LCI Update

February 1, 2018

Sustaining Sponsors


Words of Wisdom

"Onboarding is not a one-time event; it is a continuous process where concepts and culture are always reinforced, for current and new team members."
Target Value Delivery: Practitioner Guidebook to Implementation – Current State 2016
Chapt. 7, page 67

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LCI Welcomes Our New Member!

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Upcoming Events

February 2nd, 2018
A Lean Coffee
(Cascadia-Seattle CoP)

February 7th, 2018
A Lean Happy Hour
(Northern California - Oakland 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
A Lean Happy Hour
(Northern California - Central Valley CoP)

February 8th, 2018 to
February 9th, 2018

Design Forum

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

February 9th, 2018
WEBINAR - A Lean Coach's Analysis of Last Planner® Successes and Failures

February 13th, 2018
A Lean Coffee
(Austin CoP)

February 15th, 2018
A Lean Coffee
(Southern New
England CoP)

February 16th, 2018
A Lean Coffee
(Michigan CoP)

February 16th, 2018
Introduction to Lean Project Delivery
(Middle Tennessee CoP)

February 20th, 2018
The Simple Framework for Integrating Project Delivery
(Cascadia–Portland CoP)

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

February 23rd, 2018
A Lean Coffee
(Alabama CoP)

February 23rd, 2018
WEBINAR - Introduction to Lean Project Delivery – An LCI Learning Module

March 21st, 2018
Introduction to Lean Project Delivery
(Austin CoP)

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March 21st, 2018
Last Planners Workshop
(Oakland, CA)

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May 30th, 2018 to
May 31st, 2018

Design Forum

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June 27th, 2018
Owner Forum
(Miami, FL)

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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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2018 LCI Congress call for abstracts
Only 1 month left!

If you plan to present your big ideas on Lean transformations and field-driven Lean at the 20th anniversary year of LCI Congress, you have just 1 month left to submit an abstract for review! Abstracts are due March 1 for the 2018 LCI Congress in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 15-19!

"Reflecting on Our Past, Envisioning Our Future" is this year's theme, and you can be one of the Lean practitioners leading the knowledge transfer by sharing invaluable takeaways from failures and successes.

2018 LCI Congress tracks (big ideas)

  • 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

Submit an abstract!

Registration is open for
LCI Last Planners Workshop
March 21 in Oakland, Calif.

Are you an LCI corporate member with significant experience implementing Lean tools and processes like Last Planner System® (LPS®) in the field? Register to engage with other experienced Lean practitioners in a small-scale learning environment at the 2018 Last Planners Workshop on 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

Who's eligible to participate? You are, if you have used Last Planner System® on at least three projects in the last 5 years. This LCI corporate member-exclusive workshop allows superintendents, tactical field managers and foremen to contribute with personal experience while gaining insight from peers.

Register for the Last Planners Workshop today!

2018 Owner Forum - Collaborate on
Lean lessons learned

The second annual Owner Forum on June 27 in Miami, Fla., is a chance for owners committed to Lean practices to meet and collaborate on how to improve project delivery outcomes. Owner attendees can expect a trip to the Gemba to see tools like Target Value Design, Big Room and a budget tracker used to evaluate project health.

Owners should save the date for this exclusive knowledge sharing event, 2018 Owner Forum!

More Information!

2018 Lean in Design Forum,
May 30-31 in Chicago
Registration opens soon!

Learn how to use Lean processes and tools to eliminate waste and save time for more innovative problem solving at the 2018 Lean in Design Forum, May 30-31 in Chicago. The Lean in design education, round table discussions on current trends impacting the design world, and networking will offer attendees multiple pathways of learning.

Courses offerings on May 30th will include:

  • Mindset of an Effective Big Room
  • Introduction to Lean in Design
  • Last Planner System® in Design
  • Choosing by Advantages
  • Lean in the Design Practice
  • Target Value Delivery

Registration opens soon, so mark your calendar for May 30-31!

Build your brand at 2018 LCI national events

Multiple opportunities to build your firm's brand are upcoming in 2018, and sponsoring the 2018 Lean in Design Forum, May 30-31 in Chicago is just one. Industry-leading design practitioners attend Lean in Design Forum each year to keep up with the latest trends and technology, and the exhibitors’ displays are a significant part of the program.

For more information on Lean in Design Forum and 20th annual LCI Congress sponsor and exhibit opportunities, contact Ilene Goldberg,

Lean in design expert Q&A – Lean journey and team onboarding

Seven years ago, Andrea Sponsel began her Lean journey by being thrown onto an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) project without any experience implementing Lean. Today, Andrea works as a vice president and senior interior designer at HKS, and she shares how she overcame her biggest obstacle along her Lean journey along with best practices for team onboarding in this week’s blog post.

"It's really about developing a process for getting people up to speed as new team members are added throughout the whole design and construction process," Andrea Sponsel said in her interview.

Read it here and stay tuned for more Lean expert insights!

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.

Webinar: A Lean Coach's Analysis of Last Planner® Successes and Failures – Feb. 9

Discover how a dozen project teams used Last Planner System® (LPS®) on a variety of projects and more importantly, hear a Lean Coach’s analysis of the triumphs and pitfalls that happened along the way. Dan Fauchier, Senior Lean Facilitator, The ReAlignment Group of California, will share case histories, photos and tips for facilitating LPS sessions during the Lean Coach’s Analysis of Last Planner® Successes and Failures webinar on Feb. 9 starting at 11 a.m. EST.

Register today!

Community of Practice (CoP) Corner -
What is a Lean Coffee?

Whether you’ve never heard of Lean design and construction or you're a seasoned Lean champion within your organization, you can find value at a Lean Coffee. Designers, constructors, trades and even owners bring lessons learned from their unique project experiences in an effort to improve the industry’s processes as a whole.

Lean Coffee in Action

Here's how it works:

  • Everyone writes a Lean topic of interest on a sticky note
  • Everyone votes to establish priority of discussion topics
  • Everyone shares best practices focused on the topic for 8 minutes
  • After 8 minutes, everyone votes to either continue discussing the topic for 4 more minutes OR to move on because it was adequately discussed
  • Before moving on to the next topic, takeaways are considered

Take part in the low-pressure learning environment of Lean Coffees! Each month, LCI Communities of Practice (CoP) offer Lean Coffee events around the U.S.

Contact Denise Erminger,, with any CoP-related questions.

Connect with your closest LCI CoP

Find a Lean Coffee near you

Lean in the XL Construction Corporate World

XL Construction corporate office workers started using what they have learned from LCI for their corporate procedures as well!

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

To participate in the next LCI corporate member engagement campaign, become a corporate member! Contact Ilene Goldberg, Manager, Membership and Corporate Engagement, for more information.

Join LCI today!


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