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LCI Michigan Community of Practice

Welcome to the Michigan Community of Practice (CoP) website! The LCI Michigan Community of Practice is forming to create an environment where owners, designers, contractors, suppliers, academics and industry organizations can connect, share, learn, and explore Lean principles and processes. Our CoP is a group of Lean practitioners and enthusiasts at various levels of experience and a wide range of expertise with a common interest around improving our industry and the delivery of value to our Owners and community.

The best way to get involved is to come to our Lean Coffee events. A Lean Coffee is an open forum where participants can ask any type of question about Lean and there is open discussion between their peers on that question. There is no cost, all are welcome, and no previous lean experience is necessary. Please send an email with your complete contact information to to introduce yourself and get on the mailing list.

Leader — Tim VanAntwerp
Vice Leader — Jeff Creighton
Events Leader — Samir Emdanat
Membership — Tom Polyzois (248) 520-8128
For questions or comments about this CoP
please email


AGC Lean Construction Education Program (LCEP) courses
4/10: Units 1 & 2 (8 hrs)
4/13: Units 3 & 4 (8 hrs)
4/17: Unit 5 (8 hrs)
4/20: Unit 6 (4 hrs)
4/24: Unit 7 (7 hrs)

AGC Michigan has more information about the upcoming Lean Units at the following address:

UPCOMING National LCI Events

2018 LEAN IN DESIGN FORUM @ Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
May 30 – May 31 all-day

Connect to the Industry Through Partner Investment

Lean in Design Forum — May 30-31, 2018

Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
71 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Telephone: 312-346-7100

Design Community – your involvement in the beginning of the project planning process is crucial to saving the team from delivering projects late and with less value. This is also where Lean in design can help! Lean methodologies are helping 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 2018 Lean in Design Forum will address common struggles LCI members 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 2018 LCI/P2SL/AIA Lean in Design Forum is the 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.

2018 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 design colleagues at this year’s Lean in Design Forum in Chicago – the must-attend design industry event!

For questions about Design Forum programming, please contact Joan Piccariello, Director of Program Development, at

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

Interested in getting your company’s name in front of the leaders in Lean design? Become a Lean in Design Forum Sponsor or Exhibitor*!
Contact Ilene Goldberg,, for more information.

* Limited number of exhibit tables available!

2017 Lean in design practice

2017 Lean in design practice

2017 Target Value Delivery

2017 Target Value Delivery

View 2017 Lean in Design Forum photos from last year’s event!

Owner Forum 2018 @ Jackson Health System
Jun 27 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

This conference provides a forum for owners who are implementing Lean in their organizations to connect with other similar Owners. We are focused on connecting and educating those on their Lean journey. The conference will be a series of owner panels with facilitated discussion to follow each.

LCI Owner’s Committee: Bill Seed (Jackson Health System); Al Manshum (Advocate Health); Scott Nelson (Advocate Health); Mike Mayra (General Motors); Victor Sanvido (LCI); Mike Staun (Procter & Gamble); John Bechtel (PSU); Digby Christian (Sutter Health).

Oct 15 – Oct 19 all-day
Oct 14 – Oct 18 all-day

LCI Michigan Community of Practice UPCOMING Events

The Last Planner System – Villego Training Event (Michigan CoP) @ Barton Malow Corp. HQ
May 31 @ 7:30 am – 2:00 pm


LCI Michigan Community of Practice


Intro to Last Planner® Simulation – Villego Training Event

Join us for a hands-on workshop into the Last Planner® system of production. The workshop is being facilitated by Jeff Creighton and Bradley Hanpeter (Lean Leadership team, Barton Malow), and Tariq Abdelhamid (Chief Lean Performance Officer, Michigan State University).

Professionals across the construction industry are introducing an approach to planning their work, often referred to as Pull Planning, established by the Lean Construction Institute as the Last Planner® System. This approach focuses on collaborative and commitment-based production planning to balance the workflow, minimize variation, and improve reliability.

The Villego workshop, based on work from Lean Construction Practitioners, is designed to illustrate the differences between traditional planning methods (Push system) versus the Last Planner® System (Pull system of production). Attendees will leave with the basic knowledge and skills needed to enhance their daily work and bring this methodology onto their worksites.



Jeff Creighton – Barton Malow-Jeff’s 22-year career began in project delivery with roles as a journeyman ironworker and foreman with Ironworkers Local #25 as well as project management before transitioning to benchmarking and Lean construction management. Previously, as Benchmarking & Lean Manager, Jeff focused on promoting Lean construction and management initiatives for project delivery teams to continuously drive best-in-class project performance.

Bradley Hanpeter – Barton Malow-Brad has over 30 years of experience in leading teams to drive results using process excellence, continuous improvement, and lean systems within an organization. His broad base of experience includes leadership of lean/quality teams in the design and implementation of process solutions as well as championing numerous improvement efforts utilizing Lean, Kaizen, Value Stream Mapping, Value Engineering/Value Analysis, and many other improvement methodologies.

Tariq Abdelhamid – Michigan State University-Dr. Tariq Abdelhamid is Chief Lean Performance Officer with the Residential and Hospitality (RHS) Division at Michigan State University (MSU), where he is working with colleagues on a transformation journey to adopt Lean Thinking throughout RHS.  He also holds an Associate Professor of Lean Construction appointment at the School of Planning, Design, and Construction, Michigan State University (MSU), where he teaches, conducts research and routinely publishes on Lean Construction.

Registration Rate: $50.00 – Flat

Lunch will be provided

A Lean Coffee (Michigan CoP) @ Limbach Company
Jun 15 @ 7:45 am – 8:45 am


LCI Michigan Community of Practice


A Lean Coffee

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.

LCIs Michigan Community of Practice PAST Events

The Business Case for Lean (Michigan CoP)

April 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am

A Lean Coffee Michigan CoP)

March 23, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Lean Coffee- February 2018– (Michigan CoP)

February 16, 2018 @ 7:45 am – 8:45 am

Pop up Dojo-Developing Lean Leadership at your Workplace (Michigan CoP)

October 25, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lean/IPD In Action – MSU Business School Pavilion (Michigan CoP)

November 10, 2017 @ 7:45 am – 11:30 am

Introduction to Last Planner – Villego Training Event (Michigan CoP)

September 21, 2017 @ 7:30 am – 2:00 pm

The Business Case for Lean (Michigan CoP)

July 13, 2017 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Lean Construction Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly

December 2, 2014

Lean Construction Unit 4: The Last Planner® System

November 11, 2014

Lean Construction Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring

November 11, 2014

Lean Construction Unit 2: Pull In Production

October 14, 2014

Lean Construction Unit 1: Variation in Production Systems

October 14, 2014