Southern New England


Welcome to the LCI Southern New England Community of Practice (CoP)!

We are a community of owners, contractors, trade partners, architects, and designers with various levels of Lean experience who are passionate about applying lean principles and practices with a common goal of improving project outcomes and delivering value to our Owners. We repeatedly ask “why” to get to root causes and are not afraid to step outside of our comfort zones and try new and different approaches to increase stakeholder satisfaction and project delivery value. We also recognize that we are much stronger as collaborators than as separate thinkers, so we welcome your participation. We are seeking A/E/C/O industry professionals who want to join us “to find a better way”. In the spirit of continuous improvement, we are eager to learn from your experiences and share ours.

Our CoP regional focus spans from Connecticut to Western Massachusetts. If you would like to become involved in our CoP or to request specific topics of interest for future CoP events, please contact us at

SNE CoP Mission

To create a rewarding and thriving culture and industry, that is a model to other industries, by continuously striving to:

  • Expand stakeholder participation with and knowledge of Lean, across the workforce and industry, especially with owners and trade partners
  • Provide Lean education
  • Promote Lean collaboration
  • Build community support for Lean

Core Group Contacts:

Leader:Scott Rowland, Turner Construction
Vice Leader:Brad Aldinger, Haley &
Events Co-Leader:Matt Belcher, PDS Engineering & Construction,
 Events Co-Leader:
Matt LeBarron, Yale
Communications &
Marketing Co-Leaders:
Ryan Popp, ASKM Associates
Rhonia Moreau, Gilbane Building Company
Outreach Leader:Joe Ferrucci, F&F
Emeritus & Training Leader:Colin Milberg, ASKM
Sponsorship Leader: Patrick Lynch, Gilbane Building
Leader Emeritus:Elena Antil,

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LCI Southern New England Community of Practice UPCOMING Events

UPCOMING National LCI Events

WEBINAR: Kaizen – Continuous Improvement for Design & Construction
Jul 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Call it Kaizen, continuous improvement, or operational excellence, we all want to be better and better at what we do. That may be with our crews in the field, how we execute projects, our design teams, or the everyday processes we use to operate our organization. In this webinar you will learn:


  • What is “kaizen” and how it is different from “innovation”
  • Why process-oriented thinking, central to all lean thinking, is critical to continuous improvement
  • How to generate and capture ideas for improvement
  • How to turn those ideas in to standard processes that can benefit your projects and your organization
  • Why a focus on people delivers better results than a focus on results
  • What is Value Stream Mapping and simple ways to start mapping now
  • How to turn “lessons learned” in to “improved processes”


What you learn can be put to use right away. While becoming a continuously improving organization takes time, with every step you, your teams, and your organization will benefit.

WEBINAR: Lean in the Design Phase
Aug 6 @ 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.
Conversations With Coaches @ Zoom Meeting
Aug 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us for a 60-minute virtual CoP experience to engage deeply with independent Lean Coaches in a collaborative discussion.
Come with your most vexing Lean implementation or project problems and get expert advice. We will utilize breakouts to discuss topics in small groups, each led by a coach.

The Zoom link for attendance will be included with your registration confirmation email.

This is going to be a fun and interactive session and so we are capping attendance at 50! As well, joining from your mobile device may be frustrating. For that reason, we are only allowing attendees to join from your computer. We also ask that everyone #turnyourcameraon and come ready to actively participate! It will enrich the experience for all participants.

WEBINAR: Gemba Walks For Construction @ GoToWebinar
Aug 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Construction teams looking to improve the value being produced by workers and to create safer working environments conduct Gemba Walks.  In the Gemba Walks For Construction course, participants will gain insight to the what, why and how to successfully implement this method to support their projects.  This course is important to developing a positive continuous improvement mindset on your projects. 


