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LCI honors Dean Reed, with Pioneer Award at upcoming LCI Congress

ARLINGTON, Va. – Sept. 21, 2020 — The Lean Construction Institute (LCI) will recognize DPR Construction’s Dean Reed for his outstanding service to the construction industry and the Lean community by honoring him with the Pioneer Award at its 22nd Annual Congress.

2020 Pioneer Award Winner: Dean Reed

The Pioneer Award recognizes individuals who have moved the design and construction industry forward in embracing and implementing Lean tools and techniques. Mr. Reed is being recognized for the Pioneer Award because of his commitment to advancing Lean thinking as a teacher, mentor and colleague.

Reed is deeply rooted in Lean thinking and implementation. He co-authored Integrating Project Delivery and continues to lead workshops on implementing the framework and Lean implementation throughout the world. Mr. Reed influenced his organization, DPR Construction, to invest in developing software to support Last Planner® System (LPS) implementation, which proved to be so useful that Autodesk purchased it.

Among the best examples of Mr. Reed’s pioneering efforts to promote Lean is his leadership in encouraging a project team to implement both LPS and a Big Room for BIM coordination on the Sutter Health Camino Medical Group Center in Mountain View (completed in 2007 and now named the PAMF Mountain View Center). This was the first attempt for DPR and Sutter Health to complete a project using BIM and the Last Planner® System together and proved to Sutter Health leaders that they were on the right path with deploying BIM Lean Construction as key elements of Integrated Project Delivery.

Reed’s actions have served as a catalyst for bringing Lean thinking to new projects by setting an example of excellence. Mr. Reed will be recognized during the virtual LCI Congress, October 19-23, 2020. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 22nd.

LCI honors Christian Pikel, with Chairman’s Award at upcoming LCI Congress

ARLINGTON, Va. – Sept. 28, 2020 — The Lean Construction Institute (LCI) will recognize The ReAlignment Group’s Christian Pikel for his work moving the design and construction industry forward through LCI’s mission by honoring him with the Chairman Award at its 22nd Annual Congress.

2020 Chairman Award Winner: Christian Pikel

The Chairman’s Award recognizes individuals who have moved the Lean Construction Institute forward in meeting its mission of Transforming the Design and Construction industry. Mr. Pikel has earned this year’s award for outstanding commitment to promoting LCI’s educational programming and Lean knowledge sharing.

Christian has spent more than 5 years supporting the development of LCI education materials and books. He has presented LCI webinars, has supported Community of Practice Events across the country, teaches and presents at Design Forum and Congress, serves on the LCI education advisory board, and is an LCI course instructor. As a consultant, he continues to teach, coach and spread proven Lean practices and thinking to project teams and organizations.

These outstanding contributions to promoting Lean education and LCI program support makes Christian Pikel a most worthy recipient of the award. LCI greatly appreciates of all his efforts on our behalf, which will continue to bring lasting positive effects on the design and construction industry.

Mr. Pikel will be recognized during the virtual LCI Congress, October 19-23, 2020. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 22nd.

LCI Announces Enterprise-Level Access to Interactive eLearning Program

24/7 eLearning available anywhere, anytime, from any device

Arlington, Va. – September 30, 2019 — Lean Construction Institute (LCI) is pleased to announce the availability of Enterprise-Level access to the organization’s eLearning program for corporate members. This new offering provides unlimited access to courses for one yearly fee, versus a per-user fee. Corporate members also enjoy seamless integration of LCI’s eLearning platform with their company’s own learning management or training system.

With the addition of eLearning courses to the LCI Immersive Education Program, busy design and construction practitioners can advance their Lean Design and Construction journey on their own time, from any smart device.

LCI’s eLearning platform furthers the organization’s mission to eliminate waste through project lifecycles and increase construction industry demand and capacity for Lean and integrated approaches. These practices have been proven to increase value delivered to the owner, in a timelier and more budget-friendly fashion.

