Carolinas

LCI Carolinas Community of Practice

Welcome to the Carolina’s Lean Community of Practice.  Our Community of Practice was established in 2009 and continues to grow.  Our members span North Carolina from the Research Triangle area to Charlotte.   Currently our monthly meetings alternate between Charlotte and Raleigh Durham and we hold several all-day training sessions each year in Greensboro, NC.  We typically take the month off in July so that members can enjoy their summer vacations!  Our long term growth plan is to develop a large enough Practice to consistently hold session in Charlotte and Raleigh each month.  Each December, our core group meets to develop a list of topics for presentation in the upcoming year.  If there are topics that are of interest to you, please contact David Craft, dcraft@showalterconstruction.com,  or Katherine Copeland, kcopeland@southlandind.com, and we will do our best to incorporate the topic into the upcoming schedule.  If you are involved with a project or company that is implementing Lean design or construction and would like to make a presentation, please feel free to contact us.  Thank you for your interest in our Community of Practice.

CORE GROUP MEMBERS:

  • Katherine Copeland – Southland Industries, Leader
  • David Craft – Showalter Construction, Leader Emeritus
  • Jenni O’Dwyer – DPR Construction, Events Leader (Raleigh)

Charlotte:

  • Lindsay Rosti – JE Dunn
  • Cathy Morrison – Gresham Smith Partners
  • Mike Mosko – Messer Construction
  • Hunter Smith – Turner Construction Company
  • Wayne Smith – Duke Energy

Raleigh:

  • Tom Arrico – DPR Construction
  • Mike Barrett – CRB Builders, LLC
  • Thomas Chapman – IPS
  • Courtney Field – WeaverCooke
  • Jim Goff – Jacobs
  • Sam Holbrook – Skanska USA Building, Inc.
  • Jim Koch – Bernhard / MCC Mechanical
  • Min Liu PhD– North Carolina State University
  • Don Wood – DPR Construction

Advisory / Support Members:

  • Chris Malinowski – Messer Construction
  • Al Schwarzkopf – Merck
  • Ralph Stingo – Bernhard / MCC Mechanical
 

Connect with us on social media!

UPCOMING National LCI Events

May
27
Wed
LEAN IN DESIGN FORUM 2020 @ Virtual Forum
May 27 @ 10:30 am – May 28 @ 1:15 pm

Collective skills and commitment play a huge role in the success of the design community.  From ensuring on-time delivery to guaranteeing high quality project value, collaboration is vital to a team’s success.  High performing design and construction teams that empower the intersection of equity, diversity and inclusion with Lean methodologies excel at efficiency while increasing client satisfaction and eliminating re-work.

The 2020 Lean in Design Forum will cover solutions and efficiencies made possible by strong equity, diversity and inclusion across the design community.  Session and discussion topics will include:

  • How Lean thinking intersects with ED&I best practices.
  • The importance of collaboration and the strength of high performing teams.
  • How to use Lean practices to promote equity, inclusion and the advancement of women,
  • The connection of design thinking and diversity

The annual Lean in Design Forum, in partnership with P2SL and AIA, is a unique event where designers come together to learn about and advance Lean methodologies.  Industry leading practitioners will present on how Lean techniques free up time for creative decision making and innovative problem solving on current topics affecting the design community.

Attendees will find immense value in:

  • Presentations by experienced Lean practitioners
  • Interactive learning roundtables
  • Lean in the design phase educational sessions
  • Networking among Lean practitioners with passion for collaboration, creativity and efficient project delivery

Join your colleagues in the design community at this year’s Lean in Design Forum – the must-attend design industry event of the year!

Jun
5
Fri
WEBINAR: Principles of Target Value Delivery (TVD)
Jun 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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. Take the first step in your journey towards mastering each of the TVD phases and all of the core components in this 90-minute webinar.

 

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
Jun
18
Thu
WEBINAR: Recognizing and Eliminating the 8 Wastes
Jun 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Looking to improve your project outcomes? Studies have shown that up to 70-80% of activities performed in design and construction are waste or considered non-value added. We need to learn to see waste in order to reduce waste. This webinar will help participants see waste and will provide creative ways to start to reduce waste and add more value to our projects.

Jun
25
Thu
VIRTUAL: Rev up your Teams with Liberating Structures! @ Zoom Meeting
Jun 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Liberating Structures are simple social technologies that distribute participation more widely while drawing out greater difference and variation within groups. Liberating Structures inject tiny shifts in the protocols of how we meet, plan, decide and relate to each other that put in the hands of everyone the facilitative power once reserved for experts only. Simply put Liberating Structures help facilitate Lean Thinking, which is the critical component for successful Lean implementation. Liberating Structures are great Tools to help with the “People side of Lean”.

