LCI Lean Simulation Offerings

Learning Simulations promote concept attainment through experiential practice. Simulations are more deeply engaging than other activities, as participants experience the activity first-hand, rather than hearing about it or seeing it.  Not to mention, they are a fun way to learn!

LCI is pleased to host a series of Learning Simulations created for a virtual environment.  These simulations are roughly 90 minutes of highly engaging learning.

Parade of Trades®

Parade of Trades®

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.

Batch, Pull & Balance

Batch, Pull & Balance

The Batch-Pull-Balance Simulation helps participants understand two production laws and a production control method that can be used to improve project performance in terms of duration and cost. It is based on the concepts learned in the traditional Lego airplane game offered by LCI.  The simulation demonstrates the impact of batching/WIP on cycle time and project duration. In addition, the simulation demonstrates the impact of balancing process steps and reducing bottleneck duration on throughput and project duration. This highly-engaging, virtual simulation event is 120 minutes including a group debrief of the experience.

Maroon White

Maroon White

The Maroon-White Simulation helps to reveal why Lean approaches and Integrated Project Delivery are important.  This simulation offers a powerful “lightbulb-going-off” or AHA moment for participants.  This highly-engaging, virtual simulation event is 90 minutes including a group debrief of the experience.

Silent Squares

Silent Squares

The Silent Squares simulation explores the moment when people decide to cooperate. An excellent simulation for partnering or problem solving to meet a common objective or in a risky environment where trust is being developed. This simulation offers a powerful “lightbulb-going-off” or AHA moment for participants.  This highly-engaging, virtual simulation event is 90 minutes including a group debrief of the experience.

Oops Game

Oops Game

The Oops Game answers the question, how much should be invested in planning? Every construction project manager and planner at every level need to faces the dilemma of balancing the cost of additional effort for planning and the extent to which risk will be reduced. In the real and uncertain world, how much risk-focused planning is enough given the ineffable reality of the future is unknown and unknowable. This virtual simulation game provides a simple and effective means to show the value of planning and stopping rules for planning.

 

LCI is hosting these virtual simulations in 2021.
The costs are $80 Non-LCI Corporate Member; $50 LCI Corporate Member; and $10 Student.

Here is the schedule:

Parade of Trades® – SOLD OUT
Date:    January 29, 2021
Time:   11:00 am – 1:00 pm EST

Batch, Pull & Balance
Date:    February 10, 2021
Time:   11:00 am – 1:00 pm EST
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Silent Squares
Date:    March 17, 2021
Time:   11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST
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Maroon White
Date:    April 14, 2021
Time:   11:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT
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Oops Game
Date:    June 16, 2021
Time:   11:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT
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Check the LCI calendar of events for more information about LCI upcoming local and virtual events and be sure to watch the calendar for more information about the 2021 virtual events series!