LCI Cascadia-Portland Community of Practice

Welcome to LCI’s Cascadia-Portland’s Community of Practice (CoP) in Portland, Oregon.  Our CoP was organized in 2007, offering 4 — 6 events per year to raise the awareness of Lean delivery and connect those interested in Lean with one another. We are always looking for people to become more active in our CoP so please contact John Strickland, Chair,, Tim Moore, or Dan Heichelbech, if you would like to become involved with the efforts of our Board of Advisors or to request specific topics of interest to help us create events that are of interest to you and will help you in your Lean journey going forward. 

UPCOMING National LCI Events

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.
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.

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.

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.

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
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.


LCI Cascadia-Portland Community of Practice Past Presentations

LCIs Cascadia-Portland Community of Practice PAST Events

Lean (Coffee) Happy Hour- (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

December 11, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

4th & Montgomery Project Tour- (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

October 24, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Lean (Coffee) Happy Hour- (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

June 25, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Cost Effective Techniques for Pulling in the Schedule- (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

April 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Lean Leadership in 2019 and Beyond- (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

February 20, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Lean Happy Hour (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

January 15, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

LCI Congress Preview (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

September 18, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Integrated Design at Vancouver Clinic (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

August 9, 2018 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Introduction to Lean Project Delivery (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

August 16, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

The Simple Framework for Integrating Project Delivery (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

June 19, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tour OHSU’s Knight Cancer Research Building (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

May 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Mindset Of An Effective Big Room (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

April 18, 2018 @ 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Simple Framework for Integrating Project Delivery (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

February 20, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Lean Coffee and LCI Congress Debrief (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

November 21, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:15 pm

LCI Congress Review (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

September 19, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:15 pm

The Business Case for Lean (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

May 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Lean Culture and Lean Tools (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

March 21, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Doing a GEMBA Walk – TCM’s take at the ‘first step’ (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

January 24, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

But How Do We Know We’re Getting the Best Price? (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

November 15, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Kanban Method for Knowledge Work

April 18, 2016

Lean Coffee – March 2016

March 16, 2016

How Can the Lean Construction Community Support Owners?

December 3, 2015

Essential Practices for Moving From “Fast Track” to “Flash Track”

October 8, 2015

Case Study of REI Lean Operations Implementation

May 7, 2015

Beyond Intro to Lean: Learning Last Planner® with Villego

January 26, 2015

Getting Started on Pull Planning

October 23, 2014

Last Planners Panel Discussion

May 7, 2014

Networking and Learning with ‘Lean Coffee’

March 19, 2014

Integrated Project Delivery from the Trade Partner’s Perspective

January 15, 2014

Portland: “Lean as a Counter-Measure to Major Project Risks for Owners, Designers and Constructors”

December 15, 2011