Dallas Fort Worth

LCI Dallas Fort Worth Community of Practice

Welcome to the Dallas/Fort Worth Community of Practice. We strive to be your top resource for knowledge of Lean design and construction practices in our area. As part of the Lean Construction Institute, we provide regular events focused on improving design and construction project delivery. We invite you to attend these informative events for an opportunity to network with colleagues and learn more about the Lean construction practices that are creating better, faster, and more profitable projects for owners, architects, and contractors. 

For more information or to schedule an event, please contact Patrick Stutler  (PStutler@tcco.com).


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Local Lean Buzz!

The LCI Dallas-Fort Worth CoP is excited to welcome the 21st Annual LCI Congress to Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 14-18, 2019! We are working with our fellow Texan CoPs in Austin, San Antonio and the Houston Lean Interest Group as well as the rest of the CoPs to bring more than 1,600 design and construction professionals together in Fort Worth for Lean knowledge transfer.

LCI Dallas Fort Worth Community of Practice UPCOMING Events

Lean Suds (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP) @ CBRE
Feb 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join us for a Lean Suds 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. 

The Event is FREE – Registration Required
Beer and Wine will be provided


Parking is available for free onsite in the attached garage, located off of N. Pearl St. Please enter the garage, get a ticket and bring it with you to the meeting. You will be provided a token that can be used to exit the garage free of charge.

Please feel free to extend this invite to anyone within the industry that you feel would benefit from our local community. 

UPCOMING National LCI Events

WEBINAR: Introduction to Lean Project Delivery (LPD)
Jan 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

This Introduction to Lean Project Delivery webinar will introduce Lean as relative to the design and construction industry.  Participants will learn why Lean matters for their projects and why they should care. They will be introduced to the key principles and wastes that are foundational to Lean.  

  • During this presentation, participants will learn to:
  • Define Lean and the principles associated with a Lean operating system
  • Identify the principles and tools relevant to Lean design and construction processes
  • Recognize various types of waste in design and construction and apply tools to reduce, minimize and/or eliminate waste.
WEBINAR: Introduction to Takt Time Production Planning
Feb 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Takt planning has come into its own in the last few years. Companies including BMW, Sutter Health and Others have reported very positive results of implementing Takt planning. This webinar will introduce you to the basics of Takt Time production planning for construction.
Takt planning has been used in Manufacturing and is very straight-forward when used on a standard manufacturing with a fixed assembly line. While construction has a very different work flow, many of the same concepts apply to construction.
The value of Takt planning has been realized in combination with other Lean tools like the Last Planner System(R) and Lean Principles. Takt production planning is especially effective for project with repetitive spaces. Takt is German word (Taktzeit Cycle) for establishing the “beat” or rhythm of a process. In construction, various installation speeds disrupt flow and create waste. Creating a Takt plan and managing production plans that are location based is the central premise of Takt planning. Takt planning is used to synchronize the sequences and therefor the trade partners flow of work and to level the work and create a production plan and consistent rhythm of work, materials and information associate with conditions at specific locations.

WEBINAR: How to Contract using Lean without an IPD Contract: the ConsensusDocs 305 Standard Lean Construction Addendum
Feb 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Lean design and construction methods have emerged as one of the most significant developments to improve value, efficiency, and relationships in the design and construction industry. Design and construction contracts provide both a potential obstacle and opportunity to incorporating Lean tools and developing a Lean culture for your next construction project. Learn how you can use the ConsensusDocs 305 Lean Addendum to facilitate a Lean project without an integrated project delivery (IPD) contract. Getting your contracts right to encourage Lean is difficult. Now there is an industry contract standard form to help.


Learning Objectives

  • Gain an overview of the ConsensusDocs 305 Lean Addendum
  • Learn Lean project fundamentals that you can incorporate in your project’s contracts
  • Understand how to implement Lean practices and Lean culture when an Owner’s constraints preclude use of an IPD contract. 


Joseph Cleves, Partner – Taft Law

Joel Darrington, Contracting Counsel – DPR Construction

Brian Perlberg, Executive Director, Senior Counsel – ConsensusDocs

Tom Richert, Principal – Lean Project Consulting, Inc.

WEBINAR: Avoiding the Big Mistakes: 5 Essentials To Ensure High Performance
Mar 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

“All of the big mistakes happen on the first day.” – BIG BIM little bim, Finith E. Jernigan AIA

There are five essentials owners often overlook when standing up a project team. This webinar will challenge common day one assumptions. It will take owners beyond good intentions and fuzzy team building to address deep rooted attitudes and habits that drive supply chain self-serving and adversarial behavior. We will provide also provide you four criteria to evaluate individuals and determine up front if you have a high performing individual, or not. As a bonus you will receive a PDF of a comprehensive checklist for launching a high performing team.

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.

LCIs Dallas Fort Worth Community of Practice PAST Events

Teed up for Success-EOY Celebration of Top Golf (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP)

December 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

LCI Education: Introduction to Lean Project Delivery (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP)

November 13, 2019 @ 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

Lean Lunch – Congress and Year Recap (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP)

October 30, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The 8th Waste: People and Their Behavior Cost More than We Know (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP)

October 3, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Lean Builder Presents: Craft Beers for Craft Workers A Blueprint for Builder’s Lean: Six Simple Steps for the Field to Follow (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP)

September 19, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Scrum for Design and Construction, a workshop – (Dallas Fort Worth CoP)

August 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Leaning on the Trades, A Trade Centered Presentation and Tour – (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP)

July 25, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Lean Brew- (Houston CoP)

July 24, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Lean at the Lanes – A Social Gathering for Our Community of Practice (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP)

May 23, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Quality Through Kaizen- (Dallas Fort Worth CoP)

April 24, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Introduction to Last Planner System®(Dallas Fort Worth CoP)

April 18, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 11:30 am

Lean Brew- (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP)

March 20, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Digging Deeper: From the roots, Growing a Holistic Project Team with Lean Tools (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP)

February 20, 2019 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

A Lean Coffee (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP)

January 23, 2019 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Lean Suds (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP)

November 5, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Taste of 2018 LCI Congress: Panel Discussion – Cook Children’s Medical Center Integrated Team Growth through Lessons Learned (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP)

September 26, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Lean Manufacturing In Construction – A Look Into TDIndustries’ Lean Journey and Standard Work (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP)

September 4, 2018 @ 9:28 pm – 10:28 pm

Lean and Technology – Leveraging New Technologies (Dallas-Fort Worth CoP)

June 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Lean Suds (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP)

May 31, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Taking Time to Examine Takt Time, the Failures and Wins at the TCU Dorm Project (DFW CoP)

May 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Lean Suds (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP)

March 28, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Zero to 60 – A Lean Journey in the Fast Lane (DFW CoP)

February 8, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Last Planner from the Boots on the ground (DFW CoP)

September 12, 2017 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Better Problem Solving Through A3 and The Lean Way (DFW CoP)

June 26, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

3/27/17 The Business Case for Lean! (DFW CoP)

March 27, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

AGC Lean Construction Education Program – Unit 2 (CM-Lean) (DFW CoP w/ TEXO)

February 8, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Introduction to Lean (DFW CoP)

May 19, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Dallas-Fort Worth State of the Union 2016 – How We All Use Lean Everday Feb 22 2017(DFW CoP)

February 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

What Can Lean Construction Learn from The Machine That Changed the World?

September 29, 2016 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am

Introduction to Lean

August 26, 2016 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am