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LCI San Diego Community of Practice

If you are interested in learning more about Lean project delivery, join the more than 600 professionals that have participated and learned from events hosted by the San Diego Community of Practice since 2007.  The CoP offers a learning program every other month that covers a Lean-related topic, project, or subject matter including interactive simulations.  If you are new to Lean, the CoP provides a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and learn more about Lean practices on capital project planning, design, fabrication and construction.  If you are a seasoned Lean practitioner, consider sharing your knowledge with the greater San Diego community.  To learn more contact Thais Alves or Yvette Wu.  


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LCI San Diego Community of Practice UPCOMING Events

Remote Collaboration – How to Truly Engage Cross-Functional Lean Improvement Teams in a Virtual Environment (San Diego CoP) @ Zoom Meeting
Feb 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

As the COVID-19 pandemic endures, those of us in continuous improvement roles have had to rethink how to carry on our Lean Transformations – waiting until it passes is likely too late to respond to ever-changing customer and business needs. While team events were held in a common space in the past, in most situations, collaborating in the same physical space is no longer an option. In this event, learn and experience how teams have effectively used Zoom in conjunction with collaborative, virtual, workspace apps such as Miro and Mural to drive participant engagement in activities such as Hoshin Kanri, Value Stream Mapping, and Rapid Planning (Kaizen) Events.

The program will be introduced and facilitated by David Umstot of Umstot Project and Facilities Solutions, LLC

Speakers: Mike Osterling, Osterling Consulting
Mike’s a coach, facilitator, speaker, and consultant with more than 20 years’ experience leading Lean transformations and performance improvement. He’s experienced in a broad range of industries including manufacturing, energy, financial services, technology, and healthcare. In response to COVID-19, he’s helped multiple organizations transition their training, coaching, problem-solving and improvement activities – from the front lines to senior leadership – to remote formats. Mike’s authored books including Value Stream Mapping and The Kaizen Event Planner. 

UPCOMING National LCI Events

WEBINAR: How to Coach: Use Coaching to Bring Out the Potential of Your Team! @ GoToWebinar
Jan 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

If you’re a Champion are you also a Coach? Do they basically serve the same purpose? Join four members of the LCI Coaching CoP as they discuss these questions and others, practical skills, and how to enhance your team’s Lean Practice.


Come learn:

  1. The importance of coaches as Change Agents and in Leading for the Future
  2. How to Transition from Champion to Coach, with simple steps to take as well as a Roadmap
  3. Practical Coach Skills you can begin using immediately


There will be dedicated time for your Q&A.

LCI Virtual Simulation: Parade of Trades @ Zoom Meeting
Jan 29 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

If you ask any construction worker, “Are you experiencing good flow on this job site?” you can often get a quick and honest response. While we hope workers on our job sites immediately respond, “Absolutely!” chances are high that their actual responses are not so positive. Why is that the case? Why is it so hard to get good flow on our job sites? What can we do to sustain steady production throughput by the “parades of trades” within our projects?

Developed by the Lean Construction (LCI) Institute over 20 years ago, the Parade of Trades® is a key foundational experience for anyone interested in implementing Lean within a project setting. The simulation explores the questions listed above by illustrating the impact of local variability on global throughput. Attendees will virtually represent one of seven trade partners involved in a parade of trades within a construction team. Teams will roll virtual dice that represent the capacity they bring to site to complete their work scope within a given week. However, a team member’s ability to complete their work will depend on and thus be limited by the handoffs of work completion by their preceding trade partner. This fun (unless you find yourself at the end of the “parade of trades”) virtual workshop will last 120 minutes and includes a group debrief of key takeaways for enabling and sustaining good flow within our projects. 

WEBINAR: The Business Case for Lean Project Delivery @ GoToWebinar
Feb 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Are you looking to improve the outcomes of your capital projects?  The Lean Construction Institute commissioned two research efforts done by Dodge Data & Analytics and University of Minnesota which examined 172 projects to discover what makes projects excel. In The Business Case for Lean Project Delivery Webinar, the research results will be presented along with a consideration of ways designers and constructors can improve project outcomes. This webinar is an important step in learning about this important research, outcomes and promote fact-driven Lean and IPD knowledge across the industry.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what owners value in design and construction and how designers and constructors can close the gap between owner expectation and typical project delivery.
  2. Discover Lean process innovations and tools that are flexible and positively change project team collaboration.
  3. Understand how the adoption of Lean impacts the architect’s and engineer’s roles in the design and construction process.
  4. Learn about 5 Lean and IPD myths with empirical data supporting the reality.
LCI Virtual Simulation: Batch, Pull & Balance @ Zoom Meeting
Feb 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Looking to improve workflow on your projects? 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 Batch-Pull-Balance Simulation helps participants understand two production laws and a production control method that can be used to improve project performance in terms of duration and cost. It is based on the concepts learned in the traditional Lego airplane game offered by LCI.The simulation demonstrates the impact of batching/WIP on cycle time and project duration. In addition, the simulation demonstrates the impact of balancing process steps and reducing bottleneck duration on throughput and project duration. This highly-engaging, virtual simulation event is 120 minutes including a group debrief of the experience.

