LCI Update

June 02, 2016

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Words of Wisdom

From: Retrospectives, in Transforming Design and Construction, Lean Construction Institute, 2015, p. 89.
It is common for team members to experience the same problems or encounter variations of multiple projects throughout their careers. Oftentimes these projects have different team members who have individual goals and tend to think only about the issues at hand. This in turn can lead to a significant amount of waste... A retrospective is a structured reflective event resulting in a common understanding of a team's experience. The retrospective leads a team to new action. It is the "Check" part of a Plan Do Check Adjust (PDCA) process.


LCI Welcomes Our New Members!

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Upcoming Events

June 3rd
WEBINAR- Target Value Design, with Dave Umstot

June 7th
A Lean Coffee
(Central Indiana CoP)

June 8th
LCI Target Value Design Workshop
(Dallas - Fort Worth CoP)

June 8th
The High Cost of Low Trust Project Teams
(Northern California CoP)

June 9th & 16th
What can we learn about transforming design and construction projects from Joe's Garage?
(Colorado CoP)

June 9th
A Lean Coffee
(Middle Tennessee CoP)

June 9th
A Lean Coffee
(Upper Midwest CoP)

June 10th
Introduction to Lean
(Dallas-Fort Worth CoP)

June 13th
Learning Last Planner System® with Villego®
(Ohio Valley CoP)

June 13th
Last Planner in Design
(National Capital Region CoP)

June 14th
Lean Happy Hour
(New York State CoP)

June 15th
CURT Lean Construction Summit

June 15th
A Lean Coffee
(Kansas City CoP)

June 15th
Making Lean Work in Construction
(Central Florida CoP)

June 15th
7th Annual ISPE/LCI Joint Event: "An Integrated Project Delivery Approach to Complex Manufacturing Retrofits"

June 17th
A Lean Coffee
(Southern Florida CoP)

June 17th
A Lean Coffee
(National Capital Region CoP)

June 20th
WEBINAR- Introduction to Lean Design & Construction with David MacNeel

June 29th
The First Medical Campus at a Major University in Decades
(Austin CoP)

July 18th thru 24th
IGLC presents: On the Brink of the Lean Revolution
(Boston, MA)

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

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18th LCI Congress Sponsors

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Article Cites Welty Building Co. Success in Embracing Lean on Local Project

Welty Building Co. president and CEO Don Taylor was delighted when Akron Children's Hospital approached him in 2012 about the construction of a $240 million medical tower at its downtown Akron campus. Until he heard that the hospital wanted the winning team to utilize Lean construction techniques. He thought at that point they would lose the project. But as a recent article in Crain's Cleveland Business pointed out: "Welty didn't. The 368,735-square-foot Kay Jewelers Pavilion opened last May, two months earlier than planned and at $178 million, 26% under budget. In addition, the seven-story facility is 34,000 square feet smaller than it would have been had they followed a traditional building design practice, and operating margins are tracking at about 33% higher than similar facilities...

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Congratulations to LCI Member PCL Construction: #8 on the ENR 400 List

The Top 400 Contractors list is an annual ranking of publically and privately held general contractors based on construction-specific revenue. PCL recorded $6.78 billion US in revenue for 2015. In a May 20 article in Newswire Today, a PCL spokesman took the opportunity to credit Lean Construction as one of the techniques they have embraced to enhance productivity and competitive advantage: "When asked about PCL's strategies for succeeding in a growing but uncertain market, Shaun Yancey, president and COO of PCL's US Operations, responded with, "There is pressure to build more efficiently and a need by owners to see increased efficiency. PCL is continuously looking for ways to increase productivity while reducing our costs through lean construction processes."

IGLC 2016 – Advances in Lean Design & Construction Practice full-day event

Join the 24th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction ( on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in Boston for a dynamic dialogue about the latest challenges and solutions that have emerged in New England, across the US, and abroad! With at least 10 sessions and 19 speakers confirmed already (including Stuart Eckblad of UCSF Health, Derek Drysdale formerly of Highways England, and Company Leader, Superintendent, and Trade Partner panels), this full-day event will feature a rich discussion about what it takes to lead, implement, and sustain a Lean transformation within our organizations and on projects.

Additional Details

2016 LCI Congress Training

Bill Seed, our Chairman of the Board, last year at Congress issued a challenge: What about the People side of Lean? This year we are answering that challenge with a Focus on People track on the training days and a Building People track during Congress general session days.

The Focus on People track includes:

  • An introduction to Emotion Intelligence and thee 12 Steps to Great Relationships
  • Creating the Culture of High Performing Teams
  • Mindshift TM: Shifting Your Project Culture to a Trust-Based Collaborative Approach (Owners Only)

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

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

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

Featured 2016 Congress Sponsorship

Introduce yourself to our keynote speakers and then introduce the keynote speakers to the Congress attendees! You will have three minutes in the plenary session to tell your company's Lean journey and how you fit in with the presenter and the session. Let everyone know where you fit in the world of Lean!

Introducing our Keynote Speakers:

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.

Along with the introduction, you get these other sponsorship benefits!

  • Name/Logo Recognition on all LCI printed literature including program, LCI website and Congress e-mails
  • Pre and Post Congress attendee lists
  • Two tickets to Corporate Member's Only reception (corporate member or not)
  • Listing in Congress app with logo and 75-word company description
  • 2 Complimentary registrations for Congress week (Mon. – Fri.) – this is a special offer for this newsletter only!!! Mention the June 2nd LCI Update when you call or e-mail about this sponsorship.
  • Ability to introduce plenary session speaker – 3 minutes
  • Name/logo on signage throughout plenary session

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

Sponsorship Information

National Webinars:

Target Value Design: What is It?
June 3, 2016, 11:00am – 12:30 pm EDT
David Umstot, Umstot Project Facilities and Solutions

Target value Design – What is It? Why are owners using it? What are the common pitfalls and keys to success?

Join your LCI Colleagues and David Umstot to learn the answers to these questions and more. David brings extensive experience using Target value Design as a public agency owner on more than $400M in projects and lessons learned from coaching teams implementing Target Value Design since 2013.

Register Here

Introduction to Lean Design and Construction
June 20, 2016, 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
David MacNeel, On Point Lean Consulting

This webinar will introduce Lean project delivery as an "operating system" based in principles and use of appropriate tools. Participants will learn that Lean is about understanding value and eliminating waste for continuous improvement of design and construction processes. The overview is focused on the practical implementation of Lean approaches with examples of how teams actually apply Lean.

Register Here

Community of Practice (CoP) Corner

Hello all CoP Chairs! LCI is re-forming the Practice Committee and we need volunteers from your core groups to help us staff the committee. If you have someone willing and able to help us out, please let Ilene Goldberg, know. Thank you!

From our Fort Worth CoP work session, four key concerns were raised by the CoPs as things they'd like LCI's aid with:

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

LCI would like your help. We are putting together a task force of CoP Chairs, LCI staff and Board members to make sure that we meet your conditions of satisfaction on these matters. If any of the CoP Chairs are interested in working on one of the four key areas, please contact Ilene Goldberg,


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Dan C. Heinemeier, CAE
Executive Director

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