In our inaugural video series, Art of the Builder, host Jason Schroeder shares three key habits that every builder needs for success. Every day successful builders must:

  1. Study the Drawings: To understand and visualize what is going on in the field.
  2. Be in the Schedule: To know when things should happen and to look ahead to create flow.
  3. Take a Reflection Walk: To confirm the on-site conditions are what they should be and to anticipate needs.

Jason advocates that the most critical of these habits is to study the drawings. A successful builder will spend 15-30 minutes every morning reviewing the drawings for current work as well as 6-12 weeks ahead.

To bring the concept to life, Jason provides a real-life scenario from his own build to show how this practice can be used to trigger questions and discussion. He shares screenshot examples using Snagit technology and the messages he sends to team members. Visual tools help center the discussion and ensure alignment.

Regardless of how you share information and ask questions remember: Success lies in communicating – actually, overcommunicating. It’s about getting what’s inside a superintendent or foreman’s head to the team so we all win.

Let’s plan it first; build it right; and finish as we go. Until next time.


“Art of the Builder” is an educational video series presented and hosted by Jason Schroeder of Elevate Construction, in partnership with The Lean Builder. The periodic series provides quick, actionable ideas to improve a construction build in the field. Based on principles of Lean Construction and Takt Planning, the series offers tips, examples, scenarios, and tools to help construction superintendents and foremen succeed.


Jason Schroeder is a former Field Operations and Project Director. He has worked as a construction leader for 22 years through positions that range from field engineer to project superintendent, general superintendent, and field operations director. He is the Owner and Lead Consultant at Elevate Construction IST, a company focused on elevating construction from coast to coast by providing insights, solutions, and training that create respect in the field, through trained leaders, which ultimately preserves and protects families in construction. He is the creator of the Field Engineer Boot Camp and Superintendent Boot Camp, which are immersive courses that train field leadership. He hosts the Elevate Construction Podcast, a blog through, and trains, consults, and coaches throughout the country.