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.
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The Last Planner System® Workbook
Lean Construction planning and control techniques reduce waste by improving work flow reliability. The starting point is improving the reliability of assignments at the crew level. This is in contrast to current management approaches that rely on project-level plans to manage contracts instead of managing work. Lacking a predictable work flow, design squads, field crews, or similar production units must adopt a strategy of flexibility to keep busy. Using this workbook you will gain a new perspective on what it means to plan a job. You will develop a better understanding of the impact variability has on downstream performance, and you will learn how the Last Planner® can shield work groups from uncertainty and thereby improve performance of the production unit as well as overall system throughput.
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.