LCI Update

February 15, 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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LCI Welcomes Our New Member!

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Upcoming Events

February 16th, 2018
A Lean Coffee
(Ohio Valley CoP)

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

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

February 16th, 2018
Book Club Session – Transforming Design and Construction: A Framework for Change
(San Diego CoP)

February 20th, 2018
The Simple Framework for Integrating
Project Delivery

(Cascadia–Portland CoP)

February 21st, 2018
A Lean Lunch
(Kansas City CoP)

February 21st, 2018
Introduction to Last Planner System®
(Oklahoma 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

February 26th, 2018
Introduction to Lean Project Delivery
(New England CoP)

February 28th, 2018
A Lean Coffee –
Lean Methods for
Root Cause Analysis

(Oklahoma CoP)

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

March 8th, 2018
Parade of Trades
PLUS Lean Overview

(Central Florida -
Tampa CoP)

March 9th, 2018
Parade of Trades
PLUS Lean Overview

(Central Florida - Orlando CoP)

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
(Chicago, IL)

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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)

Save the DATE!
October 14th, 2019 to
October 18th, 2019

21st LCI Congress
(Fort Worth, TX)

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2018 LCI Congress call for abstracts
due March 1 — present your Lean story!

In just 2 weeks, the 2018 LCI Congress call for abstracts will close. If you have a Lean story to tell related to the tracks listed below, submit an abstract for review by March 1 for a chance at presenting at the 20th annual LCI Congress, Oct. 15-19 in Orlando, Fla.

View full descriptions of the 2018 presentation tracks (topics):

  • 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

Be a pioneer for Lean in the industry when you transfer your valuable knowledge to more than 1,600 at the leading Lean design and construction event in the U.S.

Submit an abstract!

Are you an LCI corporate member with considerable workface experience
using Last Planner System®?

Register to engage with your Lean design and construction peers at the 2018 Last Planners Workshop March 21 in Oakland, Calif., if you have used Last Planner System® on at least three projects in the last 5 years. Typical workshop topics at this small-scale educational workshop 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

This event is specifically tailored for those with considerable workface experience in implementing Last Planner® and other Lean techniques on projects. 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!

Last Planner System® E-learning
is coming this spring to LCI

For the first time, LCI will launch an e-learning module for Lean design and construction practitioners to begin to understand and implement Last Planner System® (LPS®) on their projects. LCI recognizes the importance of in-person learning, but due to busy schedules and location constraints, not everyone has the opportunity for classroom learning.

That is why LCI will release the LPS e-learning module this spring because e-learning offers:

  • Self-paced learning for busy schedules
  • Small batch learning for increased retention
  • Various forms of content to accommodate all learning styles

Stay tuned for opportunities to contribute to the e-learning material via surveys and updates on the official release date!

Calling 2018 LCI Congress Gemba Walk
sites in Orlando area

The 20th LCI Congress will conclude with Gemba Day, allowing attendees to tour an active construction project, a Big Room, a manufacturing site or an office space and apply what they learned during LCI Congress week, Oct. 15-19.

The 2018 LCI Congress planning team is calling on any Lean design and construction organizations with a possible Gemba Walk site in the Orlando, Fla., area on Friday, Oct. 19 to submit a Gemba site application. Preference will be given to sites:

  • Demonstrating Lean practices
  • Within a 45-minute drive from Orlando
  • With LCI corporate member involvement

Submit a Gemba application

Community of Practice (CoP) Corner -
Be a thought leader in your Lean region

Put your Lean knowledge to good use by joining your LCI Community of Practice (CoP) core group and start educating local project teams on the Lean advantage. What roles form a CoP core group?

  • Main roles: Leader, Vice Leader and Event Leader
  • Secondary roles: Outreach, Communication

Core groups are usually, but not always, comprised of LCI corporate members because member organizations are already supportive of their volunteer leadership role within the CoP.

If you're passionate about improving project delivery and would like to use your skills to help transform the industry, reach out to Denise Erminger,, and join an LCI CoP core group! Can't commit to a core group role? You can still contribute by attending your regional CoP events and sharing your Lean experiences.

Connect with your closest LCI CoP

2018 Lean in Design Forum, May 30-31 in Chicago - Owner keynote announced

Mark your calendar for 2018 Lean in Design Forum in Chicago, May 30-31, because Albert (Al) Manshum, Senior Vice President, Advocate Health Care, will be this year's keynote speaker. Al, 2018 LCI board chairman, led Advocate's journey to Integrated Lean Project Delivery®, including seven projects valued at more than $650 million, and he developed the first Master Contract using an Integrated Form of Agreement (IFOA). Prior to joining Advocate, Al was an architect for 10 years specializing in the planning, design, construction and management of health care projects.

Attendees will also discover Why Projects Excel – Great Design Enabled by Lean, a 2017 follow-up design study on 2016 LCI-sponsored business case for Lean construction research, which focused on why projects excel. Four designers will present 2017 research that used similar methodology by comparing "best" and "typical" projects as well as design firm-relevant metrics to establish a benchmark for performance and to reveal the impact of Lean methods.

Registration opens soon.

Owners find the Lean best practices they need at the 2018 Owner Forum
June 27 in Miami, Fla.

Owners face unique Capital Program challenges along their Lean journey but do not need to face them alone. 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. This owner-exclusive event will offer a workplace visit to see Lean tools like Target Value Design, a Big Room and a budget tracker for evaluating project health.

Bill Seed, Senior Vice President of Facility Design and Construction, Jackson Health, will share his private sector knowledge with the public sector at this exclusive knowledge sharing event. Design and construction firms should encourage their owners to learn more about 2018 Owner Forum!

KHS&S Contractors do
#valuedelivery through 5S

Sort, Straighten/Set, Shine/Sweep, Standardize and Sustain are the English equivalents for the Japanese term 5S, and KHS&S Contractors took this methodology to its Concord jobsites and created 5S gangboxes so that every item is labeled and has its place!

5-S Gangboxes – Every item has a Place!

LCI corporate members deliver value everyday they are on the job. To highlight their #valuedelivery, LCI has photos of our members implementing Last Planner System®, Lean tools and technologies and using Lean people and processes on our website.

See #valuedelivery photos

If you're not already an LCI corporate member and would like to join LCI to participate in the next corporate member engagement campaign, contact Ilene Goldberg, today!

Join LCI today!

Explore design information flow in the
Lean Construction Journal

How can we better understand the impact of Lean practices and BIM-based design on the flow of design information? Explore a process-social perspective for understanding design information flow with this white paper from the 2017 issue of Lean Construction Journal.

Read the white paper!


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