Learning Objectives:

1. Gain an understanding of the definitions of Gemba and Gemba Walks: “The What.”

2. Identify the purpose and roles related to conducting a Gemba Walk: “The Why.”

3. Discover the process of conducting a Gemba Walk including key guiding questions: “The How.”

4. Gain insight through real-project examples of Gemba Walks and the resulting improvements.

22nd Annual Congress @ A Virtual Conference
Oct 19 @ 9:45 am – Oct 23 @ 1:00 pm

Discover the presentations that mean the most to your Lean journey with five tracks built around the overarching theme of The ABCs of Lean: Transformation through Actions, Best Practices and Coaching:

  • Transforming Behavior & Culture
    Lean isn’t just about tools and processes, but rather effective ways to approach challenges. New thinking leads to Lean behaviors and creates a culture of continuous improvement and respect for others. This track will explore how coaching can drive sustained behavioral change and the techniques and best practices that have demonstrated positive results.
  • Transforming Preconstruction & Design
    Architects, engineers and trade partners face unique challenges when asked to collaborate during pre-construction. This track will investigate the challenges have been addressed by applying Lean throughout the project planning and design phases to maximize value and reduce waste.
  • Transforming Procurement & Production
    As speed to market demand continues to drive pressure for quicker turnover of projects, more effective procurement, and transformational supply chain management is needed. This track will cover the actions, best practices and coaching methods that are being used to explore and solve delivery challenges and increase productivity through Lean design and construction.
  • Transforming Construction Support & Planning
    Construction support and planning tools create better information flow and transparency. Together, we will discuss how utilizing tools such as visual communication, project onboarding processes, the Last Planner System ®, etc. have transformed projects and outline what obstacles these tools have helped resolve. Attendees will share how they have coached or have been coached to leverage construction support and planning tools to achieve Lean transformation.
  • Transforming Field Execution & Safety
    Optimizing field efficiency and effectiveness through safe practices should be the number one goal of all Lean organizations. This track will cover the actions, best practices, or coaching techniques have been implemented to transform the field or safety on various projects.


LCIs Southern New England Community of Practice PAST Events

A Lean Brew – CoPs Joint Event (Southern New England / DC Metro / New York State CoP)

July 14, 2020 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

A Lean Brew – Exploring 8 Wastes in Design & Construction (Southern New England CoP)

June 2, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

A Virtual Lean Brew – Leveraging Lean Tools & Techniques When We Return to Work (Southern New England CoP)

May 5, 2020 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

A Virtual Lean Coffee – Adapting to the New Reality (Southern New England CoP)

April 14, 2020 @ 8:50 am – 10:00 am

CANCELLED: A Lean Coffee (Southern New England CoP)

March 17, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

A Lean Coffee (Southern New England CoP)

November 12, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Stop Starting, Start Finishing Your Way to Lower Stress Projects with the Kanban Method (Southern New England CoP)

October 2, 2019 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

A Lean Coffee (Southern New England CoP)

September 10, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Lean Brew-Technology & Lean (Southern New England CoP)

June 19, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

LCI Course: Mindset of an Effective Big Room (Southern New England CoP)

May 29, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A Lean Coffee (Southern New England CoP)

May 14, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

A Lean Coffee (Southern New England CoP)

April 9, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

Lean in Safety (Southern New England CoP)

March 21, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

A Lean Coffee (Southern New England CoP)

March 12, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

A Lean Coffee (Southern New England CoP)

March 5, 2019 @ 9:01 pm – 10:01 pm

A Lean Coffee (Southern New England CoP)

February 12, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Introduction to The Last Planner System® (Southern New England CoP)

January 17, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

A Lean Coffee – Problem Solving & Continuous Improvement (Southern New England CoP)

December 6, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Pop-Up DoJo (New England CoP)

March 29, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Lean Coffee – December (Southern New England CoP)

December 13, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Lean Coffee – November (Southern New England CoP)

November 1, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Living a Lean Culture (Southern New England CoP)

November 14, 2017 @ 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Lean Brew- July (Southern New England CoP)

July 12, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

LCI-SNE Kick-off, Why Every Project Stakeholder Wants To Go Lean (Southern New England CoP)

March 30, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Business Case for Lean (Southern New England CoP)

June 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Lean Brew- May (Southern New England CoP)

May 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Lean Coffee – April (Southern New England CoP)

April 19, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am