LCI Update

May 05, 2016

Sustaining Sponsors


Words of Wisdom

From: Cost Forecasting for Early Project Phases, in: Transforming Design and Construction, LCI, 2015, pp. 53-54.
Financial resources, particularly early in the business plan development and validation of a project, need to be carefully monitored and prudently applied. The Burn Rate—the speed at which h pooled resources are being used—is a critical factor in a plan's success or failure and must be managed in a meaningful way…Rather than fix the cost for a preconceived deliverable, it is more prudent to integrate a team of experts to identify areas of uncertainty and continue to develop those to minimize cost risk. See www.lean


LCI Welcomes Our New Members!

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Upcoming Events

May 11th
Incorporating LEAN Principles in a Conventional Design-Project at UC Davis - Sacaremento
(Northern California CoP)

May 12th
A Lean Coffee
(Upper Midwest CoP)

May 12th
Preliminary Findings From National Project Performance Research

May 12th
How Lean and Pull Planning can Improve a Project, No Matter When Implemented
(Chicago CoP)

May 12th
Incorporating LEAN Principles in a Conventional Design-Project at UC Davis - Oakland
(Northern California CoP)

May 13th
A Lean Coffee
(National Capital Region CoP)

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

May 18th
A Lean Coffee
(Kansas City CoP)

May 18th
Rapid Creation of A High Performing Team - A Developpment Program to Create Highly Effective Project Teams Including the Designers, Fabricators, Builders
(Carolinas CoP)

May 19th
Lean in Action: Tools to Enhance Scheduling on Construction Projects
(San Diego CoP)

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

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

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18th LCI Congress Sponsors

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LCI/P2SL/AIA 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. Again this year we have coupled some excellent training coursework with "Lean Laboratory" breakout sessions focused on design-related subjects in the afternoon. Discussion topics include: Conditions of Satisfaction; Technology/BIM; Developments in 3P Design; Building a Lean Culture on a Project; Agile/scrum work planning: an engineering perspective; Innovative methods to manage risk/contingency on an IPD project. Attendance is limited by the size of the facility and structure of the breakout sessions.

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Take the opportunity to unwind and network with likeminded Lean thinkers after a day of learning. Join the vPlanner team for a reception immediately following the conclusion of Day 1 of the Lean in Design Forum. Featuring light snacks and refreshments, the reception will take place at the office of Drinker, Biddle and Reath.

Calling all Owners

LCI continues to encourage our owner participants – whether members of the Institute or not – to complete our online benchmarking survey to help us understand and report to the community on the level of owner satisfaction with project outcomes nation-wide. The anonymous, 20-minute survey is not onerous to fill out for those with direct project knowledge, and analysis of the results—comparing an average project with an excellent one—will be very helpful as a benchmark to the community as a whole. We still need another 45+ responses, so please take time to complete it today. More information is available at, including a recorded webinar that shares some very interesting preliminary results based on over 30 responses.

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National Webinar:

Looking to improve the delivery of your capital projects? Preliminary findings from National Project Performance Research.
May 12, 2016, 2:00 pm - 3:00 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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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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Annual Congress Features Former Navy Seal as Speaker

The LCI annual Congress this year features a keynote talk by Chris Fussell, chief growth officer of McChrystal Group. Fussell was a former Navy Seal and now works as an expert on team building and development. His recent article for Fortune, entitled "How do you keep your team motivated?" can be read below.

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Want the chance to introduce Chris Fussell at Congress? This opportunity is available with a keynote sponsorship! Please contact Ilene Goldberg for more information about this fantastic opportunity,

Congress Training Offerings

The Congress Training subcommittee has been hard at work building a program for Monday and Tuesday of Congress week (October 3-7, 2016) at the Chicago Hilton. The training program is offering six tracks:

  • Lean Fundamentals
  • Path to Certification
  • Lean in Design
  • Lean Improvement Tools
  • Lean Executive Courses
  • Focus on People

The Lean in Design track includes:

  • Target Value Design
  • Last Planner System® for Design Teams: Collaborative Planning
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Effective Big Room for Design and Construction Phases

Stay tuned as we highlight additional Congress Training offerings in future newsletters!

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

Congress Information

Congress Sponsorships

There's still a lot of great opportunities to sponsor and exhibit at Congress this year! At our last year's Congress, we had approximately 1,000 professionals who were owners, designers, contractors and trades contractors attend. Congress has enjoyed a 40% growth rate in attendance over the past three years. Based on these numbers, we would like for you to think about exhibiting and sponsoring with us. Think of the benefits that would be provided for your company if all of these people would be able to see your name and be aware of your service!

For more information about sponsoring or exhibiting at Congress, please contact Ilene Goldberg,

Sponsorship Information

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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Community of Practice (CoP) Corner

Calling all CoP and Core Group leaders. We need to be sure all our CoPs are aware of the results of our owners' satisfaction survey. Be sure to sign up for the Industry Satisfaction Survey webinar: "Looking to Improve the Delivery of Your Capital Projects…." We need your help to get owners from your CoP involved in telling us about their satisfaction with their "best" vs "typical" projects. A few dozen more responses from around the country will make a huge difference in our efforts to compile more useful and credible results for our final analysis.

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At our meeting in Ft. Worth, TX, the CoP Chairs discussed some of the ways that the CoPs and LCI could work together and what some of the common goals are. Here are the top four:

  • Enhance two-way communication between CoPs and LCI
  • Improve "onboarding" guidance and help for new CoPs
  • Greater ability to manage CoP lists/events, pus more user-friendly website
  • Help with speakers and programming ideas


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