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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 2020 Scholarship Info – Chicago CoP.  The 2020 scholarship application deadline has been extended to April 16, 2021.

Annual Sponsors:  The Chicago CoP would like to thank our 2021 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

Apr
29
Thu
Wait Makes Waste – Lean Decision Making (in a Digital Era) (Chicago CoP) @ Zoom Meeting
Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

“Projects flow at the rate of Owner’s decisions.” Learn how the University of Chicago Medical, Advocate-Aurora, Gilbane, Mortenson, Indiana University Health, Kaiser Permanente, Whiting-Turner, and others reacted to this universal truth. Sessions with these integrated project delivery teams have validated the Visual Decision Plotter® (VDP) as a lean-anchored counter-measure with immediate and durable results. See how executive sponsors are revealed clear decision options to enable fully-informed and expedited decision-making. Understand how Owner confidence for the options chosen is enhanced while plaguing wastes from waiting and re-work are reduced. Hands-On exercises in an easy-to-adopt DIGITAL platform reveals how the VDP harvests valuable contributions from a broad spectrum of facility users, stakeholders and IPD team members. Learn how the Visual Decision Plotter®, a framework designed by and for lean design & construction, serves to engage all voices. See how VDP aids consensus and simplified deciding with clear illustration of the value being accrued to the customer for each option being considered. 

We Sharpen Thinking: 

  • Visual Management with Cues and Road Maps to Reveal Value & Importance to Customer;
  • Soundly Evaluate and Account for Cost Differences ;
  • Illustrate the Accrued Value Gained for Each Option;
  • Broad spectrum of Stakeholders engage. Valuable insight is harvested to enhance relevant facts. We Simplify & Expedite Deciding: 
  • Reduces Waiting and Wastes (Our #1 Nemesis) ;
  • Clear, Concise and Relevant Facts Presented to Owners;
  • Informed & Timely Decisions Result; 
  • Standardized Work Process to Yield Durable Outcomes.

Speaker:

  • Larry Kavanagh – Director of Operational Excellence, Unified Works. Born into the construction business in Chicago to a Carpenter turned Superintendent turned General Contractor turned Developer, Larry’s earliest work experiences and work ethic were established laboring on job site crews. “To this day, my most proficient tools are shovel and broom”, says Larry. Professional roles beyond construction spanning 20+ years arms Larry with a deep understanding to leverage cloud-based digital technology, optimize team engagement and supply chains, and generate senior-level strategic planning. Utilizing continuous improvement disciplines and A3 Thinking, Larry led the work to collaborate with dozens of design and construction colleagues to develop the Visual Decision Plotter® – a proven lean counter-measure to a long-term plague of waiting on decisions, and uncertainties in deciding. Encouraged by breakthrough results realized with Lean methods, Larry coaches Design and Construction Project Teams and Owners to learn and implement lean principles to optimize the whole – i.e. Value Stream Mapping & Waste Reduction, A3 Thinking to Problem Solve, Decision-making, and beyond. As lean-learners and lean-instructors since 2001, and decades in-the-trenches, Unified Works brings a unique breadth of skills and perspective to do the right work right – the first time. 

UPCOMING National LCI Events

Apr
14
Wed
LCI Virtual Simulation: Maroon-White @ Zoom Meeting
Apr 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Are you challenged with creating a Lean mindset in your organization or team? 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 Maroon-White Simulation helps to reveal why Lean approaches and Integrated Project Delivery are important. This simulation offers a powerful “lightbulb-going-off” or AHA moment for participants. This highly-engaging, virtual simulation event is 90 minutes including a group debrief of the experience.

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.
Jun
10
Thu
WEBINAR: Principles of Target Value Delivery (TVD) @ GoToWebinar
Jun 10 @ 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
16
Wed
LCI Virtual Simulation: Oops Game @ Zoom Meeting
Jun 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Does your team face the dilemma of how much time and resources should be invested in planning? 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 Oops Game answers the question, how much should be invested in planning? Every construction project manager and planner at every level need to faces the dilemma of balancing the cost of additional effort for planning and the extent to which risk will be reduced. In the real and uncertain world, how much risk-focused planning is enough given the ineffable reality of the future is unknown and unknowable. This virtual simulation game provides a simple and effective means to show the value of planning and stopping rules for planning.

Sep
15
Tue
Sample Event @ LCI Community of Practice
Sep 15 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Owners Forum: The Business Case for Lean Construction (Chicago CoP)

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Owners Focus Group

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May 12, 2016
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Lean Coffee – May

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Lean Coffee – April

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Lean Coffee – March

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February 11, 2016
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Lean Coffee – January

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August 13, 2015
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May 7, 2015
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February 12, 2015
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November 13, 2014
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August 14, 2014
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February 20, 2014
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August 8, 2013
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November 15, 2012
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“Last Planner System®for Design”

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“Target Value Design with Advanced Practices”

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March 22, 2012
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November 17, 2011
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