LCI Update

April 7, 2016

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Words of Wisdom

From: "Go to the Work" in Transforming Design and Construction, LCI, 2015, pp. 191-92.
Going to the work (called Going to the Gemba in original Toyota Production System language) is crucial to improving overall quality and eliminating waste in the workflow process. It helps participants identify ways to standardize processes and manage expectations from a first-hand perspective, rather than second or third hand. Other benefits include: Gathering valuable insights to inform kitting, batching and sequencing; improving the planning process; supporting mentoring, training and cross-training efforts; improving safety; clarifying the scope of the project, components, or task…


LCI Welcomes Our New Member!

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Upcoming Events

April 8th
The Benefits of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) - A Panel Discussion
(Kansas City CoP)

April 12th
[TRAINING] Lean 101: Introduction to Lean Design and Construction
(Northern California CoP)

April 12th
Lean Happy Hour
(New York State CoP)

April 12th
Rapid Creation of a High Performing Team
(Northern California CoP)

April 13th
LastPlanner System Pull Planning Blocks Simulation
(Los Angeles CoP)

April 14th
A Lean Coffee
(Upper Midwest CoP)

April 14th
LCI National Webinar - Preliminary Findings From National Project Performance Research

April 15th
A Lean Coffee
(National Capital Region CoP)

April 15th
Introduction to Choosing By Advantages (CBA)
(National Capital Region CoP)

April 19th
The A3: An Introduction to the Use, Business Case and Benefit
(New England CoP)

April 20th
A Lean Coffee
(Kansas City CoP)

April 21st
A Lean Coach's Analysis of Last Planner® Successes and Failures

May 18-20th
Choosing by Advantages: A Sound Decision Making System
(Cascadia-Seattle CoP)

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

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


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Design Forum – Chicago, IL – June 1-2 – Achieving Better Designs with Higher Client Satisfaction

Join us for our annual mid-year program focused on how Lean fits into the Design world. We have lined up a host of presenters who are leading designer practitioners of Lean in their organizations. The program is geared towards great flexibility in allowing attendees to choose topics of interest and engaging presenters in small-group dialogue. On June 1 there will be training offerings on "Lean in Design 101", Target Value Design and Big Room from which to choose. On June 2 we will feature plenary session speakers in the morning, and the "Lean Design Laboratory" breakout sessions in the afternoon. Our owner keynote speaker will be Boyd Black, who has an architecture background and builds for the University of Chicago. Although the program is structured from a designer perspective, general and trade contractors are also an important part of the audience as we seek to mirror the collaborative aspects of Lean project work. Act now – attendance is limited by the size of the facility and structure of the breakout sessions.

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LCI Members Give Executives' Perspective on their Lean Journeys at AGC Annual Meeting

"Lean Construction for Executives" was presented by Eric Hedlund, Senior Vice President at Sundt Construction and Dave Stueckler, President and COO of the Linbeck Group. This session provided a packed audience with an understanding of the differing Lean journeys of these industry leaders' companies and the benefits and challenges of implementing Lean on a corporate level.

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Congress Keynotes Confirmed!

The Congress Planning Team is and beginning to build a comprehensive agenda for 2016. Our theme this year is Building People, Transforming Culture. We are pleased to announce that we have confirmed three keynotes for the 18th Annual Congress, October 3-7 in Chicago:

  • Chris Fussell: Chris Fussell is a former Navy SEAL Officer and the current Chief of Network Management at McChrystal Group, a premier leadership and management consulting firm founded by General McChrystal and fellow SEAL David Silverman. Fussell is also an author of the firm's management book, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement in a Complex World, coauthored with General McChrystal. Fussell leads the company's sales, branding, and client relations teams, bringing his Special Operations experience and his expertise in cross-functional collaboration and knowledge sharing within large, dispersed organizations.
  • Shawn Achor, author, The Happiness Advantage. Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn has become one of the world's leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular all time with over 4 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions.
  • Brad Frank, President, Tulsa Tube Bending. Brad Frank is President of Tulsa Tube Bending. The company's Lean process improvement implementation is considered to be one of the best in its region. Tulsa Tube Bending's efforts have generated thousands of process improvements resulting in a 130% increase in productivity. Tulsa Tube Bending has given Lean plant tours to over 450 companies. Brad has published numerous trade articles, has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, and has spoken on a variety of business topics to many industry groups.

Please contact Joan Piccariello,, with any questions on the Congress program.

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For more information on sponsorship of exhibit opportunities, please contact Ilene Goldberg,

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Available from LCI: Transforming Design and Construction: A Framework for Change

A diverse set of contributors have collaborated to create this Framework for Learning based on the transformative projects and experiences of their Lean practices. They span the breadth of the industry: owners, designers, builders, specialty contractors, educators and consultants. The papers, presented in chapter format, are intended to encourage discussion, learning and experimentation. They alone will not offer sufficient knowledge to implement all of these concepts. They will, however, help direct readers further along their learning journey.

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100 IPD Projects in 10 Years

Howard Ashcraft (with LCI law firm member company Hanson Bridgett) recently compiled some insights based on his extensive, decade-long work with clients in implementing Integrated Project Delivery. His first article along these lines is entitled Values First, and focuses on the importance in IPD of knowing what you are trying to accomplish—the "Why" of the project as well as "What" and "How".

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National Webinars:

Looking to improve the delivery of your capital projects? Preliminary findings from National Project Performance Research.
April 14, 2016 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
Bevan Mace, Balfour Beatty and Steve Jones, Dodge Analytics

Did you know that 75% of best performing projects engage key stakeholders before schematic design starts compared with just 28% on typical projects? The resulting benefit… of those best projects 28% complete early and 63% complete under budget. Even more staggering is of typical projects 53% complete late and 66% complete over budget.

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A Lean Coach's Analysis of the Last Planner® Successes and Failures
April 21, 2016 11:00 am – 12:30 am EDT
Dan Fauchier, The ReAlignment Group of California, LLC

The triumphs. The stumbles. Dan Fauchier will dig into how over two dozen project teams have implemented Last Planner System® (LPS®) both in construction and design. Along the way participants will discover what LCI has boiled down to the essentials of LPS and see clear ways to quickly train up project teams. Projects covered include schools, hospitals, prisons, commercial and multifamily residential. Dan will share case histories, show photos, demonstrate his energetic 15 minute kickoff explanation of LPS (it will give you some ideas on tightly coupling learning with action), give tips on facilitating LPS sessions, and take lots of questions. This session will be very interactive.

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National Seminar:

Choosing by Advantages – a Sound Decision Making System
May 18-20, 2016 8:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT
Jim and Margaret Suhr

The Cascadia-Seattle CoP will be presenting the original class by the creator of the CBA system, Jim Suhr and his wife, Margaret. We urge you to come and participate. You will learn the principles of sound decision-making, the concept of anchoring and how CBA can help you in your daily lives as well as your workspaces. There are only 20 spots available in this class so make your reservations now!

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Community of Practice (CoP) Corner

Board Members, LCI staff and leaders from 25 CoPs got together in Ft. Worth TX for a meeting and dialogue on the programs and future direction for the CoPs and how LCI can best help them achieve their goals. The meeting was a great success, with many thoughtful ideas from the CoPs on ways that LCI can aid them and how they in turn can continue to help LCI meet its goals. We would like to thank all of the CoPs that participated in this event. Going forward, we look forward to continuing the great relationship we have with all of you to make the goals of LCI and the CoPs become a reality. More on the results of this meeting will be forthcoming in future newsletters.


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