With more than two decades in the construction industry, Jason Schroeder is an entrepreneur, project superintendent, consultant, international speaker, author, and podcast host. The driving force of his career has been to identify every example of industry best practise – and pull it apart for analysis.
By Jesse Karjalainen
His latest venture is The Foundation of Construction Excellence. This course teaches the fundamental tools and frameworks that not only challenge conventional wisdoms but are universally applicable to all areas of construction – whether vertical, horizontal or projects in extreme environments.
Participants receive decades of Jason’s wisdom, knowledge and experience distilled down into engaging and consumable content. This includes learning to focus on the customer, which starts with stability, standardization, and total participation. Central to this is respect for people and resources.
“Everybody says in construction, ‘add more manpower, more materials, get it here faster. Let's work overtime. Let's work Saturdays!’ Yeah. And that is the exact thing you would do if you wanted it to take longer.”
“… they will go so far so fast with these programs that they won’t even recognize who they were in a year’s time.”
The Foundations of Construction Excellence comprises 16 modules taught in four chapters, including a live online kick-off. It also includes +100 self-assessment and self-diagnosis questions, which are discussed in the four live online workshops with the instructor.
The course covers the essential tools, concepts, and frameworks – presented in a distilled and consumable way – that deliver everything you need to begin implementing improved construction processes and techniques. The result will be a paradigm shift of working with safe and organized projects that can be delivered on time and on budget.
Who is this course for?
“I would say the people who will benefit most from this course are owners, executives, site managers, project managers and superintendents – anybody in leadership at any level in construction. Continuous improvement can only happen with the entire team.”
“They will go so far, so fast with these programs that they won’t even recognize who they were in a year’s time.”
Can you give me an example?
“The construction industry is now only at the awareness phase of this. Our beloved industry has a huge problem of too often putting the cart before the horse. Everyone’s excited, saying continuous improvement, continuous improvement. But what they are doing is motivating people to go in the wrong direction.”
“Everybody says in construction, ‘add more manpower, more materials, get it here faster. Let's work overtime. Let's work Saturdays!’ Yeah. And that is the exact thing you would do if you wanted it to take longer. Busyness in construction is counter-productive. But when we create flow efficiency, we really take care of the customer and give them real value.”
How does this help me?
“The negative consequence of valuing, as a priority, certainty and significance is that you will work extra hard to impress somebody in order to look good. People want the certainty of keeping their job, so they will look busy.”
“All too often, construction is one of the hardest, most dangerous, most disrespectful, undertrained and unprofessional industries in the world. And I love construction; I love building.”
“By creating a remarkable working environment, where decisions are not constantly being made under stress or duress, people are in a better position to focus on growth and contributing to improvement. By respecting customers, workers and resources, people will want to learn and get better, with a growth mindset.”
What’s in the course?
“It's really a combination of the best lean techniques and processes I have been able to find in the United States and around the world, particularly Europe and Japan. As someone once told me, continuous improvement lives in the house that standardization built.”
“What I am most excited about is for people to understand these tools, frameworks, and concepts – really dive in, dig in and answer the reflection questions – and implement them in teams and groups. These are methods that anyone can learn and apply. The whole course takes someone and encourages them to look outward and think differently. They'll be able to refine and revolutionize the industry that I love so much. I think that this paradigm shift is exactly what we all need, which is why I am so passionate.”
What are some of the potential results?
“By implementing these techniques, they quite literally can meet all of their key goals of a complex construction project. You can finish on time, on budget – meaning meet your fee – with a good quality product that is safe. You have a raving fan customer and everybody on the team not only loves working together, but they are also all meeting their personal career goals.”
“We did this on one $100 million project and the project almost ran itself. We finished at full fee, delivered right on time. The owner told us it was like coming to Disneyland. He had never had a project that didn’t have audit problems. As for the team, we loved working together. The team meetings were fun, we had a family picture board, team outings, and Christmas parties.”
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