Continuum Advisory Group Releases 2016 CURT Owner Trends Study

Posted on 06/16/2016 in Owner Trends - 0

Continuum Advisory Group Releases 2016 CURT Owner Trends Study:

Insights to Leading an Agile Capital Program

Continuum Advisory Group has released the 2016 Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) Owner Trends Study, the newest installment of their Owner Trends series.

The study – a collaboration between both organizations – focuses on organizational agility in the capital construction industry. Organizational agility is a measure of a company’s ability to rapidly adapt to a changing market, either proactively or reactively.

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Posted on 05/06/2016 in Homebuilding - 0

Your organization needs to change.

You might not know it yet, but you’ll find out. You may learn it when your costs are rising faster than your prices can increase. It might be obvious when skilled staff don’t come flooding in like they used to. Simply put, change management is needed to align your business processes and practices with the realities of the market.

Unfortunately, change management is not easy. It requires substantial collaboration between disparate parts of your organization. The sales rep who never meets the construction manager? The construction manager who complains about poor quality trades but doesn’t talk to the purchasing manager? Those people need to get to know each other. Interdepartmental knowledge and, more importantly, communication are the backbone of a successful change management initiative.

In a new piece for Builder Online, Continuum Advisory Group’s Clark Ellis provides a practical, evidence-based approach for how to make that happen. Citing academic research as well as insider knowledge, he shows you how to tap resources both familiar and unfamiliar to propel your company towards change.


About the Author

As CEO and a founding partner with Continuum Advisory Group, Clark Ellis provides consulting services to homebuilders, real estate developers, manufacturers of building products, tools, and equipment, channel participants, and installing contractors. He has served these clients in North and South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Clark holds a Master of Business Administration in marketing and general management from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Big Builder: Hurry Up and Waste

Posted on 02/15/2016 in Homebuilding - 0

We all know that planning ahead is always wise. Yet in the homebuilding industry, many find themselves in a last minute December scramble.

In a time where you should be discussing next year, drafting a budget and coasting into the holidays, you instead find yourself crushed under deadlines in an effort to save your bottom line. Here at Continuum Advisory Group, we call this the Q4 Fire Drill.

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How to Breed Best-of-Breed

Posted on 07/23/2015 in Homebuilding - 0

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Creating a center of excellence isn’t easy, but it can be worth the investment of time and energy.
A center of excellence (COE) is a collaboration; it doesn’t touch just one part of an organization. To achieve this, an entire company needs to be activated, with participants being brought together with the goal of creating  innovation to address a business outcome.

While COEs can exist with specific start and end dates, most are intended to operate over a long period of time. The most critical factor determining the success of a COE is the clarity of its purpose and the importance of its mission. Given its nontraditional status in the organization, the COE does not have the luxury of a vague purpose and marginal mission. No organization should and most will not tolerate such a waste of time, resources, and money.

Unfortunately, in the homebuilding industry, examples of existing COEs are scarce. Many companies put significant efforts into process improvement, measurement, and training. However, most of these efforts fall short of a center of excellence.

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Big Builder: Money Ball for Homebuilders

Posted on 04/13/2015 in Homebuilding - 0

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Take an ‘everything matters’ approach to operations, and ‘small ball’ will get you the wins.
“Pitchers and catchers reporting.” There may be no sweeter four words in the English language when they are assembled in the preceding phrase. Along with the indomitable Punxsutawney Phil, the start of spring training is a harbinger of Spring, bringing with it the promise of longer, warmer days, the possibility of renewal (technically the Phils have not been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs yet) and knowledge that it won’t be too long before you’ll be able to knock off work on a Tuesday, head to the ballpark with your buddies or your family or just by yourself…to enjoy grown men playing a kids game and escape the daily grind for a few hours.

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Operational Challenges of Serving The First Time Homebuyer As presented at UBS Homebuilder University

Posted on 04/09/2015 in Homebuilding - 0

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The operational challenges of serving the first time homebuyer segment in 2015 are different and more problematic for most builders than they were between 2000 and 2007. With significant margin risk, working capital management requires a sharper focus from management. This is true for the overall enterprise but is even more important for the entry level segment.

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Viewpoint: Accelerate the Changes As published by ENR

Posted on 01/28/2015 in Construction, Engineering - 0

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Ten years ago, I left the construction industry because I needed a change. I wanted a break from the constant travel, and I wanted to get to know my home town of Denver again. So I took an opportunity to run a foundation and, later, became assistant dean at the University of Denver’s business school. Last year, I was coaxed back to the construction industry to become president of Continuum Advisory Group, a management consulting firm focused on our industry. After a decade away, I decided to catch up on what I had missed by interviewing 40 owners of the industry’s largest firms, many of them past clients.

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PRESS RELEASE: Continuum Advisory Group Releases Trends Study in Engineering and Construction

Posted on 12/18/2014 in Construction, Economic Overview, Engineering - 0

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Denver (Dec. 18, 2014) – Continuum Advisory Group, a management consulting firm with a vision to transform the worldwide building and construction industry through revolutionary innovation, has just released a qualitative study on the economic cycles and key trends in capital asset construction for the next decade.

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Key Owner Trends: Gone Are The Days… Challenges of the Next Decade of Capital Construction and Facilities Maintenance

Posted on 12/10/2014 in Construction, Economic Overview, Engineering - 0

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These are sage words of wisdom, especially when one considers this advice within the context of the U.S. construction industry. Capital asset owners — large American corporations and government agencies who spend roughly one trillion per year to construct pipelines, schools, retail stores, data centers and any other imaginable structure — have endured several economic cycles over the last decade and are preparing for more volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity in the business environment over the next decade.

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Nimble By Nature As published by Utility Contractor

Posted on 11/14/2014 in Construction, Utility - 0

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Success in 2015 Depends on Being Flexible in the Utility Market.
In an environment that will exhibit disruption and change, being nimble is a necessity. The concept of being flexible rather than ridged in the face of change is one that for many industry participants is counter intuitive. Bruce Lee might have said it best when he suggested the following: “Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” Those leaders who adapt, change and are nimble in the coming decade will thrive while those who remain ridged will be ground down the way water cuts a canyon.

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