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In the fast-paced world of construction, the desire to expedite schedules can sometimes lead to unintended consequences, particularly if it comes at the expense of the well-being of the workforce. The mantra is clear: speed should not equate to pushing people beyond their limits. In this blog post, we explore a proven method to accelerate schedules while ensuring the welfare of the workforce — the Takt and Last Planner® approach.

The Pitfalls of Traditional Approaches

Attempting to accelerate schedules through excessive overtime, trade stacking, burdening trades, and sheer pushing can be counterproductive. Such methods not only strain the workforce but may also compromise the quality of work. There’s a better way to achieve speed without sacrificing people.

 Enter Takt and Last Planner

The key to efficient scheduling lies in the strategic use of Takt and Last Planner®. Let’s break down how professionals gain time in schedules without compromising the well-being of the workforce.

  1. Takt Format for Trade Flow: 

Using the Takt format allows for a clear visualization of trade flow. Rather than resorting to pushing, this method emphasizes a steady and optimized pace.

  1. Ideal Number of Zones: 

Through Takt planning, it becomes possible to calculate the ideal number of zones. This strategic division ensures work is spread out efficiently without overwhelming any one area or trade.

  1. Speed Planning Without Pushing 

Takt planning enables the formulation of slow, normal, and backup speeds. This comprehensive approach ensures that even in challenging situations, there’s a plan in place without resorting to pushing contractors beyond their capacity.


Illustrating the Difference: One Zone vs. Multiple Zones

In the visual representation provided, we showcase the impact of adopting Takt planning. Comparing a schedule with one zone against a schedule with three zones reveals a crucial insight — both plans entail the same work, labor counts, trades, hours, and more. The only distinguishing factor is the zone strategy.

What becomes apparent is that, with the right Takt strategy, the second option goes faster without compromising the equitable distribution of time among trades.

 Making the Shift: Stop Pushing, Start Using Takt

The message is clear: to achieve speed without harming anyone, it’s time to abandon traditional pushing methods. Instead, embrace Takt planning. This shift involves:

– STOP Pushing Workers:

   Respect the workforce by avoiding the push mentality that can lead to burnout and reduced morale.

– STOP Working Overtime Unnecessarily:

   Quality work is sustainable when workers have a healthy work-life balance.

– STOP Throwing People at the Problem:

   Quantity doesn’t always equate to quality. Focus on strategic planning rather than overloading the workforce.

– STOP Bringing Too Many Materials:

   Streamlining the materials needed for each zone ensures efficiency without unnecessary clutter.

– STOP Spending Excess Money:

   Strategic planning and Takt allow for efficiency without the need for extravagant spending.

 The Path to Efficient and Compassionate Construction

In conclusion, the Takt and Last Planner® approach provides a roadmap to efficiency without compromising the well-being of the workforce. By utilizing these proven methods, construction projects can achieve speed, maintain quality, and most importantly, prioritize the health and satisfaction of the people behind the progress. It’s time to shift from pushing to planning for a brighter and more sustainable construction future.

If you want to learn more we have:

-Takt Virtual Training: (Click here)
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-Listen to the Elevate Construction podcast: (Click here) 
-Check out our training programs and certifications: (Click here)
The Takt Book: (Click here)

Discover Jason’s Expertise:

Meet Jason Schroeder, the driving force behind Elevate Construction IST. As the company’s owner and principal consultant, he’s dedicated to taking construction to new heights. With a wealth of industry experience, he’s crafted the Field Engineer Boot Camp and Superintendent Boot Camp – intensive training programs engineered to cultivate top-tier leaders capable of steering their teams towards success. Jason’s vision? To expand his training initiatives across the nation, empowering construction firms to soar to unprecedented levels of excellence.

On we go!