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Understanding Spreadsheet Risks
Spreadsheets emerged during the 1980s and have since become the industry standard for data entry, analysis and reporting.
Research shows that over 90% of spreadsheets (with more than 150 rows) contained errors and 23% contained serious errors. This is because it is very difficult to find and fix calculation errors. Hence errors are commonplace, but still, administrators, engineers and managers rely upon them for everyday work – even when alternatives exist. Construction projects typically use 100s of individual spreadsheets on a daily and weekly basis.
Kanban for Work Packages
A Kanban is a physical card used in production control systems. Originally developed by Toyota during the late 1940s and early 1950s, Kanban have now been widely adopted within the manufacturing industry as a tool of Lean Manufacturing.
WorkFace planning is based around small, well-defined field installation Work Packages which are in many ways analogous to the manufacturing or software development tasks typically represented by Kanban.
This paper explores the use of Kanban to support the execution of Work Packages and the potential benefits available to the construction industry. These benefits include improved efficiency and quality, minimisation of work in progress and improved accuracy in forecasting progress.