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

Mar
4
Thu
WEBINAR: Ready Set, Go Scrum! @ GoToWebinar
Mar 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Are you ready to make your work exponentially easier and valuable for your organization?  Scrum harnesses the power of individuals working together as a team.  Double your productivity using this framework with less effort.  This webinar is geared for individuals and teams with Lean practitioner experience. Workshop resources will be provided to guide scaling up to fully functional Scrum teams. 

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an overview understanding of the Scrum framework and terminology.
  2. Understand the relationship between Scrum and Lean
  3. Experience hands-on application of Scrum
  4. Use the Scrum framework individually and/or with your teammates

 

Want to learn more now, find out what is Scrum and who uses it with this video from the Scrum Alliance on YouTube: 

What is Scrum? YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/TRcReyRYIMg   

Mar
17
Wed
LCI Virtual Simulation: Silent Squares @ Zoom Meeting
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Are your teams struggling with collaborating to solve problems to optimize the whole over the parts? Simulations promote concept attainment through experiential practice. They help participants understand the nuances of a concept. Simulations are more deeply engaging than other activities, as participants experience the activity first-hand, rather than hearing about it or seeing it. Not to mention, they are a fun way to learn!

The Silent Squares simulation explores the moment when people decide to cooperate. An excellent simulation for partnering or problem solving to meet a common objective or in a risky environment where trust is being developed. This simulation offers a powerful “lightbulb-going-off” or AHA moment for participants. This highly-engaging, virtual simulation event is 90 minutes including a group debrief of the experience.

Mar
25
Thu
WEBINAR: Lean Construction and Lean Manufacturing: Two Sides of the Same Coin @ GoToWebinar
Mar 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

The challenges faced by the construction industry are well documented; projects are regularly delivered late and over budget, improvements in productivity lag way behind manufacturing, there’s an aging workforce and global skills shortage. Safety, waste, risk and sustainability are key concerns; what the ecosystem needs to deliver is more certainty.

There is no panacea, but there is progress. Methods such as Lean, Integrated Project Delivery, Advanced Work Packaging, Digitization, Productization and Prefabrication can help put the industry on the path to predictability, certainty, quality and sustainability.

To help you navigate this path, this panel session will bust some myths around Lean and discuss what can be done today to set the right direction for industry transformation. Productization will be a key theme, along with target value design and how Lean construction is not Lean manufacturing. Underscoring this will be some best practices you can adopt for foundational readiness and maturity assessment. Let’s put the manufacturing back into Lean!

Apr
8
Thu
WEBINAR: Two Lean Coaches Analyze Last Planner System® Implementation: Successes and Failures @ GoToWebinar
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

In this highly visual 90 minutes, two Lean coaches with a cumulative 17 years’ experience in over 400 Last Planner System® sessions on nearly 90 projects break down what works, what doesn’t and the essentials for Last Planner System® success.

Dan Fauchier and Andy Fulton will look at in-person sessions and virtual sessions and point out the differences when working virtually. Their experience includes projects in commercial, residential (multi-family and single family), healthcare, public works and industrial/agriculture.

Some discussion of “the basics” are included, but this is most valuable for those who are using or plan to use Last Planner System® on a project and want a deeper discussion of who to invite, how to prepare, how to connect Milestones, Phase Pulls and Weekly Work Plans, use of software, planning virtually, and more.

Apr
14
Wed
LCI Virtual Simulation: Maroon-White @ Zoom Meeting
Apr 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Are you challenged with creating a Lean mindset in your organization or team? Simulations promote concept attainment through experiential practice. They help participants understand the nuances of a concept. Simulations are more deeply engaging than other activities, as participants experience the activity first-hand, rather than hearing about it or seeing it. Not to mention, they are a fun way to learn!

The Maroon-White Simulation helps to reveal why Lean approaches and Integrated Project Delivery are important. This simulation offers a powerful “lightbulb-going-off” or AHA moment for participants. This highly-engaging, virtual simulation event is 90 minutes including a group debrief of the experience.

