We do not win on the project – we win in pre-construction. The greatest generals in history would win the war before going to battle. This was one of the major concepts presented in the book, The Art of War, by Sun Tzu. It can be helpful to look at construction like war at times. People on construction sites are at war every day. Everything on that project is trying to kill or injure them. The leading edges above 6’-0”, the moving equipment, the cranes, confined spaces, energized systems, and chemicals are all trying to kill our workers. And they need the environment, focus, and flow to have a fighting chance against our true enemy-waste and variation. Waste and variation distract our people so they are not vigilant enough to stay safe in this environment. So, what can we do? We can win the war before going to battle!
When you have finished this process, the team should end up with the following things to be successful.
· A Takt plan
· Master schedule if required
· Phasing drawings
· Coordinated logistics
· Create production strategy
· Identify constraints (building, Owner, weather, sequence)
· Incorporate contract requirements, division 1 specs, and other Owner requirements into plan
· Identify flow, sequence, and breakout areas of project
· Perform a Takt analysis of major phases of project (Foundations, Structure, Exterior, Interiors)
· Perform a day-to-day geographical/area/sequence analysis for needed areas
· Perform an analysis on bottleneck activities. Consider using production rates from historical data
· Schedule in constraints and support systems in schedule (dry-in, air-on, MEP, etc.)
· Make procurement strategy, add procurement to schedule, and begin procurement meetings weekly