How to project manage your self-build for minimum waste

To project manage your project with a Lean attitude is just as difficult as going on a diet. In both cases motivation is key, but the results are equally impressive.

In this article we cover:

  • What Lean construction is and why it could save you money
  • Principles of Lean construction when project managing your self-build
  • Identifying Value in your tasks and processes
  • How to motivate and ensure collaboration amongst all involved
  • Production boards and site meetings
  • How to carry out a waste walk
  • Contractual clauses and how to make the most of them


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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