Lean Construction Immersive Education Courses

The LCI Immersive Education Program offers in-person education courses led by LCI Instructors to equip design and construction practitioners with the knowledge and skills to implement Lean practices with teams. Click on each course below to see descriptions, learning objectives, simulations, continuous education units and more.

Business Case for Lean Project Delivery

The latest results are in and provide empirical evidence that Lean Construction correlates to better project outcomes! This session will present the highlights of two LCI-sponsored research studies by Dodge Data & Analytics and University of Minnesota. We collectively examined 172 projects across the country to learn from the good to the great and why some projects excel. The research advances LCI’s primary goal of increasing owner and supply chain satisfaction with design and construction delivery.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what differentiates best from typical projects
  • Understand the impact of project delivery choices and use of Lean techniques on project outcomes
  • Become a Lean change agent

Details:

  • Journey: unaware to aware
  • Length: 1.5 hours
  • AIA  units: 1
  • Simulation: None
  • Participants: 50-100
Conducting Gemba Walks

The subject matter of this course is What is Gemba and more particularly, How to do a Gemba Walk effectively? It will be presented using custom videos and content will be reinforced by interactive group exercises, questions and discussions. Participants will leave with tangible takeaways they can use to make improvements to future Gemba Walks.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a foundational understanding of Gemba and Gemba Walks
  • Observe and discuss actual Gemba Walks
  • Learn how a Gemba Walk supports seeing waste
  • Consider improved ways to see work and talk with workers

Details:

  • Journey: aware to understanding
  • Length: 90 min
  • Simulation: Discussion
  • Participants: No limit
Introduction to Last Planner® System

Unpredictable workflows correlate with an increase to construction costs and schedules. In response to 1990s research revealing 54 percent of construction project commitments were completed on time, LCI developed the Last Planner® System (LPS) with five connected conversations or levels designed to help project teams maintain reliable workflow while maximizing efficiency and safety. Now, you can complete LCI's Introduction to Last Planner® System to learn how it improves communication, trust and transparency across all stakeholders. Engage in group discussions and see for yourself how variations in flow impact the entire project with the Parade of Trades simulation embedded in this 4-hour LCI education course.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand an overview of each of the 5 connected conversations of LPS and how they inter-relate
  • Recognize the need for reliability on projects and how LPS produces it
  • Identify the need to reduce variation in work flow and how LPS supports this
  • Know the basic mechanics of the 5 connected conversations of LPS

Details:

  • Journey: unaware to aware
  • Length: 4 hours
  • AIA units: 4
  • Simulation: Parade of Trades (groups of 7)
  • Participants: 35 max/ instructor
Introduction to Lean Project Delivery

What if you could add more value for your customers while meeting schedule and budget requirements? By recognizing the various types of waste in project delivery processes, you can start to increase productivity by implementing the Lean approaches taught in Introduction to Lean Project Delivery. With a small mindset shift, the silos set up by traditional delivery methods can be broken to allow architects, engineers, general contractors, trade partners and owners to closely collaborate and problem solve together. This 5-6 hour LCI education course, taught with real-life design and construction examples and a hands-on simulation, will be an important step on your journey to achieve Lean thinking.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define Lean and the Lean operating system’s principles
  • Identify principles and tools relevant to Lean design and construction processes
  • Recognize various types of waste and apply tools to reduce and/or eliminate waste
  • Increase collaboration and communication on projects through structured planning systems and processes

Details:

  • Journey: unaware to aware
  • Length: 5-6 hours
  • AIA units: 5
  • Simulation: Make-A-Card
  • Participants: 30 ideal, 50 max
Introduction to Lean Project Delivery Webinar

What if you could add more value for your customers while meeting schedule and budget requirements? By recognizing the various types of waste in project delivery processes, you can start to increase productivity by implementing the Lean approaches taught in Introduction to Lean Project Delivery Webinar. With a small mindset shift, the silos set up by traditional delivery methods can be broken to allow architects, engineers, general contractors, trade partners and owners to closely collaborate and problem solve together. This webinar will be an important step on your journey to achieve Lean thinking.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define Lean and the Lean operating system’s principles
  • Identify principles and tools relevant to Lean design and construction processes
  • Recognize various types of waste and apply tools to reduce and/or eliminate waste
  • Increase collaboration and communication on projects through structured planning systems and processes

Details:

  • Journey: unaware to aware
  • Length: 1.5 hours
  • Simulation: None
  • Participants: No limit
Last Planner® System in Design

During this session, participants will learn why it is important to collaboratively plan during design phases and how Last Planner® System (LPS) is an effective tool to support improved delivery for their projects. This use of LPS is adapted to the specifics of design, which is about advancing the flow of information. LPS has been used by teams during design to stabilize their delivery process by keeping all team members' needs being met reliably. This LCI education course will include a learning simulation to support the concepts.

