LCI Update

February 16, 2017

Sustaining Sponsors


Words of Wisdom

From: Target Value Delivery: Practitioner Guidebook to Implementation - Current State 2016, Chapter 7: Team Organization and Execution, page 64.
"Individual team members must be empowered to make decisions on behalf of their companies, scope of work or area of influence. They must also understand their boundaries of decision making to keep the teams right-sized."


Upcoming Events

February 17th
A Lean Coffee
(New Orleans CoP)

February 21st
Continuous Improvement
(Austin CoP)

February 22nd
Villego® Simulation
(Colorado CoP)

February 22nd
A Lean Coffee
(Middle Tennessee CoP)

February 22nd
2017 Season Kickoff
(National Capital Region CoP)

February 22nd
State of the Union – How We All Use Lean Everyday
(Dallas-Fort Worth CoP)

February 23rd
A Lean Coffee
(Cascadia-Seattle CoP)

February 23rd
The Business Case for Lean Construction – Proof Positive!
(New England CoP)

February 24th
A Lean Coffee - Baltimore
(National Capital Region CoP)

February 28th
The Business Case for Lean – Proof Positive!
(Cascadia-Seattle CoP)

February 28th
Lean Introduction & Reception
(New York State CoP)

March 2nd
A Lean Coffee
(Chicago CoP)

March 8th
Psychological Safety and How It Affects Team Learning and Performance
(Northern California CoP)

March 14th
A Lean Coffee
(Central Indiana CoP)

March 16th
Last Planner System® for NYC Health Care Construction
(New York City CoP)

March 27th
The Business Case for Lean!
(Dallas-Fort Worth CoP)

April 6th
A Lean Coffee
(Chicago CoP)

April 6th
Introduction to Lean
(Austin CoP)

April 27th
The Business Case for Lean
(Austin CoP)

May 19th
Introduction to Lean
(Dallas-Fort Worth CoP)

May 31st, 2017 to
June 1st, 2017

LCI Design Forum

October 16th, 2017 to
October 20th, 2017

19th LCI Congress
(Anaheim, CA)

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19th LCI Congress Sponsors

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2017 LCI Congress
Call for Abstracts – NOW OPEN

Abstracts are due March 15, 2017

If you have a Lean experience to share, submit an abstract to be considered for a presentation slot at the 19th annual LCI Congress, Oct. 16-20 in Anaheim, Ca. This year’s theme is Capture and Leverage the Lean Advantage, and the 2017 LCI Congress Planning Team wants presentations of all levels! The abstract submission deadline is March 15, 2017, so don’t miss your chance!

Submit Here

2017 LCI Congress Tracks:

  • Lean Interventions, Challenges & Transformations
  • Leveraging Lean in Planning & Design
  • Field-Driven Lean
  • The Business Case for Lean
  • Technology & New Techniques in Lean

Please contact Joan Piccariello,, with questions.

2017 LCI Congress homepage

LCI 2017 Congress Sponsorship/Exhibit Opportunities

Be a part of the fastest growing Lean event in the United States – showcase your brand through sponsorship/exhibit opportunities at the LCI 2017 Annual Congress! Each year, our event grows exponentially and this year we expect a 30 percent increase in attendance over last year’s number of 1,325.

Contact Ilene Goldberg today about sponsorship/exhibit opportunities,

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LCI-Sponsored Research Rollout Calendar

Catch The Business Case for Lean Construction, a presentation on two LCI-sponsored research efforts briefly summarized at the 2016 LCI Congress. If you heard it at Congress, attend your local Community of Practice (CoP) event detailing the research for a deeper dive into the empirical evidence showing Lean produces better project outcomes. If you missed us at Congress, register for your local CoP research event and become enlightened by the research findings that build a solid case for Lean design and construction.

Make sure to check back regularly for updates.

Research Page with CoP event calendar

2017 LCI Congress Call for Gemba – NOW OPEN

Gemba site applications due March 15, 2017

The 19th annual LCI Congress week will conclude with a trip to the Gemba, the place of real work, and this year we’re opening a Call for Gemba for an active construction site, manufacturing site, office space or Big Room, near the Anaheim, Ca. area on Oct. 20.

Encourage a colleague or fill out the form yourself for a chance to host a Gemba walking tour for the 2017 LCI Congress attendees. We’ve heard from past Gemba hosts that they learn just as much from their Congress participants as their participants learn from them!

