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Team Building

Improving Engineering Workflows with Lean Management

In my recent post “Lean Management in Design and Construction“, I provided an overview of how lean principles, originating from the Toyota Production System, can drive significant efficiency and performance improvements in the workplace. This week, I want to look into a specific application – optimising workflows between a local engineering team and their offshore design support office. The team…

Lean Management in Design and Construction

The first subject I studied as part of my Masters was lean management. I had only ever heard about lean management in a negative context, whenever I had heard people speak about it, they were talking about companies cutting staff to the point teams had to work steady overtime to keep up. So I was quite curious as to what…

The Planning Fallacy

Have you ever wondered why projects consistently take longer than originally planned? I touched on the topic in my Master’s dissertation and found that the answer may lie in a cognitive bias known as the planning fallacy, and I recently stumbled upon a fantastic article by Dave Stewart, “The work is never just ‘the work’” where he discusses his personal…

The Power of Knowledge Sharing

The concept of intellectual property and originality is always somewhat of a hot topic. Many people feel protective of their ideas and content, often becoming upset when they see others sharing similar thoughts or concepts. However, I believe that knowledge sharing is essential for personal and collective growth. In this post, I want to explore why I embrace others sharing…

The Right to Disconnect

It’s late. My wife is single-handedly managing dinner and cleanup, very much unlike our usual team effort, because I am stuck, glued to my screen, attending a work meeting that began at 6 pm and has stretched well beyond its scheduled hour. As I finally log off, my bowl of food sits on the table. I sit down and finally…

Understanding the Gender Pay Gap and Strategies for Equality in Engineering

The gender pay gap is a persistent challenge that reflects how we, as a society, value the contributions of men and women in the workforce. In Australia’s Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry, this disparity is particularly pronounced, with women significantly underrepresented in the field and often facing barriers to advancement. As a proud member of the AEC community, I…

Understanding Types of Change

Managing change effectively can significantly impact your company’s growth and success, whether it’s minor adjustments or major overhauls. Outcomes can vary significantly – some changes succeed while others fail. Similar to individuals facing challenges and undergoing transformative experiences in life, organisations also encounter complexities, uncertainties, and resistance during change processes. The first step in navigating organisational change is differentiating between…

Embracing a Growth Mindset – A Recruitment Perspective

“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success“, authored by psychologist Carol Dweck, offers profound insights into our professional lives through its dichotomy of fixed and growth mindsets. As part of my Master’s thesis, I examined this concept in great detail, since our mindset can affect everything we do, from how we react to feedback to our willingness to take on new…

Understanding the Skills Shortage in the Australian AEC Industry

With recent changes in the Australian Government’s skilled migration strategies, the skills shortage in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry in Australia faces has become a hot topic. The industry faces a significant challenge due to the shortage of skilled workers across various occupations, as highlighted in a recent article from Engineers Australia, it reports that: Ai Group has…

Shaping BIM Adoption: Insights into Individual Perceptions and Attitudes in the Construction Industry

Adopting Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the construction industry is not just about technological advancement; it’s a cultural shift shaped by individual perceptions and attitudes. Research reveals that BIM is often seen as an unappreciated addition to existing workflows, underscoring the need for redefined strategies and policies to enhance its acceptance. Understanding these individual perceptions can inform practical BIM implementation…