Pipeline Workshops™: Finding TrueNorth

Scott Sedam is President of TrueNorth Development, Inc., and is the homebuilding industry’s foremost Lean Production practitioner.  A well-known, well-respected Lean Building purist, Scott is a Bill Pulte protégé, with roots that go back to W. Edwards Deming and TQM.

He is a friend and longtime fellow consultant.

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In 2013, after the first edition of The Pipeline: A Picture of Homebuilding Production© was published, and as I was planning the first-ever Pipeline workshop™, I suggested that Scott attend as SAI’s guest, so that he could judge the merits of pipeline-thinking for himself.

I wanted his opinion of the workshop, but I also wanted him to share with those first-time-ever attendees his thoughts on applying Lean Thinking to both sides of the DuPont identity (the most insightful method of calculating Return on Assets), his thoughts on applying Lean Thinking as much to the velocity side of economic return as to the margin side.

Scott graciously came to that first workshop in March 2014, functioned just like any attending builder in the discussions and in the Pipeline games™, and he and I co-presented our thoughts on blending improvement methodologies towards solutions that work best for homebuilding.

Afterwards, this is what Scott wrote in a discussion on the BUILDER group on LinkedIn:

“If you are ready to challenge your brain, get out of your well-sealed ‘Builder Box’ and make a huge leap forward in understanding schedule and its impact, come to this workshop and bring a few of your better thinkers.

“The roots of [this] workshop are in Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints, which is at first-blush exceedingly simple, but you can spend years studying the intricacies.  Fletcher puts it all in builder language and forces you to go deep into the impact of our most common builder practices.

“If all builders learned and followed the principles [taught in a Pipeline workshop™], our industry would take a huge leap forward.  The winners would not be the builders alone, but also homeowners and especially our suppliers and trade contractors.  Fletcher does not know I am writing this, but I strongly recommend his Pipeline workshop™ to everyone who has the will to change for the better.”

Come.  Participate.  Learn.

 

The next Pipeline workshop™ will be held October 14-15, 2021, at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  Attendance is limited to only 30 attendees.  The cost is $895.00 per person;  the cost during early registration, open through July 30, 2021, is $750.00.  For team pricing, inquire here (flgroves@saiconsulting.com).

Delivered by SAI Consulting.  Sponsored by Simpson Strong-Tie.

For more details:  www.buildervelocity.com