“We are excited to provide a new way for design and construction practitioners to deepen their Lean knowledge without taking valuable time away from project work,” said Dan Heinemeier, Executive Director. “Our eLearning platform has provided yet another avenue for sharing invaluable resources with our members to assist them in their Lean journey.” 

Each eLearning course includes downloadable resources, knowledge checks, multimedia, and hands-on interaction to increase knowledge retention and accommodate personalized learning styles and schedules. 

LCI eLearning courses include:

  • Introduction to The Last Planner System®
  • Introduction to Lean Project Delivery
  • Lean in the Design Phase
  • Effective Big Room
  • Target Value Delivery (2019)
  • Last Planner System® in Design (early 2020)

To learn more about the LCI’s interactive eLearning program, visit: https://www.leanconstruction.org/learning/lci-e-learning

About Lean Construction Institute (LCI): Founded in 1997, LCI is a non-profit, membership-based organization whose mission is to transform a broken design and construction industry through Lean thinking, tools, and techniques. LCI strives to re-integrate a very siloed industry to create project value for all stakeholders. Our programs include development of research products targeted to help companies implement Lean more effectively; learning programs to help answer the “why” and the “how” of Lean implementation; and unique national and regional events to promote Lean learning and networking across the industry. For more information, please visit www.leanconstruction.org.

Contact:
Ilene M. Goldberg
Manager, Membership and Corporate Engagement
Lean Construction Institute
P: (703) 785-9087
E: igoldberg@leanconstruction.org
W: www.leanconstruction.org

 

LCI honors Victor Sanvido, Southland Industries, with Pioneer Award at upcoming LCI Congress

ARLINGTON, Va.Oct. 09, 2019 — The Lean Construction Institute (LCI) will recognize Dr. Victor Sanvido for his outstanding service to the construction industry and the Lean community by honoring him with the Pioneer Award at its 21st Annual Congress.

Currently serving as Senior Vice President with Southland Industries, Sanvido has been a dedicated advocate of Lean techniques for over 20 years. His influence has been extraordinary in encouraging some of the country’s most progressive owners to effectively implement Lean processes. With a PhD in civil engineering and extensive studies in project delivery, Victor has proven himself uniquely qualified to assist and consult with owners on the best methods of approaching design and construction projects.

“No single member of LCI has done more to create and maintain effective outreach efforts to the owner community than Victor Sanvido. He founded and led LCI outreach efforts to the owner community nationwide, creating the LCI board Owners Committee and recruiting an outstanding roster of members from around the country to serve on it.  He also has been a true pioneer in helping conceive and lead the establishment of LCI owner Communities of Practice around the country. These groups continue to boost owner adoption of Lean in the markets they serve. Victor has long recognized that, ‘as go the owners, so goes the industry,’ and his singular focus on that community has born tremendous fruit for the Lean community over time.” Dan Heinemeier, Executive Director of LCI

Victor has influenced literally billions of dollars in construction work over the years in which his unique brand of owner consultancy and hands-on support has encouraged and nurtured the embrace of Lean practices. The resulting benefits have been tremendous in terms of project cost and schedule results. His assistance has proved pivotal for owner organizations including Sutter Health, UC/San Francisco, and a host of public and private owners whose projects stretch nationwide. Private sector examples include major construction projects in the high tech, pharmaceutical, and healthcare arenas. He is currently a member of the executive management team on the Pavilion at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the first Lean project of its kind in the area and one of the largest such undertakings anywhere. His involvement has been key to the project team partners and their commitment to Lean project delivery.

Victor has played an integral role in the development of not only Lean processes and alternate delivery models but in the identification and refinement of behaviors within the design and construction industry.  With an understanding that a huge majority of all project activities within the industry represent waste, Victor offers unwavering support for the identification and elimination of wasteful processes. Previously, he served as professor in the Architectural Engineering Department at Penn State, where his accomplishments included both the education of a large number of gifted individuals now serving across the construction industry, as well as groundbreaking research in the areas of alternative project delivery systems and critical project success factors.

