Dennis Sowards


iSixSigma Membership


Dennis Sowards


Lean Consultant


My Mission is to Help organization deliver World-Class Performance to their Customers by improving the Quality of how they manage.

My Qualifications:

Over 40 years working with managers to improve quality and productivity performance
Over 30 years experience improving quality and applying Lean in the Construction Industry
MBA and BSE- Arizona State University
Author¬†of¬†The Lean Construction Pocket Guide,¬†over¬†8,700¬†copies sold¬†around¬†the¬†world. Contact me at [email protected] if you want to buy this book direct or buy it on Amazon.


Your Role in Lean Construction, UA Local 773, Glens Falls, NY, October 2017
An Engineer Talks Lean Construction, MCA Chicago, September 2017
Securing our Future using Lean Construction, Western Canada Pipe Trades Conference, May 2017
Lean Management for improving Companies and Contractors, Rachapat Tepsatree and Ayutthaya Universities, Thailand, Nov. 2016
Securing our Future using Lean Construction, TEEU Training, Ireland May 2016
Lean Fabrication, A Real Game Changer, MCAA National Fab Conference, May 2016
Going Lean to win jobs, MCAA National Convention, March 2016
Make Your Project Planning and Scheduling a Game Changer, SMACNA National Convention,Sept. 2015
Your Role in Lean Construction, UA National Instructors Training Conference, August 2015, 2016 & 2017
Lean Works in Construction, SMACNA Regional conference, June 2015
Lean Principles Based on Kaizen Blitz, SMACNA 2010 National Convention
Lean Applied to Constructionand Lean in Service,  National PHCC 2010 Convention
Lean Applied to the BIM process, AGC BIMForm РJune 2010
When Worlds Collide: Managing Duct Manufacturing and a Job Shop Under the Same Roof, SMACNA 2003 National Convention
Lean Times call for Lean Thinking, MCAA 2003 Mid Year Educational Conference

Articles Published, (Over 50 articles published, here are some.)

Making time to improve your shops productivity, SNIPS, Nov 2018
Fight high steel prices with efficient sheet metal shop operations, SNIPS, June 2018
How Lean improves Shop Productivity, Contractor Magazine, Aug 2017
50 ways to remove excess work from your sheet metal shop, SNIPS, April 2017
5 Ways to improve shop fabrication, SNIPS, Dec. 2016
Lean manufacturing tips to eliminate unnecessary work, SNIPS, Dec. 2015
5 Ways to use lean in green construction, SNIPS,July 2015
BIM and Lean Construction work best in tandem, SNIPS, May 2015
Why lean manufacturing in HVAC construction requires constant learning, evaluation, SNIPS, March 2015
Quality is key for Lean’s success, Contractor Magazine,¬†May 2013
5 Steps one must do to start being Lean, Contractor Magazine, Oct 2011
Hold the line: Solid communications are required for Lean Success, SNIPS, Dec. 2009
Aligning your processes for lean initiatives, SNIPS, October 2009
Working Out -Getting your fabrication shop Lean and Fit, SNIPS, June 2009
Muda Walk to find waste, Contractor Magazine, Oct. 2008
Manufacturers Need to Look at Lean Construction,  IndustryWeek Magazine, May 5, 2008
Implementing Lean In The Service World, Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine, May 1, 2008
Lean Construction: New Tools and Old Combine to reduce Waste,  Quality Digest, Nov. 2007
Thinking Lean – Tools for Decreasing Costs and Increasing Profits, New Horizon Foundation, 2008
Waste is Everywhere but isn’t Inevitable, Contractor Magazine  Part 1 РDec. 2005 & #2 РJan. 2006
5S’s that would make any CEO Happy- Contractor Magazine, June 2004

Certification Level

MBA in Operations research, BSE in Engineering Systems, Arizona State Quality award/Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner, Qualified Quality Education System (QES) Instructor Philip Crosby's Quality College, Trained facilitator for TI process Improvement, ASQC Quality Auditor Certification