Apr
23
Fri
WEBINAR: Introduction to the Last Planner System®
Apr 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Unpredictable workflows correlate with an increase in construction costs and schedules. The Last Planner System® (LPS®) was developed to improve predictability while maximizing efficiency and safety.  In the Introduction to The Last Planner System® webinar, you will discover the five connected planning conversations of LPS® and how they improve communication, trust, transparency and reliability.  This webinar, which includes real-life examples of LPS® implementation will be a first step in mastering the System.

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the need for predictability on projects and how LPS® creates more predictable outcomes.
  2. Gain an overview understanding of each of the five connected planning conversations of LPS® and how they interrelate.
  3. Discover the basic mechanics of LPS® including the foundational base of reliable commitments.
  4. Understand the need for continuous learning and for measuring reliability to improve predictability.
May
7
Fri
WEBINAR: Introduction to the Last Planner System® in Design
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Similar to during construction, unpredictable workflows correlate with an increase to project costs and schedules during the design (preconstruction) phases. The Last Planner System® (LPS®) is an effective approach to improving the delivery of projects during these phases. In the Last Planner System® In Design webinar participants will gain insight as to how collaborative planning will improve their delivery process and outcomes as relevant to the specifics of design. This webinar is an important step in learning to stabilize your delivery process by keeping all team members’ needs being reliably met. 

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a foundational understanding of implementing LPS® during design (preconstruction) phases of a project.
  2. Identify how LPS® aids in project delivery and gain understanding of the adaptations and considerations for the design phase. 
  3. Gain an overview understanding of each of the five connected planning conversations of LPS® and how they interrelate.
  4. Discover the basic mechanics of LPS® including the foundational base of reliable commitments.
May
12
Wed
WEBINAR: Lean in the Design Phase
May 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

During the Design Phase, teams seek ways to improve client outcomes while maximizing design excellence. Lean In The Design Phase webinar participants gain insight to Lean approaches and tools relative to the design phase to optimize team communication, collaboration and results. Learners will understand how a Lean strategy can drive innovative solutions by connecting people, principles and practices. This webinar is foundationally important for anyone involved in preconstruction to improve the impact you are having on the project outcomes.

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn key definitions of Lean, review foundational goals and benefits, recognize key components and discover the Eight Wastes.
  2. Learn how to connect people through collaborative communication by understanding the Lean mindset, and identifying keys to developing a high-performing team.
  3. Learn how to connect principles and practices by discovering the benefits of key Lean approaches: Big Room, Target Value Delivery and Collaborative Planning.
  4. Discover set-based design practices, understand the impact of sound decision-making, and the relationship to optimizing outcomes.
Jun
16
Wed
LCI Virtual Simulation: Oops Game @ Zoom Meeting
Jun 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Does your team face the dilemma of how much time and resources should be invested in planning? Simulations promote concept attainment through experiential practice. They help participants understand the nuances of a concept. Simulations are more deeply engaging than other activities, as participants experience the activity first-hand, rather than hearing about it or seeing it. Not to mention, they are a fun way to learn!

The Oops Game answers the question, how much should be invested in planning? Every construction project manager and planner at every level need to faces the dilemma of balancing the cost of additional effort for planning and the extent to which risk will be reduced. In the real and uncertain world, how much risk-focused planning is enough given the ineffable reality of the future is unknown and unknowable. This virtual simulation game provides a simple and effective means to show the value of planning and stopping rules for planning.

Sep
15
Tue
Sample Event @ LCI Community of Practice
Sep 15 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

LCI COmmunity of Practice Event

 

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.