Attendees will experience and learn to use several Liberating Structures (LS) in a virtual environment. Attendees will go through a Design String of Liberating Structures such as 1-2-4-ALL and Impromptu Networking among others. If you join us, you will be able to immediately start using LS to unleash innovation and collaboration on your Teams. You will learn how to identify which Liberating Structures are best for which situations as we review the LS Selection Matchmaker. We will provide the attendees all the knowledge they need to go and design their first LS Design String to help their Teams address their issues in deep and meaningful ways. 

NO MOBILE DEVICES! We will be operating on multiple platforms and using a mobile device is not conducive to switching back and forth, so for this reason, we are going to ask that everyone join from a computer. We will be using Zoom as the meeting platform and Google Slides to share information and record some of our outcomes.

Jul
2
Thu
WEBINAR: Lean for Schedule Recovery in Post-COVID Environment
Jul 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

This webinar will present topics, ideas and methods to reclaim schedule in Post Covid environment as well as attaining high levels of productivity in a time of physical distancing. Participants will learn how to combine elements of Last Planner System® with proven production methods of the Toyota Production System. 

 

Learning Objectives

  • See how rapid changeover from one trade to the next (single-minute-exchange-of-dies as the Lean term SMED). It currently takes a tradesperson up to 30 minutes to begin installing work at a new location, we are trimming that time more than 80% to less than 5 minutes.
  • Expand the concept of available backlog and constraint clearing from LPS® (Heijunka “load leveling” as Lean term). It is more important than ever to have multiple options for trade workers.
  • See how 5S (the Lean term for industrial organization) for visual controls that have always made sites safer, being applied to create better adherence to physical distancing. 
  • Learn how to use Visual Management to increase the speed of the Plan-Do-Check-Adjust loop. The rate at which we learn is directly proportional to the speed of our PDCA loop. Participants will learn several methods that they can use independently or in combination.  
  • Experience (learn-by-doing) ways to use Lean tools via Virtual Collaboration – and in some cases achieve greater success than with good old sticky-notes.This webinar will present topics, ideas and methods to reclaim schedule in Post Covid environment as well as attaining high levels of productivity in a time of physical distancing. Participants will learn how to combine elements of Last Planner System® with proven production methods of the Toyota Production System. 
Jul
9
Thu
WEBINAR: Lean Leadership: How to Build a Healthy Project Team – a Procore sponsored webinar
Jul 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Project leaders in both Design and Construction want to know how they can improve project team collaboration and trust, remove siloed behavior and sustain team spirit. Leaders must go beyond understanding the technical competence or a “smart” team to an understanding what makes up a “healthy” team. Project teams are made up of smart people who understand technology and processes. However, they rarely take the time to go beyond smart to understand healthy. It is often considered too “touchy feely” and or personal. This webinar will introduce participants to the concepts and tools to build a personal connection and culture of collaboration.
· How do you gauge the social framework of your project?
· Partner selection can be a valuable part of building team chemistry
· What is “psychological safety”?
· What are the basic Leadership styles that build & sustain deep trust?
· What are the 3 key elements of a highly collaborative team?
· What are some exercises to create a strong personal connection?

Jul
16
Thu
WEBINAR: Kaizen – Continuous Improvement for Design & Construction
Jul 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Call it Kaizen, continuous improvement, or operational excellence, we all want to be better and better at what we do. That may be with our crews in the field, how we execute projects, our design teams, or the everyday processes we use to operate our organization. In this webinar you will learn:

 

  • What is “kaizen” and how it is different from “innovation”
  • Why process-oriented thinking, central to all lean thinking, is critical to continuous improvement
  • How to generate and capture ideas for improvement
  • How to turn those ideas in to standard processes that can benefit your projects and your organization
  • Why a focus on people delivers better results than a focus on results
  • What is Value Stream Mapping and simple ways to start mapping now
  • How to turn “lessons learned” in to “improved processes”

 

What you learn can be put to use right away. While becoming a continuously improving organization takes time, with every step you, your teams, and your organization will benefit.

Aug
6
Thu
WEBINAR: Lean in the Design Phase
Aug 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Design professionals want to know how they can improve client outcomes while maximizing design excellence. Participants in the Lean in the Design Phase webinar will gain insight to Lean approaches and tools relative to the design phase of project delivery.  They will understand how Lean supports optimizing team communication, collaboration and results by connecting people, principles, and practices. Participants will be exposed to how Lean processes such as Target Value Delivery, set-based design, and the Last Planner System® in Design can be applied.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain overview understanding of Lean as relative to the design phase.
  • Learn how Lean tools and processes eliminate waste and support higher productivity.
  • Learn how the Lean Operating System enables design solutions that respond to the Owner’s values.
  • Learn how teams organize, operate in a collaborative setting and communicate resulting in more effective project delivery.
 

