Solving construction problems

You can’t always get what you want. There’s a tradeoff among quality, quantity, and price. You can maximize any two, but you can’t have all three. If you want price and quality, you have to sacrifice quantity. If you want quality and quantity, it costs more money. The best solutions are usually a balance between competing demands. Example: You may want to use an expensive marble in the foyer of a spec home, but the cost would be prohibitive. If you use a color-coordinated tile for the flooring, and use the marble as a fireplace surround visible from the foyer; you get the best of both worlds, learn more at LaGrange Flooring America.

Break the problem into bite-size pieces. All complex problems are really a series of simple problems. Once you know what the simple problem is, address it with step-by-step solutions. There’s a difference between simple solutions and simplistic ones. A simplistic solution is an overly simple solution to a complex problem. Example: If you’re waiting to redo your forms until you have time to redo them all, they may never get done. Start with the form that needs the most help. Get it done; later, tackle another one.

Don’t use a sledge-hammer to swat mosquitoes. The solution should be proportionate to the problem. Find something that works and keep improving it. Simple solutions work best because human beings are fallible: The simpler the solution, the less likely humans will be screw it up. Example: If you have a problem with inaccurate estimates, you may need to review your procedures and unit costs. You don’t need to start all over with an expensive computerized estimating program that may, or may not, solve the problem.

The problem Isn’t solved until the solution Is implemented. Sometimes it’s easy to get a solution down on paper. The hard part is putting it in place. Get the people who’ll implement the solution involved in the problem-solving process so they’ll “own” the solution.

If you attack and solve recurring problems, you’ll have a more time to run your business effectively (rather than dealing with the same problems again and again). You’ll also discover that building houses is more fun and profitable. And that’s what it’s all about.

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