Fill out the form here

What is Gemba?

2017 Design Forum – Save the Date

May 31 - June 1, 2017, Chicago, IL

The annual 2017 LCI/P2SL/AIA Lean in Design Forum is the 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.

At the 2017 Design Forum, not only will you find immense value in the presentations, the interactive Q&A sessions and the training courses, you will also expand your network among Lean practitioners who support and enable collaboration, creativity and more efficient project delivery.

Join design colleagues at this year’s Design Forum in Chicago – the must-attend design industry event!

More Information

Interested in getting your company’s name in front of the leaders in Lean design? Become a Design Forum Sponsor! Contact Ilene Goldberg,, for more information.

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Owner Success Story – Rocky Mountain Institute

IPD supported RMI’s vision to create a building that achieved net zero energy. RMI’s Cara Carmichael participated in the University of Minnesota case study research that aimed to uncover how and why Lean and IPD lead to success.

RMI used IPD and Lean construction techniques. IPD provided cost control and a way to align the design and construction teams around a common set of goals.

Watch this owner success video and its accompanying research videos on the LCI Sponsored Research section of the LCI website.

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Lean Learning Video - Leadership and Lean IPD Projects featuring Bart Bodway

“Some people don’t think it’s possible to learn to lead,” Bart Bodway says in the fifth video in the Lean Learning series, but Lean leaders encourage all team members to develop leadership traits in order to reveal new opportunities to improve. Successful Lean implementation is impossible with the management focus of traditional leadership and requires a new, unusual cultural environment.

Watch the Leadership and Lean IPD Projects Video

The Lean Learning Video series of 12 is based on key chapters in LCI’s first book, Transforming Design and Construction: A Framework for Change.

Watch the Lean Learning Video Series

Lean Leader Videos – Best Practices, Lean Improvements

LCI corporate members Southland Industries and SSOE Group each submitted a Lean Leader video featuring Best Practices/Lean Improvements to LCI’s first Lean Leader call for videos.

Southland Industries’ Sheetmetal Shop Lean Improvements video shows how the workers made changes to their heavy equipment to increase mobility, safety and save time.

SSOE Group’s Capturing the Value of Design Changes Using Model-Based Estimating video showcases how model-based estimating tracks and projects costs to optimize the design process.

Southland Video    SSOE Video

Lean Leader Video Collection

Parade of Trades® Simulation

The Parade of Trades® simulates the way work “parades” through a project and explores the impact of unpredictable workflow on project performance. Simulations are constrained, of course, but they provoke authentic behaviors and emotions and slow down the pace of the task. Simulations do not always go as planned, just like real life, so take the time to explore and understand the management of the simulation!

Parade of Trades® Simulation

Tools and Technologies

Assessment, or evaluation, is an integral part of the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Adjust) process of continuous improvement in Lean methodologies.

To support a team or an individual’s journey toward continuous improvement, LCI developed two assessment instruments to assess the use of Lean best practices:

  • Team strength evaluation
  • Individual strength evaluation

Learn more about the assessments that will lay out a clear path for measuring continuous improvement.

Tools and Technologies

Construction Management Survey for Research Study

Researchers at Towson University, North Carolina State University, San Diego State University, Unicamp, and Aalto University (namely, Dr. Natalie Scala, Dr. Min Liu, Dr. Thais Alves, Dr. Hylton Olivieri, and Dr. Olli Seppänen, respectively) are conducting a study to investigate construction planning and controlling systems. The goal of this research is to categorize the main characteristics, strengths, and shortcomings of planning and controlling systems used in Finland, Brazil and United States as well as propose new management tools.

Complete Survey

Community of Practice (CoP) Corner

Northern Arizona University LCI Student Community of Practice

Northern Arizona University (NAU) proposed to team up with LCI Arizona Community of Practice (CoP) to form a Student CoP in 2014 with a mission to promote learning and implementing Lean on small projects such as performing Gemba walks in their labs to uncover waste.

In the full blog post below, John Tingerthal, NAU’s Associate Chair of Construction Management, encourages Lean practitioners to reach out to local universities and invest in the future leaders of the design and construction industry by guiding students and faculty throughout their own Lean journeys.

Blog post


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