TrueNorth Is Now a MiTek® Brand.
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TrueNorth Brings
to Homebuilding

LeanBuilding Blitz™ 8.0

The guiding principles of Lean have transformed every industry they touch. Lean removes waste from systems and processes, and that removes cost.

TrueNorth is so successful in applying these principles to homebuilding that we guarantee results in writing:

Pay us only if we perform.

Call us to learn the results of more than 200 consecutive LeanBuilding Blitz implementations where we average nearly $15,000 per house in identified waste.

Our LeanBlitz processes are scaled to builders of 5 units to 5,000, starter home to high end luxury; there's one sure to fit your need and guaranteed at a multiple of our fee.

LeanBuilding Blitz

   160 Builders

+ 200 'Lean' Implementations

+ 5,500 Suppliers & Trades

= $300+ Million in Savings

Never look at your business the same again. Find out what Lean is all about.

Buying Groups and Associations:
Ask us about our one-day workshop for your members.

Could putting an end to waste save you money?

We invite you to join our

Lean Building Group

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TrueNorth Training

We are updating our training modules used to educate thousands prior to the industry downturn, and adding more!

Learn More:
Team/Culture Workshops
Operation Management Workshops

Some Call This:
"An Undocumented Feature"

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If you struggle with cost and knew you had a few thousand dollars of waste designed-in to your product, would you want to ferret it out?

Let us show you where and how to begin.

Plan Better, Build Better

LeanPlan Workout™

TrueNorth has teamed up with Todd Hallett, principal at TK Design & Architecture, to launch a radical new approach to plan reviews. Use our 800 check points gleaned from Lean experience to improve bottom line performance by reducing your cost to build. Eliminate framing/plumbing conflicts, missed intersects, mis-sized rooms for drywall or flooring, and on, and on, and on...

These are not "dumbed down" houses; they are your plans, optimized.

We focus on design-induced waste present in virtually every house, as identified by your own suppliers and trades, and design it out with the help of our 800-point Lean Filter, devised with the input of over 1,700 supplier and trade contractors.

Nobody in this industry can match the input.

LeanPlan Workout™ pays for itself in the first few units built, and will generate additional profit with each unit built therefter.

For a quick overview, click here.

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Suppliers and Trades:
We offer workshops tailored specifically to your business. You will learn to identify and remove wasteful practices to truly partner with your builders.

Scott Sedam Professional Builder MagazineScott Sedam founded TrueNorth in 1997 and has worked with more than 200 builders in five countries. He publishes a monthly column in Professional Builder Magazine.

Scott’s most recent articles appear below. See Full list of Scott’s columns

  • "Process and Product Issues Guarantee One Thing: Job Security for Trades"

    Are you helping or hindering the profitability of your trades and suppliers? Your answer will determine your own financial success.

    February 2020 • Online or PDF

  • "Cycle Time: The Gift That Keeps on Giving"

    Tightly managed cycle time is critical for achieving sustainable, predictable profits. Neglect it, and you’re playing a dangerous game with your business.

    February 2020 • Online or PDF

  • "Roll Up Your Sleeves and Get Serious About Cycle Time"

    As goes the schedule, so goes the builder. And while the metrics may be tricky, there are ways to measure and improve your cycle time, so get to it!

    January 2020 • Online or PDF

Column Collections


  • Housing Innovative Alliance Live Round Table

    Learn more at

    November 12-13, 2019 • Denver, CO

  • NAHB International Builders’ Show

    "Solving the Trade Shortage: Solutions You Can Implement Today,"
    Tues. 1/21/20 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    LVCC - North 252

    "Bridging the Margin Gap: 12 Tactics to Increase Profit Without Collateral Damage," with Todd Hallett, TK Design
    Wed. 1/22/20 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Builder 20 Lounge (requires BLDR 20 membership)

    "Totally Cool & Completely Cost Effective: Design That Works"
    Wed. 1/22/20 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
    LVCC – South 233

    Learn more and/or Register at

    January 21-23, 2020 • Las Vegas, NV

Missed one of our presentations at IBS, NAHB, a state association or elsewhere? Click here to find it in PDF format.

If you don't find what you are looking for, call or email us and ask for a copy.