• Australia
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  • UK

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: Elena Antil, Daniel O’Connell’s Sons
Vice Leader: Brad Aldinger, Haley & Aldrich
Events Co- Leaders: Melissa Roy, Tecton Architects
  Matt LeBarron, Yale University
  Scott Rowland, Turner Construction Company
Communications &
Marketing Leader:
Ryan Popp, ASKM Associates
Outreach Leader: Joe Ferrucci, F&F Mechanical
Emeritus & Training Leader: Colin Milberg, ASKM Associates
Sponsorship Leader: Patrick Lynch, Gilbane Building Company

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LCI Southern New England Community of Practice UPCOMING Events

Lean in Safety (Southern New England CoP) @ Maurice R. Greenberg Conference Center
Mar 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm


LCI Southern New England Community of Practice


Lean in Safety

Having difficulty bringing safety to the next level in your organization? How do we rise to the challenge to commit to our co-workers, colleagues, and clients that we will all create, contribute to, and maintain a safe work environment for us and those around us?

Fortunately for us, Lean and safety are a natural fit. We invite you to join us to listen to local construction and design professionals/experts share their stories and experience related to leveraging Lean tools and principles to achieve better outcomes in safety. Specifically, you will hear about:

• Lean tools and principles for improving safety;
• How tracking safety behaviors and incidents followed by the use of A3s and root cause analysis can solve the ‘real’ problems and promote continuous improvement of safety procedures and behaviors;
• the value of making problems visible; and
• driving behaviors that engage your staff to promote safety (behavior-based safety culture)

Event Program:
4:00-4:25pm Arrival, Registration & Networking
4:20–4:30pm Introduction and Welcome
4:30-6:00pm Presentations
6:00-6:05pm Closing Remarks
6:05-6:30pm Networking

Registration Rates:

Member: $55.00 
Non-Member: $65.00
Owner: $35.00

Sponsorship Available: $250.00 (includes two free registrations)

Light hor d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided

Parking – There is free parking in the parking lot dedicated to the conference center. On street is also available – (SEE MAP)

A Lean Coffee (Southern New England CoP) @ Fontaine Brothers
Apr 9 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am


LCI Southern New England Community of Practice


A Lean Coffee 


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.

Registration is free – Register Required

Coffee and light breakfast will be served

Parking is available both in front and through the gate in the back of the building

UPCOMING National LCI Events

WEBINAR: Building a Healthy Team for Project Success: Cooperation vs Collaboration @ webinar
Mar 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Why collaborate? Because it works, and because we can!

To foster true collaborative behavior – collaboration that can withstand the inevitable challenges presented by complex construction projects – requires the right people performing the right tasks within an environment that promotes trust and mutuality of expectation over shared project outcomes. Teamwork produces optimal results in nearly all fields of human endeavor. Military engagements, marketing campaigns, and sporting contests all depend on closely coordinated team effort. The failure to work as a team often results in failure or worse.

Investing in building a collaborative culture and a “people first” initiative has been shown to be a primary ingredient to engender success and to improve project results. This presentation will present some basic leadership strategies for building a healthy project team and a culture of collaboration on projects of all scopes and complexity.

What is your leadership style?

  • Command and Control
  • Consensus
  • Collaborative


Bruce Cousins, AIA – Principal, SWORD Integrated Building Solutions

BCCPicture2.5x2Bruce has over forty years of diverse experience in Architecture and Design/Build project delivery. For the last ten years, he has served as a leader, consultant and mentor for non-traditional project delivery for both Architects and Builders. As an industry-recognized leader in the use of computers as a design tool, He has been an evangelist of the Building Information Modeling-BIM process in Architectural practice and Construction. After 36 years working in various industry disciplines, in 2014, he established Sword Integrated Building Solutions providing Leadership Coaching, BIM and Lean consulting to companies who recognize the value of implementing Lean principles and practices to realize operational excellence.

He has successfully implemented the Last Planner® System on many projects. He is a registered Architect, an LCI consultant partner, and a certified AGC CM-Lean instructor.

Registration for this webinar will close one hour before the webinar starts and you will receive an email with the webinar registration link within 24 hours of registering. If you register the day of, you will receive your confirmation an hour before the start of the webinar.

Please use the registration link email to add this webinar to your calendar. If you are not able to attend the webinar due to time zone misunderstandings, no refunds are given – there are no exceptions!

**This webinar will be recorded and a link will be sent to all paid registrants**

AGC Picture1 1.5 CM-Lean CE Credit | AGC of America recognizes The People Side of Lean as qualifying for continuing education hours towards the renewal of AGC’s Certificate of Management-Lean Construction (CM-Lean). Each hour of educational content is equal to 1 hour of CE credit. Attendees may earn up to 1.5 hours of CE Credit by attending this webinar.

Lean in Design Forum 2019 @ Palmer House - A Hilton Hotel
May 29 @ 7:30 am – May 30 @ 5:00 pm

Connect to the Industry Through Partner Investment.

As a member of the design community, your involvement in the beginning of the project planning process is crucial. From ensuring on-time delivery to guaranteeing high-quality project value, your role is vital to your team’s success. Lean in Design can help you continue to exceed expectations! Lean methodologies help design and construction companies in the U.S. and around the world become more efficient while increasing client satisfaction, cutting costs and eliminating re-work.

The 2019 Lean in Design Forum will address common challenges members of the design community often encounter such as:
Transforming a firm’s culture holistically
Implementing Last Planner® System in design effectively
Making sound decisions collaboratively
Onboarding team members consistently

The annual 2019 LCI 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 design 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.

2019 Lean in Design Forum attendees will find immense value in:
Presentations by experienced Lean practitioners
Interactive learning roundtables
Lean in 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 in Chicago — the must-attend design industry event of the year!

Your registration fee includes the Wednesday evening reception on May 29, plus full breakfast and lunch on the days for which you are registered.

Oct 14 – Oct 18 all-day

LCIs Southern New England Community of Practice PAST Events

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