Lean Construction, About Pepper
Whether female or not, you can have an impact if you're willing to listen and work with people. There is no one person who is an expert on everything we do; we need input from the people actually doing the work on a daily basis.
Collaboration is huge, and it supports the reason lean stuck with me: it's about eliminating waste. For example, with the Last Planner, it allows every trade to contribute to the whole instead of following a schedule that has been dictated - and doesn't work. And that's where the magic is.
It really helps when the owner is a collaborative partner. I also found the trades were more willing to participate when they understood the benefit of the collaborative planning process - and the potential impact from not participating.
Angela was asked by an owner on a past project to accelerate the schedule and move up the move-in date after the project had started - and to use Lean Construction to do it. She dove in and quickly became a student of the process. When the project finished with great success, Angela became a strong ambassador of lean and is highly regarded by her peers, particularly when it comes to gaining buy-in from reluctant trades.
These women and others are actively engaged in furthering Lean in our communities, whether helping to form a local Lean Construction Institute (LCI) Community of Practice (CoP), educating high school students on careers in construction or partnering with other women in the industry on community-based studies. If you'd like to hear more about how these and other women found a career in construction, check out our LinkedIn and Facebook pages to read their stories.