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Yearly Archives: 2017

Looking to Increase Owner Value and Eliminate Waste on Projects? LCI’s Target Value Delivery Guidebook Shows you How!

Chapter one of LCI’s “Target Value Delivery: Practitioner Guidebook to Implementation – Current State 2016” defines TVD as “a disciplined management practice to be used throughout the project to assure the facility meets the operational needs and values of the users, is delivered within the allowable budget and promotes innovation throughout the process to increase value and eliminate waste.”

This book is the second volume in LCI’s “Transforming Design and Construction” series, and was developed to provide practitioners a “how to” for implementing the various phases of TVD. Preview the TVD’s book’s sections and chapters! These TVD phases include:

  • Business Case Planning
  • Validation
  • Value Delivery: Steering to target in design and construction
  • Value Post Construction

The driving force of TVD is to increase value while decreasing cost for all team members, and Target Value Delivery offers practitioners an overview of best practices plus step-by-step instructions for implementing and continuously improving your own TVD process.

Why Target Value Delivery instead of Target Value Design?

To say a project team should only design to targets promotes the division between design and construction phases that occur during traditional project delivery. Lean project delivery uses tools like Target Value Delivery to eliminate divisions, reduce waste and increase the value delivered to the owner.

Join more than 20 TVD practitioners who created this standard framework for implementation by leveraging this guidebook’s contents as you work through the TVD process with your project team!

Keep checking the blog regularly for updates on how you can increase productivity and value delivered with Lean tools, principles and processes!

2017 LCI Congress Highlight Reel

More than 1,500 Lean professionals attended 2017 LCI Congress to capture and leverage the Lean advantage, making the 19th annual event our biggest yet! The week of LCI Congress, Oct. 16-20, followed a similar structure as years past—with training days, the core program and Gemba day. However, in addition to the usual program, the 2017 LCI Congress planning team implemented many new ideas as well.

A few firsts from 2017 LCI Congress!

  • LCI Congress attendees submitted feedback via the conference app for breakout presentations and the top five rated presentation teams were invited to a Sendoff Reception with Karen Martin, Thursday’s closing keynote speaker.
  • To accommodate the growing need for Lean education in both technical and soft skills, the planning team offered 30 training courses (eight courses featuring new content to Congress) and broke an LCI Congress record by doing so. Check out the Tuesday training photos!
  • Lean Coffees are a staple of LCI Congress, but this year we added an Owner’s Only Lean Coffee to give owners a chance to discuss the unique issues they face.
  • Our top sponsors were invited to a Meet and Greet with our Wednesday morning keynote, Patrick Lencioni
  • The Owner’s Perspective Panel Thursday morning was led by three women: Liz Fikes, Procter & Gamble, Thursday morning keynote; Mandy Hansen, Seattle Children’s Hospital; and Karin Henderson, Cone Health.
  • The Constructrr Podcast had an official set up for attendees and speakers to share their takeaways from LCI Congress. Listen to Karen Martin discuss “clarity” in the first podcast of the 2017 LCI Congress series here!

More highlights – keynotes, new research and breakout sessions

Patrick Lencioni excited the crowd Wednesday morning with his enthusiasm regarding team dynamics. He also stuck around after his keynote speech for a private book signing and discussion with the top 2017 LCI Congress sponsors. After Patrick left the stage, the 2017 LCI-funded research made its debut by conveying metrics geared to establish a benchmark of performance and identify the impact of Lean methods on design firms. See photos from the Wednesday plenary session here!

As the Thursday morning keynote, Liz Fikes, Procter & Gamble, shared her experience leading supply chain redesigns and delivering millions of dollars in capital project executions. Karen Martin, leading authority on Lean management, closed the 2017 LCI Congress core program by emphasizing the importance of clarity to optimize your organization’s performance level. Check out the Thursday plenary photos here!

The Wednesday morning and afternoon breakouts, along with the Thursday morning and afternoon breakouts, provided attendees with Lean tools and techniques that can be applied to challenging, real-world projects. Check out the photos and “a-ha” moments LCI Congress attendees posted to the conference app’s Interact feed here!

