Cost Savings and Better Results
The Japanese call it “muda” – waste, futility, or purposelessness. In production processes, it equates to unnecessary steps that add no value. It can also involve waiting (lags in the schedule), or worse – rework (having to take a “do-over”, as we used to say as kids). In every case, it involves inefficiency.
In the groundbreaking book Natural Capitalism, the “logic of lean thinking” leads to the principle of Service and Flow: “Lean thinking makes customer-defined value flow continuously with the aim of producing zero waste.”
I recently stumbled upon a blog posting by Bob Emiliani of Lean Leadership. In it, he explains that the “Toyota management view of costs shows how the defect was repaired: via the realization that processes generate costs. If you improve the process – with an understanding of value-added work, waste, unevenness, and unreasonableness – then the cost is reduced (inclusive of improvement in all the non-financial parameters . . .)”
How does this apply to the world of planning and designing senior living environments? The answer is in the processes used. We have found this to be true in our practice of planning and landscape architecture – particularly when it comes to approaching exterior design.
Land development, permitting, and construction take time. The more you can cut through the waste, speed up the process, and make it more effective – the sooner you get your Certificate of Occupancy and the cash starts flowing.
Why “reinvent the wheel” each time you do a development deal? Are you learning as you go, and applying that knowledge? Do you maintain the same design team? Are your results continually improving?
Over the years, we’ve learned a thing or two about how to deliver more value to our clients, and how to tailor solutions that provide benefits to them. We’ve compiled some of these principles through a simple case study we call Prototypes & Standardization Two proven keys for cost savings and better results.
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Brad Smith is the founder of Brad Smith Associates, Inc., a mold-breaking exterior planning and design firm serving the aging services industry. Our approach puts people first, focusing on their unique needs while cultivating a deep sense of community. That is done by using a rational problem-solving method, infused with Imaginality™, combining the five key components of PLACE-Creation into our designs:
Planning - Applied foresight to achieve your project goals
Lifestyle - Delivering a better result for people by understanding their needs and lifestyles
Aesthetics - The aesthetics of a property speak to the "brand essence", greatly affecting marketing.
Community - a sense of meaning, identity and belonging for the people living there
Economics - informed decision-making on the front end during the design process can yield significant dividends on the back end (by reducing ongoing operations and maintenance costs).
We're landscape architects and planners by profession, and we love putting our talents to work to create value for you.
How can we help you maximize your potential in the marketplace? We'd like to learn more about how we can help you achieve great things - whether that involves planning new construction, making repairs or renovations, or completely re-positioning your product offering. Let's have a conversation soon.