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Welcome to the LCI Greater Des Moines Community of Practice. Located in the Greater Des Moines area, our mission is to connect A/E firms, contractors, trade partners, owners, and other stakeholders to transform the design and construction industry through Lean practices. We are committed to pushing the envelope of what is possible through innovation, continuous learning, and collaboration. Our ultimate goal is to set the benchmark for project value delivery in our industry.
As part of the Lean Construction Institute, we serve as a local extension reaching out to design and construction stakeholders by:
Whether you are new to Lean or you are a seasoned Lean practitioner, our Community of Practice aims at providing you with a dynamic and energizing forum where you will meet like-minded individuals and/or organizations that want to take their value proposition and value delivery to the next level.
With Owners, Architects & Contractors
Your Lean Journey
About Industry Trends & Best Practices
LCI-Greater Des Moines Core Group:
Leader — Larry Cormicle, Cormicle Consulting Services, LLC
Vice-Leader — Trevor Otto, JE Dunn Construction
Events Leader — Jenny Herrera, The Weitz Company
Academic Liaison – Tonia Householder, Hy-Vee
Outreach – Tom Foldes, Bluestone Engineering
Core Group Member — Roger Cannoy, Interstate Electric
Core Group Member – Thomas Wright, DIRTT Environmental Services
For questions or comments about this CoP please contact us at LCI Greater Des Moines CoP
The Greater Des Moines Community of Practice meets the second Tuesday of each month beginning at 8:00 AM for Zoom based virtual meetings. We look forward to returning to live in-person meetings pending the resolution of COVID issues at which time we will begin at 7:30 AM for a meet and greet with the formal meeting beginning at 8:00 AM.
The LCI Lean Learning Series is a facilitated discussion-oriented event focused on a specific Lean subject matter. The event is more structured than a Lean Coffee, yet shorter and less structured thn an LCI education course. Its purpose is to provide just enough knowledge base to kcick start an engaging Lean discussion among the participants.
This topic introduces the Last Planner System® (LPS®) 5 levels and connected conversations. Participants will learn the benefits and key concept of LPS, definition of Last Planner®, push versus pull methodology. Learning will include examples of LPS being implemented.
Larry Cormicle is the President of Cormicle Consulting Services, L.L.C. Larry recently retired from Iowa State University after 17 years as a Teaching Professor of Construction Engineering. Larry brings his 24 years of professional experience as a general contractor, construction manager, professional engineer and his 29 years as a educator.
Are you ready to make your work exponentially easier and valuable for your organization? Scrum harnesses the power of individuals working together as a team. Double your productivity using this framework with less effort. This webinar is geared for individuals and teams with Lean practitioner experience. Workshop resources will be provided to guide scaling up to fully functional Scrum teams.
Want to learn more now, find out what is Scrum and who uses it with this video from the Scrum Alliance on YouTube:
What is Scrum? YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/TRcReyRYIMg
Are your teams struggling with collaborating to solve problems to optimize the whole over the parts? 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 Silent Squares simulation explores the moment when people decide to cooperate. An excellent simulation for partnering or problem solving to meet a common objective or in a risky environment where trust is being developed. 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.
The challenges faced by the construction industry are well documented; projects are regularly delivered late and over budget, improvements in productivity lag way behind manufacturing, there’s an aging workforce and global skills shortage. Safety, waste, risk and sustainability are key concerns; what the ecosystem needs to deliver is more certainty.
There is no panacea, but there is progress. Methods such as Lean, Integrated Project Delivery, Advanced Work Packaging, Digitization, Productization and Prefabrication can help put the industry on the path to predictability, certainty, quality and sustainability.
To help you navigate this path, this panel session will bust some myths around Lean and discuss what can be done today to set the right direction for industry transformation. Productization will be a key theme, along with target value design and how Lean construction is not Lean manufacturing. Underscoring this will be some best practices you can adopt for foundational readiness and maturity assessment. Let’s put the manufacturing back into Lean!
In this highly visual 90 minutes, two Lean coaches with a cumulative 17 years’ experience in over 400 Last Planner System® sessions on nearly 90 projects break down what works, what doesn’t and the essentials for Last Planner System® success.
Dan Fauchier and Andy Fulton will look at in-person sessions and virtual sessions and point out the differences when working virtually. Their experience includes projects in commercial, residential (multi-family and single family), healthcare, public works and industrial/agriculture.
Some discussion of “the basics” are included, but this is most valuable for those who are using or plan to use Last Planner System® on a project and want a deeper discussion of who to invite, how to prepare, how to connect Milestones, Phase Pulls and Weekly Work Plans, use of software, planning virtually, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.