Creating Lean Value for Our Customers and Yours
The U.S. design and construction industry is going through a shift in how projects are delivered. Owners are seeing a benefit to how alternative delivery approaches improve project schedules, budgets, and overall quality and value.
A core feature shared by hybrid delivery systems such as Lean, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and design-build is the participation of subcontractors and other typically downstream players earlier in the design development process.
This increased collaboration is a major change for many in the industry and being able to make that shift as seamlessly as possible is invaluable not only to Owners, but to all parties involved in the project. Architects, contractors and other partners that have the ability to work as an integrated team will be vital to owners requesting Lean, IPD or other hybrid project delivery approaches.
Taking the First Steps on a Lean Journey
Taking the first steps getting into Lean that is often the hardest. That’s where the SWORD Integrated Building Solutions team can help. We have extensive experience helping clients take the first steps or continue their Lean journey. We provide the knowledge and the tools to create sustainable best practices for building a Lean Culture. Using a Lean approach and a blended eLearning platform, we customize training, coaching and delivery systems that will help companies implement these new approaches and create more value for their customers.
Our core belief is that knowledge will create value and your people are the resource that will deliver value for both the Company and the Customer.
Why the Sword?
Construction is often characterized as war and that is why we have chosen the SWORD as our name to symbolize our core beliefs and educational mission to deliver value-added Lean management and training resources to Owners, Architects, Engineers and Contractors.
The SWORD is a metaphor for cutting waste, but as important, the SWORD is symbolic of an approach that is, not just educational but offers the practical skills needed to successfully apply the principles and tools of Lean and BIM in practical ways. In other words, we don’t value knowledge over skills. Like a martial art of archery or swordsmanship our consulting and courses are intended to transform our customers capabilities and effectiveness to deliver on Lean principles and practices.
With every Sword course or consulting engagement comes the understanding that the student must obtain the knowledge but also the skills to bring knowledge to the work place and create confidence that the Lean ideals will succeed. Students will face many obstacles and resistance to change, but our courses give them the skills to innovate and adapt under pressure.