• Australia
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  • UK


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

LCI Michigan Community of Practice UPCOMING Events

Introduction to Lean Project Delivery (Michigan CoP) @ GM Factory One
Apr 5 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm


LCI Michigan Community of Practice


Introduction to Lean Project Delivery

An LCI Education Course

The Michigan LCI Community of Practice (CoP) is pleased to offer this unique opportunity to learn about the basics of lean design and construction all while experiencing GM’s original factory in Flint built in 1886. This event features presentations by experienced speakers from the core team of the Michigan CoP. It also includes time for discussion and a hands-on simulation.

Participants will learn the key principles of lean thinking, how to identify and eliminate waste in project workflow, the impact of workflow variation on project outcomes, and how Integrated Project Delivery and lean concepts relate to each other.


  • 7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast / Networking
  • 8:00 – 8:15 Introductions
  • 8:15 – 8:50 Lean Design and Construction – What it is and why it is Important
  • 8:50 – 9:50 Hands-On Lean Simulation & Discussion
  • 9:50 – 10:00 Short Break
  • 10:00 – 11:00 Overview of Lean Tools and Best Practices for Managing Projects
    The last planner® system, CBA, 5S, Process Analysis, VSM, Big Rooms, BIM,
    Visual Management, and Takt Planning.
  • 11:00-11:30 Lean and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)
  • 11:30-11:45 How to get started
  • 11:45 – Noon Plus/Delta and closing comments


  • Samir Emdanat – Director of Management Services, Ghafari Associates
  • Bradley Hanpeter – Corporate Strategy Manager-Lean Leader, Barton Malow
  • Branden Brickles – Project Manager, Lean/IPD Champion, General Motors


A light breakfast will be available from 7:00am to 8:00am

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 “Building a Healthy Team for Project Success: Cooperation vs. Collaboration” 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 Michigan Community of Practice PAST Events

A Lean Coffee – (Michigan CoP)

March 22, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 8:45 am

A Lean Coffee – (Michigan CoP)

February 22, 2019 @ 7:45 am – 8:45 am

Lean/IPD in Action-MSU School Pavilion – (Michigan CoP)

November 30, 2018 @ 7:45 am – 11:30 am

A Lean Coffee (Michigan CoP)

November 2, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

Rapid Fire Construction Prefabrication Symposium (Michigan CoP)

September 21, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am

Lean Coffee & Virtual Design & Construction Panel Discussion @ Stantec (Michigan CoP)

July 13, 2018 @ 7:45 am – 8:45 am

A Lean Coffee (Michigan CoP)

June 15, 2018 @ 7:45 am – 8:45 am

The Business Case for Lean (Michigan CoP)

April 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am

The Last Planner System – Villego Training Event (Michigan CoP)

May 31, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 2:00 pm

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