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The Easier, Better, for Construction Show is where people working to make building easier and better share how. We dig into design and construction topics proven to positively build up people, processes, and the business of building. Podcasts are published monthly.

The EBFC Show Felipe Engineer Manriquez

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The Easier, Better, for Construction Show is where people working to make building easier and better share how. We dig into design and construction topics proven to positively build up people, processes, and the business of building. Podcasts are published monthly.

    Effective Management Through the Theory of Constraints with Thomas LaMay

    Effective Management Through the Theory of Constraints with Thomas LaMay

    Dig into the Theory of Constraints with Thomas LeMay in this compelling episode. Get an in-depth insight into the management tool introduced by the renowned physicist, Eliyahu M. Goldratt, which has revolutionized business strategies. Thomas kicks off by recommending Goldratt's breakthrough book, The Goal, providing insights into Goldratt's ideas and how to apply them using the constraint log tool. This episode explores understanding, identifying, and managing constraints in different contexts and how this leads to effective project completion.
     
    Discover real-world examples of constraint management in complex situations such as infrastructure design and logistics. Understand how physical and non-physical constraints, if not managed effectively, can escalate into significant problems, leading to cost overruns, delays, and safety hazards. The discussion also highlights the importance of employing strategies and tools such as constraint logs to effectively mitigate these issues.
     
    From understanding work-life balance to mastering construction skills, the episode explores various facets of constraint management. It emphasizes the importance of leadership, hands-on training, and an understanding of constraint management in achieving mastery in construction skills. Discover how visual mapping of non-physical constraints can give foremen and site supervisors a clearer picture of potential obstructions.
     
    The episode concludes with a critical discussion of mental health issues in the construction industry. We normalize the need for mental health via continuous dialogue, organizational support, and practical resources to address mental health effectively. Learn how different theories and techniques, such as Goldratt’s theories and Scrum Patterns, can be integrated to manage constraints effectively and aid in personal and professional improvement.
     
    Connect with Thomas via 
    LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomaslamay/
     
    Connect with Felipe via
    Construction Scrum (book & audiobook) via https://constructionscrum.com/
    Social media at https://thefelipe.bio.link
    Subscribe on YouTube to never miss new videos here: https://click.theebfcshow.com/youtube
     
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    Today's episode is sponsored by the Lean Construction Institute (LCI). This non-profit organization operates as a catalyst to transform the industry through Lean project delivery using an operating system centered on a common language, fundamental principles, and basic practices. Learn more at https://www.leanconstruction.org 
     
    Elevate your construction career and enhance your company's performance by mastering the crucial aspect of building enclosure management with Field Verified's specialized training. Address the major challenge of managing building enclosures, a common source of construction failures. Get hands-on learning experience with real-world construction scenarios and mock-up installations for skill-building with leadership and team-focused strategies. By joining our course, you gain access to a proven program that not only covers technical aspects but also better practices for effective construction management. Don't miss this opportunity to transform your approach. Visit https://fieldverified.com for more insights, or contact us at 480-719-5090. 
     

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Combating the Bungee Effect with Lean Principles - Jason Schroeder

    Combating the Bungee Effect with Lean Principles - Jason Schroeder

    In this episode of The EBFC show, Felipe Engineer-Manriquez and Jason Schroeder dig into the challenges that the construction industry faces due to the 'bungee effect' – poor planning leading to volatile work schedules and frequent disruptions. They share their expertise on adopting lean and scrum methodologies and maintaining workflow on the job site, discussing their practical strategies for overcoming unpredictable situations.
     
    Through comprehensive conversation, Jason and Felipe shed light on the wider implications of ineffective project management. They share how poor work management practices can lead to increased stress, decreased work pride, and a compromise in project quality. Understanding these facets, the duo stresses the value of adopting efficient planning strategies for enhancing work quality and productivity.
     
    The popular traditional paradigm that 'bigger is always better' has major drawbacks. Instead, you can implement reduced batch sizes and right-sized teams to realize the benefits of frequent and consistent delivery of work. Real-world insights are shared, highlighting the benefits of experimenting with systems and understanding them to make necessary adjustments.
     
    The episode also broadens to reflect on systemic issues affecting the industry, including housing scarcity and a declining workforce driven by socioeconomic conditions. Changemakers are at work to create conditions to serve as flagship examples and emphasize the importance of making structural changes to progress toward a productive and brighter future.
     
