LCI Arizona Community of Practice

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The Purpose of the LCI Arizona Community of Practice is to:

  • To increase awareness of Lean Construction within the Arizona community
  • Provide a regional forum for conversations among practitioners
  • To increase the practice of Lean in construction — use best practices

LCI-Arizona Core Group:
Leader – Michael Williams, HMC Architects
Vice Leader / Events – Chad Halmrast, Southland Industries
Event Champion (Lean Coffee) – Dave Healy, Devenney Group
Education Outreach – Callie Johns, JE Dunn
Communication – Kristin Moore, Katerra

Additional Core Group Members:
Brad Nelson, Hensel Phelps
Stephen Nichols, A3 Construction Mgt. Services. LLC
Bill Schofield, Intel


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LCI Arizona Community of Practice UPCOMING Events

A Lean Coffee – Happy Hour (Arizona CoP) @ Hensel Phelps Offices
Oct 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join us for a Lean Coffee style Happy Hour event to restart the conversation about our current Lean endeavors. Take part in an open conversation in a safe, small and low pressure environment about the topics that are relevant to our lean community. We want to hear about the problems you are solving, the issues you want to solve and the lessons you have learned on your Lean Journey. No previous Lean Experience is required.

Participants from cross functional roles such as designers, contractors, owners, trade partners and associations propose discussion topics around any subject about which they want to learn – THERE ARE NO IRRELEVANT DISCUSSION TOPICS!! Each proposer takes 15-30 seconds to pitch their topic, written on a sticky note, to the group. Once all topics have been pitched, voting begins to establish a priority for discussing the topics. Topics are then ordered from highest to lowest votes and examined accordingly. Participants will receive 5 minutes of time to discuss the topic. After 5 minutes there will be a “thumbs up / thumbs down” to decide whether or not the discussion should continue. Thumbs up means 3 more minutes on the clock. This happens until it is agreed that the topic has been discussed to satisfaction. Takeaways are considered and then the group will move on to the next topic on our list.

Adult beverages will be provided for those in attendance.  Come as you are and be ready to learn.

UPCOMING National LCI Events

WEBINAR: Bosch RefinemySite. The Lean collaboration platform by Bosch
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

RefinemySite is a cloud-based construction collaboration platform that applies Lean principles to enable your entire team — from superintendent to trade contractors — to plan, communicate and execute in real time. Join us for this educational program so you can experience how your project team can use Last Planner System® practices with RefinemySite to more productively plan, coordinate, confirm and learn from your work.

WEBINAR: Getting the most of the Last Planner System® during Covid-19
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join the vPlanner team for this short overview of the best practices of managing collaborative pull planning while working remotely. Since February, our team has coached dozens of project teams around the world to transition from on-site management to remote/hybrid management of their production plans using vPlanner. We will also share how we have been adapting takt planning to a variety of project types and situations including in recovery planning to lessen the impact of social distancing on the workflow. We have assembled lessons learned for planning the design, construction, commissioning, and activation that we will share during this webinar.

WEBINAR: 10 Resources to Guide an Effective Lean Construction Journey
Oct 8 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Review 10 essential Lean books with Lean construction leader and author Hal Macomber. Intended for people starting to implement Lean practices as well as those continuing to build their Lean organizations and projects. This is the perfect precursor to Congress and will help keep teams on track well after the event is over.

22nd Annual Congress (Virtual) @ A Virtual Conference
Oct 19 @ 9:45 am – Oct 23 @ 1:00 pm

Discover the presentations that mean the most to your Lean journey with five tracks built around the overarching theme of The ABCs of Lean: Transformation through Actions, Best Practices and Coaching:

