LCI Update

January 18, 2018

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Words of Wisdom

"The Daily Huddle provides a foundation for driving cultural change and encourages the project team to re-center the Weekly Work Plan or Kanban Plan."
Transforming Design and Construction: A Framework for Change
Chapt. 29, page 168

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Upcoming Events

January 18th, 2018
Creating Effective Communication and Empowering Craftsman:
LPS in the Field

(San Diego CoP)

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

(Austin CoP)

January 19th, 2018
A Lean Coffee
(Ohio Valley CoP)

January 24th, 2018
A Lean Lunch
(Kansas City CoP)

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

January 26th, 2018
A Lean
Coffee - Baltimore

(DC Metro CoP)

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

January 30th, 2018
WEBINAR - Getting Over the Hump of Good Intentions: From Forming and Storming to Performing

January 30th, 2018
Introduction to Lean Project Delivery
(Southern New England CoP)

February 1st, 2018
A Lean Coffee
(Chicago CoP)

February 8th, 2018
A Lean Coffee
(Upper Midwest CoP)

February 8th, 2018
Zero to 60 – A Lean Journey in the
Fast Lane

(Dallas-Fort Worth CoP)

February 8th, 2018 to
February 9th, 2018

Design Forum

February 9th, 2018
A Lean Coffee
(Georgia CoP)

February 22nd, 2018
Building High Performing Teams
(Austin CoP)

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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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Share your Lean journey at
2018 LCI Congress
Call for abstracts is open!

The time has arrived to submit your abstract detailing you or your organization’s big Lean ideas for a chance to present at the 2018 LCI Congress, Oct. 15-19 in Orlando, Fla.! This year marks 20 years of LCI Congress, and our theme is "Reflecting on Our Past, Envisioning Our Future."

What the 2018 LCI Congress abstract review team is seeking (presentation tracks):

  • Lean Transformations
  • Adapting Lean Principles to the Planning, Design and Preconstruction Phases
  • Field-Driven Lean
  • Lean in 2028, Envisioning the Future
  • Talent Gap – Knowledge Transfer
  • Kaizen – Continuous Improvement
  • Owner Interest

Owners, designers/engineers, contractors, trade partners, lawyers and academics bring both success stories and Lean implementation challenges from their Lean journey to the LCI Congress crowd in an effort to transform the built environment through Lean implementation. Share this opportunity with your colleagues!

Note: Abstract submission deadline is March 1, 2018

Submit an abstract!

What bugs the Lean community
about project delivery?

LCI asked the Lean community about what bugs them about current project planning, and this is what they had to say:

  • "Lack of Leadership. Everyone is in their own silos."
  • "Not planned/scheduled by the people performing the work. Time is compressed and unrealistic."
  • "Commitments are not met, projects take longer and go over budget."

The majority of recent survey respondents say an online learning focusing on better project planning would be “extremely valuable,” and LCI hopes to release online Lean learning resources in 2018 that provide project team members a clear path toward improved project performance. In the meantime, check our calendar for Lean learning opportunities near you and stay tuned for more updates!

Community of Practice (CoP) Corner -
CoPs offer LCI Learning Modules locally

Are you interested in increasing your Lean knowledge and developing your skills? In 2018, Communities of Practice (CoPs) will offer various LCI Learning Modules to educate local communities. Be sure to watch your email for learning opportunities provided by your local CoP!

Events are added when the events’ registration opens. The New Orleans and Southern New England CoPs have events planned on January 30 – register today!

Checkout the event calendar!

LCI Learning Modules are delivered by LCI Improved Instructors, and the Education Advisory Group is continuously seeking to grow our Improved Instructor network. Are you an experienced Lean practitioner with an LCI corporate membership? Review the requirements and submit your application!

Join your local CoP!

Benefit from peer advice at LCI Last Planners Workshop – March 21 in Oakland, Calif.

Engage with other experienced Lean practitioners in a small-scale learning environment at the 2018 Last Planners Workshop on March 21 in Oakland, Calif. This LCI corporate member-exclusive workshop allows superintendents, tactical field managers and foremen to contribute with personal experience while gaining insight from peers.

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! Mark your calendar and don’t miss this chance to engage in continuous knowledge sharing.

Save the DATE!
2018 Lean in Design Forum,
May 30-31 in Chicago

The annual Lean in Design Forum in Chicago attracts not only architects, engineers and designers, but all project stakeholders (owners, trade partners, general contractors, educators) seeking support for implementing Lean processes in the design phase.

2018 Lean in Design Forum, May 30-31 in Chicago, will bring Lean design learning sessions, networking and roundtable talks with industry-leading Lean in design practitioners focused on current issues impacting the design world.

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"The Pocket Sensei" Kindle edition brings the Masters to your pocket!

During the 2017 LCI Congress, "The Pocket Sensei" book was given away to all 1,500+ participants. Now, for those in the know, "The Pocket Sensei - Mastering Lean Leadership” with 40 katas is also available on Kindle!

"The Pocket Sensei" is a book by Hal Macomber and Calayde Davey illustrating practices that teach your organization how to bring Lean leadership behaviors directly to your workplace — while you do your work. The book describes routines demonstrating how to engage and build Lean leadership across all project and organizational levels. These routines exercise specific fundamental practices — or katas — derived from the Lean masters Ohno’s and Shingo’s sayings.

With the Kindle release, the poignant wisdom of Ohno and Shingo can always be with you in your pocket. To celebrate the Kindle release, "The Pocket Sensei" Kindle edition will be completely free to download between 22nd to 26th of January 2018!

The Pocket Sensei
Learn, practice, share, and repeat!

Get your copy today!

Design for safety at
P2SL Lean Design Forum – Feb. 8-9

Make your plans to join designers at the P2SL Lean Design Forum at University of California, Berkeley Feb. 8-9 to hear John Gambatese, professor at Oregon State University, explain designing for safety hazard prevention in construction. Gloria Flores, daughter of engineer and entrepreneur Fernando Flores, will speak on her book, "Learning to Learn: the Navigation of Moods."

The program will also include a panel led by Todd Henderson, Boulder Associates, on the application of evidence-based healthcare design and a panel organized by Rob Williamson, Taylor Design, will report on their new approach to architectural programming.

Register and learn more!

Whiting-Turner’s #valuedelivery is engaging all team players

Despite the tight quarters in Whiting-Turner’s production suite, the team was still fully present and engaged throughout the long phase pull plan.

Production Management

Explore how 17 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

Participate in the next LCI corporate member engagement campaign by joining LCI as a corporate member! If you have questions, contact Ilene Goldberg, Manager, Membership and Corporate Engagement.

Join LCI today!

Encourage Lean thinking and discussion

The design and construction industry’s reputation has suffered due to project teams not meeting project deadlines and consistently delivering projects over budget. But, project teams can launch their journey toward on-time, on-budget project delivery by using the short chapters in LCI’s "Transforming Design and Construction: A Framework for Change" to start the Lean conversation.

See this and other helpful materials we have available on our Getting Started with Lean page.


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