Southern Florida

Welcome to the LCI Southern Florida Community of Practice (CoP).  Our community serves Lean practitioners and interest groups for the South Eastern Florida Area (Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami Areas).  We host training and networking events dedicated to providing an arena where owners, designers, contractors, suppliers, trade partners, academics and industry organizations can connect, share, learn and explore Lean principles and processes.  Our CoP strives to be the driving force in Southern Florida to lead the industry in creating smarter, faster and more profitable projects for all stakeholders.

If you would like to learn more or engage with our CoP, or to request specific topics of interest for future CoP events, please contact Kris Nickerson at

LCI-Southern Florida Core Group:
Leader – Kris Nickerson, Skanska USA Building
Vice Leader – Bill Hussey, Turner Construction Company
Event Champion – Manny Rivera, Turner Construction Company

Additional Core Group Members:
Tim Ott, LIPD Consulting Services
Phillip Thomas, Linbeck Group, LLC

UPCOMING National LCI Events

WEBINAR: Introduction to Lean Project Delivery (LPD)
Jan 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

This Introduction to Lean Project Delivery webinar will introduce Lean as relative to the design and construction industry.  Participants will learn why Lean matters for their projects and why they should care. They will be introduced to the key principles and wastes that are foundational to Lean.  

  • During this presentation, participants will learn to:
  • Define Lean and the principles associated with a Lean operating system
  • Identify the principles and tools relevant to Lean design and construction processes
  • Recognize various types of waste in design and construction and apply tools to reduce, minimize and/or eliminate waste.
WEBINAR: Introduction to Takt Time Production Planning
Feb 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Takt planning has come into its own in the last few years. Companies including BMW, Sutter Health and Others have reported very positive results of implementing Takt planning. This webinar will introduce you to the basics of Takt Time production planning for construction.
Takt planning has been used in Manufacturing and is very straight-forward when used on a standard manufacturing with a fixed assembly line. While construction has a very different work flow, many of the same concepts apply to construction.
The value of Takt planning has been realized in combination with other Lean tools like the Last Planner System(R) and Lean Principles. Takt production planning is especially effective for project with repetitive spaces. Takt is German word (Taktzeit Cycle) for establishing the “beat” or rhythm of a process. In construction, various installation speeds disrupt flow and create waste. Creating a Takt plan and managing production plans that are location based is the central premise of Takt planning. Takt planning is used to synchronize the sequences and therefor the trade partners flow of work and to level the work and create a production plan and consistent rhythm of work, materials and information associate with conditions at specific locations.

WEBINAR: How to Contract using Lean without an IPD Contract: the ConsensusDocs 305 Standard Lean Construction Addendum
Feb 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Lean design and construction methods have emerged as one of the most significant developments to improve value, efficiency, and relationships in the design and construction industry. Design and construction contracts provide both a potential obstacle and opportunity to incorporating Lean tools and developing a Lean culture for your next construction project. Learn how you can use the ConsensusDocs 305 Lean Addendum to facilitate a Lean project without an integrated project delivery (IPD) contract. Getting your contracts right to encourage Lean is difficult. Now there is an industry contract standard form to help.


Learning Objectives

  • Gain an overview of the ConsensusDocs 305 Lean Addendum
  • Learn Lean project fundamentals that you can incorporate in your project’s contracts
  • Understand how to implement Lean practices and Lean culture when an Owner’s constraints preclude use of an IPD contract. 


Joseph Cleves, Partner – Taft Law

Joel Darrington, Contracting Counsel – DPR Construction

Brian Perlberg, Executive Director, Senior Counsel – ConsensusDocs

Tom Richert, Principal – Lean Project Consulting, Inc.

WEBINAR: Avoiding the Big Mistakes: 5 Essentials To Ensure High Performance
Mar 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

“All of the big mistakes happen on the first day.” – BIG BIM little bim, Finith E. Jernigan AIA

There are five essentials owners often overlook when standing up a project team. This webinar will challenge common day one assumptions. It will take owners beyond good intentions and fuzzy team building to address deep rooted attitudes and habits that drive supply chain self-serving and adversarial behavior. We will provide also provide you four criteria to evaluate individuals and determine up front if you have a high performing individual, or not. As a bonus you will receive a PDF of a comprehensive checklist for launching a high performing team.

WEBINAR: Lean in the Design Phase
Apr 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Design professionals want to know how they can improve client outcomes while maximizing design excellence. Participants in the Lean in the Design Phase webinar will gain insight to Lean approaches and tools relative to the design phase of project delivery.  They will understand how Lean supports optimizing team communication, collaboration and results by connecting people, principles, and practices. Participants will be exposed to how Lean processes such as Target Value Delivery, set-based design, and the Last Planner System® in Design can be applied.


Learning Objectives:

  • Gain overview understanding of Lean as relative to the design phase.
  • Learn how Lean tools and processes eliminate waste and support higher productivity.
  • Learn how the Lean Operating System enables design solutions that respond to the Owner’s values.
  • Learn how teams organize, operate in a collaborative setting and communicate resulting in more effective project delivery.

LCIs Southern Florida Community of Practice PAST Events

A Lean Coffee – (Southern Florida CoP)

November 22, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Lean Learning Series: Last Planner System™ (Southern Florida CoP)

September 27, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Gemba Walk (Southern Florida CoP)

August 23, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Exploring the 8 Wastes- (Southern Florida CoP)

July 26, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Takt Planning – Introduction to the Four Lean Construction Principles (Southern Florida CoP)

June 28, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

What is Lean?- (Southern Florida CoP)

May 31, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

A Lean Coffee – (Southern Florida CoP)

April 26, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

A Lean Coffee – (Southern Florida CoP)

March 22, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Process Mapping Workshop- (Southern Florida CoP)

February 22, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

A Lean Coffee (Southern Florida CoP)

January 25, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

CANCELLED – Lean Coffee – July 2017 (Southern Florida CoP)

July 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

CANCELLED – The Business Case for Lean (Southern Florida CoP)

July 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Lean Coffee – June 2017 (Southern Florida CoP)

June 16, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Lean Coffee – May 2017 (Southern Florida CoP)

May 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Lean Coffee – DECEMBER (Southern Florida CoP)

December 16, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Lean Coffee – NOVEMBER (Southern Florida CoP)

November 18, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Lean Coffee – OCTOBER (Southern Florida CoP)

October 14, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

A Lean Coffee

September 16, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Lean Coffee – August

August 19, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am

Lean Coffee – June

June 17, 2016

Lean Coffee – May

May 13, 2016

Lean Coffee – April

April 29, 2016