LCI Congress wrap-up

LCI would like to send one last THANK YOU to the 2017 LCI Congress planning teamsponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees for making this year’s event a huge success! We will see you in 2018 for our 20th annual LCI Congress in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 15-19!

Check back next week to learn how you can use LCI’s Target Value Delivery publication as a practitioner’s guide to implementation!

Start the Lean Conversation with Transforming Design and Construction: A Framework for Change

Lean design and construction is a relationship-based system that improves trust and is a direct response to the lack of productivity and customer satisfaction that has plagued our industry while all other non-farming labor efficiency has essentially doubled since the 1960s.

As of the release of our publication, “Transforming Design and Construction: A Framework for Change,” 70 percent of projects were delivered late and over budget. The industry is broken.

“Transforming Design and Construction,” is geared toward helping your teams encourage discussion, learning and experimentation around the Lean principles that will improve work flow reliability and value delivered. Short chapters with practical content provide the basis for great conversations around key Lean tools and concepts.


“Lean thinking demands a mindset of continuous improvement. Leaders must create an environment where experimentation is encouraged and small manageable failure is acceptable if the goal is to improve continuously.”

Chapter 4: Lean Construction Defined, page 29


“Transforming Design and Construction: A Framework for Change” will help you embark on a challenging but rewarding journey toward change. Change is never easy, but it can be fun, Bill Seed, executive editor and senior vice president, facilities design and construction at Jackson Health System, says in the foreword. His advice to you is to “relax into the new ways, open up to new ideas and processes, enter into it with an adventurous spirit, and have fun.”

Stay tuned for more blog topics on how you can enhance your Lean journey!

LCI Recognizes Bevan Mace, Ph.D. with Chairman’s Award

Each year, the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) grants its Chairman’s Award to individuals or an organization that has assisted LCI in transforming the built environment through Lean techniques and tools. For the 2017 Chairman’s Award, LCI has chosen Bevan Mace, Ph.D., in recognition of his significant contributions to LCI and the industry as a whole.

Bevan Mace, Ph.D., is a National Vice President for Operations & Lean at Balfour Beatty US. He has more than 15 years of experience in leading and coaching teams in translating Lean philosophy into practical tactics. He has turned more than $5 billion of concepts into reality. Mace speaks regularly at industry conferences, including programs sponsored by the LCI National Capital Region (NCR) Community of Practice (CoP), and his words have reached many industry participants throughout a variety of organizations and professional disciplines. His mission is to maximize value for customers by nurturing Lean innovation and knowledge-sharing across North America.

“Bevan has a deep understanding of Lean principles and tools, and he is enthusiastic and passionate about spreading that knowledge and helping others to learn and succeed. His knowledge and leadership skills are a tremendous asset to the Lean community, and he has made outstanding and lasting contributions in many areas of the industry,” says Dan Heinemeier, LCI’s Executive Director.

At Balfour Beatty, Bevan’s projects encompass project operations and design implementation, including design and construction Lean planning, Target Value Delivery (TVD), A3s, Choosing by Advantages (CBA) and related project coaching. He is also deeply involved in process mapping and standards, modularization and prefab best practice sharing, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Lean culture training with project teams and executive leadership. “Bevan is a strong leader who is always ready to help others start or advance their Lean journey,” Heinemeier says.

For many years, Mace has been helping to strengthen LCI’s programs. In 2016, he was instrumental in restructuring, strengthening and organizing the LCI Communities of Practice (CoPs) through his involvement, leadership and strategic planning. At the National CoP gatherings in 2016 and 2017, he was a major contributor to the CoPs’ success.

Mace led in the scope development and survey design for the 2016 Dodge Data and Analytics Owner Satisfaction study, which has assisted LCI in establishing the business case for Lean in a much more analytically sound way. He has also taken LCI’s research findings to a highly visible level by developing the “Business Case for Lean” presentation and delivering it at LCI Congress, Design Forums, CoPs, and other associations’ meetings. He continues to lead in the scope development and survey design for the 2017 Dodge Analytics “Lean in Design” study.