“Victor Sanvido’s contributions to LCI and the Lean community over an extended period are unparalleled,” Heinemeier continued.  “He has made LCI a much stronger and more influential organization than we otherwise would have been, and he has impacted our industry for the better by helping project teams coast-to-coast to see and eliminate waste and enhance value for the owners they serve. We could not have chosen a more worthy recipient of this year’s Pioneer Award.”

 

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About Lean Construction Institute: Founded in 1997, LCI is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with a vision to transform the built environment through Lean Design and Construction 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 seeks 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 value creation. For more information, please visit www.leanconstruction.org.

 

Contact:
Joan S. Piccariello, PMP
Director, Program Development
Lean Construction Institute
P: (703) 387-3046
E: joanp@leanconstruction.org
W: www.leanconstruction.org

LCI honors Felipe Engineer-Manriquez, McCarthy Building Companies, with Chairman’s Award at upcoming LCI Congress

ARLINGTON, Va.Oct. 09, 2019 — Felipe Engineer-Manriquez, McCarthy Building Companies, will receive the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) Chairman’s Award for his contributions to the Institute and the design and construction industry as a whole. This award recognizes the unique contributions of individuals whose service to LCI and its programs has been particularly noteworthy and impactful over an extended period.

As Lean Director, Felipe works to promote the implementation of Lean continuous improvement principles within McCarthy, as well as among project participants across the industry. A certified Scrum Master, he brings the use of Scrum to project planning processes in a way that is highly supportive of LCI’s Last Planner System™, especially in the key Design Phase. He has been a true pioneer in bringing scrum concepts most closely associated with software development into the design and construction industry — adding a whole new dimension to LCI’s education programs.

“Felipe brings tremendous passion and enthusiasm to all that he does. He has an infectious enthusiasm for spreading the word about the benefits of Lean Design and Construction. His dedication to continuously improving our industry shines forth in every presentation he makes. Beyond the strides he has made in promoting the use of Lean techniques within McCarthy Builders, he enthusiastically applies his gifts in educating and public speaking toward transforming our industry as a whole.” — LCI Executive Director Dan Heinemeier

Felipe’s leadership skills have been applied to a host of other LCI programs over the years, including serving on the leadership team for our annual Congress meeting, leading its Learning Days program, and encouraging adoption of new approaches to improve the planning process itself. He has served in a leadership role to plan, execute and facilitate a series of national Last Planner™ Workshops. Currently, he is working to establish an entirely new LCI Community of Practice to promote adoption of Lean Design and Construction in the St. Louis construction market.

“As a nationally recognized LCI Instructor, Felipe teaches at forums across the country. He consistently contributes materials for the further development of our educational programs, a body of knowledge that will continue to serve our industry for years to come.” Heinemeier continued, “Felipe’s past and continuing contributions will stand as a lasting legacy within our industry, and for that reason he is a hugely deserving recipient of this year’s award.”

Felipe will be honored with the LCI Chairman’s Award on Thursday morning during the 21st Annual LCI Congress, Oct. 14-18, in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

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About Lean Construction Institute: Founded in 1997, LCI is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with a vision to transform the built environment through Lean Design and Construction 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 seeks 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 value creation. For more information, please visit www.leanconstruction.org.

 

Contact:
Joan S. Piccariello, PMP
Director, Program Development
Lean Construction Institute
P: (703) 387-3046
E: joanp@leanconstruction.org
W: www.leanconstruction.org

New Construction Project Validation Guide Published

Arlington, Va. – May 15 2019 — The Lean Construction Institute (LCI) published a new guide for construction project validation based on research to lead teams to achieve common goals and maximize value to the owner within budget.

The Project Validation Guide is part of LCI’s annual research and publications program and was developed by Arizona State University’s (ASU) Dr. David Grau, a member of the LCI Research Committee, and his research team at ASU.

