6 Principles of Lean Construction


A growing number of construction firms are embracing the Lean methodology that emphasizes maximizing value for the customer while minimizing waste. The approach is simple and attractive in an industry where budgets, timeframes, and safety are all critical, but the project delivery is very different than traditional construction methods. Lean construction borrows from the manufacturing approach developed by Toyota after World War II.


Smart Construction: How AI and Machine Learning Will Change the Construction Industry

Daniel Burrus

The construction industry, which makes up 7% of the global workforce, should already have applied these technologies to improve productivity and revolutionize the industry. Growth in the construction industry has only been 1% over a few decades while manufacturing is growing at a rate of 3.6%. With the total worker output in construction at a standstill, it is no surprise that the areas where machine learning and AI could improve such statistics were minimal.

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Ferguson Partners With RocketSpace to Reimagine the Future of the Construction Industry


distributor of plumbing supplies and PVF (pipe, valves and fittings), to reimagine the future of building development through new technology solutions that enhance customer experiences across the commercial and residential construction, remodel, and services industries. corporate partnership corporate innovation consultant construction innovation

Destructive and Constructive Innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

Today I read a long post that claimed that up to 30% of the banking jobs in the US would be "destroyed" by innovation. No longer will we need bank tellers. Any job that can be automated or done by machines will be. This is a classic case of creative destruction, described by Schumpeter as a component of innovation. Innovation will always create disruption in existing conventions, economies and industries. This means that it will also destroy EXISTING jobs.

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Design and Run Experiments That Actually Progress Your Business

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

Experimenting as a way to explore new products, services, and business models can help eliminate the guesswork involved in building something your customers actually value. That said, it's often quite tricky to take your vision and figure out the first experiment to run. How do you get started? How can you ensure your experiments are well-designed? Join Nick Noreña, educator, entrepreneur, and currently an Innovation Coach at Kromatic, as he walks us through how we can figure out the right experiments to run for any product or service, and in organizations of all sizes.

Constructing Innovation as Value Management

Paul Hobcraft

Innovation needs to create value, both short-term and progressively over time. It fuels the growth and fires the imagination. Yet our innovation activities are constantly coming up short for the leaders within our organizations, who continue to remain disappointed in its final outcome to stimulate and drive the growth they want to see. It is actually the classic “chicken and egg”.

6 Excellent Reasons to Consider Lean Construction Software


While many people associate the Lean business methodology primarily with manufacturing, it is an ideal approach in the construction industry. Construction projects are complex. Lean construction software isn’t a requirement for leveraging the approach which seeks to respect workers, eliminate waste, and continuously improve. However, implementing a platform to support Lean puts construction firms in the best position to solve problems, maximize profits, and sustain growth.


Creative Construction – Book review

The Inovo Group

Well-respected Harvard Business School professor and HBR contributor Gary Pisano has weighed in on the topic of large company innovation in his new book ‘Creative Construction’. Creative Construction , by Gary Pisano at Harvard Business School, is such a book, in part due to the preeminence and influence of Harvard in the conversations about innovation that have been taking place since Christenson’s ‘The Innovator’s Dilemma’ was published in 1997. Highlights.

The latest digital innovations in Construction

Idea to Value

It was fascinating to see all of the most recent developments and innovations which are coming to the construction industry in Germany in the coming months and years.Here are my takeaways of the most popular and important innovations on display: Platforms : Clients like construction companies are demanding a wider selection of services and providers, and slowly but surely are coming to digital platforms to find them. Innovation construction Digitalbau

Silicon Valley’s Next Target: Disrupt the Construction and Real Estate Industries


Construction Tech’ and ‘Real Estate Tech’ are the next greenfield market spaces. The construction industry builds houses, strip malls and office complexes. New construction is financed and then led by real estate developers, and then agents help sell or lease houses and buildings which are sometimes managed by property management companies. The real estate and construction industries might be considered stodgy by many standards.

Constructing the Community


Constructing the Community


3D printing is the future of home construction

Idea to Value

I was recently a guest at the bautec expo in Berlin, where I saw one of the world’s most advanced models, the BOD2 by Danish company Cobod , who have just received investment by German construction company Peri. It was also interesting to see how the 3D printed concrete fits in with the traditional construction process. This new generation of printer is even able to print up to 3 storeys, with construction workers manually putting in the ceilings and floors between levels.

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Silicon Valley’s Next Target: Disrupt the Construction and Real Estate Industries

Innovation Excellence

Construction Tech’ and ‘Real Estate Tech’ are the next greenfield market spaces. Every industry, every company, and every leader must recognize one simple fact: every product, service, process, and business model will be disrupted–it’s just a matter of time. Companies that think they’re immune to the trends and technologies upending every industry on the planet risk. Innovation Leadership Strategy Real Estate

Why Trust is the Foundation for Constructive Disagreement

Innovation Excellence

Horizontally, it’s the ability of team members to hold a constructive disagreement. Further research showed three behaviors that contribute to constructive disagreement: the willingness to be vulnerable, ask stupid questions and suggest stupid ideas; the willingness to provide direct, unfiltered feedback; and the receptivity to that type of feedback.

