Pipeline Workshops™: Finding TrueNorth

As almost everyone in this industry knows, Scott Sedam is the President of TrueNorth Development, Inc., and is the foremost Lean Production practitioner in the homebuilding industry.  He is a Lean Building purist, with roots that go back to Total Quality Management.  He is a friend, and longtime fellow consultant.

EFA - TrueNorth logo (capture)

In 2013, after The Pipeline: A Picture of Homebuilding Production© was published, and as I was planning the first Pipeline workshop™, I suggested to Scott that he attend as SAI’s guest.  I wanted him to see the workshop for himself;  I wanted his opinion, but I also wanted him to share his own beliefs with those first-time attendees on applying Lean principles beyond the margin side of economic return, towards what we were now terming the velocity side of Return on Assets.

Scott came to the first workshop in March 2014, functioned like any attending builder in the discussions and in the Pipeline games™, and was a panelist (with me) on blending improvement methodologies towards a homebuilding solution.

Afterwards, in September 2014, 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 [a Pipeline 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 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.


Join us – Brandon Hart, Clark Ellis, and Fletcher Groves III – at the next Pipeline workshop™, October 26-27, 2016, at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Cost is $850.00.

Sponsored by BUILDER and Constellation HomeBuilder Systems.

For more details:  www.buildervelocity.com


The Pipeline: A Picture of Homebuilding Production, Second Edition© is available on the publisher website (virtualbookworm.com), as well as through the major book sellers (amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and booksamillion.com).