LCI Chicago Community of Practice

Welcome to the LCI Chicago Community of Practice (CoP) website! The LCI Chicago CoP hopes to continue to act as the premier forum where area Lean thought leaders, practitioners and enthusiasts openly share experiences, best practices and lessons learned; thus transforming the design and construction projects that are delivered throughout Chicago and the Midwest. LCI Chicago CoP core members strive to be the force that leads the design and construction industry to a new paradigm of high-performance collaboration.

Scholarship opportunities:  The Chicago CoP offers scholarship opportunities for higher education Design & Construction discipline students enrolled full-time in a trade school, community college or university located in Illinois, Northwest Indiana or Southern Wisconsin.  To learn more, view and download scholarship criteria and application at Scholarship Info – Chicago CoP

Annual Sponsors:  The Chicago CoP would like to thank our 2020 sustaining sponsors whose contribution help fund local events and workshops to promote awareness and adoption of Lean.

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LCI Chicago Community of Practice UPCOMING Events

Ready, Set, Go Scrum (Chicago & Milwaukee CoPs) @ Zoom Link
Oct 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Are you ready to make your work exponentially easier and valuable for your organization?
Scrum harnesses the power individuals working together in one direction, a team with a shared purpose. The method often more than doubles productivity with less effort and invigorates engagement. This course is geared to individuals and teams with no, some, or seasoned experience with the Scrum framework.
This webinar will provide tactical guidance and resources to help you start individually or in teams. Double your productivity using this framework with less effort. 

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

LCI Instructor:

International Lean speaker, a serial intrapreneur, Felipe Engineer-Manriquez is a committed Lean practitioner with decades of construction industry experience. Engineer-Manriquez is an active contributing member of the Lean Construction Institute and was honored with the LCI Chairman’s Award in 2019 for contributions to the Institute and the design and construction industry as a whole. He is a Jeff Sutherland Certified ScrumMaster® 

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 Chicago Community of Practice PAST Events

Lean Coffee – July

July 7, 2016

Lean Coffee – June

June 2, 2016

Owners Focus Group

June 1, 2016

How Lean and Pull Planning Can Improve a Project, No Matter When Implemented

May 12, 2016

Lean Coffee – May

May 5, 2016

Lean Coffee – April

April 7, 2016

Lean Coffee – March

March 3, 2016

Panel Discussion: North Park University Project

February 11, 2016

Society of Marketing Professional Services Event

January 13, 2016

Lean Coffee – January

January 7, 2016

Pull Planning with the Villego Simulation

November 12, 2015

Transforming a Campus Through Integrated Design Collaboration: The East Tower at the Advocate Christ Medical Center

October 8, 2015

From the Heart to the Head: Pull Planning Well-Led

August 13, 2015

Achieving Transformational Results Through Collaboration

May 7, 2015

Integration of Technology & Pre-Fabrication Manufacturing for Interior Construction

February 12, 2015

De-Mystifying the Integrated Form of Agreement

November 13, 2014

Maximizing Client Value through Project Collaboration: Best Practices & Lessons Learned

August 14, 2014

BP: Implementing Lean Construction Methods at the Whiting Refinery

February 20, 2014

LCI Chicago >> Lean Concepts Across Delivery Methods: Driving Collaboration

August 8, 2013

“Stop the Treasure Hunts-Applying the 5S’s for Lean Construction”

November 15, 2012

“Last Planner System®for Design”

September 13, 2012

“Target Value Design with Advanced Practices”

June 14, 2012

“Executive Summary of Lean Construction”

March 22, 2012

“Intro to Lean and Possibilities”

November 17, 2011