• Australia
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • UK


LCI Oklahoma Community of Practice

The design and construction industry is quickly evolving to a more collaborative and productive culture through the application of Lean principles and integration of team members. The Oklahoma LCI Community of Practice is forming to create an environment where owners, designers, contractors, suppliers, academics and industry organizations can connect and share, learn, and explore Lean principles and processes and participate in improving our industry and the delivery of value to our Owners and community.

We are always seeking new members, meeting locations, and speakers for our events. Please feel free to contact Heather Ormonde at with specific questions about becoming involved in our CoP! We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

2017-2018 LCI-Oklahoma Core Group:

Leader — Heather Ormonde, OU Medicine INC.
Vice-Leader — Tony Yanda, The Boldt Company
Event Leader — Melanie Gilbertson, Flintco Inc.

Core Group Members:
Betsy Brunsteter, ADG
Chris Davis, Turner Construction
David Foss, Integris Health
Somik Ghosh, The University of Oklahoma
Lori Smith, Integris Health
Dough Tapp, AGC



Mark your calendars!
Following are the 2018 events to be offered by the Oklahoma Community of Practice. Please check the event calendar and watch your email for invites! We look forward to seeing you!

7/18 – Lean Coffee – BIM + Lean / Prepare for Congress
7/25 – Gemba Walk: Norman Central Library
8/3 – LCI Education Course: Mindset of an Effective Big Room
8/15 – Lean Coffee – A3
Sept. – A3 Training
9/19 – Lean Coffee – Choosing by Advantages (CBA)
9/21 – LCI Education Course: Introduction to Lean Project Delivery
TBD – Villego Last Planner® Simulation (Fall, 2018)
Oct. – Learn to use Choosing by Advantages (CBA)
10/24 – Lean Coffee – Congress Recap
11/14 – Lean Coffee – Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA)
12/19 – Lean Coffee – Annual CoP Plus/Delta

Note: Lean Coffees are held monthly at OU Community Design Center. Please register ahead so we know to look for you! Larger general events and LCI Education Courses are held at various locations. Check the event listing for specific location.

LCI Oklahoma CoP Event Planner – 2018

LCI Oklahoma Community of Practice UPCOMING Events

A Lean Coffee: 2018 Congress Recap (Oklahoma CoP) @ The University of Oklahoma Community Design Center
Oct 24 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am


LCI Oklahoma Community of Practice


A Lean Coffee: 2018 Congress Recap

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.

Weren’t able to attend the 2018 LCI Congress in Orlando, Florida, but still want to capture some of the education that was available? Join us for a Lean Coffee to hear the highlights from Congress and what attendees were able to bring back to Oklahoma.

Participants from cross functional roles as designers, constructors, owners, trades partners, and associations propose discussion topics around the presentation topics. Come as you are and be ready to learn.

Attendance is free of charge.  Registration is required.

Unreserved general parking is located along Sheridan Avenue. The most convenient handicap space is the first space south of Sheridan Avenue on the west side of Shartel Avenue

Choosing By Advantages: Sound Decisionmaking (Oklahoma CoP) @ Nicholson Conference Center - Conference Room C
Nov 28 @ 8:00 am – Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm


LCI Oklahoma Community of Practice


Choosing By Advantages:
Sound Decisionmaking

(a two-day event)

This 2-day educational event will provide attendees in-depth training on how to utilize Choosing by Advantages Sound Decisionmaking System (CBA). John Koga is a Certified Value Specialist and Registered Architect, who also has significant experience as a building contractor. In 2018 John retired as VP, Performance and Innovation Resources at The Boldt Company, but is selectively continuing some work in this field.

From your instructor, John Koga:

I believe that “Decisions must be based on the importance of advantages.”

This fundamental rule was discovered in 1981 by a man named Jim Suhr. By working with this rule he developed The Choosing By Advantages Sound Decisionmaking System (CBA). It was extensively tested with others. His book was published in 1999. I met Jim soon after and have become an approved trainer. I also believe that:

• Decisionmakers must learn and skillfully use sound methods.
• Decisions must be anchored to relevant facts.
• Different types of decisions call for different sound methods.
• Money decisions call for special methods and these methods are context-sensitive.

