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Arlington, VA 22203
If you ask any construction worker, “Are you experiencing good flow on this job site?” you can often get a quick and honest response. While we hope workers on our job sites immediately respond, “Absolutely!” chances are high that their actual responses are not so positive. Why is that the case? Why is it so hard to get good flow on our job sites? What can we do to sustain steady production throughput by the “parades of trades” within our projects?
Developed by the Lean Construction (LCI) Institute over 20 years ago, the Parade of Trades® is a key foundational experience for anyone interested in implementing Lean within a project setting. The simulation explores the questions listed above by illustrating the impact of local variability on global throughput. Attendees will virtually represent one of seven trade partners involved in a parade of trades within a construction team. Teams will roll virtual dice that represent the capacity they bring to site to complete their work scope within a given week. However, a team member’s ability to complete their work will depend on and thus be limited by the handoffs of work completion by their preceding trade partner. This fun (unless you find yourself at the end of the “parade of trades”) virtual workshop will last 120 minutes and includes a group debrief of key takeaways for enabling and sustaining good flow within our projects.