LA/Orange County

LCI LA/Orange County Community of Practice

You are invited to join us as a member or guest at one of our upcoming events. You will learn about Lean thinking and practice in the design and construction industry here in the greater LA/OC area and come away with ideas to put in to practice on your project or in your organization. We put on several events each year. And we actively collaborate with other organizations in the design and construction industry. Have questions? Please reach out to Julie Davis or David MacKay . We look forward to seeing you soon!

Our diverse group of dedicated Core Group members include:

  • Julie Davis, DPR Construction (Leader)
  • David MacKay, Milestone Lean Consulting (Vice Leader/Events)
  • Nick Krey, U.S. CAD (Communications)
  • Stan Chiu, Gensler (Lean Coffee – LA)
  • Michael Villar, Nevell Group
  • Michael Lehman, EwingCole
  • Edwin Najarian, IMEG
  • Emily Kay, Balfour Beatty



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LCI LA/Orange County Community of Practice UPCOMING Events

LCI 2020 Lean Construction Conference Days – ONLINE EVENT (Los Angeles & Orange County CoP) @ Zoom Meeting
Sep 23 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

The LCI LA/OC Community of Practice conference series is dedicated to improving the design and construction industry through Lean thinking and practice. This event series is for all members of our industry including owners, trades, designers, students, and general contractors. The program will benefit all experience levels.

For five consecutive weeks, each 90 minute Zoom session will include a presentation on a different Lean topic, a breakout discussion focused on using what you learned, and our series, “Using Lean Tools”, concise talks highlighting different tools you can use now . Sessions will open 15 minutes early and remain open 15 minutes after to network and connect with the Lean construction community in LA/OC.

(Don’t miss a single event: Presentations will be recorded for later viewing)

August 26:

  • Flow Efficiency: The key to Lean
  • Breakout Discussion – Getting Started WIth Lean – What Should I Do First?
  • Using Lean Tools: Plus/Delta for Continuous Improvement

September 2:

  • Building High-Performance Teams
  • Breakout Discussion – How can I improve my team today?
  • Using Lean Tools: Daily Stand up meetings

September 9:

  • Finally, the Truth About How Hard it is to Make a Lean Transformation
  • Breakout Discussion – Overcoming Challenges in your Lean transformation
  • Using Lean Tools: Study Action Teams to Improvement Action Teams

September 16:

  • Why Lean is More Relevant Than Ever – Survive and Thrive in the COVID-19 Era
  • Breakout: How can you use Lean thinking/tools to improve your project during the pandemic?
  • Using Lean Tools: 5S in Construction

September 23:

  • The Last Planner System: Are You Getting the Best Results You Can?
  • Breakout Discussion –  Your Last Planner System Questions Answered
  • Using Lean Tools: 5 Whys and Root Cause Analysis to Eliminate Waste and Make Work Flow

Become a Sponsor for just $500 – Includes 5 Registrations, Logo and acknowledgment for all 5 events.

UPCOMING National LCI Events

WEBINAR: Bosch RefinemySite. The Lean collaboration platform by Bosch
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

RefinemySite is a cloud-based construction collaboration platform that applies Lean principles to enable your entire team — from superintendent to trade contractors — to plan, communicate and execute in real time. Join us for this educational program so you can experience how your project team can use Last Planner System® practices with RefinemySite to more productively plan, coordinate, confirm and learn from your work.

WEBINAR: Getting the most of the Last Planner System® during Covid-19
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join the vPlanner team for this short overview of the best practices of managing collaborative pull planning while working remotely. Since February, our team has coached dozens of project teams around the world to transition from on-site management to remote/hybrid management of their production plans using vPlanner. We will also share how we have been adapting takt planning to a variety of project types and situations including in recovery planning to lessen the impact of social distancing on the workflow. We have assembled lessons learned for planning the design, construction, commissioning, and activation that we will share during this webinar.

WEBINAR: 10 Resources to Guide an Effective Lean Construction Journey
Oct 8 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Review 10 essential Lean books with Lean construction leader and author Hal Macomber. Intended for people starting to implement Lean practices as well as those continuing to build their Lean organizations and projects. This is the perfect precursor to Congress and will help keep teams on track well after the event is over.

22nd Annual Congress (Virtual) @ A Virtual Conference
Oct 19 @ 9:45 am – Oct 23 @ 1:00 pm

Discover the presentations that mean the most to your Lean journey with five tracks built around the overarching theme of The ABCs of Lean: Transformation through Actions, Best Practices and Coaching:

  • Transforming Behavior & Culture
    Lean isn’t just about tools and processes, but rather effective ways to approach challenges. New thinking leads to Lean behaviors and creates a culture of continuous improvement and respect for others. This track will explore how coaching can drive sustained behavioral change and the techniques and best practices that have demonstrated positive results.
  • Transforming Preconstruction & Design
    Architects, engineers and trade partners face unique challenges when asked to collaborate during pre-construction. This track will investigate the challenges have been addressed by applying Lean throughout the project planning and design phases to maximize value and reduce waste.
  • Transforming Procurement & Production
    As speed to market demand continues to drive pressure for quicker turnover of projects, more effective procurement, and transformational supply chain management is needed. This track will cover the actions, best practices and coaching methods that are being used to explore and solve delivery challenges and increase productivity through Lean design and construction.
  • Transforming Construction Support & Planning
    Construction support and planning tools create better information flow and transparency. Together, we will discuss how utilizing tools such as visual communication, project onboarding processes, the Last Planner System ®, etc. have transformed projects and outline what obstacles these tools have helped resolve. Attendees will share how they have coached or have been coached to leverage construction support and planning tools to achieve Lean transformation.
  • Transforming Field Execution & Safety
    Optimizing field efficiency and effectiveness through safe practices should be the number one goal of all Lean organizations. This track will cover the actions, best practices, or coaching techniques have been implemented to transform the field or safety on various projects.


WEBINAR: Effective Big Room @ GoToWebinar
Oct 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

High-performing teams function on collaborative brain power to rapidly advance work and add value by operating in a Big Room setting. Effective Big Rooms are only possible with the mindset and behaviors that break down the traditional silos to allow for cross-functional team collaboration and decision-making.  Through the Effective Big Room webinar, you will gain a foundational understanding of the concept of a Big Room by learning the benefits, purpose, and implementation considerations.  This webinar will lead you to understanding how to improve collaboration and drive transparency within your team to optimize project outcomes.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the meaning of a Big Room, and understand the purpose and benefits of implementing the approach to improving project outcomes.
  2. Understand the characteristics and behaviors of a Big Room Team including aspects of effective facilitation.
  3. Identify venue types for hosting a Big Room, and discover the key elements for tailoring the space to support collaborative activities.
  4. Gain insights into how the Big Room approach supports knowledge sharing and enhanced collaboration.
Conversations With Coaches @ Zoom Meeting
Nov 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join us for a 90-minute virtual CoP experience to engage   deeply with independent Lean Coaches in a collaborative discussion.

Come with your most vexing Lean implementation or project   problems and get expert advice. We will utilize breakouts to discuss topics   in small  groups, each led by a coach.

The Zoom link for attendance will be included with your   registration confirmation email.

This  is going to be a fun and interactive session and   we will be capping registration at 70 in order to keep the groups small! As well, joining from your mobile device may be frustrating. For that reason, we are only allowing  attendees to join from your computer. We also ask that everyone #turnyourcameraon and come ready to actively participate! It will enrich the experience for all participants.


LCIs LA/Orange County Community of Practice PAST Events