    Navigate this transformative episode to gain a nuanced perspective on the construction industry, lean management, and systemic challenges. Learn how to beat the 'bungee effect' and adopt effective strategies to reinforce the resilience of your projects.
     
    #Leanconstruction #respectforpeople #takt #scrum
     
    Referenced Show Links:
    Lean Takt via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/c/leanTakt
    Website at https://www.elevateconstructionist.com/takt-planning/
    Takt Guide Website at https://www.taktguide.com/
     
    Connect with Jason via 
    LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonschroederelevatingconstruction/
     
     
    Connect with Felipe via
    Construction Scrum (book & audiobook) via https://constructionscrum.com/
    Social media at https://thefelipe.bio.link
    Subscribe on YouTube to never miss new videos here: https://click.theebfcshow.com/youtube
     
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    Today's episode is sponsored by the Lean Construction Institute (LCI). This non-profit organization operates as a catalyst to transform the industry through Lean project delivery using an operating system centered on a common language, fundamental principles, and basic practices. Learn more at https://www.leanconstruction.org 
     
     
    Elevate your construction career and enhance your company's performance by mastering the crucial aspect of building enclosure management with Field Verified's specialized training. Address the major challenge of managing building enclosures, a common source of construction failures. Get hands-on learning experience with real-world construction scenarios and mock-up installations for skill-building with leadership and team-focused strategies. By joining our course, you gain access to a proven program that not only covers technical aspects but also better practices for effective construction management. Don't miss this opportunity to transform your approach. Visit https://fieldverified.com for more insights, or contact us at 480-719-5090. 
     

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Crafting Leadership Excellence with John L Gallagher, Jr

    Crafting Leadership Excellence with John L Gallagher, Jr

    John Gallagher, the visionary behind Growing Champions Coaching & Consulting Company, brings over 25 years of expertise in Leadership and Lean methodologies to the forefront. Having consulted for global giants like IBM and academic powerhouses such as Harvard University, John's approach to People Development, Productivity, Profitability, and Growth works at the heart of leadership and successful change management, helping people achieve organizational excellence.
     
    In a deeply engaging conversation, John shares his personal journey to health, documented in Men's Health, revealing key lessons that inform his coaching philosophy. He recounts transformative stories of executive leaders who, initially resistant to change, found new paths to excellence through his unique 'Greatest Story Ever Told' methodology. He shares the common challenges leaders face in embracing change and the tailored strategies to dismantle resistance in executive leadership. He illuminates pivotal moments in leaders' journeys, showcasing the impact of his methodologies on both individuals and their organizations.
     
    Moreover, John explores the intersection of leadership development using lean, offering insights to foster environments of continuous improvement and innovation. His experience across diverse organizations, from corporate behemoths to esteemed educational institutions, demonstrates his adaptability and the universal applicability of his strategies. You will also get a peek into John’s "Uncommon Leader" podcast.
     
    Get behind the scenes of executive leadership and successful change management. #ListentoJohn to embark on an unmissable journey into the heart of operational and personal transformation, merging Lean rigor with exceptional leadership, and discover why #noFrenchFries are allowed.
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    Show Links:
    Publications: This Guy Lost 80 Pounds with a Friend and a Fitness Tracker
    Men's Health · Jan 3, 2020
    Link: https://www.menshealth.com/weight-loss/a30390410/weight-loss-80-pound-transformation-fitness-tracker-calorie-app/
     
    Book Recommendation
    The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You
    By John C. Maxwell
    Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/49YZqtW 
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    Connect with John via
    LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/coachjohngallagher/
    The Uncommon Leader Podcast via
    Website at https://www.uncommonleaderpodcast.com/
     
     
    Connect with Felipe via
    Construction Scrum (book & audiobook) via https://constructionscrum.com/
    Social media at https://thefelipe.bio.link
    Subscribe on YouTube to never miss new videos here: https://click.theebfcshow.com/youtube
     
     
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    Today's episode is sponsored by the Lean Construction Institute (LCI). This non-profit organization operates as a catalyst to transform the industry through Lean project delivery using an operating system centered on a common language, fundamental principles, and basic practices. Learn more at https://www.leanconstruction.org 
     
     
    Elevate your construction career and enhance your company's performance by mastering the crucial aspect of building enclosure management with Field Verified's specialized training. Address the major challenge of managing building enclosures, a common source of construction failures. Get hands-on learning experience with real-world construction scenarios and mock-up installations for skill-building with leadership and team-focused strategies. By joining our course, you gain access to a proven program that not only covers technical aspects but also better practices for effective construction management. Don't miss this opportunity to transform your approach. Visit https://fieldverified.com for more insights, or contact us at 480-719-5090. 
     
