Posted on September 28th, 2011 View Comments
The 2011 Best Firms to Work for Summit, presented by ZweigWhite, will be held September 29-30 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. This two-day conference will cover topics such as globalization, intergenerational dynamics, motivating and inspiring commitment, recruiting and retaining great teams, diversification strategies, and staffing and cash flow.
If you’re attending this event, please join Mike Phillips, Founder of DesignFacilitator, for his Thursday, September 29 2:00pm presentation: Using Strategic Feedback to Enhance Staff Performance and Retention.
For more information on the event visit http://www.zweigwhite.com/events/BestFirmsToWorkFor/index.asp.
Posted on September 15th, 2011 View Comments
Shazam! An exclamation we’ve all heard – but most of us (myself included until today) probably don’t know the origin. In 1973 Marvel Comics created a character who, upon shouting this word, became Captain America. Shazam has many meanings, one of which is this:
S The wisdom of Solomon H The strength of Hercules A The stamina of Atlas Z The power of Zeus A The courage of Achilles M The speed of Mercury
Now what does Shazam! have to do with project delivery? Well, who wouldn’t want a little Shazam! in their projects? Wisdom, strength, stamina, power, courage, and speed – what if we could purposefully and systematically introduce a little of these on every project we touched?
Don’t go into your next project scheduling meeting and shout Shazam! while wearing a cape (though if you do, please let me know how it goes). Instead, learn what some thought leaders in the A/E/C industry have been doing to bring about real, meaningful, and valuable change to entrenched project delivery methods – with results that have Shazam! impacts for everyone involved.
In 2003 DesignFacilitator grew out of a small A/I firm looking for ways to do things better. We developed a body of knowledge using client feedback to help project delivery firms continuously improve. As we encountered more and more organizations who were looking for ways to do things better, with better results, and with better value for both clients and themselves, we began to find other thought leaders doing different, but equally amazing things.
One group leading the charge with a big dose of Shazam! is the Lean Construction Institute. Don’t let the name fool you – they spend as much focus on the design and engineering processes as they do construction. The lean movement takes the many lessons learned in manufacturing (as pioneered by Toyota) and other industries, and applies them to every day projects. This amazingly innovative and yet necessarily practical group of people continue to discuss, promote, and operate design and construction processes that cut costs and schedule by huge margins, while increasing product quality and consistency. And they do all this with a keen focus on maximizing value to the clients.
For the last year, DesignFacilitator has sponsored LCI and been actively involved in both their national Congress and many regional events. If you are not yet aware of Lean Construction, or the ideas behind Continuous Improvement – I invite you to join us October 3-7th in Pasadena, CA at the 2011 LCI National Congress. An introductory day outlines the key concepts of Lean, followed by two days of real-world case studies from architects, engineers, contractors, and owners; followed by a fourth day of specialized break-out sessions.
DesignFacilitator and LCI co-sponsor Newforma will be hosting a 3-hour breakout session on Friday, October 7th to discuss real-world software tools that are helping firms around the world bring a little Shazam! to their projects. You’ll hear from actual users and be able to participate in brainstorming sessions to help define a “state of the industry” approach for innovative project delivery. We will demonstrate our Client Feedback Tool and how the process of Enterprise Feedback Management (EFM) helps everyone in your organization constantly adjust to meet client expectations. Newforma will demonstrate their Project Center and highlight the value opportunities found in Project Information Management (PIM).
Those who can’t make the trip can’t afford to miss this required reading, and learn how a little Shazam! can change your project delivery for the better.