The Pipeline: A Picture of Homebuilding Production©, Second Edition

(the second edition of The Pipeline: A Picture of Homebuilding Production© was published in January 2016)

The Pipeline 2nd Edition Book Cover (VBW)

The Pipeline: A Picture of Homebuilding Production© tells the story of how RB Builders learned the principles of homebuilding production in the turbulent years following the end of the period known as the “Age of Homebuilder Entitlement”.  It is a story told in the exchanges of dialog between team members, senior management, and RB Builders’ trusted, results-based advisor/partner.

The result is a deep understanding of a production system with an enduring visual image, the elements of which are crafted to the specific conditions, requirements, and parameters of the homebuilding industry, and a realization that improving performance on the velocity side of the ROA equation is the best path a homebuilder has to achieving sustainable competitive separation.

The book is about the specific application of underlying principles and disciplines of production that are universal – physics rooted in the laws that govern all production systems.  It is about using the tools that work for homebuilding production, without regard to the consulting religion from which they come.  It makes the connection between operating performance and business outcomes.

In keeping with the first edition, The Pipeline: A Picture of Homebuilding Production©, Second Edition uses the Pipeline game™ to demonstrate – to let builders experience – the principles and disciplines of homebuilding production, in what is at once a production simulation and business game;  however, the Pipeline game™ introduced in the second edition of the book uses resources and an operating statement aligned much more with a homebuilding enterprise.

In addition to the new version of the game, the second edition gives an in-depth examination of both the advantages and challenges of vertical integration in the homebuilding supply chain, in terms of both operations and business outcomes.

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