Best practices in Lean, and a walk around Midtown Atlanta

My latest article for RDCToday.com is now live. The title is Success in Lean comes from the bottom up. Here is an excerpt: Long before Toyota even existed, and before corporate executives were getting black belts in Six Sigma, Frederick Taylor was trying to find ways to improve efficiency through something he called scientific management. … Continue reading Best practices in Lean, and a walk around Midtown Atlanta

Can Construction Defects (and related litigation) be eliminated?

The short answer: No. My latest article for Retail Design & Construction Today, Defects in construction are inevitable, is now live. Here is an excerpt: In software, every project is different. And while some processes can be automated, humans are responsible for the bulk of the work. Want to know a secret? No software is … Continue reading Can Construction Defects (and related litigation) be eliminated?

RDCToday.com: Transforming JCPenney’s brand through architecture, innovation

My latest post for Retail Design & Construction Today is now live. The title is, Will redesign of JCPenney brand also influence retail architecture? In the article, I discuss the surprising move by Ron Johnson from head of retail for Apple to CEO of JCPenney. Johnson was responsible in the 90s for changing Target's brand … Continue reading RDCToday.com: Transforming JCPenney’s brand through architecture, innovation

Retail Design and Construction Trends for 2012

My latest post for Retail Design & Construction Today is now live. 2012 is here and overall forecasts indicate a dynamic year for retail design and construction. Here are some of the major trends for the coming year that will shape our industry: 2012 International Green Construction Code LEED 2012 Rating System National Association of … Continue reading Retail Design and Construction Trends for 2012

The Role of Quality in Sustainable Design & Construction for Retail

My latest column for Retail Design & Construction Today is now live. In this post, I discuss the role that quality plays in true sustainability. Unfortunately, sustainability in design and construction is not exclusively dependent upon the choice of materials and methods. The quality of the design and construction plays an important role in true … Continue reading The Role of Quality in Sustainable Design & Construction for Retail