Constraint Levitation

In the last OneThingology Blog post, we talked about Step 3, or Subordinating every other decision to the Constraint. Today we will look at step 4, Elevate the Constraint. For context, lets review our Five Steps one more time. Identify the Constraint Exploit the Constraint Subordinate every other decision to the Constraint Elevate the Constraint Rinse…

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Effective Estimating – Part 6 of 6

In our prior Effective Estimating post of this series, we talked about our Estimate and Proposal ACCURACY. In this final post of the series, I want to remind all cabinetmakers (me included), that when it comes to manufacturing cabinets for profit, “The end depends upon the beginning.” No matter how effective we design, engineer, machine,…

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Effective Estimating – Part 5 of 6

In the last Effective Estimating blog post, we talked about providing our prospective clients with multiple Estimates in an attempt to sell more projects. In this post we will look at our Estimate Accuracy. In earlier posts in this Effective Estimating series, we talked about two principles of Effective Estimating. One being Managing Customer Expectations and we briefly…

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Effective Estimating – Part 4 of 6

In the last Effective Estimating blog post, we talked about providing our prospective clients with multiple Ballpark Estimates in an attempt to separate the wheat from the chaff. Today we will look at doing something similar with our Formal Estimates to help us sell more projects. In addition to having a 3 tiered pre-qualifying Ballpark cost…

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Effective Estimating – Part 3 of 6

In the last Effective Estimating blog post, We talked about ‘What If’ scenarios, Managing Customer Expectations and then played around with an Excel model that could empower both of those worthy objectives. Today we will be spending some time talking about the place where America’s favorite pastime takes place, the Ballpark. When it comes to…

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Effective Estimating – Part 2 of 6

In the last Effective Estimating blog post, I introduced myself and this series of posts. Today we will be spending some time working on a couple models in Excel (it’s not rocket science, but there is a learning curve) so we can learn to not only take our costs and build bullet proof Estimates and…

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Subordination Consternation

In the last OneThingology Blog post, we talked about Step 2, or Exploiting the Constraint. Today we will look at step 3, Subordinate every other decision to the Constraint. For context, lets review our Five Steps one more time (I may repeat myself often as it relates to these 5 steps). Identify the Constraint Exploit the…

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Can Exploitation ever be a Good Thing?

In the last OneThingology Blog post, we talked about Step ZERO, or determining our Goal. Having already covered the first of the five step process in the two articles prior, finding or identifying the constraint, today we will look at step 2, Exploit the Constraint. For context, lets review our Five Steps one more time…

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Effective Estimating – Part 1 of 6

For all that have been following along with the OneThingology Series, just want to let you know that this short series on Effective Estimating will interrupt the OneThingology series this month, and instead of providing a post every month, I will be posting every week for the next 6 weeks leading up to the IWF-2018…

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