Karen Martin closes LCI Congress as a Leading Authority on Lean Management

Witness Karen Martin’s passion for quality, efficiency and helping organizations develop strong problem-solving skills in the 2017 LCI Congress closing keynote presentation, Clarity First, Thursday, Oct. 19 in Anaheim, Calif.

Since 1993, Karen and her team at The Karen Martin Group have worked to improve business performance with AT&T, Chevron, U.S. Navy, Intel, Mayo Clinic, the Department of Homeland Security and other companies in various sectors. She will share her pragmatic approach to business excellence with the LCI Congress crowd and focus on the development of fundamental organizational behaviors meant to enable sustainable growth, higher profit margin and a more engaged workforce.

Karen won the Shingo Prize for The Outstanding Organization, a book that informs readers how their organization can increase value and efficiency by reducing the organizational chaos created by the organization itself. Her much-anticipated book, Clarity First, will hit the market in 2018. LCI Congress attendees get a sneak peek at the contents of her book during the presentation on Oct. 19!

More from Karen Martin:

In an effort to thank our top rated 2017 LCI Congress speakers — based on the session ratings collected in the LCI Congress app — Karen Martin has agreed to stay after her keynote speech for an exclusive Send-Off Reception. So, be sure to rate each session within the Congress app in the spirit of continuous improvement, and help your favorite speakers win the meet & greet with Karen Martin!

Join us Oct. 16-20 in Anaheim, Calif.

Catch up on the latest news regarding 2017 LCI Congress on our blog. We’ll continue to post new material every week leading up to the event!

LCI Recognizes Michael Bade with the Prestigious 2017 Pioneer Award

Each year, the Lean Construction Institute’s Board of Directors selects an exceptional individual or organization to receive LCI’s prestigious Pioneer Award. The award is granted annually to those who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the advancement and implementation of Lean tools and techniques on capital construction projects. As such, LCI would like to congratulate this year’s winner, Michael Bade, from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).Michael Bade is currently the Associate Vice Chancellor of Capital Programs at UCSF. His passion for Lean design and construction started after a 12-year stay in Tokyo, Japan, where he was exposed to cutting-edge practices in building technology, design-build project delivery and construction quality. Mr. Bade was a previous Chairman of the Board at the Lean Construction Institute and has held similar leadership positions for other organizations like the San Francisco Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the California council of the AIA.

“Mr. Michael Bade has been a leading pioneer in not only transforming UCSF capital projects using Lean construction, but also in educating and bringing awareness of the benefits of Lean practices and tools to the national and international stage,” says LCI’s executive director Dan Heinemeier. “He has continued to be a passionate voice in the Lean community and his contributions are numerous and invaluable.”

At UCSF, Mr. Bade has completed a number of third generation Lean design-build agreements for major clinical buildings and labs in the public sector. He and his team of Lean-minded professionals have also collaborated with project managers and owners to implement a comprehensive system of Lean design and construction performance metrics for both design-build and construction management at risk contracts.

Bade was also a key member in a research team led by leading architecture firm Perkins+Will. This 8-year project focused on UCSF workplace design, and resulted in creating a data-driven design process that creates check-adjust feedback loops for continuous improvement of common workplace design strategies. The research plan went through the UCSF Institutional Review Board for human subject research and will be published in the near future.

Michael Bade has led various national and international conferences on the topics of Lean design practices and technology. Currently, Mr. Bade has oversight responsibility for more than 140 current capital projects and a program commitment of more than $2.7 billion over 10 years.

