Posted by: JC Gatlin | February 7, 2011

Building Partner Council: Setting Goals

 We launched our Building Partner Council and the first question to come up was, “What’s the purpose?”

That’s easy to answer from the Home Builder side. Our goal was clear: We want to perfect the construction schedule and improve cycle time. But for our Building Partners, that wasn’t so easy to answer. Many were just showing up because, well, we asked them to.

So we kicked off the meeting asking our Building Partners, “What exactly do you want to get out of this, if we’re going to all the trouble?” There were a lot of answers:

  • Reduce jobsite waste, obviously
  • Improve jobsite safety
  • Decrease call backs and punch lists
  • Reduce warranty call backs
  • Improve communication & camaraderie between the Building Partners
  • Improve communication between the Construction Professionals and the Building Partners
  • Improve job readiness
  • I’m just here for the donuts & coffee

Ultimately, our Building Partners agreed on two objectives: improve our blue print detail accuracy and improve our scheduled lead time notifications.

This gives us our direction – or True North – for the year. Next step is to determine exactly how we’re going to get there.

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  1. Looks like the building partner council will set the standard for Legendary Partnering. Although I worked on that team for a few years, I don’t think we ever involved the Building Partners in our True North. Why? Reading about it now, it seems like a pretty obvious vital component. Thanks for including it in your blog!

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