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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.

For questions or comments about this CoP please contact lcichicago.cop@gmail.com
* Please include the CoP Name in the subject line.

 

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LCI Chicago Community of Practice UPCOMING Events

Jul
23
Thu
A Virtual Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP) @ Zoom Meeting
Jul 23 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 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.

UPCOMING National LCI Events

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.
Aug
14
Fri
Conversations With Coaches @ Zoom Meeting
Aug 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us for a 60-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 so we are capping attendance at 50! 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.

Aug
27
Thu
WEBINAR: Gemba Walks For Construction @ GoToWebinar
Aug 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Construction teams looking to improve the value being produced by workers and to create safer working environments conduct Gemba Walks.  In the Gemba Walks For Construction course, participants will gain insight to the what, why and how to successfully implement this method to support their projects.  This course is important to developing a positive continuous improvement mindset on your projects. 

 

Learning Objectives:

1. Gain an understanding of the definitions of Gemba and Gemba Walks: “The What.”

2. Identify the purpose and roles related to conducting a Gemba Walk: “The Why.”

3. Discover the process of conducting a Gemba Walk including key guiding questions: “The How.”

4. Gain insight through real-project examples of Gemba Walks and the resulting improvements.

Oct
19
Mon
22nd Annual Congress @ 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.

 

LCIs Chicago Community of Practice PAST Events

A Virtual Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

July 9, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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COVID Alternate Care Sites – Lean Lessons Learned (Happy Hour) – (Chicago CoP)

June 24, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
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A Virtual Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

June 25, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Virtual Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

June 11, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Virtual Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

May 14, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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POSTPONED! – Lean Construction Golf Outing to Benefit the Bob Krier Scholarship (Chicago CoP)

June 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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A Virtual Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

May 7, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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CANCELLED: A Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

March 19, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

March 12, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Pulling Through Design: How to Avoid Overtime, Missed Deadlines, Re-Work, and Value Engineering (Chicago CoP)

March 4, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

February 20, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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February 6, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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January 16, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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January 9, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

December 19, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

December 5, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee (Chicago CoP)

November 21, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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3rd Annual Bob Krier Award Night (Chicago CoP)

November 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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A Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

November 7, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

October 24, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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3rd Annual A Taste of Congress (Chicago CoP)

October 10, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
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A Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

October 3, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Cracking the Code of Modular Building (Chicago CoP)

September 25, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
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A Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

September 19, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

September 5, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

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

August 1, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Basics of Gemba: Tour of Glass Solutions

July 30, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
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A Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

July 18, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

July 11, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

June 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
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Lean Construction Golf Outing Benefiting The Bob Krier Scholarship – (Chicago CoP)

June 20, 2019 @ 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
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A Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

June 6, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

May 16, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

May 2, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Transforming Healthcare: Integrating Lean and Evidence-Based Design- (Chicago CoP)

April 24, 2019 @ 11:30 am – 6:00 pm
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A Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

April 18, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

April 4, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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The Future of Lean: How is Manufacturing and Modular Revolutionizing Construction? – (Chicago CoP)

April 4, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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A Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

March 28, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

March 7, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Breaking Bad: Lean Delivery – (Chicago CoP)

February 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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A Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

February 21, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – (Chicago CoP)

February 7, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee (Chicago CoP)

January 10, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee (Chicago CoP)

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

December 13, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee (Chicago CoP)

November 29, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee (Chicago CoP)

December 6, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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2nd Annual Bob Krier Award Night (Chicago CoP)

November 15, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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A Lean Coffee (Chicago CoP)

November 1, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am
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A Lean Coffee (Chicago CoP)

October 4, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Disaster Strikes…Lean to the Rescue (A Taste of Congress) (Chicago CoP)

October 5, 2018 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
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A Lean Coffee (Chicago CoP)

October 25, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee Company (Chicago CoP)

September 20, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee (Chicago CoP)

September 6, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee (Chicago CoP)

August 16, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Transforming the Industry: One Project at a Time- (Chicago CoP)

July 26, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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A Lean Coffee (Chicago CoP)

August 2, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee (Chicago CoP)

June 7, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee (Chicago CoP)

May 3, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Leveraging Technology Forum – An LCI/AIA Event (Chicago CoP)

April 5, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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What Is Gemba & How to do a Gemba Walk (Chicago CoP)

March 8, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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Lean Coffee (Chicago CoP)

April 5, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee (Chicago CoP)

March 1, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee February 2018 (Chicago CoP)

February 1, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee January 2018 (Chicago CoP)

January 4, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Bob Krier Award Night (Chicago CoP)

November 16, 2017 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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IPD for $10M or Less-Small Project Implementations in Healthcare (Chicago CoP)

September 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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COAA-IL Summer Workshop (Chicago CoP)

June 8, 2017 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
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Lean Coffee December 2017(Chicago CoP)

December 7, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee November 2017(Chicago CoP)

November 2, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee October 2017(Chicago CoP)

October 5, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee September 2017(Chicago CoP)

September 7, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee August 2017(Chicago CoP)

August 3, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Owners Forum: The Business Case for Lean Construction (Chicago CoP)

May 30, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
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Working Inside the Big Room (Chicago CoP)

April 20, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Lean Coffee May17 (Chicago CoP)

May 4, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee July17 (Chicago CoP)

July 6, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee APRIL17 (Chicago CoP)

April 6, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee MARCH17 (Chicago CoP)

March 2, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee FEBRUARY17 (Chicago CoP)

February 2, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Accelerating Speed to Market through Adaptive Lean Methods (Chicago CoP)

February 9, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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Lean Coffee December (Chicago CoP)

December 1, 2016 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee November (Chicago CoP)

November 3, 2016 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee – October (Chicago CoP)

October 13, 2016 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Pull Planning with the Villego® Simulation

November 17, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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Augmented Reality

August 11, 2016 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
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Lean Coffee – July

July 7, 2016
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Lean Coffee – June

June 2, 2016
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Owners Focus Group

June 1, 2016
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How Lean and Pull Planning Can Improve a Project, No Matter When Implemented

May 12, 2016
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Lean Coffee – May

May 5, 2016
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Lean Coffee – April

April 7, 2016
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Lean Coffee – March

March 3, 2016
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Panel Discussion: North Park University Project

February 11, 2016
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Society of Marketing Professional Services Event

January 13, 2016
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Lean Coffee – January

January 7, 2016
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Pull Planning with the Villego Simulation

November 12, 2015
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Transforming a Campus Through Integrated Design Collaboration: The East Tower at the Advocate Christ Medical Center

October 8, 2015
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From the Heart to the Head: Pull Planning Well-Led

August 13, 2015
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Achieving Transformational Results Through Collaboration

May 7, 2015
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Integration of Technology & Pre-Fabrication Manufacturing for Interior Construction

February 12, 2015
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De-Mystifying the Integrated Form of Agreement

November 13, 2014
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Maximizing Client Value through Project Collaboration: Best Practices & Lessons Learned

August 14, 2014
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BP: Implementing Lean Construction Methods at the Whiting Refinery

February 20, 2014
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LCI Chicago >> Lean Concepts Across Delivery Methods: Driving Collaboration

August 8, 2013
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“Stop the Treasure Hunts-Applying the 5S’s for Lean Construction”

November 15, 2012
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“Last Planner System®for Design”

September 13, 2012
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“Target Value Design with Advanced Practices”

June 14, 2012
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“Executive Summary of Lean Construction”

March 22, 2012
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“Intro to Lean and Possibilities”

November 17, 2011
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