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 Kristopher Nickerson.

LCI-Southern Florida Core Group:
Leader – Kris Nickerson, Skanska USA Building
Vice Leader – Florian Schriewersmann, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Event Champion – Manny Rivera, Turner Construction Company

Additional Core Group Members:
Alessandra Escalante, Whiting Turner
Yannic Hoffman, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Tim Ott, LIPD Consulting Services
Gabe Williams, Whiting Turner

LCI Southern Florida Community of Practice UPCOMING Events

CANCELLED: A Lean Coffee (Southern Florida CoP) @ Construction Association of South Florida
Apr 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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.

Participants from cross functional roles as designers, constructors, owners, trades partners, and associations propose discussion topics around any subject about which they want to learn – THERE ARE NO IRRELEVANT DISCUSSION TOPICS! Each proposer takes 15 to 30 seconds to pitch their topic, written on a sticky note, to the group. Once all topics have been pitched, voting begins to establish a priority for discussing the topics. Topics are then ordered from highest to lowest votes and examined accordingly. Participants will receive 8 minutes of time to discuss the topic. After 8 minutes there will be a ‘thumbs up/ thumbs down’ to decide whether or not the discussion should continue. Thumbs up equals 4 more minutes on the clock. This happens until it is agreed that the topic has been discussed to satisfaction. Takeaways are considered and then the topic with the next largest amount of votes is addressed. Come as you are and be ready to learn. 

Attendance is free of charge. Please pre-register

Light breakfast will be provided.

UPCOMING National LCI Events

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.
WEBINAR: Introduction to the Last Planner System® in Design
May 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

In this webinar, Christian Pikel will present key topics and lessons for applying Last Planner System® (LPS®) based production planning to the design phase of a project. Participants will learn why it is important to break down traditional large design document set deliverables into a map of information hand-offs and to view question resolution as milestones.
As a shortened primer version of the full Last Planner® in Design workshop, this webinar will introduce participants to the concepts of collaborative design planning and how LPS® principles are adapted for the design phase vs the construction phase and supported by concepts and tools such as scrum and Kanban.
Attendees should have a working understanding of Last Planner System® as applied in construction.

Attendees will learn:
• How the principles of Last Planner System® can be applied to the Design/Development phases of a project.
• How elements of Agile Management and Scrum Framework that combine productively with LPS® in Design Management.
• How successful application of these frameworks and principles can reduce design rework and improve collaboration.
• How metrics can be utilized for team feedback.
• The importance of collaborative plan development and on-going planning conversations in a ‘time-box’ structure.

WEBINAR: Introduction to the Last Planner System®
May 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

In this webinar we will cover introductory level information to give attendees an understanding of the Last Planner System® for Construction, how each element of LPS® is implemented by a project team, and how all elements work together to provide a complete framework for a team based collaborative production management and continuous improvement system.  The webinar is intended for individuals who have some basic understanding of Lean construction principles and who would like to learn more specifically about the Last Planner System® and the pull planning process.


The Last Planner System®, one of the hallmark collaborative planning tools supporting Lean design/construction projects, has been shown to streamline the collaborative scheduling process, increase plan reliability and productivity throughout multiple disciplines and provide a common platform for continuous improvement of the planning process. Understanding of the Last Planner System® is invaluable to firms and individuals progressing on their Lean journey.

LEAN IN DESIGN FORUM 2020 @ The Adolphus Hotel
May 27 @ 7:30 am – May 28 @ 5:00 pm

Collective skills and commitment play a huge role in the success of the design community.  From ensuring on-time delivery to guaranteeing high quality project value, collaboration is vital to a team’s success.  High performing design and construction teams that empower the intersection of equity, diversity and inclusion with Lean methodologies excel at efficiency while increasing client satisfaction and eliminating re-work.

The 2020 Lean in Design Forum will cover solutions and efficiencies made possible by strong equity, diversity and inclusion across the design community.  Session and discussion topics will include:

  • How Lean thinking intersects with ED&I best practices.
  • The importance of collaboration and the strength of high performing teams.
  • How to use Lean practices to promote equity, inclusion and the advancement of women,
  • The connection of design thinking and diversity

The annual Lean in Design Forum, in partnership with P2SL and AIA, is a unique event where designers come together to learn about and advance Lean methodologies.  Industry leading practitioners will present on how Lean techniques free up time for creative decision making and innovative problem solving on current topics affecting the design community.

Attendees will find immense value in:

  • Presentations by experienced Lean practitioners
  • Interactive learning roundtables
  • Lean in the design phase educational sessions
  • Networking among Lean practitioners with passion for collaboration, creativity and efficient project delivery

Join your colleagues in the design community at this year’s Lean in Design Forum – the must-attend design industry event of the year!

Registration includes the Wednesday evening reception on May 27th, as well as full breakfast and lunch on the days for which you are registered.

WEBINAR: Principles of Target Value Delivery (TVD)
Jun 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Staying within the allowable budget and ensuring the team’s innovation decreases waste and increases value to the customer are attributes of successful project delivery and can be achieved through Target Value Delivery (TVD). TVD is a disciplined management practice with several phases (Business Case Planning, Validation, Value Delivery and Value Post Construction) meant to be applied holistically to obtain maximum value. The phases of TVD can be supplemented by core components like team organization, Big Room, project planning, cost modeling, continuous estimating and conceptual design. Take the first step in your journey towards mastering each of the TVD phases and all of the core components in this 90-minute webinar.


Learning Objectives:

  • Describe attributes of a team culture required to support TVD
  • Understand how to align project deliverables with customer-defined value
  • Define the major phases in the TVD process and how they relate
WEBINAR: Recognizing and Eliminating the 8 Wastes
Jun 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Looking to improve your project outcomes? Studies have shown that up to 70-80% of activities performed in design and construction are waste or considered non-value added. We need to learn to see waste in order to reduce waste. This webinar will help participants see waste and will provide creative ways to start to reduce waste and add more value to our projects.

LCIs Southern Florida Community of Practice PAST Events

Lean in Safety (Southern Florida CoP)

March 6, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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