-processes;  placing the emphasis on actions that accelerate production velocity.

The fundamental proposition of a Pipeline workshop™ is this:  thriving on the velocity side of economic return – thriving on the velocity side of Return on Assets – is the best way to create sustainable competitive separation.

Registration for Pipeline Workshop™ No. 14 opens July 1, 2020.

Come.  Participate.  Learn.


Here is the permanent link to the website:  www.buildervelocity.com  As soon as early registration opens, all of the information, including the agenda and schedule, will be updated, along with the event registration and hotel reservation links.

The site also provides information about the workshop, provides reviews from builders who have attended previous workshops, and provides a downloadable Adobe PDF file with detailed information about the venue, agenda, and schedule.

The cost is $895.00 per person;  the cost during early registration (open July 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020) is $750.00;  for team pricing, inquire here:  (flgroves@saiconsulting.com).