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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. 

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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 Brew- (Dallas/Fort Worth CoP) @ Texo
Mar 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm


LCI Dallas / Fort Worth Community of Practice


Lean Brew

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.

Attendance is free of charge (Please Register) 

Beverages will be provided

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UPCOMING National LCI Events

WEBINAR: Building a Healthy Team for Project Success: Cooperation vs Collaboration @ webinar
Mar 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Why collaborate? Because it works, and because we can!

To foster true collaborative behavior – collaboration that can withstand the inevitable challenges presented by complex construction projects – requires the right people performing the right tasks within an environment that promotes trust and mutuality of expectation over shared project outcomes. Teamwork produces optimal results in nearly all fields of human endeavor. Military engagements, marketing campaigns, and sporting contests all depend on closely coordinated team effort. The failure to work as a team often results in failure or worse.

Investing in building a collaborative culture and a “people first” initiative has been shown to be a primary ingredient to engender success and to improve project results. This presentation will present some basic leadership strategies for building a healthy project team and a culture of collaboration on projects of all scopes and complexity.

What is your leadership style?

  • Command and Control
  • Consensus
  • Collaborative


Bruce Cousins, AIA – Principal, SWORD Integrated Building Solutions

BCCPicture2.5x2Bruce has over forty years of diverse experience in Architecture and Design/Build project delivery. For the last ten years, he has served as a leader, consultant and mentor for non-traditional project delivery for both Architects and Builders. As an industry-recognized leader in the use of computers as a design tool, He has been an evangelist of the Building Information Modeling-BIM process in Architectural practice and Construction. After 36 years working in various industry disciplines, in 2014, he established Sword Integrated Building Solutions providing Leadership Coaching, BIM and Lean consulting to companies who recognize the value of implementing Lean principles and practices to realize operational excellence.

He has successfully implemented the Last Planner® System on many projects. He is a registered Architect, an LCI consultant partner, and a certified AGC CM-Lean instructor.

Registration for this webinar will close one hour before the webinar starts and you will receive an email with the webinar registration link within 24 hours of registering. If you register the day of, you will receive your confirmation an hour before the start of the webinar.

Please use the registration link email to add this webinar to your calendar. If you are not able to attend the webinar due to time zone misunderstandings, no refunds are given – there are no exceptions!

**This webinar will be recorded and a link will be sent to all paid registrants**

AGC Picture1 1.5 CM-Lean CE Credit | AGC of America recognizes The People Side of Lean as qualifying for continuing education hours towards the renewal of AGC’s Certificate of Management-Lean Construction (CM-Lean). Each hour of educational content is equal to 1 hour of CE credit. Attendees may earn up to 1.5 hours of CE Credit by attending this webinar.

Lean in Design Forum 2019 @ Palmer House - A Hilton Hotel
May 29 @ 7:30 am – May 30 @ 5:00 pm

Connect to the Industry Through Partner Investment.

As a member of the design community, your involvement in the beginning of the project planning process is crucial. From ensuring on-time delivery to guaranteeing high-quality project value, your role is vital to your team’s success. Lean in Design can help you continue to exceed expectations! Lean methodologies help design and construction companies in the U.S. and around the world become more efficient while increasing client satisfaction, cutting costs and eliminating re-work.

The 2019 Lean in Design Forum will address common challenges members of the design community often encounter such as:
Transforming a firm’s culture holistically
Implementing Last Planner® System in design effectively
Making sound decisions collaboratively
Onboarding team members consistently

The annual 2019 LCI 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 design 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.

2019 Lean in Design Forum attendees will find immense value in:
Presentations by experienced Lean practitioners
Interactive learning roundtables
Lean in 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 in Chicago — the must-attend design industry event of the year!

Your registration fee includes the Wednesday evening reception on May 29, plus full breakfast and lunch on the days for which you are registered.

Oct 14 – Oct 18 all-day

LCIs Dallas Fort Worth Community of Practice PAST Events

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