About Lean Construction Institute: Founded in 1997, LCI is a non-profit, membership-based organization with a vision to transform the built environment through Lean implementation. With common language, fundamental principles and basic practices, LCI aims to increase stakeholder satisfaction and project delivery value. The design and construction industry’s productivity level has remained nearly stagnant in 50 years as other industries thrive, but LCI sets out to improve the industry by facilitating continuous education through their Transforming Design and Construction book series, Lean instructional training courses and the annual LCI Congress and Design Forum. LCI advocates for using a variety of tools and techniques that help promote collaborative planning, waste elimination and work-site safety. For more information, please visit

LCI Congress Keynote Speaker Liz Fikes Takes Center Stage

2017 LCI Congress attendees will hear twice from Liz Fikes, director of product supply engineering at Procter & Gamble (P&G), as she delivers an inspiring industry keynote presentation Thursday, Oct. 18 at 8 a.m., and then joins the Owner’s Perspective Panel immediately following.

Learn from Fikes’ vast experience in supply chain design, leading initiative launches and engineering project execution with P&G in a room of more than 1,300 Lean professionals. During her 23 years with P&G, Fikes has led efforts to increase capacity at existing sites and implemented the first Product lifecycle management (PLM) approaches in Wipes.

PLM is defined as “a strategic business approach that applies a consistent set of business solutions that support the collaborative creation, management, dissemination and use of product definition information,” according to CIMdata.

Fikes took her leadership skills with her to Beijing, China for two years, where she delivered $80-120 million per year in capital project executions to increase capacity through new site construction and expansions at existing sites. While overseas, she also managed 150 engineers at the regional technical centers and plants in China, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam and several other Asian countries.

What will you learn during Fikes’ presentation and the Owner’s Perspective Panel at the 2017 LCI Congress, Oct. 16-20? You’re sure to gain valuable takeaways from Fikes’ decision-making skills, her passion for leading organizations and her ability to inspire innovations in various cultures.

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LCI Congress Keynote Opener – Patrick Lencioni

The 2017 LCI Congress program is gearing up to be bigger and better than ever before — LCI’s all-star keynote lineup leads off with Patrick Lencioni, best-selling author and founder of The Table Group, sharing his passion for organization and teams with the 2017 LCI Congress crowd Wednesday morning, Oct. 18.

Attendees can read about easy-to-use tools for finding, hiring and developing valued team players in Lencioni’s book, The Ideal Team Player, when they download it for free with the QR code printed on the Congress badges (note: Exhibitors and volunteers will not receive this QR code.). Employees aiming to become invaluable team members and leaders looking to create a team environment can learn the three indispensable virtues that make some people better team players than others, according to Lencioni.

As president and founder of The Table Group, Lencioni has led his firm in providing organizations with ideas, products and services that boost teamwork, clarity and engagement.

The Ideal Team Player is the much-anticipated sequel to The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, which has held a spot on national best-seller lists for twelve years. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team reveals root causes of team dysfunction and offers approaches to overcome poor team dynamics.

Make sure you get your coffee and find your seat by 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 so you do not miss a second of Lencioni’s leadership insights as he inspires the LCI Congress crowd through humor and storytelling.

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Keep checking our blog for 2017 LCI Congress insights as we get closer and closer to our 19th annual event!

Register by Sept. 25 and be entered to win a bundled package of THREE LCI books: Transforming Design and Construction, Target Value Delivery and Target Value Design. We will randomly select one winner from those who register for 2017 LCI Congress from now until Sept. 25 to receive this prize, to be picked up onsite during the event or mailed to you directly prior to LCI Congress.

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Hotel: The LCI Congress hotel room rate of $245 also ends on Sept. 25. Register today to take advantage of this low rate! (Note: this hotel rate information will be found in your registration confirmation email)

How Construction Unions Can Leverage the Lean Advantage Too

By Cindy Menches, Ph.D., P.E., STSC
IMPACT Director of Professional Development & Training

 The construction industry’s union membership decreased by 4% to 13.2% from 2002 to 2015, according to Construction Dive. Higher costs associated with Union workers are justified by providing better benefit packages, a safer work environment and a more educated and efficient workforce.

But what if Integrated Lean Project Delivery, which drives down costs by eliminating waste and increasing flow efficiency, could help boost Union membership or market share?

