How Construtora Tenda from Brazil leveraged its results by investing in Lean Thinking

Tenda was founded in 1969, with the objective of providing affordable housing in order that an increasing number of families could own their first home, and today it is the second-largest construction and real estate development company in Brazil, according to the ‘INTEC’ ranking – Construction Sector Technical Information.



The beginning of the Lean Transformation journey

Construtora Tenda has always had strong motivation for efficiency gains and innovation in its products and construction processes as a part of its DNA. As one of the pioneers in Brazil in the construction of masonry using aluminum molds, Tenda already had a foothold in technological efficiency in construction, however it was necessary to introduce concepts of efficiency in management and leadership.

Rodrigo Osmo, CEO Construtora Tenda S.A.

“The great motivator was addressing a limitation in our ability to continue growing.”


The results

The transformations initiated in 2014 brought several positive results for the company which continue through to the present day, with further improvements always being sought. Among the principal problems tackled, the lack of flow of materials at the work site, imbalance in work teams, high costs with contractors, problems that persisted project after project, and the lack of quality in the execution of the products are among those that had, and continue to have, the most significant constant improvements.

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