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, [email protected],  or Katherine Copeland, [email protected], 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
 

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LCI Carolinas Community of Practice UPCOMING Events

Feb
3
Wed
A VIRTUAL Lean Coffee: Virtual Lean Tools & Organization (Carolinas CoP) @ MS Teams Meeting
Feb 3 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Join us for a Lean Coffee to learn and support each other in our 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 lessons you’ve learned on your Lean Journey. No previous Lean experience is required.    Participants from cross functional roles as designers, constructors, owners, trades 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 to 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 8 minutes of time to discuss the topic. After 8 minutes there will be a ‘thumbs up/ thumbs down’ to decide whether or not the discussion should continue. Thumbs up equals 4 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 topic with the next largest amount of votes is addressed. Come as you are and be ready to learn. 

Topic – Virtual Lean Tools & Organization
To start off the new year we will be discussing different virtual tools and their effectiveness. We will start the meeting by doing a brief demonstration of the Mural Whiteboard program. This program will be utilized to generate ideas and topics for the remainder of the event.

UPCOMING National LCI Events

Jan
28
Thu
WEBINAR: How to Coach: Use Coaching to Bring Out the Potential of Your Team! @ GoToWebinar
Jan 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

If you’re a Champion are you also a Coach? Do they basically serve the same purpose? Join four members of the LCI Coaching CoP as they discuss these questions and others, practical skills, and how to enhance your team’s Lean Practice.

 

Come learn:

  1. The importance of coaches as Change Agents and in Leading for the Future
  2. How to Transition from Champion to Coach, with simple steps to take as well as a Roadmap
  3. Practical Coach Skills you can begin using immediately

 

There will be dedicated time for your Q&A.

Jan
29
Fri
LCI Virtual Simulation: Parade of Trades @ Zoom Meeting
Jan 29 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

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. 

Feb
4
Thu
WEBINAR: The Business Case for Lean Project Delivery @ GoToWebinar
Feb 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Are you looking to improve the outcomes of your capital projects?  The Lean Construction Institute commissioned two research efforts done by Dodge Data & Analytics and University of Minnesota which examined 172 projects to discover what makes projects excel. In The Business Case for Lean Project Delivery Webinar, the research results will be presented along with a consideration of ways designers and constructors can improve project outcomes. This webinar is an important step in learning about this important research, outcomes and promote fact-driven Lean and IPD knowledge across the industry.

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what owners value in design and construction and how designers and constructors can close the gap between owner expectation and typical project delivery.
  2. Discover Lean process innovations and tools that are flexible and positively change project team collaboration.
  3. Understand how the adoption of Lean impacts the architect’s and engineer’s roles in the design and construction process.
  4. Learn about 5 Lean and IPD myths with empirical data supporting the reality.
Feb
10
Wed
LCI Virtual Simulation: Batch, Pull & Balance @ Zoom Meeting
Feb 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Looking to improve workflow on your projects? Simulations promote concept attainment through experiential practice. They help participants understand the nuances of a concept. 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!

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.

Feb
18
Thu
WEBINAR: How Can My Team Grow Lean Faster? @ GoToWebinar
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Kids grow up right before our eyes.  Lean teams can, too.  The common elements are a safe, nurturing culture, and education.  In this elevated discussion, participants can explore how others have accelerated the growth of a Lean culture, the essential role of leadership, and current ideas for Lean training and education in an era of physical distancing, Zoom, and curtailed budgets.

During this online dialog between two Lean coaches, participants will learn:

  1. Traits of a vibrant Lean culture
  2. Elements of leadership that contribute to creating and enhancing a vibrant safe culture
  3. The differences and similarities between coaching a team and coaching an individual
  4. How learning together accelerates the growth of Lean culture
  5. Some current ideas for “small bites” Lean learning individually and in groups.
Mar
4
Thu
WEBINAR: Ready Set, Go Scrum! @ GoToWebinar
Mar 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Are you ready to make your work exponentially easier and valuable for your organization?  Scrum harnesses the power of individuals working together as a team.  Double your productivity using this framework with less effort.  This webinar is geared for individuals and teams with Lean practitioner experience. Workshop resources will be provided to guide scaling up to fully functional Scrum teams. 

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an overview understanding of the Scrum framework and terminology.
  2. Understand the relationship between Scrum and Lean
  3. Experience hands-on application of Scrum
  4. Use the Scrum framework individually and/or with your teammates

 

Want to learn more now, find out what is Scrum and who uses it with this video from the Scrum Alliance on YouTube: 

What is Scrum? YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/TRcReyRYIMg   

Apr
23
Fri
WEBINAR: Introduction to the Last Planner System®
Apr 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Unpredictable workflows correlate with an increase in construction costs and schedules. The Last Planner System® (LPS®) was developed to improve predictability while maximizing efficiency and safety.  In the Introduction to The Last Planner System® webinar, you will discover the five connected planning conversations of LPS® and how they improve communication, trust, transparency and reliability.  This webinar, which includes real-life examples of LPS® implementation will be a first step in mastering the System.

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the need for predictability on projects and how LPS® creates more predictable outcomes.
  2. Gain an overview understanding of each of the five connected planning conversations of LPS® and how they interrelate.
  3. Discover the basic mechanics of LPS® including the foundational base of reliable commitments.
  4. Understand the need for continuous learning and for measuring reliability to improve predictability.
May
7
Fri
WEBINAR: Introduction to the Last Planner System® in Design
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Similar to during construction, unpredictable workflows correlate with an increase to project costs and schedules during the design (preconstruction) phases. The Last Planner System® (LPS®) is an effective approach to improving the delivery of projects during these phases. In the Last Planner System® In Design webinar participants will gain insight as to how collaborative planning will improve their delivery process and outcomes as relevant to the specifics of design. This webinar is an important step in learning to stabilize your delivery process by keeping all team members’ needs being reliably met. 

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a foundational understanding of implementing LPS® during design (preconstruction) phases of a project.
  2. Identify how LPS® aids in project delivery and gain understanding of the adaptations and considerations for the design phase. 
  3. Gain an overview understanding of each of the five connected planning conversations of LPS® and how they interrelate.
  4. Discover the basic mechanics of LPS® including the foundational base of reliable commitments.
May
12
Wed
WEBINAR: Lean in the Design Phase
May 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

During the Design Phase, teams seek ways to improve client outcomes while maximizing design excellence. Lean In The Design Phase webinar participants gain insight to Lean approaches and tools relative to the design phase to optimize team communication, collaboration and results. Learners will understand how a Lean strategy can drive innovative solutions by connecting people, principles and practices. This webinar is foundationally important for anyone involved in preconstruction to improve the impact you are having on the project outcomes.

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn key definitions of Lean, review foundational goals and benefits, recognize key components and discover the Eight Wastes.
  2. Learn how to connect people through collaborative communication by understanding the Lean mindset, and identifying keys to developing a high-performing team.
  3. Learn how to connect principles and practices by discovering the benefits of key Lean approaches: Big Room, Target Value Delivery and Collaborative Planning.
  4. Discover set-based design practices, understand the impact of sound decision-making, and the relationship to optimizing outcomes.
Sep
15
Tue
Sample Event @ LCI Community of Practice
Sep 15 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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