Pipeline Workshop™ No. 15: Save the Date

Pipeline Workshop™ No. 15 will be held March 17-18, 2021, at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Welcome 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)

Pipeline workshops™ are now beginning their eighth consecutive year, and we have worked constantly to enhance and improve the program.

Over the years, to that end, we have:

(1) improved the best production simulator and business game in the industry (the Pipeline Game™), made it faster to play, easier to understand;

(2) introduced an operating statement format to the game 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 clearer, quicker, more direct;

(4) started to examine areas of disruptive innovation (for example, outsourced building models that become integrated building models);

(5) introduced an MBA-level business case (RB Builders: Lessons from the Pipeline©);

(6) emphasized important and emerging areas we call Velocity Accelerators®.

Pipeline workshops™ are unique, completely unlike any other homebuilding conference (and, right now, under COVID-19 restrictions, they are the industry’s only significant event that is conducted live, not virtually).

The learning split is 70% simulation/business case, only 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 simply being in the homebuilding business, and being in the business of building homes.

Our venue, the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, is a terrific AAA Five Diamond oceanfront golf and tennis resort;  we provide a relaxing and enjoyable networking reception on the Historic Inn’s putting green at the end of the first day;  we offer recommendations on outstanding local dining.

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. 15 opens January 4, 2021.

Come.  Participate.  Learn.

 

We know full-well the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its evolving nature, because, like you, we have experienced it.  We have made a number of adjustments, some temporary, some likely permanent:

(1) At the most recent workshop (Pipeline Workshop™ 14 in October), the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, adjusted its operations to provide additional safety for guests and functions, and those practices will continue.

(2) We are forgoing sponsors.

(3) We have eliminated early registration, and its discounted pricing.  We have eliminated discounted team pricing.

(4) We have kept the stated regular attendance fee at $895.00.  However, the first fifteen (15) attendees will be registered at no charge, and the next fifteen (15) attendees will be registered at $395.00 per person, so everyone attends at a significantly reduced cost;  all that is required is proof of room reservations (two nights, single occupancy) at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club).

 

Here is the permanent link to the website:  www.buildervelocity.com

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

Note:  all of the workshop information, including the agenda and schedule, have now been updated;  the event registration and hotel reservation links will be updated before registration opens;  because the separate event management and payment processing website has to be over-ridden, you must first make hotel room reservations, then notify SAI, and SAI will register your attendance.