Innovative Culture

Innovative Culture

Implementing Lean Concepts

Jurgensen Companies Continuous Improvement Program

Continuous Improvement Program’s (CIP) Mission:

We utilize collaboration and innovation as a strategic competitive advantage.

With investment in our people, we adopt a learning continuous improvement culture.

This innovative culture produces products and services that meet and exceed customers’ needs.

“ROAD System”

One of the systems developed by the CIP is the “Results, Organized And Delivered” System, referred to as the ROAD System. This system focuses on implementing principles and practices of lean construction on our projects. Scheduled development sessions will invite project key personnel as well as important project team members who will implement the work. Superintendents, foremen, and project inspectors will also help strategize and create the schedule. Inclusion of the entire team into one room allows for the opportunity to identify and address potential conflicts early in the process, avoiding unnecessary delays and developing efficiency opportunities.

The ROAD System “Results, Organized And Delivered” maintains its schedule as a living document that will be continuously monitored by each project team. Each week the project team, including owners and subcontractors, meet to discuss and help maintain the following week’s schedule. As a direct benefit of this, all team members will see what each other are doing, which will help identify and solve potential conflicts.

Maintenance of the project schedule is also accomplished through the ROAD System by using Look Ahead Planning. After reviewing the work plan weekly, the schedule is evaluated and updated making changes proactively. Successful implementation on previous projects has allowed our team to accurately predict weeks ahead what work will be occurring on a specific day. This collaborative approach utilizes over-the-shoulder planning and will continuously evaluate the project. Challenging constraints and resources enables the team to complete the project on schedule.

Walls Brothers Asphalt: No 9905

2015 and 2016 were busy and profitable years for our company but something was wrong.  We were completing jobs only to find all too often having a punch list of items to go back and fix.  Morale in our organization was low and we lost some long time members of our group.

We started meeting in the winter 2016-2017 with the company’s CIP manager and set out goals and expectations for the 2017 season.  We came up with the slogan, “no 9905 (the account number for rework).

Our group bought in and we achieved our main goals.   We continue our CIP group and currently have our largest job to date to start on this spring with nearly 40,000 tons of asphalt to pave on US 127 in Darke County.

Perry Walls
Walls Bros. Asphalt Co.