WEBINAR: How Can My Team Grow Lean Faster? @ GoToWebinar
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Kids grow up right before our eyes.  Lean teams can, too.  The common elements are a safe, nurturing culture, and education.  In this elevated discussion, participants can explore how others have accelerated the growth of a Lean culture, the essential role of leadership, and current ideas for Lean training and education in an era of physical distancing, Zoom, and curtailed budgets.

During this online dialog between two Lean coaches, participants will learn:

  1. Traits of a vibrant Lean culture
  2. Elements of leadership that contribute to creating and enhancing a vibrant safe culture
  3. The differences and similarities between coaching a team and coaching an individual
  4. How learning together accelerates the growth of Lean culture
  5. Some current ideas for “small bites” Lean learning individually and in groups.
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:   

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.
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.
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.
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Sep 15 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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LCIs San Diego Community of Practice PAST Events

Lean Coffee – 2020 Plus/Delta: What did we Learn/Improve upon in 2020, what can we do better? (San Diego CoP)

January 20, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Applying Lean to Progressive Design Build – Part 2 (San Diego CoP)

September 30, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Applying Lean to Progressive Design Build (San Diego CoP)

August 26, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Remote Lean Coffee – Implementing The Last Planner System® (San Diego CoP)

July 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Last Planner 201 – Use of the Last Planner in Design: Common Pitfalls: and Technology (San Diego CoP)

June 17, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Introduction to Last Planner System (San Diego CoP)

May 20, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Virtual Lean Happy Hour – Lean While Remote (San Diego CoP)

April 29, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

CANCELLED: Lean Beer – Lean Principles in Design-Bid-Build (San Diego CoP)

April 22, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Target Value Design Workshop (San Diego CoP)

February 20, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Lean Beer – Lean & Interviewing for New Work (San Diego CoP)

January 29, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

What is Lean? (San Diego CoP)

December 4, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Lean Beer- (San Diego CoP)

September 26, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

2019 Industry Day – (San Diego CoP)

August 9, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Project Breakdown- (San Diego CoP)

June 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Lean Happy Hour- (San Diego CoP)

April 23, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Different Ways to Contract for Lean Project Delivery- (San Diego CoP)

March 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Lean Happy Hour- (San Diego CoP)

February 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

How Owners are Overcoming Skilled Labor Shortages which threaten to deflate San Diego’s Booming Construction Market (San Diego CoP)

January 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

4th Industry Day (San Diego CoP)

August 3, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

Gemba Walks – What Are They? How Are They Used? (San Diego CoP)

May 31, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Book Club Session 2 – Transforming Design & Construction (San Diego CoP)

April 20, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Surviving the Big Room (San Diego CoP)

March 15, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Book Club – Transforming Design & Construction: A Framework for Change

February 16, 2018 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Creating Effective Communication and Empowering the Craftsman: LPS in the Field (San Diego CoP)

January 18, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Agile/Scrum Work Planning: How to Empower Design Teams to Get More Done in Less Time (San Diego CoP)

August 24, 2017 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Business Case for Lean (San Diego CoP)

June 15, 2017 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Building a Lean Culture (San Diego CoP)

March 30, 2017 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Visual Data Analytics for Proactive Project Controls on Construction Sites (San Diego CoP)

January 12, 2017 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Virtual Reality’s Current & Future Impact on Lean Design & Construction (San Diego CoP)

October 27, 2016 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Industry Day

August 5, 2016

Special Event with Sammy Obara of Honsha

March 24, 2016

Value Steam Mapping

January 21, 2016

Incentive Programs for a non-IPD, Design-Build Public Work Project

September 17, 2015

Challenges and Opportunities to Improve Design Management and Pre-Construction

August 13, 2015

Design Using Last Planner System®

May 14, 2015

The Airplane Game: An Exercise in Production System Design

March 19, 2015

Lean Practices from Competition through Construction: A Holistic Approach to Designing and Constructing the UCSF Mission Hall Project

November 20, 2014

Beyond Design and Construction – Advancing Building Information Modeling for Post Occupancy

September 25, 2014

Lean Design: Integrating Lean Techniques Into Design As Well As Construction

July 24, 2014

A Lean Coach’s Assessment of Last Planner® Around California

May 22, 2014

How High Performance Teams Create Lean Construction Results: an Architect’s Perspective

March 20, 2014

Using Six-Sigma to Measure the Positive Impact “Lean” Has to Offer in Project Delivery

January 16, 2014

“Realizing Our Collective Potential – Translating Tacit Knowledge into Real Value”

May 17, 2012

“How to Implement a Lean Culture within an Organization”

January 26, 2012