Pictures:

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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,
Nick

LCIs New England Community of Practice PAST Events

Coaches Coaching Coaches: Words Matter to Produce Effective Action in Others (New England & Southern New England CoPs)

August 26, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
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Working in the World of Covid-19: Challenges, Innovations & Lessons Learned (New England CoP)

August 11, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Mindset of an Effective Big Room: A Learn-By-Doing LCI Education Course (New England CoP)

February 27, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
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Stop Wasting Time…! How to Run an Effective Meeting (New England CoP)

January 30, 2020 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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LCI Congress Preview (New England CoP)

September 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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A Lean Coffee (New England CoP)

September 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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Basic Lean Training in Phase Pull Planning and Tips for Effective Pull Planning Meetings! (New England CoP)

August 13, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 8:15 pm
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Problem Solving and Creating Standard of Work – all levels welcome (New England CoP)

July 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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A Lean Coffee (New England CoP)

June 27, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee (New England CoP)

May 23, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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Too Much Work? To Little Time? Adopt Kanban! (New England CoP)

May 23, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
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A Lean Coffee (New England CoP)

April 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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Target Value Delivery (New England CoP)

February 21, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
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LCI NE Networking Event (New England CoP)

January 24, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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Eliminate Failure Demand, The Hidden Drag on Design & Construction Firms’ Performance (New England CoP)

November 15, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
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A Lean Coffee (New England CoP)

July 26, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee (New England CoP)

August 23, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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Staying on Track with Project Milestones through Weekly Commitment Planning (New England COP)

August 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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A Lean Coffee (New England CoP)

June 28, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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A Lean Coffee (New England CoP)

June 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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Effective Pull Planning Facilitation (New England CoP)

May 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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Case Study: 3P Project in Healthcare (New England CoP)

April 12, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Pop-Up DoJo (New England CoP)

March 29, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Introduction to Lean Project Delivery (New England CoP)

February 26, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 1:00 pm
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LCI New England Winter Mixer (New England CoP)

January 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Kaizen Practitioner Panel Discussion (New England CoP)

December 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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Lean in the C-Suite

September 28, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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1 + 1 = 3? Forging a Key Partnership between Unions and Lean (New England CoP)

August 23, 2017 @ 7:15 am – 9:30 am
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Lean Coffee – July (New England CoP)

July 27, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee – September (New England CoP)

September 28, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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Lean Coffee – August (New England CoP)

August 24, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
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Hands-On Lean Training in High Performing Teams and Pull Planning!

June 20, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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LCI New England’s Anniversary Social Event (New England CoP)

May 30, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Steelcase: Lean Journey to Excellence (New England CoP)

March 22, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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The Business Case for Lean Construction – Proof Positive! (New England CoP)

February 23, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Pre-Fabrication: Lean Approaches to Make-Ready Work (New England CoP)

December 15, 2016 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Leading with Influence, Discover Strategies for Becoming a Breakthrough Leader

August 22, 2016 @ 7:30 am – 8:00 am
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5S: Workplace Organization & Visual Control. Start/Strengthen your Lean Journey

June 21, 2016
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A3: Value Stream Mapping – Visualizing Current and Future State

May 31, 2016
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Hands-On Lean Training in Pull Planning

December 3, 2015
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Plant Tour! Visual Management and Production Control Systems to Supercharge Your Construction Project

September 15, 2015
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Hands-On Lean Training in Pull Planning

August 4, 2015
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Pull Planning Our Way to An Ideal Preconstruction Process

June 10, 2015
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A “Big Room” Mindset

April 30, 2015
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The A3: An Introduction to the Use, Business Case and Benefit

April 19, 2015
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Building a Lean Team

March 26, 2015
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Value in the Eye of the Owner: Lessons from Lean Product and Process Development

February 25, 2015
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LCI New England 2015 Kick-Off with Guest Speaker, Steven Spear

January 29, 2015
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Hands-on Lean Training in Pull Planning

July 29, 2014
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LCI Community of Practice Strategy and Planning Meeting

March 12, 2014
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MAKE-READY PLANNING – What happens after Pull Planning!

February 11, 2014
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“An Owners Perspective on IPD, Lean Construction, BIM and Design-Build”

December 4, 2012
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“Last Planner System®- Global Overview”

January 26, 2012
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“Negotiating Integrated Project Delivery Contracts and Insurance Agreements”

September 16, 2011
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