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A lean-agile model of homebuilders' production systems
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4695-5369
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5661-5237
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3067-9451
2011 (English)In: Construction Management and Economics, ISSN 0144-6193, E-ISSN 1466-433X, Vol. 29, no 1, p. 25-35Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A lean-agile model of homebuilders' production systems is proposed in this research. Value stream mapping is utilized to clarify the proposed lean-agile model, in which pull and Kanban are used to ensure smooth production upstream of the de-coupling point, while fluctuating market demands in terms of variety of homes and variability of volumes are managed by the agile process downstream of the de-coupling point. The decoupling point is used to provide components to downstream agile process and shield upstream smooth production from market fluctuations. A simulation model is developed to evaluate and validate the effectiveness of the proposed lean-agile model. Simulation experiments show that the lean-agile model prevents the accumulation of high inventory levels and thus provides better customization opportunities for clients compared to even-flow-construction. It also provides a more stable process with shorter cycle times compared to sales-driven production. The proposed lean-agile model offers new possibilities for homebuilders to manage the balance between meeting fluctuating market demands and stabilizing the production system.

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2011. Vol. 29, no 1, p. 25-35
Keywords [en]
Agile, housing construction, lean, simulation
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Construction Management Building Technologies
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Construction Engineering and Management; Timber Structures
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-4538DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2010.531027Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79251646009Local ID: 27d47960-fbb6-11df-8b95-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-4538DiVA, id: diva2:977412
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Validerad; 2011; 20101129 (welu)

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Lu, WeizhuoOlofsson, ThomasStehn, Lars

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