LCI Update

March 02, 2017

Sustaining Sponsors


Words of Wisdom

From: Transforming Design and Construction: A Framework for Change, Chapter 14: Respect for People, page 78.
"A Plus/Delta is a simple example of a constructive conflict in action. In such a situation, an issue that might be perceived as a negative is instead framed as a delta, or a possible change to make the process better."


Upcoming Events

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

March 9th
A Lean Coffee
(Upper Midwest CoP)

March 9th
Psychological Safety and How It Affects Team Learning and Performance
(Northern California CoP)

March 10th
A Lean Coffee
(National Capital Region CoP)

March 14th
A Lean Coffee
(Central Indiana CoP)

March 15th
Lean 101
(Oklahoma CoP)

March 16th
The Business Case for Lean
(Central Indiana CoP)

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

March 17th
Owner’s Business Case for Lean – Owner’s Only
(Central Indiana CoP)

March 17th
A3 Thinking
(National Capital Region CoP)

March 21st
Lean Culture and Lean Tools
(Cascadia-Portland CoP)

March 22nd
Steelcase: Lean Journey to Excellence
(New England CoP)

March 23rd
Parsons Electric’s Lean Ready! Event
(Upper Midwest CoP)

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

March 30th
LCI-SNE Kick-off, Why Every Project Stakeholder Wants To Go Lean
(Southern New England CoP)

April 6th
A Lean Coffee
(Chicago CoP)

April 6th
Introduction to Lean
(Austin CoP)

April 11th
A Lean Coffee
(Central Indiana CoP)

April 13th
A Lean Coffee
(Upper Midwest CoP)

April 18th
National Capital Region
(National Capital Region CoP)

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

May 4th
A Lean Coffee
(Chicago CoP)

May 9th
A Lean Coffee
(Central Indiana CoP)

May 11th
A Lean Coffee
(Upper Midwest 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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Calling for Abstracts for the
2017 LCI Congress!

Anaheim, Ca., Oct. 16-20


You have two weeks left to submit an abstract for the 2017 LCI Congress!

Abstract Submission Deadline:
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

If you have questions regarding Congress, please contact Joan Piccariello,

2017 LCI Congress homepage

2017 LCI Congress Call for Gemba

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?

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.

This week’s featured sponsorship is our 2017 Themed Track Sponsorship - $30,000
The Themed Track for the 2017 Congress is “Leveraging Lean in Planning & Design.”
The company/firm that takes advantage of this sponsorship opportunity will receive:

  1. 5 Complimentary registrations for Congress days (Wed. – Fri.)
  2. Ability to introduce 3 sessions in this track – 90 seconds
  3. Name/logo on signage in front of up to 5 track sessions on each day saying that you are the sponsor of those sessions
  4. Pre and Post Congress attendee lists
  5. Listing in Congress app with logo and 75-word description
  6. Name/Logo recognition on all LCI printed literature, including program, LCI website, Congress e-mails and LCI Update

Contact Ilene Goldberg today about this opportunity or other sponsorship/exhibit opportunities,

Sponsorship Opportunities      Exhibit Opportunities

Registration NOW OPEN

2017 Design Forum

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!

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Advance Lean with Owner-to-Owner Collaboration

Save the date for LCI Owner Forum, June 22 in Chicago. This one-day, Owners Only event is an opportunity for Lean leaders to share learnings and address implementation challenges with others who are committed to implementing Lean on capital projects.

Find a LCI research event near you!

Catch The Business Case for Lean Construction, a presentation on two LCI-sponsored research efforts briefly summarized at the 2016 LCI Congress. Register for your local CoP research event and become enlightened by the empirical research findings that build a solid case for Lean design and construction. Then use what you heard to convince others of the superiority of Lean!

For a research overview, go to Learning on our website, then Research. On the right sidebar is a running list of CoP events covering the research. Make sure to check back regularly for updates.

Upcoming LCI events in March:

  • March 8 - Las Vegas, NV - AGC Convention Day 2 Builder’s Panel, 8:30am
  • March 9 - Minneapolis, MN - Upper Midwest CoP event
  • March 16 - Indianapolis, IN - Central Indiana CoP event
  • March 27 - Fort Worth, TX - Dallas-Fort Worth CoP event
  • March 30 - Denver, CO - Colorado CoP event

LCI-Sponsored Research Page

LCI welcomes new team member!

LCI welcomes Denise Erminger to our team as the new Manager, Communities of Practice (CoP) Relations. Denise will provide leadership and staff support for the LCI Practice Committee and the nationwide network of LCI’s CoPs it serves and leads. As LCI’s national staff representative to the CoPs, Denise will enhance communications between LCI national and the CoPs, and be the focal point for engaging other LCI staff in successfully executing these responsibilities.

Full Press Release

Lean Learning Video - Respect for People featuring Sheila Ruder

Respect for people along with continuous improvement form the two most important pillars of Lean. Sheila Ruder, HKS Architects, explains that respect is not the same as politeness or avoiding conflict, but rather is about engaging in constructive conflict that will help the team deliver the best project possible to the owner.

Watch the Respect for People 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. You can watch this video and the rest of the series on the LCI website under Learning, Getting Started with Lean.

Watch the Lean Learning Video Series

Lean Leader Videos – Lean Tools and Technologies

Balfour Beatty Construction and Method Lean are two LCI corporate members who submitted a Lean Leader video to LCI’s first Lean Leader call for videos.

Lean at Balfour Beatty explains why Balfour Beatty uses three Lean practices such as SmartStart, Pull Planning and Virtual Reality on projects.

The Lean Progression© lays out a road map of five levels for using Lean. The five levels in this video are: Theory, Vision, Process, Tool and Habit.

Watch these two and the rest of the Lean Leader videos on our website under Learning, Getting Started with Lean, Lean Leader Video Submissions. Stay tuned for our next call for Lean Leader videos!

Balfour Beatty Video    Method Lean Video

Lean Leader Video Collection

Community of Practice (CoP) Corner

The CoP in-person meeting will be held March 27-28 in Fort Worth, Tx. It is important that each CoP have a representative present at that meeting. For those of you who have not picked a representative to attend, please let Ilene Goldberg,, know of your CoPs choice as soon as possible. All expenses for this meeting will be covered by LCI who will also be making your reservations at the hotel.

Here is a draft agenda which is all in CST:

Monday, March 27th:

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Dallas Fort Worth CoP/CoP Chairs combined presentation: “A Business Case for Lean”
Refreshments/hors d'oeuvres will be provided

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – CoP Chair Networking Reception
Refreshments/hors d'oeuvres will be provided

Tuesday, March 28th:

8:00 am – 4:00 pm – CoP Chair’s meeting
includes breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack – beverages will be served throughout the meeting

All of these events will be taking place at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel
1300 Houston Street
Fort Worth, Tx 76102


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Dan C. Heinemeier, CAE
Executive Director

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