In recent years many papers, both government whitepapers, research document and industry guru’s have voiced concern on the poor productivity within the construction industry. Comparisons have been made with manufacturing industry where overall productivity has doubled over 20-30 years. So how did that industry achieve such gains and construction didn’t?
There are many answers which are well documented elsewhere. These include and can be summarised as:
Clearly, the construction industry knows some of these lessons and in certain of these topics improvements are being made. Some of the easy gains that can be made through engaging in a Lean Program has made great inroads in improving contractor’s performance. Skill developments as well are being funded by both UK Government and companies as that message of improving individual performance shows that the team gains as well.
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