What is construction project validation?

A properly validated project is positioned for greater success throughout the project delivery process. Project validation aims at proving or disproving (with limited or no design) whether the team can deliver a project that satisfies the owner’s business case and scope within the allowable cost and schedule and with a level of risk. Validation establishes the basis of design and conceptual estimating and helps teams to accept the shared risks of failing to meet common goals. It encourages teams to stay fluid, transparent, collaborative and innovative while identifying opportunities to add value and build with certainty.

During validation, teams explore and reflect on various concepts for major project items to choose an option well before committing to its design. Validation culminates in an informed go or no-go decision on the project by the owner ahead of the eventual resolution to fund and build the project. It is executed within a short duration and limited budget. Owners seek to make the minimum resource investment that provides the certainty needed for an informed decision. Validation helps owners identify the “biggest bang for the buck” in today’s capital delivery landscape.

Why the need for a guide to effective validation?

Project validation is too seldom used, and confusion exists across the industry as to what validation is and how best to execute it. This guide aims to document the validation process to promote common understanding and afford actionable guidance to practitioners. It provides direction, education and resources to guide practitioners through the decision process they will have to navigate when considering, planning and implementing an effective validation program. It sets out a validation framework while leaving room for variation as needed during planning and implementation.

The Project Validation Guide may be downloaded for free from the LCI website: www.leanconstruction.org/learning/research/.

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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 www.leanconstruction.org.

 

Contact:
Joan S. Piccariello, PMP
Director, Program Development
Lean Construction Institute
P: (703) 387-3046
W: www.leanconstruction.org

LCI honors Rebecca Snelling, JE Dunn Construction, with Chairman’s Award at upcoming LCI Congress

Arlington, Va. – Oct. 8, 2018 — Rebecca Snelling, JE Dunn Construction, will receive the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) Chairman’s Award for her contributions to LCI and the wider design and construction industry.

Rebecca began her Lean journey 12 years ago by implementing Lean approaches while working for a construction company. Since then, she joined JE Dunn Construction and has made significant achievements in pioneering Lean in the design and construction community as their Vice President and National Lean Director. In the course of her six years with JE Dunn, Rebecca has inspired numerous Lean champions to spread Lean implementation on projects across the nation, encouraging many of them to become LCI instructors and support local LCI Communities of Practice (CoP) events. Rebecca’s support for LCI has been displayed in the form of presentations at CoP events across the country, as well as national events like the LCI annual Congress.

While serving on LCI’s Education Advisory Group, Rebecca hosted a Knowledge Transfer session that led to the publication of Target Value Delivery: A Practitioner Guidebook – Current State 2016. Today, Rebecca is one of the few experienced Lean practitioners approved to instruct LCI’s Target Value Delivery course. Rebecca also helped develop three major LCI publications, including the latest to be released in 2018, Don’t Conform, Transform!

“Rebecca is a nationally-recognized Lean Construction expert and practitioner whose early career was marked by her ability to spread Lean deployment effectively among numerous firms with whom she has worked as a consultant,” said Dan Heinemeier, LCI’s executive director.

As an experienced Lean leader, Rebecca is consistent in leading project teams in the effective implementation of Last Planner System® in order to deliver projects on time and on budget without sacrificing value delivered to the owner. She will be honored with the LCI Chairman’s Award on Thursday morning during the 20th Annual LCI Congress, Oct. 15-19, in Orlando, Florida.

 

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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 www.leanconstruction.org.

 

Contact:
Joan S. Piccariello, PMP
Director, Program Development
Lean Construction Institute
P: (703) 387-3046
E: joanp@leanconstruction.org
W: www.leanconstruction.org

LCI honors Henry Nutt, Southland Industries, with Pioneer Award at upcoming LCI Congress

Arlington, Va. – Oct. 1, 2018 — The Lean Construction Institute (LCI) will honor Henry Nutt, Southland Industries, with the Pioneer Award at the 20th Annual LCI Congress for his thought-leadership in the design and construction industry.