LCIs Carolinas Community of Practice PAST Events

A VIRTUAL Lean Coffee (Carolinas CoP)

May 8, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A VIRTUAL Lean Coffee (Carolinas CoP)

April 10, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Read more >>

CANCELLED: Experienced Prefabrication in Action – EAS Plant Tour in High Point, NC(Carolinas CoP)

April 16, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Read more >>

POSTPONED: Using Offsite Construction and Prefabrication To Address a Labor Shortage (Carolinas CoP)

April 2, 2020 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Best Practices From A Low Voltage Integrator (Carolinas CoP)

March 13, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Making Design-Assist Effective (Carolinas CoP)

March 5, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee (Charlotte – Carolinas CoP)

February 14, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee (Charlotte – Carolinas CoP)

January 17, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee (Raleigh – Carolinas CoP)

January 17, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Blueprint for Builder’s Lean: Six Simple Steps for the Field to Follow (Carolinas CoP)

December 11, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Read more >>

From LCI Congress 2019: Listen and Learn to Lead. Embracing Vulnerability to Improve- (Charlotte) (Carolinas CoP)

November 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Read more >>

Introduction to Takt Planning (Carolinas CoP)

November 20, 2019 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

November 15, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Morrisville- (Carolinas CoP)

October 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

October 24, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Cary- (Carolinas CoP)

September 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

September 18, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

August 15, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Cary- (Carolinas CoP)

August 9, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

July 19, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

June 21, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

Lean Trade Partner Best Practices (Carolinas CoP)

June 4, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

May 15, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Durham- (Carolinas CoP)

May 3, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

April 17, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee (Carolinas CoP)

April 3, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

Reality Capture: Applications for Laser Scanning in Design and Construction- (Carolinas CoP)

March 21, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

March 15, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Raleigh – (Carolinas CoP)

March 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

LCI Education Course: Mindset of an Effective Big Room – Morrisville (Carolinas CoP)

February 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Read more >>

LCI Education Course: Mindset of an Effective Big Room – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

February 27, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Raleigh – (Carolinas CoP)

February 6, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

Congress Reprise Presentation – Drug Substance Intermediate (Carolinas CoP)

January 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee (Carolinas CoP)

January 11, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Brew – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

October 12, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Durham (Carolinas CoP)

September 21, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

September 21, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Raleigh (Carolinas CoP)

August 17, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

August 17, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Read more >>

Introduction to Last Planner® (Carolinas CoP)

August 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

July 20, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Raleigh (Carolinas CoP)

July 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Raleigh (Carolinas CoP)

June 22, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

June 15, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Raleigh (Carolinas CoP)

May 18, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

May 18, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Read more >>

Target Value Delivery (Carolinas CoP)

May 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

March 16, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Morrisville (Carolinas CoP)

March 16, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Raleigh (Carolinas CoP)

April 19, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

April 20, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

Introduction to Lean Project Delivery (Carolinas CoP)

March 29, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Read more >>

Lean Coffee/Happy Hour December 2017 (Carolinas CoP)

December 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Read more >>

Lean Coffee June 2017 (Carolinas CoP)

June 2, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

Lean Coffee 5.18.2017 (Carolinas CoP)

May 18, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Read more >>

Lean Coffee April 2017 (Carolinas CoP)

April 28, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

Lean Coffee March 2017 (Carolinas CoP)

March 31, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

Introduction to Lean (Carolinas CoP)

April 7, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Read more >>

Lean Coffee April 2017 (Carolinas CoP)

April 13, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Read more >>

A3 Thinking (Carolinas CoP)

February 23, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Read more >>

Lean Coffee FEBRUARY17 (Carolinas CoP)

February 24, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Read more >>

Watson Electric Prefabrication Plant Tour (Carolinas CoP)

August 22, 2016 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Read more >>

Intro to the Last Planner System®

April 6, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Read more >>

Rapid Creation of A High Performing Team

May 18, 2016
Read more >>

Target Value Design Workshop

April 27, 2016
Read more >>

Intro to the Last Planner System®

April 6, 2016
Read more >>

Lean 3P for NorthEast Bed Tower

March 4, 2016
Read more >>

How Satisfied, Really Satisfied are Owners

February 4, 2016
Read more >>

Watson Electric Prefabrication Plant Tour

November 12, 2015
Read more >>

Choosing By Advantages

August 10, 2015
Read more >>

Lean Aspects of the Core Lab for Carolinas HealthCare System

June 25, 2015
Read more >>

Just Say No to Overtime! Leaning a Design Firm

May 20, 2015
Read more >>

Implementation of Lean Construction Thinking and Tools on the SkyHouse Jobsite

March 26, 2015
Read more >>

Prefabrication Techniques Within the Construction Industry

February 11, 2015
Read more >>

Eliminating the Waste in Steel Design and Detailing

January 8, 2015
Read more >>

Intermediate Last Planner®

November 12, 2014
Read more >>

Lean Implementation at the Facebook Data Center Project

September 11, 2014
Read more >>

Introduction to Lean Design & Construction with David MacNeel

August 12, 2014
Read more >>

Lean in Design – Creating a Project Value Stream

May 14, 2014
Read more >>

Lean In a Non-Lean World

April 17, 2014
Read more >>

Reliable Promising: Creating Accountability Within Your Team

January 16, 2014
Read more >>