Greater Des Moines

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:

  • Advancing Lean knowledge and understanding
  • Providing academic, applied and experiential learning opportunities that engage members at any point in their development of Lean mastery
  • Building a Lean network to better connect people and ideas

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.

CONNECT
With Owners, Architects & Contractors
SHARE
Your Lean Journey
LEARN
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

 

SAVE THE DATE!

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.

 

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Local Lean Buzz!

  • Join us in 2021 as we explore several Lean topics from LCI’s Lean Learning Series!  These will include What is Lean?, Exploring the 8 Wastes, Last Planner System®, Target Value Delivery and Big Room!
  • Beginning in June, 2021 through November, 2021 we will share Lean project presentations
  • Be sure to connect with us on LinkedIn and check for monthly meeting announcements as they are opened for registration.

LCI Greater Des Moines Community of Practice UPCOMING Events

Mar
9
Tue
LCI Learning Series: Last Planner System® (Greater Des Moines CoP) @ Zoom Meeting
Mar 9 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 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. 

Speaker:

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.

UPCOMING National LCI Events

Mar
4
Thu
WEBINAR: Ready Set, Go Scrum! @ GoToWebinar
Mar 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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. 

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an overview understanding of the Scrum framework and terminology.
  2. Understand the relationship between Scrum and Lean
  3. Experience hands-on application of Scrum
  4. Use the Scrum framework individually and/or with your teammates

 

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   

Mar
17
Wed
LCI Virtual Simulation: Silent Squares @ Zoom Meeting
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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.

Mar
25
Thu
WEBINAR: Lean Construction and Lean Manufacturing: Two Sides of the Same Coin @ GoToWebinar
Mar 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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!

Apr
8
Thu
WEBINAR: Two Lean Coaches Analyze Last Planner System® Implementation: Successes and Failures @ GoToWebinar
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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.

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
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

LCI COmmunity of Practice Event

 

LCI Greater Des Moines Community of Practice Past Presentations

LCIs Greater Des Moines Community of Practice PAST Events

LCI Learning Series: Exploring the 8 Wastes (Greater Des Moines CoP)

February 9, 2021 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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LCI Learning Series What Is Lean? (Greater Des Moines CoP)

January 12, 2021 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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A Virtual Tour of The Waldinger Corporation New Headquarters – Lean Tools for Construction and Production (Greater Des Moines CoP)

November 10, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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Last Planner System® in Covid Times (Greater Des Moines CoP)

October 13, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Implementation Best Practices During the Pandemic (Greater Des Moines CoP)

September 8, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Manufacturing = Lean Engineering (Greater Des Moines CoP)

August 11, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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Virtual Lean Coffee (Greater Des Moines CoP)

July 14, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
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LCI Lean Learning Series – Target Value Delivery (Greater Des Moines CoP)

June 9, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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Lean In The Construction Supply Chain (Greater Des Moines CoP)

May 12, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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A VIRTUAL MEETING: LCI Lean Learning Series – Big Room (Greater Des Moines CoP)

April 14, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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Last Planner System in Design (Greater Des Moines CoP)

March 10, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
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Lean Coffee (Greater Des Moines CoP)

February 11, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Prefabrication: Design to Production (Greater Des Moines CoP)

January 14, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Learning Series: Last Planner System® (Greater Des Moines CoP)

December 10, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Utilizing the Last Planner System® (LPS) On All Projects, Regardless of Size(Greater Des Moines CoP)

November 12, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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LCI Lean Learning Series / Exploring the 8 Wastes (Greater Des Moines CoP)

October 8, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Turner/MSFT Presentation on High Risk Activity Integration in LPS(Greater Des Moines CoP)

September 10, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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ISU Gerdin Building Addition-Tour (Greater Des Moines CoP)

August 13, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Microsoft Jobsite Tour- Turner Construction

July 9, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am
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Better Building Workshop- (Greater Des Moines CoP)

May 14, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
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A Lean Coffee – (Greater Des Moines CoP)

April 9, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Building A Lean Organization: Empowering People to Change – (Greater Des Moines CoP)

