Following a two-day leadership session where the company reiterated their commitment and focus on Agile Construction®, the company is planning a multi-faceted approach to improve the depth and breadth of Agile Construction® understanding and usage. This will be spearheaded with an aggressive and intensive Agile Construction® Leadership Immersion program, to learn, and apply Agile Construction® company-wide consistently. In addition, the company is building a dashboard of lead indicators for WBS, JPAC®, SIS®, Prefab, Procurement, and Safety so that managers and executives can measure and monitor performance well before it hits the lag indicators of financials and overall company performance.
Aldridge is committing to heavy utilization of Agile 101 and 201 training in 2021, to further support the expansion of Agile understanding. These combined commitments and actions will take a national, multi-trade company to a new level of operation with improved predictability and reduced volatility in project outcomes.
The year 2021 is Staff Electric’s 5th anniversary of Agile Construction® application throughout their company, with what is shaping up to be one of the most successful performing years with close adherence to the Agile Construction® processes and tools company-wide. Staff has collected a rich data set through their journey of using Agile Construction® tools which have enabled Staff in the past half year to put a specific focus on the identification and continuous improvement of their performance and profitability on projects and as a company, specifically regarding labor productivity and the impact and cost of change orders.
The Agile Construction® processes that Staff has designed and put in place on project Handoff, Kickoff, Procurement, Prefab, and Strategy Meetings have helped to align all project stakeholders by consistently sharing and exchanging critical and relevant information among the project team. These processes have helped to recognize and address project risks up-front, most of the time even before crews mobilize on-site and ramp-up projects. Throughout the lifecycle of the project, Staff has implemented a process to hold project quarterly reviews to continue the process of risk management and to support each project team.
Staff Electric will also be the inaugural user of the DCI™ module for Pipeline and Backlog, providing a visual for what is “out in front” in the work picture, allowing pinpointed decision-making on pursuing projects and setting up project teams for success early on.
Leading the industry as one of the best performing ESOPs, Lemberg Electric is relentless in their pursuit of perfection. Their leadership has used their abilities to attract great talent and has been able to secure a very successful strategic advantage. David Washebek and Tim Scheid have led the company through the very tumultuous year of pandemic. Hiring a new president Mark Chappel with over 30 years of experience in the industry has positioned the company for many successful years to come.
2021 started as an exciting year for Lemberg Electric. The momentum following their Strategic Planning Session with MCA near the end of 2020 helped drive the company into action, in strides toward their short, mid-, and long-term strategic initiative goals. As Lemberg prepares to take on larger jobs, they are making sure their prefab shop has the necessary capacity to meet future demands – and have asked MCA, Inc. to assess their shop and put an optimized layout together to ensure they meet demand and improved efficiency.
Project teams are continuing to practice Agile Construction® across Construction and Data jobs, and have recently engaged their Service division in learning the principles as well and utilizing the tools in the office and field operations. For Service, SIS® has helped managers and a few of their drivers to plan and manage their work – and is also allowing stronger feedback to the company on common obstacles and hindrances.
Dixie Electric, Plumbing, and Air
Dixie Electric, Plumbing, and Air (Dixie) continues to focus on the development and growth of their people with a Spring Foreman Bootcamp/Construction Leadership training, conducted by MCA. In this five-part, ten-hour training, the team focused on What it Means to be a Foreman and Project Manager at Dixie, the Management of the Work and Labor, Material and Tool Management, and closing with the Construction Project Environment. While continuing to implement Agile Construction® tools and processes, Dixie is ramping up their Procurement Team, which will focus on efficiency in the ‘back office’ through pilot Vendor partnership process as well as Inventory Management for the Field.
Electric Company of Omaha
Graybar continues to assess their internal effectiveness as a partner and is seeking to improve operating processes at the branch level to meet the specific needs of the local project teams, cost-effectively and efficiently. Also, Graybar continues to support their own internal staff’s training on Agile as well as their current and potential future contractor partners’ training needs. We once again are looking forward to seeing Graybar participate in and sponsor our Symposium and Agile Construction® training events.
