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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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.


LCIs Dallas Fort Worth Community of Practice PAST Events

A Lean Coffee (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP)

March 5, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Building a Better Panel, a Presentation focused on Collaborative Design (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP)

February 25, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Lean Suds (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP)

February 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

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