LCI National Capital Region Community of Practice

Introduction to Choosing by Advantages (CBA)

Date: Friday, September 16, 2016

Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: AGC
2300 Wilson Blvd, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201

If you have ever struggled getting a project team to collaboratively make decisions that are focused on the project value proposition, then Choosing by Advantages may help!  Choosing by Advantages (CBA) allows for visual and transparent decision making. It also aligns with the desired values and culture of Lean/IPD and allows teams to emphasize a project’s value to its stakeholders (customers and clients). CBA is a decision-making system that acknowledges all decisions are essentially subjective – but then guides the participants towards basing the subjectivity on objectively discovered and documented facts.  This session will provide the participant a brief introduction to the CBA decision making system and hopefully get you interested in further training.


With CBA, decision makers can reach consensus, focus on outcomes, and understand all of the factors considered during the decision-making process.  The process also creates transparency to the decision making process simplifying the process if decisions need to be reviewed or revisited later in the project.


SPEAKER: Katherine Copeland, P.E. is a Project Executive with Southland Industries, one of the largest MEP building systems firms in the nation. She has spent the last 22 years with Southland Industries involved with the design and construction of mechanical systems for facilities located across the county from Washington DC to California and even Hawaii. Her early career focused on hospitality industry projects, however, in recent years that focus has shifted to the healthcare industry. For the past 10 years, she has focus on the design and construction of healthcare facilities, both new construction and renovation of existing operational facilities. She is focused on delivering value to the end user through collaboration and operational excellence in project delivery.  In 1998, when the Lean Construction Institute was founded, Ms. Copeland was fortunate to be involved with early training and implementation of Last Planner® on several Southland projects and got the opportunity to see, first hand, the quality and productivity improvements associated with lean. Since then she has continued to develop her lean knowledge. Ms. Copeland has continued to work on expanding lean and integrated project delivery throughout the entire lifecycle of projects and developing a lean culture with her teams. She is on the Core Group of the Carolina Communities of Practice and is part of the LCI Education committee. She received her bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering at Penn State University. 



Arriving by metro would be the recommended method for travel. Metro Orange Line – Courthouse; Parking in below grade garage or metered street.

Registration – Limit to 30 – must register by 9/1/16

Cost: Members – $75

         Non-Members $100

Register HERE