Home Builder's Guide to Continuous Improvement: Schedule, Quality, Customer Satisfaction, Cost, and Safety, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Home Builder's Guide to Continuous Improvement

Schedule, Quality, Customer Satisfaction, Cost, and Safety, 1st Edition

By Jack B. ReVelle, Derek N. Margetts

CRC Press

224 pages | 108 B/W Illus.

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Description

Presenting well-known tools and techniques, the Home Builder's Guide to Continuous Improvement provides important insights and necessary information to reduce cycle time duration and variation in order to improve quality and customer satisfaction and to minimize costs and accidents. Each chapter offers examples based on the authors' personal experience working with builders and trade contractors. Including figures and graphs to enhance the text, this book contains simple language, using residential construction industry terminology to improve understanding of continuous improvement concepts and practices. No previous math background is required, making it suitable for all levels.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Purpose of Book

Target Audience

Benefits of the Book

Examples

Book Format

Cycle Time Management

Introduction

Cycle Time Duration

Cycle Time Variation

Lean Construction

Example

Problems

Introduction

Identification

Ranking

Example

Problem Solving

Introduction

Objectives

Methodologies

Example

Dealing with Data

Introduction to Data

Data Accumulation

Data Analysis

Data Patterns

Example

Root Causes

Introduction

Determination

Selection

Examples

Corrective Actions

Introduction

Determination

Selection

Implementation

Example

Problem Follow-Up

Introduction

Data Collection and Analyses

Process Modification

Example

Relationships

Determining Relationships between Data Sets

Linear Relationships

Nonlinear Relationships

Other Relationships

Predicting Linear Relationships

Example

Sampling and Randomization

Background

Convenience Sampling

Judgment Sampling

Types of Random Sampling

Applications of Sampling

Example

Sample Size Determination

Sampling

Sampling Error

Population Proportion

Example: Population Proportion

Population Mean

Example: Population Mean

Software

Introduction

Excel

QI Macro for Excel

Advanced Analytical Software

Design Expert

QFD Software

Microsoft Project

Continuous Improvement Tools and Techniques

Introduction

Data Transformers

Targeted Objectives

Tools and Techniques

Alphabetized List of Continuous Improvement Tools and Techniques

Quality Function Deployment

Introduction

Kano Model

The WHAT–HOW Concept

The House of Quality

Advantages and Limitations of QFD

QFD Software

Example

Design of Experiments

Approaches to Experimental Design

Objectives of DOE

Factorial Designs

Fractional Factorial Designs

Screening Designs

Robust Design/Taguchi Methods

Optimization Designs

Planning and Running DOE

Types of Experiments

Before the Statistician Arrives

Orthogonal Array

Glossary of DOE Terms

Example

Comprehensive Glossary of Continuous Improvement Terms

Pertinent Web Sites Addressing Continuous Improvement

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS101000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management
TEC009020
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Civil / General