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
 

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LCI Carolinas Community of Practice UPCOMING Events

Apr
10
Fri
A Lean Coffee (Carolinas CoP) @ GoToMeeting
Apr 10 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 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. 

The theme for the lean coffee is: Managing Construction Projects in a Time of Uncertainty.

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. 

Attendance is free of charge.  Please pre-register

Apr
16
Thu
CANCELLED: Experienced Prefabrication in Action – EAS Plant Tour in High Point, NC(Carolinas CoP) @ Environmental Air Systems (EAS) Manufacturing Facility
Apr 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Come join EAS and the Carolinas LCI Community for a tour of EAS’s prefabrication facility in High Point, NC. 

 EAS has been prefabricating MEP Infrastructure for installation in new & retrofit construction since the mid-sixties and continues to improve and refine their efforts. By assembling multi-trade modules in High Point, EAS can provide a roof top Mechanical / Electrical Penthouses ready to install when the building structure is topped out, as well as Central Energy Plants.

 We will start with a short presentation and welcome at 10:00 with representatives from EAS providing a history of their plant and challenges they have faced over the years, followed by a tour of the manufacturing facility. 

 PPE will be provided by EAS. For the tour, we will require you to stay in designated walk ways so steel toe shoes will NOT be required. However, please no Open Toe Shoes.

SPEAKER:
Charlie Dick – EAS
-Charlie Dick is the Director of Business Development at Environmental Air Systems since 1996. He provides industrial economic development and business development mostly to healthcare, chemical, process manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and Mission Critical applications. He consults with these industries on the application and execution of Off-Site Manufacturing delivery methods for large scale Mechanical & Electrical Infrastructure. 

 

Space is limited – Register Early

Registration Rates:
Member: $20.00
Non-Member: $30.00

 

UPCOMING National LCI Events

Apr
23
Thu
WEBINAR: Lean in the Design Phase
Apr 23 @ 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.
May
8
Fri
WEBINAR: Introduction to the Last Planner System® in Design
May 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

In this webinar, Christian Pikel will present key topics and lessons for applying Last Planner System® (LPS®) based production planning to the design phase of a project. Participants will learn why it is important to break down traditional large design document set deliverables into a map of information hand-offs and to view question resolution as milestones.
As a shortened primer version of the full Last Planner® in Design workshop, this webinar will introduce participants to the concepts of collaborative design planning and how LPS® principles are adapted for the design phase vs the construction phase and supported by concepts and tools such as scrum and Kanban.
Attendees should have a working understanding of Last Planner System® as applied in construction.

Attendees will learn:
• How the principles of Last Planner System® can be applied to the Design/Development phases of a project.
• How elements of Agile Management and Scrum Framework that combine productively with LPS® in Design Management.
• How successful application of these frameworks and principles can reduce design rework and improve collaboration.
• How metrics can be utilized for team feedback.
• The importance of collaborative plan development and on-going planning conversations in a ‘time-box’ structure.

May
22
Fri
WEBINAR: Introduction to the Last Planner System®
May 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

In this webinar we will cover introductory level information to give attendees an understanding of the Last Planner System® for Construction, how each element of LPS® is implemented by a project team, and how all elements work together to provide a complete framework for a team based collaborative production management and continuous improvement system.  The webinar is intended for individuals who have some basic understanding of Lean construction principles and who would like to learn more specifically about the Last Planner System® and the pull planning process.

 

The Last Planner System®, one of the hallmark collaborative planning tools supporting Lean design/construction projects, has been shown to streamline the collaborative scheduling process, increase plan reliability and productivity throughout multiple disciplines and provide a common platform for continuous improvement of the planning process. Understanding of the Last Planner System® is invaluable to firms and individuals progressing on their Lean journey.

May
27
Wed
LEAN IN DESIGN FORUM 2020 @ The Adolphus Hotel
May 27 @ 7:30 am – May 28 @ 5:00 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!

Registration includes the Wednesday evening reception on May 27th, as well as full breakfast and lunch on the days for which you are registered.

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.