March 12, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee – (Greater Des Moines CoP)

February 12, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Parade of Trades Simulation (Greater Des Moines CoP)

January 8, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee (Greater Des Moines CoP)

December 11, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coach’s Analysis of Last Planner Successes and Failures – WEBINAR

February 9, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
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Getting Over the Hump of Good Intentions: From Forming and Storming to Performing – WEBINAR

January 30, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
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WEBINAR – IPD for Small Projects – Is it Possible?: An Owners Perspective

December 14, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
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WEBINAR – Introduction to Choosing By Advantages (CBA)

November 30, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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WEBINAR – A Lean Coach s Anaylsis of Last Planner Successes and Failures

December 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
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WEBINAR – Continuous Improvement – Why Care?: An Introduction to Lean Project Delivery

December 7, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
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Lean Coffee November 2017 (Carolinas CoP)

November 2, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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Webinar – Time Management and the Use of Lean Principles

November 14, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
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Lean Brew/Happy Hour – November (National Capital Region CoP)

November 9, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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Siemens Energy Hub Plant Tour (Carolinas CoP)

November 10, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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WEBINAR – Continuous Improvement – Why Care?

October 27, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
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Lean Coffee – October (National Capital Region CoP)

October 13, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – Building a Safety Culture: Findings from the Latest Research on Construction Safety From Dodge Data & Analytics

October 5, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – Proactively Managing Site Logistics Through Software

October 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – IoT and the Lean Champion: What the Connected Jobsite Will Mean for Your Organization

October 2, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – Trimble’s LeanSight, In Action

October 2, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – Integrated Delivery: Design- Manufacture- Build

September 25, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – The Software Version of the Sticky Note Planning Process with BIM360 Plan

September 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – Overview of Commercial Modular Construction

September 26, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – Using Fieldwire to track on-site commitments

September 28, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – The 5 Things You Cant Spread Improvement Without

October 2, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – How Different Construction Technologies Can Make You More Lean

September 27, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – The Most Powerful Interactions of Lean Construction and Advancing Technology

September 19, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – How to use The Pocket Sensei with Hal Macomber

September 27, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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CANCELLED – 2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – Limbach – The Journey to Lean Mechanical Systems Delivery

September 15, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – Become a Lean Champion with AGCs Lean Construction Education Program

September 14, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – Lean Scheduling, CPM, and Field Collaboration Unite for Exceptional Project Delivery

September 26, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – Advancing Your Supply Chain with LeanCor

September 19, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – Increasing Productivity in a Tight Labor Market

September 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – Harness the power of your organization s improvement potential using The Lean Way

September 26, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – Simple Methods to Integrate Craft Worker Ingenuity into Lean Productivity and Safety

September 27, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – The Domino Effect of a Qwikinstall Frame Lean Construction Initiative

September 18, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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CANCELED- The Business Case for Lean – Columbus (Ohio Valley CoP)

September 20, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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2017 CONGRESS EXHIBIT HALL WEBINAR SERIES – Effective Management of the Last Planner System using vPlanner

September 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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ABA Construction Law Forum: LCI Business Case for Lean

October 4, 2017 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Lean Coffee – August (National Capital Region CoP)

August 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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WEBINAR – Using the Last Planner System in Design

September 1, 2017 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
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WEBINAR – A Lean Coach s Anaylsis of Last Planner Successes and Failures

August 11, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
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WEBINAR – What is Integrated Project Delivery? On Time and On Budget at Sutter Health

July 28, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
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Lean Coffee July 2017 (Carolinas CoP)

July 28, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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19th Annual Congress – Anaheim

October 16, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
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Last Planners Workshop

July 12, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 4:45 pm
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Managing to Learn: The Use of the A3 Management Process Workshop

May 3, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
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LCI Owner Forum

June 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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Lean In Design Forum 2017

May 31, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 4:15 pm
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Lean Coffee JAN17 (Chicago CoP)

January 5, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee – December (Upper Midwest CoP)

December 8, 2016 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
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