Getting Started with Lean

We’re excited to have you on board to help us transform the Design and Construction industries! Below you’ll find excerpts from LCI’s recent publication, Transforming Design & Construction, and The Last Planner® Production System Workbook. Together they make up our “Getting Started with Lean” section. Please use these materials to help you get started on your Lean journey. Order copies of Transforming Design & Construction for your team here.

Click here to view the videos LCI has created to promote important benefits and programs.

Getting Started with Lean


Lean Learning Videos

A Taste of Transforming Design and Construction


To enhance your learning, LCI created Lean Learning Videos designed with the goal of imparting information from LCI’s flagship publication, Transforming Design and Construction: a Framework for Change. Please use the videos for yourself and your teams to support learning. They are perfect for Lunch & Learn type of viewing and discussion for teams.

Lean Construction Overview

Presented by Victor Sanvido

The Value Proposition

Presented by Bill Seed

Lean Construction Defined

Presented by Bevan Mace

Team Forming and Team Initiation

Presented by Chistian Pikel

Leadership and Lean IPD Projects

Presented by Bart Bodway

Respect for People

Presented by Sheila Ruder


Presented by Chase Roles

High Performing Teams

Presented by Eric Shawn Houston, AIA

Team Partner Selection

Presented by Dave Roberts

Project Conditions of Satisfaction

Presented by Matt Thomas

The Last Planner System®

Presented by Sarah Brand

Onboarding Team Members

Presented by Ryan Seckinger

Lean Construction Simulations

Simulations demonstrate Lean principles in action:

  • Demonstrating Lean concepts is one of the main reasons to
    use a simulation as a teaching tool. During a Lean workshop, the key material can be taught, and then illustrated with a simulation.
  • Simulations drive home the core Lean teaching and get people thinking about their own processes.
  • By involving the participants, you’ll pique their interest. You will force them to get involved in the material. They become active, rather than passive listeners. People learn by doing.

Simulations are perfect team building activities:

  • Training sessions done at your workplace will typically involve people of different departments and management levels.
  • These workshops are excellent opportunities to foster team building.

Simulations are small and flexible:

  • Design and Construction processes are large and complex. Providing real-world improvement solutions within the current business is difficult within a one or two-day training session. If it was that easy, you would have done it!
  • Simulations are small and compact. They fit into a room. They can be performed in a quiet training room environment, rather than a noisy shop floor. They don’t interrupt normal business. They are short. They are expandable.

Test real processes with simulations first!