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

  • "The 12 Days of Christmas — Gifts for a (Professional) Lifetime"

    A personal look back at 12 influential, career-defining ‘gifts’ that are both timeless and priceless

    December 2018 • Online or PDF

  • "You Guys Don't Count So Good"

    The 5 Most Common Home Builder Measurement Fails

    November 2018 • Online or PDF

  • "Home Building's Version of Insanity"

    Most sources of waste in home building are repeat offenders, causing incredible losses in time and money for builders, suppliers, and trades alike—and it continues unabated

    October 2018 • Online or PDF

Column Collections


  • HHHunt Homes

    Senior Management Workshop

    Dec. 13, 2018 • Richmond, VA

  • Arthur Rutenberg Homes

    "Grand Theft - Home Building"

    Nov. 14, 2018 • Clearwater, FL

  • BuilderMT Conference

    "Grand Theft - Home Building," and "Death by VPO"

    Oct. 2-4, 2018 • Phoenix, AZ

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.