LCI Update

February 29, 2016

Sustaining Sponsors


Words of Wisdom

From: "Experienced Lean Partners (Big L)" in Transforming Design and Construction, LCI, 2015, pp. 103-104.
Because most programs and projects require the participation of many vendor firms and individuals on a relatively temporary basis, it is crucial for teams to find and work with as many experienced partners as possible. Teams typically do this through Partner Selection. Experienced project teams often find that a minimum of three partners that can work in a leadership role—preferably more—are required to keep a team successfully on task. Team forming and Onboarding efforts are critical to this success. For repetitive builder organizations, an Experienced Lean Partner (Big L) becomes a long-term business partner...


LCI Welcomes Our New Members!

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Upcoming Events

March 1st
2016 Kickoff Event
(National Capital Region CoP)

March 3rd
A Lean Coffee
(Chicago CoP)

March 4th
Lean 3P for NorthEast Bed Tower
(Carolinas CoP)

March 9th
A Lean Coffee
(Kansas City CoP)

March 9th
Habits, Routines and Rituals: Rethinking Our Workdays!
(Los Angeles CoP)

March 9th
Integrated Design and Construction - UHS Henderson Hospital - The Good, The Bad and Everything In Between
(Northern California CoP)

March 10th
Integrated Design and Construction - UHS Henderson Hospital - The Good, The Bad and Everything In Between
(Northern California CoP)

March 10th
Next Gen Office Case Study for IPD Deliveries
(Los Angeles CoP & DBIA)

March 10th
Choosing by Advantages: How to Make Better Design Decisions
(Central Indiana CoP)

March 15th
A Lean Coffee
(Las Vegas CoP)

March 15th
Benefits of Lean Series - Using Design Assist to Meet an Extraordinary Challenge
(Ohio Valley CoP)

March 16th
A Lean Coffee
(Cascadia Portland CoP)

March 16th
Identifying Waste in the Design and Construction of Projects
(Central Florida CoP)

March 18th
A Lean Coffee
(National Capital Region CoP)

June 1st and 2nd
Design Forum
(Chicago, IL)

October 3rd thru 7th
18th Annual LCI Congress
(Chicago, IL)


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The 2016 Lean Construction Institute (LCI) Congress Call for Abstracts due date of
March 15, 2016!

Our theme this year is Building People, Transforming Culture. Whether it is an improvement on a fundamental Lean practice or the use of a new technology, the 2016 Planning Committee is looking forward to your submission. If you have a new story to tell or an update on a previous one, please submit your abstract. We encourage submissions from the Owner, Designer, General Contractor, Trade and Academic Communities.

The 2016 Congress planning team is particularly interested in presentations on these key focus areas:

  • Building People
  • Safety
  • Scaling Lean in the Enterprise
  • Lessons Learned
  • Leading Change in Design and Construction

Do you have a colleague who has something to share? If so, pass this along and encourage them to submit an abstract. We need your help to make this year's Congress the most impactful yet!

For those of you who have yet to present at LCI Congress, there are so many great reasons to participate –sessions specific to owners, designers, trade partners and general contractors, plus education and site visits. But perhaps the most important reason is the incredible networking that takes place, with stories shared about Lean successes and challenges. This has always been the hallmark of Congress week, and this year will be no exception!

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For Sponsorship and Exhibiting opportunities for the 2016 LCI Congress, contact Ilene Goldberg at

Sponsorship Information

LCI Current Activities Overview

In its initial meeting a few weeks ago, the LCI leadership took stock of our efforts and accomplishments in 2015 based on the goals and objectives established in late 2014. These included: Develop standard building blocks for Lean and IPD; Create construction industry demand for Lean; Achieve owner and supply chain value/eliminate waste in projects, Create construction industry capacity for learning and sharing, and Increase (measurable) satisfaction with project design and delivery. For a brief overview of what was discussed in outline form:

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Staff Cameo

LCI wants you to get to know our staff – what they do and who you can go to for assistance with your questions. Therefore, in our LCI Updates, we will be featuring a staff person for you to "meet" and become familiar with starting with Ilene Goldberg, Manager, Membership and Component Relations.
(703) 387-3049

Ilene has over 20 years in the non-profit world working in all kinds of specialties from music, landscaping, and County Government to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association. She went to school for Vocal Performance with a concentration in Opera but had to leave because of health reasons. She is now in the process of going back for her Bachelors of Science in Non-Profit Management online at Bellevue University in Nebraska (Go Bruins!!).

Ilene says that what she likes most about working with LCI is the people she gets to meet as she travels around. It's nice to put names to the faces and help people on their Lean journey.

Ilene is still very musical and you will sometimes find her singing aloud to her husband and three cats who look at her and wonder what the heck is wrong with the household.

AIA Leading Architects Survey Cites Lean

The American Institute of Architects recently surveyed leading architects to find out their perspectives on how nonresidential building design will change over the next 10 years. Findings included use of more innovative building materials, and technologies like BIM. Also cited were alternative project delivery methods, including Lean Construction practices that increase the efficiency of building design.

Media report on the results

UW Research Effort looks at IPD use in the Public Sector

The Lean Construction research group at UW and UW-CDP (Capital Development and Planning) are conducting a survey to understand the practitioner's perception on IPD and the practice of how the obstacles or challenges to implementation are overcome when IPD is applied to public projects. The survey site states the following: "Though demand for increased productivity and value is high in the public sector, IPD has not been widely applied due to the limitation inherent to public procurement regulations. Instead of true IPD, it is reported that some public owners apply elements of IPD principles in their projects…within the currently allowed procurement systems and time frames." The survey's goal is to aid understanding related to: (1) the owners' perception on IPD, and (2) the practice of how the obstacles or challenges to implementation are overcome." More information may be found at, including how you can contribute your own project experience to the 5-10 minute survey.

Community of Practice (CoP) Corner

For the first time, our CoP Chairs will have a hands-on work session in Fort Worth, Tx, March 28-29. It will start on the evening of March 28th with a dinner/networking event with the meeting to follow on the 29th. The purpose of this meeting is to have dialogue with LCI Board leaders on the programs and future direction for the CoPs and how LCI can best help them achieve their goals given their current needs. We hope that CoPs or their designees will be able to join us. This is a limited-attendance event, but we want as many CoPs to participate as possible. Please get your flight arrangements to Ilene Goldberg – – as soon as possible and how many nights you need in the hotel so we can make sure you are on the master account. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!


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Dan C. Heinemeier, CAE
Executive Director

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