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How has Lean Thinking been applied to a design professionals work? Are there better ways to document and what does that look like? Does the BIM environment and workflow reduce or eliminate the need for 2D drawings and documentation altogether? These are good questions which I will try to address below.
Significant amounts of money, time and effort are expended in preparation to play the game of football - and most any other sport. Drafts are held and trades made to assemble the best players available to build the team's capabilities. The coaching staff employs strategic analysis to understand their teams, and the competitions, strengths and how to exploit any weakness. Plays are devised, ...
Football like most sports has one objective, to ultimately score more points than the opposing team by the time the clock runs out. It is a complex game with sophisticated strategies and complex plays. The stakes are high and teams employ a formidable array of talent on the field as well as off in order to gain any advantage. Football is also a simple game ...
Beginning with the introduction of Stiky Bak in the early 1980's, the copy machine became an instrument allowing us to easily copy and place typical details or schedules onto drawing sheets. Another leap forward occurred with CAD and the ability to copy and paste information from other drawings. It was the start of the "cheapening" of information.
As a technology advocate I’ve watched with interest the many changes to our industry over the last 34 years. The tools used today in the practice of architecture bear little resemblance to those in use when I was an intern. Below are a few observations about the influences, trends, and how we as architects intersect with and use technology. Apologies up front for wandering around a bit.
I believe one of the most overused and least understood words in architectural practice today is Quality. Firms speak of quality, we write about it in RFQ’s, but do we really understand what it is or what constitutes quality service from the perspective of our clients and how to provide it on a consistent basis?
Firms use a variety of metrics to measure their financial performance and behavior. The most common is profitability – did we make more money than we spent doing the work. This is usually determined by looking at the value of the hours spent versus the net project fee.
I spent the first week of December in Las Vegas at Autodesk University 2015, also known as AU. Along with showcasing Autodesk’s products, it’s a great venue to glimpse the latest technologies for about every facet of the “making” industry – be it planes, buildings, or manufactured products.
The application of Lean Thinking principles has significantly impacted the manner by which buildings are constructed. Surprisingly, design side delivery methodologies remain largely unchanged except some institutional projects utilizing IPD approaches. Why is that?
Several years ago I peer reviewed a large hospital project during the Schematic Design phase. This entailed sitting down with a progress set of drawings to look at the overall scope of work, life safety basics, and to ask about the building systems we anticipated using.
What is Lean Architecture?
Lean Architecture is the ongoing process of rethinking and improving architectural methodology. It is the pursuit of better work by applying Lean principles to every aspect of practice. It is about smarter information flow and understanding how we perceive and process information in order to be better communicators amongst ourselves and to the users of our services. It is identifying what adds value and reducing and eliminating what doesn’t.
Southwest Airlines realized they made money when planes were in the air. An operation was developed around this idea and coupled with outstanding service. What can design professionals learn from this?
Most buildings are unique, but the processes used to manage, design, and document them are mostly the same – or should be. These practices are open to improvement, and in many cases, drastic improvement.