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What can the Construction Industry Learn from the US Military to More Effectively Deliver Results?

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Posted by David Umstot on

I recently read Team of Teams / New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World written by General Stanley McChrystal with Tantum Collins, David Silverman and Chris Fussell.  I was struck by the similarities of the challenges the US Military faced in Iraq and with those we face in the...

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Tags: collaboration, lean construction, lean management, team of teams, big room

Target Value Design and the Marshmallow Team Building Game

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Posted by Paul Ebbs on

  Downtown Boise Skyline with Construction Cranes at Dusk Much of the focus last month was on the preparation and delivery of Target Value Design (TVD) workshops. One of our clients Andersen Construction has a office in Boise, Idaho. It is a very picturesque city and was a real pleasure to...

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Tags: lean construction, target costing, target value design, lean simulation

Last PlannerĀ® in Renovations and Design: Going from Good to Great

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Posted by Paul Ebbs on

Change is good. Indeed, every dark cloud has a silver lining. I am 8000 miles from home, but some things never change. The prospect or arrival of rain makes headline news in San Diego. The dark clouds of the thick marine layer or “May Gray” arrived in San Diego last month and we had...

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My Second Month in America: Last PlannerĀ® System Observations and Takeaways

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Posted by Paul Ebbs on

Time flies when you are having fun. The past 2 months were quick and every day brings a new experience. I sailed San Diego Bay courtesy of Dave’s colleague Dave MacVean - the Navy dolphins and sea lions were busily being trained. We attended my first baseball game which saw the San Diego...

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Tags: last planner system, paul ebbs

A Month In America: My Takeaways...

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Posted by Paul Ebbs on

Wow! I am four weeks into my time in America. A lot has been done yet there is so much more to do. This month I have experienced more firsts than I can remember in my lifetime. I have caught lobster and sailed in San Diego Bay. I have sampled and enjoyed many craft beers (Alaskan Amber and...

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Practices Merger Increases Value for the Lean Community

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Posted by David Umstot on

Practices Merger Increases Value for the Lean Community: Umstot Project and Facilities Solutions, LLC and The ReAlignment Group of California, LLC Emerge as Key Provider of Lean Coaching Services I am excited to share the merger of our firm with the The ReAlignment Group of...

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Tags: merger, umstot project and facilities solutions, the realignment group of california, dan fauchier, david umstot

Where Does Our Southern California Water Come From?

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Posted by David Umstot on

I had the opportunity to participate on a Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and San Diego County Water Authority community inspection trip of the Hoover Dam and Colorado River Aqueduct this past weekend.  We started with a tour of the Hoover Dam and its generating plant on...

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Tags: mwd, colorado river aqueduct

San Diego City College Celebrates Grand Opening of New Science Building

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Posted by David Umstot on

  San Diego City College celebrated the ceremonial grand opening of the new 98,000 gsf Science building this past week.  San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria (pictured above) addressed the audience of more than 100 in attendance.  The building contains two wings configured in an...

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Tags: san diego city college, science building, grand opening, harley ellis devereux, je moore consulting, rudolph and sletten, tb penick, gould electric, alpha mechanical, aoreed

Umstot Project and Facilities Solutions, LLC Certified as a Small Business Enterprise

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Posted by David Umstot on

We are excited to share that the California Department of General Services certified Umstot Project and Facilities Solutions, LLC as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) today. Dave

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Continuing Edcuation Mesa College Campus Selected as ENR California Best Higher Education Project in 2013

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Posted by David Umstot on

Congratulations to the San Diego Community College District, Continuing Education, SGPA Architecture and Planning, and PCL Construction Services for receiving recognition for the ENR California 2013 Best Higher Education project for the new Continuing Education Mesa College campus (ENR...

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Tags: mesa college, continuing education, san diego community colelge district, enr california, 2013 best higher education project, ma engineers, pcl construction services, sgpa

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