Thursday, April 5, 2012

Teaching IPD, BIM and lean processes

I am putting the final touches on the latest article in the Wicked Series for AUGIWorld Magazine.  I wanted to share a sneak peak with readers and provide a link to a very interesting article by an author, Professor Russell Mead, who has done a lot of thinking about the path forward in a post-industrial world. His article, A Crisis of Civilization is excerpted and linked below.

I am convinced variations on the IPD, BIM and lean processes revolution we are experiencing in the built industry are taking place in other sectors of the economy as well.  For example, the classic pyramid scheme that supports professional service firms, e.g. law firms, accounting firms, design firms, engineering firms, etc. etc. is teetering on the brink and is likely to collapse as automation, information, and technological advances continue.  There are similar examples in almost every other sector of the economy.

Professor Russell Meade, at the American Interest Blog has a series of articles detailing the collapse of what he calls the blue economic model in the post-industrial era.  Below is an excerpt from his latest article, A Crisis of Civilization.
Post-industrial society is coming to the whole world — not at the same time and not at the same pace. But machines and IT and robots are going to reduce the number of people who work in old fashioned factories much faster than many people think. And many forms of office and administrative work are going to be transformed and disappear. Many white collar occupations that we take for granted today are going to become as obscure and marginal as once common trades like farriers and tinsmiths.
Professor Mead's predictions are particularly apt in the built industry.  The recession in the US, and the painfully slow recovery has forced entities that provide services in the built industry to cut their work forces to the bone and, in many instances, to completely re-think their business model.  Relying on a combination of advanced software tools, innovative lean business processes and old fashioned ingenuity many firms are poised to deliver services in a much more cost effective manner in the future.  But they will do so with a new generation of employees and consultants who are capable of delivering a new generation of services in new and different ways.  

During the recession and the slow recovery, at lease in the US and Europe, institutional owners have deferred maintenance, expansion and a variety of infrastructure work.  As a consequence, a huge backlog of infrastructure work exists and will fuel a boom when the economy comes back.  Entities that can quickly and effectively win and complete work will have an advantage over firms that cannot.  Firms that understand and adopt IPD, BIM and lean processes will have a tremendous advantage over those that do not. 

The AUGIWorld Magazine article scheduled for publication in May addresses issues related to the development and deployment of an effective IPD, BIM and lean process training program for firms competing in a knowledge-based economy.  My best guess is that the post-industrial economy will be a knowledge-based economy where knowledge, and mastery of institutional knowledge in particular, produces value for individual firms and their clients.  IPD, BIM and lean processes will be critical to the success of any firm operating in the new knowledge-based economy.

A Crisis of Civilization

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about IPD, BIM and lean process training within your organization.

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