LCI Update

January 4, 2018

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Words of Wisdom

"The Last Planner System® brings stability to the project by giving attention to flow while reducing variation in the hand-off of work between the specialists in a continuously improving situation."
Transforming Design and Construction: A Framework for Change
Chapt. 25, page 147

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Upcoming Events

January 10th, 2018
A Successful Team Celebrates Breakdowns
(Northern California CoP)

January 16th, 2018
A Lean Coffee
(Los Angeles /
Orange County CoP)

January 16th, 2018
Holiday Networking Event
(New York State (Lean NY) CoP)

January 18th, 2018
Happy Hour –
2018 Kick-off

(Austin CoP)

January 24th, 2018
Winter Mixer
(New England CoP)

January 30th, 2018
Introduction to Last Planner System
(New Orleans CoP)

February 8th, 2018 to
February 9th, 2018

Design Forum

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March 21st, 2018
Last Planners Workshop

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May 30th, 2018 to
May 31st, 2018

Design Forum

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October 15th, 2018 to
October 19th, 2018

20th LCI Congress
(Orlando, FL)

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October 14th, 2019 to
October 18th, 2019

21st LCI Congress
(Fort Worth, TX)

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Tell your Lean story – 2018 LCI Congress
call for abstracts opens Jan. 16

The 2018 LCI Congress planning team will open the 20th annual call for abstracts Jan. 16, and is working hard to produce another valuable learning and networking experience for attendees from all facets of their Lean design and construction journey. Project team stakeholders will submit their big Lean ideas and may be selected to present at 2018 LCI Congress, Oct. 15-19 in Orlando, Fla.

Meet the 2018 LCI Congress planning team cluster leads with Kevin Labrecque, Harper Limbach, serving as the 2018 LCI Congress chair!

For more information, please contact Joan Piccariello,

2017 LCI Congress Tuesday-Wednesday recap video

Look for new LCI learning resources in 2018!

As we enter 2018, the LCI Education Advisory Group is looking forward to releasing new Lean training material, but first, we want your feedback. What are you and your project seeking to learn about Last Planner System®?

Take this 5-minute survey by Monday, Jan. 8 to contribute to knowledge transfer and make sure new LCI learning resources address your project delivery needs! Then, stay tuned for more updates on the Lean learning release in 2018!

Take the LPS Survey

Hone your skills at the LCI Last Planners Workshop – March 21 in Oakland, Calif.

Superintendents, foremen and tactical field managers with an LCI corporate membership and considerable experience implementing Last Planner System® will share and gain insights from each other in the small-scale learning environment of the Last Planners Workshop, March 21 in Oakland, Calif.

Typical workshop topics include:

  • Production design using Takt Time
  • LPS milestone planning, phase pull planning and look ahead planning
  • LPS weekly work planning, metrics and tracking
  • Better practices for onboarding
  • The new role of a Lean leader

Registration opens soon! Save the date to engage with practitioners facing similar Lean and Integrated Project Delivery challenges.

Get the Last Planner System® fundamentals!

Removing variance from the work flow increases reliability and efficiency, and Introduction to Last Planner System® (LPS®) is a 4-hour LCI learning module designed to show project teams how the five LPS phases add more value to the owner.

Register to attend the hands-on learning module with the LCI New Orleans Community of Practice (CoP) Jan. 30 at the New Orleans East Hospital from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The last day to register for the hands-on training, taught by Mike Marchman and Katie Wells with Brasfield & Gorrie, is Jan. 19.

Register today!

Community of Practice (CoP) Corner - Chicago CoP honors a pioneer in Lean

To honor the late Bob Krier, a former pioneer in Chicago’s Lean design and construction market, the LCI Chicago CoP established and held the first annual Bob Krier Award Night on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at the Hill Mechanical office. The Chicago CoP core group presented the first Bob Krier award to the Krier family, but in the years to come, the core group will award an individual or team that embodies Bob Krier’s same values.

In conjunction with the event, an annual scholarship fund has been established, which will be presented each spring to benefit the next generation of Lean leaders.

Nearly 200 owners, designers, contractors, trade partners and educators gathered to pay tribute to Bob Krier’s legacy to the Chicago Lean community. Lean Lab displays highlighted lessons learned, Lean journeys and 2018 goals, and five teams presented the specifics of their Lean journey to the audience.

For more information on this CoP event and general CoP inquiries, contact Denise Erminger,!

Join your local CoP!

Stay current on Lean in design trends

LCI’s 2018 Lean in Design Forum in Chicago is May 30-31, and designers, engineers, owners and all project stakeholders will share lessons learned for how designers can set the project team up for success from the start with Lean in design practices. Attendees learn through training courses, anecdotal experiences and case studies, and roundtable discussion at Lean in Design Forum. Save the date!

Earn AIA credit at P2SL-LCI-AIA Lean Design Forum, Feb. 8-9

Designers, architects, engineers and educators will learn about safety prevention through design, architectural programming and evidence-based design while earning AIA continuous education credits at the P2SL-LCI-AIA Lean Design Forum at University of California, Berkeley Feb. 8-9.

Check out the discounted early registration rates and the full agenda featuring presentations by design firms like Taylor Design and HGA, and author Gloria Flores, who will discuss her book, "Learning to Learn: the Navigation of Moods."

Register and learn more!

Kick off 2018 with this Lean Toolkit!

Start the year off with a Lean culture transformation within your organization! Use LCI’s Lean Toolkit equipped with 12 videos highlighting key chapters from LCI’s "Transforming Design and Construction: A Framework for Change," The Last Planner® Production System Workbook, and a glossary for those tricky Lean terms to make the shift toward the Lean mindset!

SSOE Group eliminates waste with phase pull planning

SSOE Group focuses on #valuedelivery based on the owner's business needs by utilizing the pull plan phase from Last Planner System® to effectively organize and execute tasks. By collaboratively working backwards from a project's milestones, project teams can eliminate waste like waiting and redundancy to result in an improved project schedule.

Pull Planning to Eliminate Waste

Explore how SSOE Group and other LCI corporate members deliver value with the full collection of #valuedelivery photos highlighting Last Planner System®, Lean people and processes, and Lean tools and technologies.

See #valuedelivery photos

New member engagement opportunities are coming in 2018! If your organization would like to participate, contact Ilene Goldberg, Manager, Membership and Corporate Engagement.

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