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

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

Now in its second edition, 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 deeper understanding of a production system, one with an enduring visual image, the elements of which are crafted to the specific conditions, requirements, and parameters of the homebuilding industry, together with the realization that improving performance on the velocity side of the ROA equation is the best path to achieving sustainable competitive separation.

The Pipeline© 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.

The Pipeline: A Picture of Homebuilding Production©, Second Edition uses a production simulator and business game known as the Pipeline game™ to demonstrate – to enable builders to experience – the principles and disciplines of homebuilding production;  the book uses resources and an operating statement aligned completely with that of a homebuilding enterprise.

The second edition explores new areas, such as giving 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.

Next:  The Pipeline: A Picture of Homebuilding Production, Second Edition©:  Foreword by Pascal Dennis


The Pipeline: A Picture of Homebuilding Production©, Second Edition is available POD through the publisher’s bookstore, and from any of the main booksellers (,, or

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