Henry Nutt, Sheet Metal General Superintendent, has invested a significant amount of time and energy in supporting LCI’s mission, goals and educational programs, as well as the industry as a whole by openly sharing lessons learned with the Lean community at LCI Community of Practice (CoP) events, LCI Congress events and on the project site.

An active leader with the LCI Northern California CoP, Henry also frequently speaks at LCI CoP events about practical benefits of Lean and has led many Lean workshops focused on the workflow with field and shop workers. He has also published three articles on Lean practices in industry journals like FMJ Magazine.

His pioneering role with LCI corporate member company Southland Industries led to its transformation from a traditional installer to a leader in Lean installations. For the past 10 years, Henry has been championing Lean practices at every major Southland project in Northern California, leading to $22 million in savings on projects totaling over $1.5 billion combined in mechanical contracting revenues. Henry also makes time to tutor Southland interns and project engineers in Lean practices so that they can become Lean pioneers in the future.

“Henry embodies LCIs mission to make the industry more efficient and valuable by finding ways to prioritize Lean both in his work and through volunteering and inspiring the next generation.”

–Dan Heinemeier

Executive Director, LCI

During the more than 50 tours Henry has led of Southland’s Union City shop, general contracting firms and owner organizations like Genentech, Google and San Francisco International Airport experienced Lean processes in action like waste elimination and continuous improvement.

Henry also donates his time and expertise to other industry association committees like SMACNA’s National Lean Committee and Associated General Contractor’s National Lean Steering Committee. He will be presented with the LCI Pioneer Award on Thursday morning at the 20th Annual LCI Congress, held Oct. 15-19, in Orlando, Florida.

 

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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 www.leanconstruction.org.

 

Contact:
Joan S. Piccariello, PMP
Director, Program Development
Lean Construction Institute
P: (703) 387-3046
E: joanp@leanconstruction.org
W: www.leanconstruction.org

Kristin Hill, Director of Education Programs

LCI Immersive Education Program launches e-Learning

The LCI Immersive Education Program launched its first e-Learning course, Introduction to Last Planner System®, to make practical Lean education more accessible to practitioners with busy schedules.

The Introduction to Last Planner System® e-Learning course will issue a badge participants can add to email signatures and a certificate of completion to those who pass each knowledge check and the final assessment with a score of 80 percent or higher. The LCI Immersive Education Program will include more e-Learning courses in the future such as Introduction to Lean Project Delivery and Introduction to Lean in Design.

“It is extremely exciting to be supporting the LCI vision to transform capital project delivery by providing much-needed learning opportunities in the hands of anyone who wants to learn,” Kristin Hill, director, education programs with LCI, says. “These e-Learning courses are significant in setting standards for badging that is backed by verifiable information and criteria about the skills and achievement of the holder.”

LCI corporate members will receive the opportunity to train entire project teams by purchasing the e-Learning course in bulk for a volume discount of up to 65 percent off the exclusive member pricing. Lean design and construction practitioners can access the e-Learning course on the LCI website.

Because everyone learns differently, the Introduction to Last Planner System® e-Learning course will feature multiple paths for learning including multimedia, diagrams and hands-on interaction. Additionally, the set of recently updated Last Planner System® Standard Work documents will be available for download by anyone who purchases the e-Learning course to serve as a guide for superintendents, foremen and project team members to effectively implement this robust planning system.

E-Learning requires 40-60 percent less time than classroom learning (Brandon-Hall) because it can be accessed on-demand from any smart device, and results in up to 60 percent more knowledge retention (Research Institute of America) partly due to small-batches of information.

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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 www.leanconstruction.org.

 

Contact:
Joan S. Piccariello, PMP
Director, Program Development
Lean Construction Institute
P: (703) 387-3046
E: joanp@leanconstruction.org
W: www.leanconstruction.org

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.