CBA is unified by specific definitions, principles, models and methods. The definitions enable explaining the principles. The models help explain the principles. The methods apply the principles. I am unaware of any decisionmaking system as sound. It encourages the use of correct data in a correct way. It avoids critical mistakes such as distortions and weighing of factors. It helps prevent omissions and double-counting.

Use of Choosing By Advantages will simplify simple decisions by taking fewer steps and simplify complex decisions by taking smaller steps. It will simplify all decisions by correctly using correct data.

An advantage is a difference between two attributes. Seeing the difference from the viewpoint of the alternative that considers it beneficial makes the difference an advantage. Seeing it from the viewpoint of the other alternative makes it a disadvantage. Counting it for both alternatives would be a critical mistake. CBA enables consideration of the importance of all the differences by working with them as advantages.

If you have ever been asked a question similar to either of these, “Which is more important, color or temperature?” or “Is your priority comfort or access?” then you have been asked an unanchored
question that cannot be answered and should not be asked. Factor words such as color, temperature, comfort and access are highly abstract and contain many aspects. As such, they cannot be judged. For example, we must know the context, the criteria and specific attributes. We must move the argument to a level that enables a soundly anchored comparison. A CBA method with its questions and rules will help avoid mistakes and assist in providing a correct and clear decision scenario.

When teaching CBA, I often begin by teaching its very simple methods which are used for most decisions. Then methods for sound consideration of issues such as budget allocation can be learned.

John Koga is experienced in project design and construction management in major markets across North America. He is passionate about improving project solutions, process flow and decisionmaking to increase value delivered. John is an approved instructor of Choosing by Advantages Sound Decisionmaking and introduced its use in Lean Construction. He developed “CBA Training for Project Teams.” John is a registered architect and 1974 graduate of the University of Illinois.

Please review the Nicholson Conference Center driving and parking directions to ensure you can find the event space:

Park in Visitor’s Section on Level 1 of Stonewall Garage.

Lunch, snacks and drinks during the 2-day event will be provided.


LCIs Oklahoma Community of Practice PAST Events

A Lean Coffee (Oklahoma CoP)

September 26, 2018 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am

Coffee – “A3” (Oklahoma CoP)

August 22, 2018 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am

Mindset of an Effective Big Room (Oklahoma CoP)

August 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

A Lean Coffee -Lean Implementation of BIM (Oklahoma CoP)

July 18, 2018 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am

Gemba Walk: Norman Public Library Central Branch (Oklahoma CoP)

July 25, 2018 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

A Lean Coffee – 5S in Use (Oklahoma CoP)

June 20, 2018 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am

A Lean Coffee (Oklahoma CoP)

May 16, 2018 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am

Villego Last Planner Simulation (Oklahoma CoP)

May 11, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

A Lean Coffee & Owner Panel – Lean + Project Delivery Methods (Oklahoma CoP)

April 18, 2018 @ 8:01 pm – 9:01 pm

Introduction to Last Planner System (Oklahoma CoP)

March 28, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Lean Coffee – Lean Methods for Root Cause Analysis (Oklahoma CoP)

February 28, 2018 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am

Lean Coffee – Last Planner Presentation – (Oklahoma CoP)

January 17, 2018 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am

Lean Coffee – October (Oklahoma CoP)

October 11, 2017 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am

AGC CM-Lean Certification classes – Units 1 through 7

September 18, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Business Case for Lean (Oklahoma CoP)

September 7, 2017 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Lean Coffee – August (Oklahoma CoP)

August 22, 2017 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am

Lean Coffee – July (Oklahoma CoP)

July 19, 2017 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am

Lean Coffee – June (Oklahoma CoP)

June 20, 2017 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am

Lean 101 (Oklahoma CoP)

March 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Lean Coffee – February (Oklahoma CoP)

February 15, 2017 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am

AC Hotel Project Tour / Gemba Walk (Oklahoma CoP)

January 6, 2017 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Embracing the Future – What Owners Want (Oklahoma CoP)

October 28, 2016 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm