LCI Update

August 1, 2016

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Words of Wisdom

From the Foreword to the book This is Lean by LCI co-founder and Lean Construction pioneer Greg Howell: "Choose Flow Efficiency over Resource Efficiency"...I wish I could say that the pioneers of Lean Construction understood the distinction between flow and resource efficiency from the first, but we didn't...Project Managers spend their days (and long nights) trying to get subcontractors to complete the job as planned and preventing trade contractors from working out of sequence or taking other steps to maximize their profit. Looking back I can see how we were originally trapped by traditional practice and why we failed to focus more explicitly on managing flow...This is Lean goes to the heart of "Lean" with a laser focus on the theory and implications of flow efficiency.


LCI Welcomes Our New Members!

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Upcoming Events

August 4th
A Lean Coffee
(Chicago CoP)

August 5th
Industry Day
(San Diego CoP)

August 9th
A Lean Coffee
(Central Indiana CoP)

August 9th
2016 Congress Exhibit Hall Webinar Series - How to apply Choosing By Advantages using Paramount Decisions

August 10th
2016 Congress Exhibit Hall Webinar Series - Start Your Lean Journey With AGC's Lean Construction Education Program

August 10th
The Informed Decision - Choosing By Advantages - An Overview and Workshop - Oakland
(Northern California CoP)

August 10th
Leveraging Lean Principles to Drive Innovation in Design
(Northern California CoP)

August 11th
A Lean Coffee
(Upper Midwest CoP)

August 11th
Augmented Reality
(Chicago CoP)

August 15th
2016 Congress Exhibit Hall Webinar Series - Introduction to Modular Construction

August 16th
A Lean Coffee
(Las Vegas CoP)

August 16th
Introduction to Pull Planning for Construction Projects
(Austin CoP)

August 16th
Benefits of Lean Series, Toyota's Georgetown Plant Tour (2016)
(Ohio Valley and Central Indiana CoPs)

August 17th
The Last Planner System: Everything from A-to-Z with Simulations
(Northern California CoP)

August 17th
2016 Congress Exhibit Hall Webinar Series - BUSTED! 6 Myths of Lean Construction

August 17th
2016 Congress Exhibit Hall Webinar Series - How to Create High Performing Teams

August 19th
A Lean Coffee
(Southern Florida CoP)

August 22nd
Leading with Influence, Discover Strategies for Becoming a Breakthrough Leader
(New England CoP)

August 25th
A Lean Coffee
(Cascadia-Seattle CoP)

August 26th
Introduction to Lean
(Dallas-Fort Worth CoP)

August 26th
A Lean Coffee - Baltimore
(National Capital Region CoP)

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

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18th LCI Congress Sponsors

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At nine weeks out, LCI Congress registration is 4X higher than last year! The word is out on the benefits of LCI Congress. Register now to ensure your choice of breakouts and to take advantage of the LCI room block rate. You will receive information on the LCI room block through an email confirmation once your registration is complete. Register today! Our Early Bird discount expires August 31st.

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Why Attend Congress?

Congress' goal is to bring the Lean Design and Construction community further together to share Lean leadership training, networking opportunities and ways to implement Lean in all aspects of a company.

"The LCI Congress is a must-attend event for anyone that is curious about, starting or experienced in the Lean journey. The training sessions, plenary sessions and Gemba are each geared to provide a place for not just learning tools but more importantly understanding Lean and witnessing its application from the experiences of others who are practicing Lean."

-  Tim Vander Molen
   President of Integrated Facilities Solutions, Inc.
   2016 LCI Congress Chair

Please join us October 3-7 to take advantage of our Lean training days, keynote speakers, Gemba Day and panelists highlighting their real-world Lean journeys. Congress week is also full of networking opportunities for attendees!

Here is a preview of this year's colorful agenda:

  • October 3-4 will offer 20+ training courses in the following tracks: Focus on People, Lean Executive Courses, Lean Improvement Tools, Lean Fundamentals, Lean in Design and Path to Certification.
  • October 5-6 will include 5 breakout sessions that allow attendees to choose which introductory or advanced presentations will benefit them the most. The breakout session tracks are: Building People, Leading Change in Design and Construction, Lessons Learned, Safety and Scaling Lean in the Enterprise.
  • October 7 is Gemba Day, and attendees can choose to visit one of several sites featuring Lean implementation and Lean's progress in today's building environment.

LCI 2016 Annual Congress Owner Scholarship Program and Application:

Recognizing the challenge that many owner organizations have in extending support in the form of funding for their employees to pay for registration and travel costs to attend industry conferences and training sessions, the LCI board has authorized limited funding to underwrite at least some of the expenses related to owner attendance at the annual LCI Congress, October 6-7, Chicago. If you are an owner representative interested in attending Congress but challenged to find the budget support to do so, you may consider applying for funding under the LCI scholarship program. Please complete the application below, and you will be contacted by the Congress planning team once it has had the chance to evaluate your application. We particularly want to encourage those from companies that have not attended prior LCI Congresses to apply.

Scholarship Application

Congress sponsorship and exhibit opportunities close on September 2, 2016!


  • Increase face-to-face engagement for your company/organization in a targeted market of over 1,000 people
  • Gain opportunities to communicate your company presence in our LCI Update and Congress e-mails sent out to more than 26,000 people in the Lean community
  • Make your value proposition known to your fellow owners, designers, trade partners and general contractors within the Lean community by writing blog posts to go out over the World Wide Web on the LCI Congress website.

There are only two exhibit booths left. Take advantage of these opportunities now before it's too late!
Contact Ilene Goldberg, for information to exhibit at the Congress before the booths disappear!

Sponsorship Brochure

Highlighted Congress Sponsorship:

  • Name/Logo recognition on all LCI printed literature including program, LCI website and Congress e-mails
  • Pre and Post Congress attendee lists
  • Two complimentary passes to the Corporate Member's only reception (whether or not you are a corporate member)
  • Listing in Congress app with logo and 75-word company description
  • 1 Complimentary registration for Congress week (Mon. – Fri.)
  • Ability to introduce plenary session speaker – 3 minutes
  • Name/logo on signage throughout the plenary session


  • Chris Fussell: Chris Fussell is a former Navy SEAL Officer and the current Chief of Network Management at McChrystal Group.
  • Shawn Achor, author, The Happiness Advantage: Shawn Achor is the winner of more than a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University.
  • Brad Frank, President, Tulsa Tube Bending: The company's Lean process improvement implementation is considered to be one of the best in its region.

Is Lean a Way to Win the War for Millennial Talent?

From a Q&A in the AGC Constructor magazine (July/August 2016) with Ashley Phelps of Gilbane Corporation, P. 70: Q: Can a CM/GC succeed today at winning the war for talent without Lean Construction?

The simple by its very nature is progressive and ever-changing. Similarly, millennials are always searching for the "why" and driving change. Since we strive to create a Lean environment that embraces change, doesn't it make sense to welcome workers with the same underlying drive? People are our most valuable asset, and we want to invest in our people to deliver value and results, eliminate waste and improve efficiency. I'm not just talking about material waste on a jobsite or wasted time in an overly complicated process. I extend this line of thinking to the elimination of wasted talent. Millennials are constantly challenging boundaries and policies to make sure their maximum potential is being reached. The fundamentals of Lean align with this thinking. As a construction employer, embracing Lean will only lead to greater employee satisfaction and therefore, a winning edge in the war for talent.

Join the LCI Online Conversation!

Did you know that over 78% of people in the United States today have a social media profile? Join the crowd of your peers and start networking on LCI social media today! Let us know where you're from, what projects you're working on, what awards you are winning, and how you use Lean tools and techniques in your business. Like and post to our Facebook page, connect with us on LinkedIn, and follow us on Twitter, @LeanConstruct. Follow Lean trends across the world, meet and network with people who have the same interests as you, even share photos of the projects that you are working on or ones that you have just finished. We'd love for you to share your Lean experiences with us so be sure to post them to our social media channels. For those of you who tweet to @LeanConstruct, once our new website is complete, anything you tweet will be featured on our new website's live twitter feed!

With the LCI Congress right around the corner, we want to know what everyone is doing to get ready for this event. We want to hear from you! Follow us on Twitter, @LeanConstruct and tweet what you loved most about previous Congresses, what you're most excited about for this year's Congress and where you're traveling from! Don't forget to use hashtag, #2016LeanCongress.

For more information about the LCI Congress, check out our blog. We look forward to seeing you in October at Congress in Chicago, IL, October 3-7.

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Prefab Construction On the Rise

Whether it is the use of prefab, precast concrete, or volumetric modules, offsite construction is on the rise. The construction industry is constantly looking for methods to save time and money on projects, and offsite design and construction methods are becoming more popular.

The 2016 Offsite Construction Expo in Washington, DC is the perfect opportunity to reach key partners in the offsite construction industry. Registered attendees include representatives for some of the largest multi-family general contractors in the United States.

On September 21-22 along with meeting expert offsite professionals, educational opportunities are available as case studies are presented every hour on the expo floor. Presentation topics cover the latest trends in offsite construction from the use of shipping containers to the introduction of bathroom pods into traditional onsite building.

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Exhibitor Webinar Series:

As we did last year, before Congress, we are giving each exhibitor a chance to show LCI what they intend on sharing with us at their booths. An invite to these webinars will be coming out soon so keep an eye out for it. You can also access them from our Calendar of Events. Here is a list of the exhibitors that will be presenting with us (not all exhibitors have chosen to present webinars). For a complete list of exhibitors go to


Community of Practice (CoP) Corner

The San Diego Community of Practice is having their Annual Industry Day, Friday, August 5 from 9:00am – 4:00pm PDT at San Diego State University. Learn how design schedules were compressed on the first phase of the San Ysidro border crossing project, the busiest border crossing in the world! Learn how BIM and the Last Planner® are being used together to produce incredible results during design. Updates on the current state of LCI and cutting edge research on Lean application to project delivery at UC Berkeley will also be provided. Dick Bayer will share keys to developing more collaborative cultures. Come learn what "pistanthrophobia" is and how to avoid it.

Two well-assembled panels will discuss what's working and what's not working for specialty trade contractors on Lean projects. Learn how builders can better leverage the expertise and value specialty contractors can bring to the table. We will close with an engaging owner panel discussion that includes Bob Schulz from SDSU, Randy Leopold from UCSD and John Ransom of Kaiser Permanente.

Stick around afterwards to network and enjoy the sponsored Happy Hour with local microbrews and wine.

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The CoPs were asked to put their heads together to come up with representatives to the Practice Committee. The LCI Practice Committee surveys the current state of the CoPs, acts to formalize the CoP structure and develop programs to stabilize, support and strengthen CoPs. It works to promote effective communication between CoPs and LCI headquarters, including the development of "getting started" and "onboarding" instruction manuals. Here are the CoP representatives for the Practice Committee and the CoPs they were chosen from:

Alex Gregory, Chair – Dallas Fort-Worth CoP
Bryan Bernardo, Vice Chair – Arizona CoP

Chris Malinowski – Carolinas CoP
Kevin Labrecque – Central Florida CoP
Jay Wagner – Colorado CoP
Shaun Sleeth – Los Angeles/Orange County CoP
Kurt Maldovan – National Capital Region CoP
Dan Anderson – New England CoP
Angela Bowman – Northern California CoP
Georgette Barba – Southern Florida CoP

Thank you to all who have volunteered to serve on the Practice Committee. The first meeting of the committee will be on August 24, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT. Invitations will go out soon!

For more information about becoming involved with your local Community of Practice, please contact Ilene Goldberg!


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