  • Transforming Behavior & Culture
    Lean isn’t just about tools and processes, but rather effective ways to approach challenges. New thinking leads to Lean behaviors and creates a culture of continuous improvement and respect for others. This track will explore how coaching can drive sustained behavioral change and the techniques and best practices that have demonstrated positive results.
  • Transforming Preconstruction & Design
    Architects, engineers and trade partners face unique challenges when asked to collaborate during pre-construction. This track will investigate the challenges have been addressed by applying Lean throughout the project planning and design phases to maximize value and reduce waste.
  • Transforming Procurement & Production
    As speed to market demand continues to drive pressure for quicker turnover of projects, more effective procurement, and transformational supply chain management is needed. This track will cover the actions, best practices and coaching methods that are being used to explore and solve delivery challenges and increase productivity through Lean design and construction.
  • Transforming Construction Support & Planning
    Construction support and planning tools create better information flow and transparency. Together, we will discuss how utilizing tools such as visual communication, project onboarding processes, the Last Planner System ®, etc. have transformed projects and outline what obstacles these tools have helped resolve. Attendees will share how they have coached or have been coached to leverage construction support and planning tools to achieve Lean transformation.
  • Transforming Field Execution & Safety
    Optimizing field efficiency and effectiveness through safe practices should be the number one goal of all Lean organizations. This track will cover the actions, best practices, or coaching techniques have been implemented to transform the field or safety on various projects.


WEBINAR: Effective Big Room @ GoToWebinar
Oct 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

High-performing teams function on collaborative brain power to rapidly advance work and add value by operating in a Big Room setting. Effective Big Rooms are only possible with the mindset and behaviors that break down the traditional silos to allow for cross-functional team collaboration and decision-making.  Through the Effective Big Room webinar, you will gain a foundational understanding of the concept of a Big Room by learning the benefits, purpose, and implementation considerations.  This webinar will lead you to understanding how to improve collaboration and drive transparency within your team to optimize project outcomes.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the meaning of a Big Room, and understand the purpose and benefits of implementing the approach to improving project outcomes.
  2. Understand the characteristics and behaviors of a Big Room Team including aspects of effective facilitation.
  3. Identify venue types for hosting a Big Room, and discover the key elements for tailoring the space to support collaborative activities.
  4. Gain insights into how the Big Room approach supports knowledge sharing and enhanced collaboration.
Conversations With Coaches @ Zoom Meeting
Nov 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join us for a 90-minute virtual CoP experience to engage   deeply with independent Lean Coaches in a collaborative discussion.

Come with your most vexing Lean implementation or project   problems and get expert advice. We will utilize breakouts to discuss topics   in small  groups, each led by a coach.

The Zoom link for attendance will be included with your   registration confirmation email.

This  is going to be a fun and interactive session and   we will be capping registration at 70 in order to keep the groups small! As well, joining from your mobile device may be frustrating. For that reason, we are only allowing  attendees to join from your computer. We also ask that everyone #turnyourcameraon and come ready to actively participate! It will enrich the experience for all participants.


LCIs Arizona Community of Practice PAST Events

“Lean in Healthcare”

June 23, 2016

First steps on a Lean Journey

June 20, 2016

Year in Review – Plus/Delta

June 8, 2016

Choosing By Advantages

May 18, 2016

Advanced Lean Culture

April 20, 2016

Ask Your Community Q & A

March 16, 2016

Making a Lean Transformation – A Trade Partner’s Perspective

February 17, 2016

Intel’s Construction Revolution

November 18, 2015

Download from 2015 LCI Congress

October 21, 2015

LCI National Congress Highlights / Pull Planning and Pull Simulation

October 15, 2015

Lessons Learned on the UHS Henderson Hospital

September 16, 2015

Lessons Learned: Sharing Successes and Challenges

June 17, 2015

Utilization of Value Stream Mapping

May 20, 2015

Identifying Waste – Lean in a Nutshell

April 15, 2015

An Evening With Paul Akers

March 18, 2015

Problem Solving, Using A-3 and 5 Why Thinking

February 18, 2015

Buy-in and Transforming a Company Culture

January 12, 2015

Utilizing The Last Planner System®on Large to Small, and Negotiated to Hard Bid Projects

November 19, 2014

Utilizing The Last Planner System®on Large to Small, and Negotiated to Hard Bid Projects Copy

November 19, 2014

Intro to Lean, Lean Tools and LPS

September 17, 2014

Lean Thinking & Culture Stories

June 18, 2014

Facility Tour – DIRTT Environmental Services

May 28, 2014

Celebration of Hope Gala with Huntington’s Disease Society of America

April 26, 2014

ourPlan 101

April 16, 2014

Pull Planning Simulation

March 19, 2014

Deep Dive into Pull Planning

February 19, 2014

Lean Pull Planning: Panel Discussion

January 15, 2014