Construction

BIG BUILDER

Assured ... Predictable ... Dangerous

How come improving margins--the return on Sales--gets all the love and attention these days, when it's velocity--asset turns--are where home building companies can and should look for constant, sustainable improvement? SAI Consulting's Fletcher L. Groves highlights the benefits of focusing on "better processes, ... shorter cycle times, ... faster inventory turns," and states the risks in not doing so.

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BIG BUILDER

The Antidote to Size

If good is the enemy of great, what is scale the enemy of? SAI Consulting, Inc.'s Fletcher Groves, III, gives the question of "what skills are necessary to offset an unwieldy, unmanageable heft" a rigorous, disciplined articulation. What's here is a thought problem for organizations of all sizes in home building, which is how many works in process are enough, too many, not enough? And why?

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