Mastering Lean Leadership
Pocket Sensei for the AE Industry

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Mastering Lean Leadership

by Hal Macomber and Calayde Davey


If you want to shape a different future for your firm, Lean leadership will inevitably be a part of it.

Mastering Lean Leadership for the A/E industry is all about helping current and future A/E firm leaders blow the lid off their companies. And the happy truth? You don’t have to move Heaven and Earth. The path is laid out right in front of you—all you have to do is walk it. Practice the “katas”, and before you know it, you’ll be learning your way toward your goals and achieving outcomes you previously thought impossible.

Industry praise for
Mastering Lean Leadership...

Mastering Lean Leadership—what a great read! Practicing the 40 katas, shifting my perspective and embracing a new cultural style of work—I’m now actually anxious to get started on the journey of Lean Leadership!

Christopher Sherry, PE
President, Merrick & Company
Greenwood Village, CO (ENR #143)

Mastering Lean Leadership captures most, if not all, of the critical thinking elements in managing an A/E business, client, or project. The focus on continuous improvement and valuable processes like “failing fast” are excellent!

Donald E. Stone, Jr, PE
Chief Executive Officer, Dewberry
Fairfax, VA (ENR #36)

Despite the many books that offer the secrets of success or improvement concepts for your company, few provide an in-depth list of fundamentals that, implemented in a disciplined manner, can transform your business. Mastering Lean Leadership is one.

Robert (Bob) F. Pence, PE, BCEE
Chairman, Freese and Nichols, Inc.
Fort Worth, TX (ENR #91)

A very helpful and practical teaching tool for actively applying Lean thinking to work and leadership.

Douglas W. Jaeger
President & CEO, Ulteig Engineers, Inc.
Fargo, ND (ENR #163)

About the Authors

Hal Macomber and Morrissey Goodale have collaborated for over a decade to bring positive leadership and management change to the A/E industry. Hal is the leading authority on Lean operating strategies for professional service firms. His formal introduction to Lean began in Japan during the mid-1980s where he studied quality and just-in-time production. Over the next several years, Hal brought his expertise to numerous industries and professions, including the AEC space. Along the way, he was introduced to the work of Fernando Flores—first the study of the language-action perspective, then ontological redesign. These bodies of knowledge, coupled with Lean, allow him and his collaborators to consistently deliver significant value to their clients.

Calayde Davey studied for her masters in architecture in South Africa, and with the help of a Fulbright Scholarship, obtained a PhD in Environmental Planning, Economics and Urban Development at Kansas State University. During her time in the US, she worked on a Lean Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) project in the roles of Lean production engineering and building information modeling.