Leveraging the Lean Advantage: Union Partnership is a 2017 LCI Congress presentation on Thursday, Oct. 19 about Shawmut Design and Construction’s partnership with the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council. This partnership set out to assist in training union members in Lean principles, specifically Last Planner® System. Shawmut hopes this one-time, in-depth training will reduce the need to conduct multiple trainings and will ultimately create a regional workforce that is prepared to implement Lean tools and techniques on any project site.

Here’s a look at the other ways Lean design and construction benefits help serve Unions:

Reducing waste and rework = reducing costs 


Breaking down silos allows for transparent lines of communication across all project team members = a safer work culture

Food for thought:

How can Lean improve daily work for Union members?
Anecdotally, many foremen and superintendents report a significant reduction in personal and professional stress associated with better collaboration among the trades on the jobsite. Site supervisors report (1) receiving fewer after-hours emergency calls, (2) holding more efficient jobsite meetings where all trades provide input into the schedule and (3) resolving issues much faster by walking the site twice a day to check progress.

How can local union leaders and training coordinators prepare their members to excel on Lean projects?
Local union leaders and training coordinators can collaborate with Lean Consultants and Coaches to conduct jobsite training followed by regular coaching during the early stages of Lean implementation. Furthermore, local union leaders and training coordinators can collaborate with general contractors and specialty trade partners to conduct jobsite Lean trainings followed by application and practice of the techniques taught during the trainings. Many general contractors and trade partners who practice Lean techniques are happy to work with union members to learn and apply Lean principles and practices on the jobsite.

How can Contractors and Unions partner in Lean training and implementation?
Contractors that are already engaging in Lean principles and practices can work directly with the local union training coordinator to develop a training program for union members who are likely to work on “Lean jobs.” Furthermore, contractors can assist the local union training coordinator in selecting a Lean Consultant who can develop a training program for union members. While Lean training is not a requirement for completing an apprenticeship program or maintaining journeyman status, union members can sharpen their skills by learning new skills obtained by participating in Lean Training. Contractors and local union officials can attest to the benefits of implementing Lean practices, including better communication and collaboration, reduced stress, fewer “emergencies” and a more relaxed control over work progress.

2017 LCI Congress, Oct. 16–20 in Anaheim, Calif., is a great place to get started on your Lean journey, or build on what you already know. Whether you are a union member, a leader or someone interested in working with others to spread Lean knowledge, LCI Congress is the place for you.

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Keep checking our blog for more information about the highly anticipated 2017 LCI Congress in the weeks leading up to the event!

Planning Your Journey to LCI Congress – A Planning Team Member’s Insight

By Tara Laski, Operations Manager, Southland Industries

As co-chair of the Gemba walks for the 2017 LCI Congress, to be held this upcoming Oct. 16-20 in Anaheim, Calif., I plan tours like the Southland Industries’ Gemba walk of our connected solutions. This onsite walk, along with the other four Gemba walks, will take place on Friday, October 20th.

This year, the 2017 LCI Congress planning team has been focused on developing more advanced content while also providing presentations that delve into the “how to do” of the topics discussed. We want you to walk away with the steps needed to create your own success stories—it’s essential to focus on lessons learned from and speakers. But, it’s not enough to just hear a success story. It’s also important for you to feel confident bringing the concepts learned at Congress to life afterwards. That is why, at LCI Congress, project teams switch roles to presentation teams to transfer their experience in the field to applicable techniques and best practices.

We are also focused on showing the true impact of Lean culture along with the necessary tools for the efficient completion of projects with the Technology & New Techniques in Lean track.

I really enjoyed the main speakers at last year’s LCI Congress in Chicago; each brought new ideas to the table about how to find continuous improvement. I also loved being a Congress Champion for a few presentations. As a Champion, I found myself sitting in presentations I might not have picked, but had several “a-ha moments” about new ways of thinking or tools I hadn’t looked into yet.

I hope to look outside the box at the 2017 LCI Congress and find new hidden gems! I’m excited to see both new faces as well as valued past attendees.

Keep checking the LCI Congress blog for more information leading up to the event!