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.

CoP Leadership:

  • Jay Ierardi, Leader – AKF Group
  • Matt Cannistraro, Vice Leader – JC Cannistraro, LLC

Core Group:

  • Jessica Miller, Events Leader – Smith Group
  • Bill Aalerud, Outreach – Columbia Construction Company
  • Lauren Janney, Outreach – Shepley Bulfinch
  • Nick Masci, Membership – Triumph Modular
  • Neil Lemieux, Education – Columbia Construction Company
  • Jim Liddick, Education – Turner Construction Company
  • Phil Memmott, athenahealth
  • Lauren Soelch, athenahealth

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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.


LCI New England Community of Practice Past Presentations

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,

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