I was a good student and
wanted to study Economics, but he advised me to study Civil Engineering. My
father died in a traffic accident during my first year as a student. I will always
be grateful for his insistence on my studying engineering.
My career in the construction
industry began after my degree, but before that I completed a dissertation on Logistics
Distribution of Goods in the old town of Barcelona with Dr. Juan Pablo Antun,
where I acquired knowledge of management and learned to develop project
research. I have been involved in more than twenty projects related to the
public sector: street management, roads, car parks, warehouses, the underground
I decided to do a Masters in
Operations and I was thrilled with the Masters Programme in Supply Chain
Management at the Catalan Institute of Logistics. When I finished I asked for an
extended leave of absence in the company where I worked and in 2009, together
with my wife I spent a year in Galway (Ireland).
In February 2010, I discovered
the lean construction reading The Toyota Way and surfing on the Internet. I
already knew the principles of lean
management, but the spur was this important book. I decided to try luck in
Spain. Due to the crisis, I could no longer return to my former employer. Instead,
I had more time to pursue my research interests. In April 2010, my great friend
Ferran Tognetta (www.ticmedical.com ) advised me to build my website.
It was a lean tool, facilitating the flow of information and I finished it in
Similarly, I have always been interested in
personal development and religion. For example, I practise meditation and I
guess the website has been a result of my personal knowledge, lean philosophy
and my experience in construction. I´ve been really lucky to work with
excellent professionals and friends, such as Civil Engineers Antonio Delgado
and Santiago Clemente.
In late 2010 I began to work as a consultant with
a pharmacy wholesaler (I´m very grateful to his CEO, Jordi Cebrián) to improve
his company’s operational processes and I proposed a Lean Construction Course
in the Catalan Association of Civil Engineers. I knew that this was a
challenge, but I was aware that one learns by doing. We had previously tried to
arrange a conference on Lean Construction, but without luck.
I also started excellent courses at the
Emotional Education Foundation (FEM) in Barcelona, where I´ve acquired
knowledge as a trainer in emotional education.
When you start something new, you have to feel confident and to trust. You
will find the teachers you need during the journey. I met great professionals
and great people like Andres Martin, chairman of the FEM, Florian Mueck, a
teacher of rhetoric, and Gabriela Sobel, a coach who gave the course I followed
In March I attended the First
Congress on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations which took place in Lleida
(Spain) and I gave a lecture at the First Meeting of the Spanish Group for Lean
Construction in April 2011.
In the end the course in the
Catalan Association of Civil Engineers didn’t happen . It was cancelled due to low
numbers. Thanks to Association and
Antoni Batlle, for his cooperation.
I´m very grateful to Josep Segura, and his
collaboration from February 2010 until now. I appreciate as well the files that
Alan Mossmann sent me, together with his emails and the meetings I’ve been able
to have with my professional colleagues, for their time and the interesting
issues we shared: Joan Manel Borràs of Tauicesa, Albert Cots of Cots i Claret,
Jordi Azlor of Acsa-Sorigué, Marc Solé of Cedinsa, Juan Peset of Comsa, Roberto
Charrón of Lean Project Consulting, Frederic Sabrià of Iese, Sergi Romera,
Martí Broquetas, David Sunyer, Marc Grau…
I cannot forget the coaches
Lola Gonzalez, Eduard Veros, Ingrid Ferrer, Juan Carlos Oliver, Laura Mari and
the lean consultant Francisco Gil, together with all the professionals who
authorized me to post their articles on the web. Nor the great coach and clown,
my wife Rosa Maria Guijarro. Sharing life with her is a transformative
and to integrate teams in order to achieve goals is the best tool towards long
Thanks to you all.
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