 

LCIs Carolinas Community of Practice PAST Events

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April 2, 2020 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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A Lean Coffee – Best Practices From A Low Voltage Integrator (Carolinas CoP)

March 13, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Making Design-Assist Effective (Carolinas CoP)

March 5, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee (Charlotte – Carolinas CoP)

February 14, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee (Charlotte – Carolinas CoP)

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A Lean Coffee (Raleigh – Carolinas CoP)

January 17, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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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
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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
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Introduction to Takt Planning (Carolinas CoP)

November 20, 2019 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
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A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

November 15, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Morrisville- (Carolinas CoP)

October 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

October 24, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Cary- (Carolinas CoP)

September 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

September 18, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

August 15, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Cary- (Carolinas CoP)

August 9, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

July 19, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

June 21, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Trade Partner Best Practices (Carolinas CoP)

June 4, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

May 15, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Durham- (Carolinas CoP)

May 3, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

April 17, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee (Carolinas CoP)

April 3, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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Reality Capture: Applications for Laser Scanning in Design and Construction- (Carolinas CoP)

March 21, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

March 15, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Raleigh – (Carolinas CoP)

March 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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LCI Education Course: Mindset of an Effective Big Room – Morrisville (Carolinas CoP)

February 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
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LCI Education Course: Mindset of an Effective Big Room – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

February 27, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
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A Lean Coffee – Raleigh – (Carolinas CoP)

February 6, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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Congress Reprise Presentation – Drug Substance Intermediate (Carolinas CoP)

January 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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A Lean Coffee (Carolinas CoP)

January 11, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Brew – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

October 12, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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A Lean Coffee – Durham (Carolinas CoP)

September 21, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

September 21, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Raleigh (Carolinas CoP)

August 17, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

August 17, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
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Introduction to Last Planner® (Carolinas CoP)

August 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
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A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

July 20, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
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A Lean Coffee – Raleigh (Carolinas CoP)

July 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Raleigh (Carolinas CoP)

June 22, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

June 15, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
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A Lean Coffee – Raleigh (Carolinas CoP)

May 18, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

May 18, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
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Target Value Delivery (Carolinas CoP)

May 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
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A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

March 16, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am
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A Lean Coffee – Morrisville (Carolinas CoP)

March 16, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Raleigh (Carolinas CoP)

April 19, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – Charlotte (Carolinas CoP)

April 20, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Introduction to Lean Project Delivery (Carolinas CoP)

March 29, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
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Lean Coffee/Happy Hour December 2017 (Carolinas CoP)

December 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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Lean Coffee June 2017 (Carolinas CoP)

June 2, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee 5.18.2017 (Carolinas CoP)

May 18, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
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Lean Coffee April 2017 (Carolinas CoP)

April 28, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee March 2017 (Carolinas CoP)

March 31, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Introduction to Lean (Carolinas CoP)

April 7, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
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Lean Coffee April 2017 (Carolinas CoP)

April 13, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
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A3 Thinking (Carolinas CoP)

February 23, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Lean Coffee FEBRUARY17 (Carolinas CoP)

February 24, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Watson Electric Prefabrication Plant Tour (Carolinas CoP)

August 22, 2016 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
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Intro to the Last Planner System®

April 6, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
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Rapid Creation of A High Performing Team

May 18, 2016
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Target Value Design Workshop

April 27, 2016
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Intro to the Last Planner System®

April 6, 2016
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Lean 3P for NorthEast Bed Tower

March 4, 2016
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How Satisfied, Really Satisfied are Owners

February 4, 2016
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Watson Electric Prefabrication Plant Tour

November 12, 2015
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Choosing By Advantages

August 10, 2015
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Lean Aspects of the Core Lab for Carolinas HealthCare System

June 25, 2015
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Just Say No to Overtime! Leaning a Design Firm

May 20, 2015
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Implementation of Lean Construction Thinking and Tools on the SkyHouse Jobsite

March 26, 2015
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Prefabrication Techniques Within the Construction Industry

February 11, 2015
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Eliminating the Waste in Steel Design and Detailing

January 8, 2015
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Intermediate Last Planner®

November 12, 2014
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Lean Implementation at the Facebook Data Center Project

September 11, 2014
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Introduction to Lean Design & Construction with David MacNeel

August 12, 2014
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Lean in Design – Creating a Project Value Stream

May 14, 2014
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Lean In a Non-Lean World

April 17, 2014
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Reliable Promising: Creating Accountability Within Your Team

January 16, 2014
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