Wouldn’t you have loved to know what the future of the economy will look like a year ago at the onset of the pandemic? Well you did, because we used the available data from hundreds of jobs and interviewed tens of executives and predicted based on the historical behaviors of the economy at the onset and aftermath of tectonic changes like the one we had with the pandemic and give you the answers. The recent publication of the Congressional Budget Office just validated the accuracy of our projections and predictions. Read below how we did this.
With expanded vaccination against the spread of COVID-19, businesses across the country and the overall U.S. economy are on a path of fast and strong recovery. Many models forecasted and projected a much longer period for the economy, industries, and businesses to recover from the disruption and economic toll the pandemic took. With the beginning and the spread of COVID-19 and the initial lockdown in March 2020, MCA hosted COVID-19 webinars to discuss with leaders of the industry the potential impact and outlook for the economy and particularly for businesses. MCA’s projections indicated early on a soon and fast recovery of the industry and the economy to pre-pandemic levels. The figure below illustrates MCA and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) data and projection of the economic development. While both have undoubtfully a different focus and data perspective, the data that the CBO recently released regarding the development of the GDP shows a very similar pattern to MCA’s early projection on the development and recovery of the businesses in the construction industry.
a. “What’s Next after Prefab?” – A focus group study for ELECTRI
In the first quarter of 2021, MCA and ELECTRI conducted a new format for industry research. An expert facilitator guided a focus group discussion on a specific topic of interest. The topic this year was “What’s Next after Prefab?”, an investigation into current trends and participants' anticipation of what the industry leaders are and will be looking for in the future. MCA Inc. was the expert facilitator that found Focus group participants recognized that through the customer channels, there is an increase in demand for Externalizing Work®, and specifically prefabrication. Approximately 34 registrants expressed interest in joining the discussion, representing a cross-section of large and small electrical contractors across the country, including distributors and manufacturers who also joined to represent the supply chain.
In essence, the industry is demanding an increased amount of work to be done in prefabrication, increased quality in the prefabrication process, and a significant increase in the demand for planning and coordination across trades facilitated with enhanced use of BIM tools and standardized quality controls in an extended multi-trade prefab environment. This future environment will be based on the principles of Externalizing Work® but will look very different as complete systems and subsystem fabrication replaces simple assemblies of components.
The final report from the focus group is being wrapped up now. Watch for this publication through MCA’s, NECA’s, and ELECTRI’s channels in the coming weeks.
b. Industrialization of Construction®: Signal or Noise? Threat or Promise?for download through ELECTRI’s Website. This research investigated how Industrialization will continue to unfold in construction and provided ELECTRI and its members a means of getting and staying ahead. During the research, MCA, Inc. developed a guidebook and two self-assessments for contractors to use to move the needle forward in their company and worked with three electrical contractors to test the applications, collect their results, learning and feedback.
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- Contact us if you are interested or have questions about the research project.
c. Estimating with and Pricing of Prefabrication
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- Contact us if you are interested in the research project or prefab assessment and implementation services.
Ask any estimator and they will tell you that the number one item on their wish list is to be able to use their job data to create a picture of what is in the pipeline, what is being bid, what has been won, and what is the total backlog and burn rate.
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- Staying ahead of the Industrialization of the Construction® – facing these changes with an improved Project Management approach (PM 2.0)
- Improving your effectiveness to communicate with GCs and get change orders paid promptly.
- Job Cost Tracking – Getting all jobs cash-positive early and ensuring you know exactly how your job is performing
- Data-Based Project Management – use existing and new tools to your advantage and achieving the outcome you want
- Dealing with labor shortage & simultaneously Increasing job profitability
- Procurement and overall Project scheduling
- Externalizing Work® – what’s next after prefabrication?
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- New Book Preview: Agile Methods for Continuous Improvement
We are excited to announce that our MCA team is working on a new addition to the series of MCA’s Agile Construction® Books.
The new book titled “Agile Methods for Continuous Improvement” builds on the Agile Construction® Principles and provide insights into the required supporting structure for Agile Companies and guide through the fundamentals and How-Tos of process design and process improvements.