Learning Objectives:

  • Why teams are more effective
  • The principles supporting LPS
  • LPS beyond just the pull-planning session
  • How the principles are adapted for design phase vs. construction
  • Real team examples and experiences will be shared

Details:

  • Journey: aware to understanding
  • Length: 4 hours
  • AIA units: 4
  • Simulation: planning mock up
  • Participants: 40 max
LCI-DBIA Lean in Design-Build

Lean is increasingly being used in Design-Build project delivery and naturally supports and builds on the collaborative environment necessary for success in design-build. Learn how Lean naturally fits into design-build delivery and how you can integrate Lean into your design-build projects. The concepts of Big Room, Last Planner® System and Target Value Design are all integral to building successful teams that in turn deliver successful projects. Target Value Design is a key component in the growing application of Progressive Design-Build to enhance the value proposition for owners.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand fundamental concepts of Lean design and construction
  • Understand how Lean is particularly well-suited to use in Design-Build
  • Understand, at a high level, the fundamentals behind Design-Build Done Right™ as recommended by DBIA
  • Understand how several examples of Lean Practices reinforce Design-Build Done Right and be able to distinguish Lean from non-Lean practices

Details:

  • Journey: aware to understanding
  • Length: 4 hours
  • AIA units: 4
  • Simulation: discussions
  • Participants: 50 max
Lean in the Design Phase

Design professionals want to know how they can improve client outcomes while maximizing design excellence. Lean in the Design Phase is a course that leaves participants with a strong knowledge base for understanding how connecting people, principles and practices during the design and planning phase leads to on-time, on-budget delivery. Participants will be exposed to how Lean processes such as Target Value Delivery, set-based design and Last Planner® System can be applied at the front-end of a project to increase team productivity and level the workload.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the designer’s role in the design of building systems in the design phase, leading to the efficient technical coordination of the BIM.
  • Learn how Lean tools and processes eliminate waste to generate construction documents with fewer errors and omissions at a higher productivity.
  • Learn how the Lean Operating System enables design solutions supported by analytical data and pulled to the Owner’s value proposition.
  • Learn how Lean enables the effective transfer of construction systems knowledge with approaches such as Big Room and Target Value Delivery.

Details:

  • Journey: unaware to aware
  • Length: 4 hours
  • AIA units: 4
  • Simulation: Pass the Ball
  • Participants: 60 max
Mindset of an Effective Big Room

High-performing teams function on collaborative brain power to rapidly advance work and add value by driving down overall project costs in a Big Room setting. Effective Big Rooms are only possible with the right kind of mindset and behaviors that break down the traditional silos to allow for cross-functional team collaboration and decision-making. The Mindset of an Effective Big Room course creates a simulated Big Room experience encouraging you to create, manage and lead your own detailed Big Room concept and implementation plan tailored to your project’s specific needs whether you have had previous experience or not. Small groups will discuss onboarding new members, technology and real-world challenges to Big Room implementation. Then, participants will report back to the large group to share and create a list of standards and better practices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Immerse yourself in a Big Room atmosphere
  • Tightly couple learning with action
  • "Pull" the learning needed from facilitators and participants
  • Develop your own detailed Big Room concept and implementation plan
  • Learn how to organize and manage a Big Room tailored to your specific project needs
  • Collaboratively develop a list of standards and better practices

Details:

  • Journey: aware to understanding
  • Length: 4 hours
  • AIA units: 4
  • Simulation: Big Room
  • Participants: 30 ideal, 50 max
Target Value Delivery

Staying within the allowable budget and ensuring the team’s innovation decreases waste and increases value to the customer are attributes of successful project delivery and can be achieved through Target Value Delivery (TVD). TVD is a disciplined management practice with several phases (Business Case Planning, Validation, Value Delivery and Value Post Construction) meant to be applied holistically to obtain maximum value. The phases of TVD can be supplemented by core components like team organization, Big Room, project planning, cost modeling, continuous estimating and conceptual design. Start your journey toward mastering each of the TVD phases and all of the core components through simulation, group discussion and step-by-step guidance in the 8-hour Target Value Delivery course to align your project deliverables with customer-defined value.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe attributes of a team culture required to support TVD
  • Understand how to align project deliverables with customer-defined value
  • Define the major phases in the TVD process and how they relate
  • Gain first-hand experience with the types of challenges and decisions which typically arise in TVD

Details:

  • Journey: aware to understanding
  • Length: 8 hours
  • AIA units: 7
  • Simulation: Real project simulation
  • Participants: 50 max/instructor

 

Where can you participate in in-person education courses?

LCI eLearning courses are also available to learners with these advantages:

  • On-demand learning you can do at any time on your desktop, tablet or mobile device
  • Small batch learning to increase retention
  • Personalized learning that appeals to various learning styles with videos and simulations
  • Knowledge checks along the way to benchmark your progress

Go to the eLearning page for more information.



Make-A-Card simulation in the Introduction to Lean Project Delivery course.

LCI Congress participants learn the 5 conversations in the Introduction to Last Planner® System course.

Mindset of an Effective Big Room allowed LCI Congress attendees to immerse themselves into an authentic Big Room atmosphere.

Target Value Delivery teaches participants how to align project deliverables with customer-defined value at LCI Congress.