Ep.30: Building Systems in Production with Brad Hogan
Systems aren’t just for manufacturing or assembling a fast-food burger. There are tasks remodeling companies do every day, week, and month on every job. As your company grows, building systems into your business and production processes to standardize this work is a necessary step to avoid total chaos and wasted time.
In this episode, Brad Hogan drops by to talk systems with Tim and Steve, and how they’ve made a huge difference in how his company works.
Brad’s the Production Manager for Hogan Design & Construction, a full-service design/build firm in Geneva, IL, 45 miles west of Chicago. Hogan Design & Construction works on commercial and residential remodels. Brad started with the company in 2002 as a laborer. He worked his way up the ranks, becoming Production Manager in 2011, and began developing, changing and implementing the systems that make Hogan Design & Construction the premier choice for remodeling in the western suburbs of Chicago.
The tipping point comes when you have more than one person handling everything, says Brad. Then you have to pin things down. To start, put together an outline of the project, from first contact with the client to the end of the job. Figure out how to repeat successes and avoid the mistakes you’ve had on previous jobs. A good set of systems allows you to track it all to see what works and what doesn’t. Listen as Brad explains how to get started building your own systems:
- The Top 3 systems you need to implement
- Being open to changing the processes
- Talking with your team
- Getting people to buy in
- When to allow some flexibility
- Creating stop-gaps outside the systems
- Legal issues that may come up
- Setting expectations for trade partners
- And more…
It’s all about getting things done, creating structure, and making sensible, repeatable processes. Brad also gives Roundtables a shout-out for making him able to get all these systems tightened up and in place.