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Introduction To Lean Construction


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This is a scenario based coursework that requires you to synthesise your learning into real life applications. The case described below is based on the true story of a company in the UK who are successfully advancing along the pathway to leaner operations. This action has allowed the company to effectively buck the trend of reducing margins and order books following the Global Financial Crash having increased their workload and margins whilst reducing their costs.

The Scenario:

You are employed by a family owned construction company that tenders competitively for the majority of its work. The company offers design capability to its Clients although has no in-house designers. The Client base is varied but the company mainly builds social and bespoke housing, education facilities and commercial properties. The recession in the construction sector has meant the company has reduced its directly employed staff significantly through what it termed right sizing exercises. Now the Board of Directors has decided that the company needs to be radically modernised. The Chief Executive has read The Toyota Way and has a new vision of how the company can operate based on Likers 14 management principles. She has asked you to lead the business transformation exercise because you have a Lean qualification from Nottingham Trent University where Glenn Ballard (inventor of the Last Planner System) is a Visiting Professor. Your CEO understands the need to move towards greater collaboration and has heard of the great success of LPS in improving the reliability of project performance. It is important, she feels, to incorporate LPS into Likers work in order for your company to develop its own Way of doing business.

The Task:

You have been given the freedom to completely redesign the how the company operates including its relationship with both its Clients and its supply chain. You CEO believes there is a two stage process to gaining the final sign off from the main board comprising of an initial briefing followed by a detailed transformation proposal. She has therefore asked that you prepare the following:

A 15 minute powerpoint presentation to introduce the new thinking to the Board covering the following (please change the order to suit your argument):

  • An overview of lean thinking indicating the main principles that will influence the company
  • An indication of the activities that will be required
  • The vision of the new company and its Way of working

A comprehensive report to deliver the detail behind the presentation and the transformation proposal. This report should include at least

  • Current and future state of the business
  • A proposed programme for the transformation
  • The anticipated barriers and blockers
  • The potential resource requirements
  • More details on the transformation process and activities required
  • A review of the current sources of knowledge and good practice
  • Other information you feel is necessary to support your case

You should not use these items as section headings for the information you provide please choose more appropriate headings that relate to your imaginary company and the work you are proposing to do. You will need to supplement the scenario given with background information that you have invented and this should be visible within your report.


Title: Introduction To Lean Construction
Length: 15 pages (4289 Words)
Style: Havard



The production system that is implemented in the company is one that has been there for a long time and there is the desire to get ahead to ensure that the company is not left behind and resulting in piling debts. It is for this reason that a UK based family business would like to employ some of the best business construction and structural ideas together so as to come up with the best plan that will help in the growth of the company. The use of the Toyota Production System and Lean construction has proven to be the best plans for the company. This is because; both plans make sure that the company maintains its integrity while providing quality goods. This is despite the fact that there will be a smaller workforce behind the goods. The plans are of the idea that the main goal is to maximize value while reducing waste. It is with these plans that the company will be able to ensure proper and smooth running.


The world is slowly turning into a village that is connected and these are due to the developments and advances that are taking place in the technological sector. It is for this reason that the world is said to be on a development highway. This is the point where there are new developments that are being released by the day and there is no one that would like to be left behind. The number of vehicles on the roads is constantly increasing as the public earns more money and the vehicle prices drop by the day. The value of things however, is on an upward trend, especially after the; past economic crisis that hit the United States and affected the entire world. Vehicles and houses are becoming more expensive. However, this has not stopped some people from purchases and building their houses. However, there are contractors that see that with the increased desire for people to own their own houses, it is not a desirable effect as people would have one imagine. This is because there are methods of construction that are used in the housing industry that make the construction of buildings and supplies more expensive than cost-effective.


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