     

    • 50 min
    From Fear to Trust: Strategies for Construction Challenges with Kevin Labrecque

    From Fear to Trust: Strategies for Construction Challenges with Kevin Labrecque

    Dig deeper into the essence of trust and leadership in the construction industry with Kevin Labrecque on our latest episode of The EBFC Show. Kevin, a renowned expert in project management, shares invaluable insights on fostering trust and maintaining a unified vision through the thick and thin of complex construction projects.
     
    In a world where the initial excitement of new projects often gives way to unforeseen challenges, Kevin discusses the critical role of trust in ensuring project success. This episode is packed with stories, strategies, and wisdom that dig into the mechanics of building psychological safety within teams. Kevin draws on Stephen Covey's Trust Bank Account analogy to explore the dynamics of behavioral deposits and withdrawals in project settings, emphasizing the dual facets of trust: competency and character. He shares practical tips for creating a foundation of trust from the outset and strategies for sustaining it through project adversities, including specific activities that can strengthen the project core team's bond.
     
    Moreover, Kevin addresses the tough questions: What happens when "the wheels come off the bus"? He offers actionable advice for navigating crises and rebuilding trust, emphasizing the importance of psychological safety and integrity. This episode is not just a treasure trove for construction professionals seeking to elevate their leadership and project management skills but also a guide for anyone looking to instill trust and resilience in their team dynamics. Join us as Kevin Labrecque leads us through the journey of transforming challenges into opportunities through the power of trust in the construction industry.
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    Connect with Kevin via Email at kevin.labrecque@integrationpointllc.com
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    Connect with Felipe via
    Construction Scrum (book & audiobook) via https://constructionscrum.com/
    Social media at https://thefelipe.bio.link
    Subscribe on YouTube to never miss new videos here: https://click.theebfcshow.com/youtube
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    Today's episode is sponsored by the Lean Construction Institute (LCI). This non-profit organization operates as a catalyst to transform the industry through Lean project delivery using an operating system centered on a common language, fundamental principles, and basic practices. Learn more at https://www.leanconstruction.org
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    Elevate your construction career and enhance your company's performance by mastering the crucial aspect of building enclosure management with Field Verified's specialized training. Address the major challenge of managing building enclosures, a common source of construction failures. Get hands-on learning experience with real-world construction scenarios and mock-up installations for skill-building with leadership and team-focused strategies. By joining our course, you gain access to a proven program that not only covers technical aspects but also better practices for effective construction management. Don't miss this opportunity to transform your approach. Visit https://fieldverified.com for more insights, or contact us at 480-719-5090. 
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Addressing Construction Industry Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

    Addressing Construction Industry Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

    Dig into the heart of the construction industry's mental health and addiction recovery challenges on The EBFC Show. In this impactful episode, we welcome Chris Lalevee, a dedicated Business Agent (BA) who plays a vital role in advocating for workers' well-being in the construction sector.
     
    Chris Lalevee brings to the forefront the critical issues of mental health and addiction within the construction community. Drawing from personal stories of recovery and success, he highlights the transformative power of the Member Assistance Program (MAP) in supporting workers through their struggles. As a BA, Chris sheds light on the complexities of his role, from managing member concerns to liaising with contractors and ensuring job safety.
     
    The conversation delves deep into the unique challenges faced by the construction industry, such as the high rate of opioid addiction linked to work-related injuries. Chris emphasizes the necessity of normalizing mental health discussions in the workplace and integrating them into the industry's safety culture. He passionately speaks about the importance of community, empathy, and a supportive environment where workers can seek help without facing stigma.
     
    This episode is a crucial listen for anyone connected to the construction industry, highlighting the need for awareness, support, and action in tackling mental health and addiction issues. Join us in this enlightening discussion with Chris Lalevee, where we explore the path to creating a safer, more empathetic, and supportive construction industry.
     