Technology Is Rebuilding the Construction Industry

Daniel Burrus

The construction industry is notoriously slow when it comes to adopting and utilizing technological solutions. Elsewhere, some suggested that the builder of the future will replace his/her nail gun with a new technology that will completely overhaul the construction industry. However, it’s easy to forget that there is already a wealth of software in the industry, such as Construction Manager, PlanGrid, and many more, but they all are criminally underused.

InnoCentive partners with Habitat for Humanity to find innovative solutions for sustainable construction and demolition waste management


billion tons of debris the construction industry will generate by 2025 London, United Kingdom. The goal of the Improved Construction and Demolition Waste Management challenge is to find solutions to drive widespread re-use and recycling of construction and demolition (C&D) waste. A recent study revealed that the construction industry will produce 2.2 billion tons of construction debris by 2025.

#1,942 – Space Week: Urine, Insects, and the Future of Space Construction

Greatest. Idea. Ever.

If we’re going to establish a base on the moon or a colony on Mars then we’re going to have to figure out new construction methods that take advantage of unusual building materials since we’re not always going to be able to take everything we need with us.

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Fira disrupts the construction industry under CEO Jussi Aho’s leadership


A profile of leadership, innovation and disruption in the construction industry: Jussi Aho, CEO of Fira Construction Group When Jussi Aho took control as CEO of Helsinki-based Fira Construction Group in 2009, he announced an audacious goal: Fira would multiply yearly revenue from €17 million to €100 million by 2016. The post Fira disrupts the construction industry under CEO Jussi Aho’s leadership appeared first on Xinova.

IoT and Construction: Building Tomorrow’s World Today


When most people think of IoT and construction, they will think about newly developed “smart homes” outfitted with security systems and a network of cameras. However, most of these are finishing touches added toward the end of construction on residential spaces. The most significant contributions of IoT that are shaping the future of our homes occur much earlier in the process, during the construction itself.

How Construction Giant Bechtel is Building the Future

Innovation Leader

Wilson of Bechtel says, “It’s becoming…a necessity to find ways to improve construction productivity…” Wilson explains what Bechtel is doing, including its “Future Fund David J.


How Haskell Uses VR to Keep Construction Sites Safe

Innovation Leader

Get an inside look at Haskell’s VR safety simulation, which seeks to train employees on potentially dangerous situations

Fira Partners with Xinova to Design the Future of Construction and Living Systems


The multi-phase Disruption Design project is aimed at designing innovative construction and built environment living systems. SEATTLE and HELSINKI, March 28, 2019 — Xinova, a global innovation market network with innovators, technologies and investors in over 120 countries, and Fira, a forerunner in the field of construction and built environments, announced an agreement to […].

InnoCentive Partners with bauma Open Innovation to Solve Challenges in the Construction Industry


bauma is the leading trade fair for the construction and construction machinery industry and the world's largest trade show. With the launch of the second Challenge on the bauma Open Innovation (OI) platform , we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight this exciting collaboration!

Construction Executive – Xinova’s Kelly Romano Addresses Challenges Facing the Industry


In a recent issue of Construction Executive, Kelly Romano addressed the challenges facing today’s construction companies. At a time when digitization may be responsible for the rise and fall of most companies, companies within the construction industry ill-prepared to face the new reality may realize they’re too late. The post Construction Executive – Xinova’s Kelly Romano Addresses Challenges Facing the Industry appeared first on Xinova.

Tips for Constructing a Data-Driven Culture

BPI Thought Leadership Commentary

Analytics and data-driven decision making have become something of a holy grail for modern organizations.& & In December 2015, APQC conducted its annual survey to understand the common challenges and priorities of process and performance management practitioners in 2016. The survey covered a wide array of topics including data and analytics. Though most organizations have embarked on their an

Creating A Responsible And Respected Construction Business In Today’s Industry

The Human Factor

You can’t get ahead in the construction industry without having a well-respected name in the marketplace. There are so many companies in the construction sector. In this article, we’ll discuss how you could start creating a responsible and respected construction business in today’s industry. If you want to create a responsible and respected construction business in today’s industry, then you need to meticulously plan every single project.

Open Innovation Challenge Encourages A Rethink of the Way Buildings are Constructed


Novel approaches to reducing CO2 emissions when homes are designed and built

Moving Lean Construction into the Digital Age: Last Planner Meets Collective Intelligence

Planview Spigit

Our clients in the construction business tell me that the industry enjoys flush times, once again. Many construction firms are family led. Connecting Lean Construction with Collective Intelligence. It’s in this spirit that several savvy leaders have made the connection between lean construction , which their firms have already embraced, and the practice of leveraging the intelligence and experience of every employee.

Moving Lean Construction into the Digital Age: Last Planner Meets Collective Intelligence

Planview Spigit

Our clients in the construction business tell me that the industry enjoys flush times, once again. Many construction firms are family led. Connecting Lean Construction with Collective Intelligence. It’s in this spirit that several savvy leaders have made the connection between lean construction, which their firms have already embraced, and the practice of leveraging the intelligence and experience of every employee.

