Would a consultant by any other name smell so sweet?

Consulting, as a profession, is in my humble opinion an extremely honorable pursuit that can bring tremendous value to the purchasers of consulting services. But that's only when applying a very narrow definition of the "consulting." What is that definition? A true consultant is an independent professional that through the application of their unique knowledge, … Continue reading Would a consultant by any other name smell so sweet?

The Construction Industry is Changing. Are you ignoring the handwriting on the wall?

Both inside the industry and externally, there is an almost urgent message heralding the massive disruption already taking place in the world of design and construction. The latest entrant in the race to proclaim the end of the construction industry as we know it is none other than McKinsey & Company. Historically a management consulting … Continue reading The Construction Industry is Changing. Are you ignoring the handwriting on the wall?

Arup wears multiple hats in pursuit of WELL Gold Certification

Arup is a massive global firm that specializes in complex projects in the built environment. With a team of consultants, engineers and technical specialists covering a myriad of niches, the firm is able to handle all kinds of challenges big and small. The company had a chance to demonstrate that cross-functionality at one of its … Continue reading Arup wears multiple hats in pursuit of WELL Gold Certification

Seth Godin reaffirms the importance of first defining “Quality” before it can be achieved

Quality, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Having been involved in evaluating quality at more than 10,000 building units over the past two decades, the definition of the word quality is something I've spent many, many hours contemplating. When it comes to quality in the marketing world, and particularly in writing about marketing, … Continue reading Seth Godin reaffirms the importance of first defining “Quality” before it can be achieved

While prefabrication seems great in theory, for contractors, it may not be ready for prime time

Earlier this week, I shared an article that touted all the amazing benefits to be gained from prefabricating some assemblies offsite. So how long will it be before the entire construction industry shifts to a paradigm in which building consists primarily of assembling prefabricated components? FMI, a management consulting firm that specializes in nonresidential construction, … Continue reading While prefabrication seems great in theory, for contractors, it may not be ready for prime time