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New England

LCI New England Community of Practice

Come share your story and be part of our Co-Learning.

New England and Greater Boston is a worldwide leader in Innovation. The New England Community of Practice is the center-of-gravity for Lean practitioners, wherever you are in your journey. We welcome newbies and seasoned practitioners. We share openly, safe in the knowledge that Lean is people-first, and that Lean tools are merely instruments to assist people to Discover Value and Eliminate Waste.

Our approach is to share LCI tools through the eyes of local companies. New England is home to wide range of Lean expertise ranging from Owners, Designers, Engineers, Builders and Trade Partners.

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Thank you for attending LCI New England’s September event, General Cable Plant Tour featuring Visual Systems and Visual Factory Management. The group did an amazing job translating what we learned into practical ideas for our industry.


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(2) pics that capture our mini-workshop to translate learning to construction activities

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(2) pics that capture our host and General Cable Plant Manager, Tom Lacey, with Nick Masci, LCI NE core group leader, and one with Ashley Phelps, Gilbane project scheduler, because Tom loved the visual impact of Ashley’s hard hat
Thanks again for making this a fantastic and rewarding event,

UPCOMING National LCI Events

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 New England Community of Practice UPCOMING Events

Staying on Track with Project Milestones through Weekly Commitment Planning (New England COP) @ Wentworth Institute of Technology, Multipurpose Room 11
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm


LCI New England Community of Practice


Staying on track with Project Milestones through Weekly Commitment Planning

Last month, we reviewed how effective pull planning facilitation and participation helps establish a feasible Phase Plan that not only makes task hand-offs, work zones, and work paths explicit between milestones but also factors in the project’s technical scope and challenges. Lean implementation on projects encourages project teams to manage all elements of the Last Planner® System, including holding pull planning meetings to shake out a Phase Plan that will help inform Weekly Commitment Planning.

A panel featuring field, project management, and scheduling perspectives will explore how different companies have managed elements of the Last Planner® System, including the interface between Phase Planning, Lookahead Planning, and Weekly Commitment Planning. In particular, we will examine how Weekly Commitment Planning encourages Reliable Promising by project team members to ensure continuous workflow and minimize re-work. Join the discussion with our facilitator and panelists to:

1. Understand the key elements of Weekly Commitment Planning and how it connects to Milestones, Phase Planning, and Lookahead Planning

2. Learn about the importance of Reliable Promising and the leadership required to bring about Reliable Promising

3. Learn about the various approaches to Weekly Commitment Planning

4. Recognize how project challenges and project team capabilities can impact the effectiveness of Weekly Commitment Planning and how Daily Huddles can help with some but not all of these challenges

5:00-5:20 Registration / Check-in / Light Refreshments
5:20-5:30 Opening / Review of the Last Planner® System
5:30-7:00 Various Perspectives on Weekly Commitment Planning
7:00-7:15 Small Group Discussion (Key takeaways; Questions that remain)
7:15-7:25 Large Group Debrief
7:25-7:30 Plus / Delta


George Hunt, CM-Lean is a Scheduling / Lean Construction Manager at BOND. He is responsible for providing support and managing the scheduling efforts on projects within the Building Division. George also helps project teams with the facilitation and implementation of Lean on construction projects as well as areas across the entire company.

Pete Doucet and Bob Willard are Lean champions at C.E. Floyd. Pete’s team delivered the company’s first Lean project at athenahealth. With 17 years of PM and field experience, Pete is now a Project Executive who oversees all MA projects and mentors the PM staff. With 29 years of Superintendent experience working on C.E. Floyd’s largest and most complex projects, Bob is now the MA Field Operations Manager who trains and mentors the field staff.

Patrick Flanigan and Nicholas Crowell are members of Consigli’s Lean Team that help with the training, implementation, and sustainment of Lean initiatives. They will discuss how Consigli uses floor plan boards to help with Reliable Promising. Pat is a Superintendent with 9 years of PM and field experience on projects for various clients including Massport and Harvard University. Nick is an Engineer who helps project teams design and implement floor plan boards to improve workflow.


Tom Richert is a principal with Lean Project Consulting, a consulting practice dedicated to improving the experience of project work. He is a lean project and enterprise leadership transformation coach who has developed projects in the educational, commercial, entertainment, and infrastructure sectors. Tom began his work with lean practices in 1999, and has presented and taught workshops at national LCI conferences. He is the author of Lean Conversations, a book to be published summer 2018.

Parking Information – Parking is in the Parker Street Lot

Light Food and non-alcoholic beverages included

A Lean Coffee (New England CoP) @ Workbar Cambridge
Jun 28 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am


LCI New England 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 New England Community of Practice PAST Events

5S: Workplace Organization & Visual Control. Start/Strengthen your Lean Journey

June 21, 2016

A3: Value Stream Mapping – Visualizing Current and Future State

May 31, 2016

Hands-On Lean Training in Pull Planning

December 3, 2015

Plant Tour! Visual Management and Production Control Systems to Supercharge Your Construction Project

September 15, 2015

Hands-On Lean Training in Pull Planning

August 4, 2015

Pull Planning Our Way to An Ideal Preconstruction Process

June 10, 2015

A “Big Room” Mindset

April 30, 2015

The A3: An Introduction to the Use, Business Case and Benefit

April 19, 2015

Building a Lean Team

March 26, 2015

Value in the Eye of the Owner: Lessons from Lean Product and Process Development

February 25, 2015

LCI New England 2015 Kick-Off with Guest Speaker, Steven Spear

January 29, 2015

Hands-on Lean Training in Pull Planning

July 29, 2014

LCI Community of Practice Strategy and Planning Meeting

March 12, 2014

MAKE-READY PLANNING – What happens after Pull Planning!

February 11, 2014

“An Owners Perspective on IPD, Lean Construction, BIM and Design-Build”

December 4, 2012

“Last Planner System – Global Overview”

January 26, 2012

“Negotiating Integrated Project Delivery Contracts and Insurance Agreements”

September 16, 2011