Are you a Lateral Leader?

Destination Innovation

Encourage constructive dissent. Leadership of Innovation constructive dissent conventional leader empower innovate inspire lateral lateral leaderAs a leader which column do you fall into? Conventional Leaders. Lateral Leaders. Lead from the front. Lead from alongside. Direct. Inspire. Use conventional methods and seek to improve effectiveness and efficiency. Develop new methods and seek to change the rules, change partners or change the approach to the problem.

Construction Giant Engages with Open Innovation to Innovative Start-Up Partners


A smart reusable shopping bag that rewards eco-conscious shoppers and lets them plant trees

You Don’t Have an Innovation Problem, You Have a Trust Problem! (Part 2)

Innovation Excellence

collaboration Creativity Innovation Leadership autonomy constructive disagreement culture trust vulnerabilityThrough my 2008-10 doctoral research, I found that the biggest problem that non-innovative companies have is lack of trust. In fact, whenever I was invited to speak to a company about their innovation needs, it didn’t take more than 20 minutes and 16 questions to find that they don’t have an innovation problem, they have.

A Constructive Activity on a Snow Day

Michael Roberto

Another nor'easter rages today in the northeast. Weather forecasters predict 15-20 inches of snow in my region. Many people are not working today. What can and should you with your time if you have some free time? Besides shoveling the driveway, catching up on email, or taking a nap, you might consider learning something new. Researchers have demonstrated that novelty stimulates the brain.

Capturing and supporting innovation in the building industry

Innovation Excellence

Whilst the construction industry is not one that is renowned for being particularly innovative, there are in fact a number of fascinating technologies emerging in the sector. Competitions Industry Innovation Open Innovation building constructionFor instance, you’ve got the drones that track project progress to the use of augmented reality to do likewise, or even the wearable device that aims to ensure.

How Haskell Uses VR to Keep Construction Sites Safe

Innovation Leader

Construction zones are often adorned with bright signs, cautioning all who enter. These job sites require that those on the premises wear hardhats, safety glasses, and the right shoes. Often, certification and training must be completed before employees can begin their work

How IoT is Transforming Unexpected Industries

Innovation Excellence

Consumer Innovation Industry Innovation R&D Science Technology agriculture construction ecology Internet of Things productivity TelematicsBy the late 1990’s computers became truly transformative, followed by Internet and email as conduits to a continuous flow of information that could be processed, analyzed and turned into action. Today, as digital connectivity transforms physical machines, we’re likely into the early days of a similar productivity boom.

Building Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Feature Of The Week Innovation architecture assumptions building construction hvac macro micro solutionsI have always admired the work of great architects. The challenges they face when designing a new structure seem overwhelming at first glance. The architect must design a building that is sound from an engineering standpoint, functional for its occupants, integrated into the physical site (whether natural or within an urban area), cost-effective, able to.

Six Great Questions to Stimulate Critical Thinking and Constructive Debate Within Your Team

Michael Roberto

creativity decisionmaking innovation teams

Moroccan Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Build Capability culture Innovation People & Skills Processes & Tools Profiles of Innovators construction Desert Climate engineering history Innovation Lessons technologyMorocco is a land that has mystified and enchanted travelers for ages. Situated between the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlas Mountains, and the Sahara Desert, Morocco is a place of geographic and cultural diversity, situated at the confluence of civilizations.

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February 2020 | The Crucible – Solve for X


Newsletters #innovatorFail 10 Year Brad Roberts construction disruption February Fira Construction Group Jussi Aho Newsletter Open Innovation packaging design PepsiCo Sameer Talsania Usability TestingThe Crucible – Solve for X February 2020 ““It’s very important to understand what our principles are in business. Are we just making money, or are we also doing good? These two goals must be tied together. For me, I feel we are also doing good.

The Engineering Behind Modern Superstructures


Enabling Factors collaborative innovation construction engineeringHuman talent, drive and innovation can achieve incredible feats - and what more tangible example than modern superstructures? Let’s take a look at some of the drivers behind building bigger and better buildings worldwide, from improved materials, to cross-sector collaboration and beyond.

USA Falling Behind in Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Lack of Education in Science, Manufacturing, Construction, and Engineering. Let’s be specific: Science, manufacturing, construction, and engineering. This is a wake up call for training in manufacturing, science, construction and engineering. Main Culprit? Infrastructure and Education Project Idea: Learn, Build, Innovate USA. Learn, Build, Innovate USA is an idea for a national project.

The Many Lessons of Andy Grove


If you try to cheap your way through a poorly constructed algorithm, science will have its way with you and the result won’t be a proud moment. Constructive Confrontation Works – A lot of people who didn’t grow up in the Intel culture found it an impossible place to survive. I learned from Andy that in constructive confrontation, it’s always the idea that gets attacked and never the person. We lost a great business leader earlier this year.