    #ConstructionCommunity #MentalHealthAwareness #AddictionRecovery #SupportiveWorkCulture #IndustryChallenges
     
    Show Links:
    IUOE 825 Member Assistance Program
    Website https://www.iuoe825.org/home/members/local-825-member-assistance-program/
     
    Skill Signal’s Safety Stats and Resources
    Webpage at https://www.skillsignal.com/resource/constructions-safety-statistics/
     
    988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
    https://988lifeline.org/
    Dial 988 for free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention, and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States
     
    Cal (Calvin) Beyer via
    LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/calvinbeyer/
     
     
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    Connect with Chris via
    LinkedIn at
    Email MAP@iuoe825.org
    Phone 732-770-8485
     
    Connect with Felipe via
    Construction Scrum (book & audiobook) via https://constructionscrum.com/
    Social media at https://thefelipe.bio.link
    Subscribe on YouTube to never miss new videos here: https://click.theebfcshow.com/youtube
     
     
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    Today's episode is sponsored by the Lean Construction Institute (LCI). This non-profit organization operates as a catalyst to transform the industry through Lean project delivery using an operating system centered on a common language, fundamental principles, and basic practices. Learn more at https://www.leanconstruction.org 
     

    • 43 min
    Get Curious About Lean Industrialized Construction with Kelly and Melissa

    Get Curious About Lean Industrialized Construction with Kelly and Melissa

    Step into the innovative world of construction on The EBFC Show, featuring Kelly Meade and Melissa McEwen from Haley & Aldrich, Inc. In this episode, we're joined by Kelly Meade, Senior Associate specializing in Lean Consulting and industrialized Construction and Lean Journey Program Manager, alongside Melissa McEwen, Practice Leader in Construction Manufacturing and Lean.
     
    Kelly and Melissa bring a wealth of knowledge to the table. Kelly Meade, with her deep expertise in Lean principles and their application in Industrialized Construction, shares insights on reducing the environmental impact of construction and improving operational efficiency. Melissa McEwen, leading the charge in Construction Manufacturing and Lean, digs into the importance of continuous improvement and strong design principles in transforming construction practices.
     
    They explore the significance of respect, collaboration, and behavioral change in the workplace. Their discussion covers success stories and industry challenges, highlighting the creation of high-performing teams and a culture of innovation at Haley & Aldrich.
     
    This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the intersection of Lean Design and Industrialized Construction. Tune in for an enlightening conversation with Kelly Meade and Melissa McEwen as they reveal how these approaches are reshaping the future of building, and fostering operational excellence with a human touch.
     
    #LeanConstruction #IndustrializedConstruction #DesignInnovation #HumanCentricApproach
     
    Show Links:
    Real Innovation vs Click Bait - Mark III Construction (Season 2)
    https://www.theebfcshow.com/real-innovation-vs-click-bait-mark-iii-construction/
     
    Introduction to Industrialized Construction By the LCI team in collaboration with Nick Masci, Melissa McEwen, and Sally Mizell of Haley & Aldrich’s Lean consulting team.
    https://leanconstruction.org/lean-topics/lean-industrialized-construction/
     
     
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    Connect with Kelly via
    LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-meade/
     
    Connect with Melissa via
    LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissamcewen/
     
     
    Connect with Felipe via
    Construction Scrum (book & audiobook) via https://constructionscrum.com/
    Social media at https://thefelipe.bio.link
    Subscribe on YouTube to never miss new videos here: https://click.theebfcshow.com/youtube
     
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    Today's episode is sponsored by the Lean Construction Institute (LCI). This non-profit organization operates as a catalyst to transform the industry through Lean project delivery using an operating system centered on a common language, fundamental principles, and basic practices. Learn more at https://www.leanconstruction.org 
     

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

ReenaWatts ,

Felipe is the best host

Felipe is a pro! He's thoughtful in his interviewing style and fun with the sound effects. Honored to be a guest on his show and I have recommended him to many others. Great topics and guests!
Reena Friedman Watts
Host of the Better Call Daddy Show

V77G ,

Just Awesome for any construction pro

Great guests and incredibly informational!

theboomdizzle ,

Wonderful discussions

Felipe is the master at interviewing and having engaging discussions. If you like interviews, this is the podcast for you! He does an absolutely amazing job!

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