LCI Update

September 6, 2018

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"Expanding the focus to the whole project team, the research findings show that more integration and better communication are the most effective mitigating factors against overall uncertainty."
Managing Uncertainty and Expectations in Building Design and Construction

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Upcoming Events

September 7th, 2018
A Lean Coffee
(Georgia CoP)

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September 11th, 2018
Last Planners' Workshop
(Minneapolis, Minn.)

September 11th, 2018
A Lean Coffee – Choosing By Advantages
(Austin CoP)

September 12th, 2018
Target Value Delivery
(San Antonio CoP)

September 12th, 2018
A Lean Lunch
(Kansas City CoP)

September 12th, 2018
Lean Construction in Design
(Northern California CoP)

September 12th, 2018
Owner Benefits of a Lean Value Definition Approach to Pre-Design Planning
(Northern California - Sacramento CoP)

September 13th, 2018
Great Design
Enabled by Lean

(Central Indiana CoP)

September 14th, 2018
Introduction to Last Planner System®
(Colorado CoP)

September 17th, 2018 to
September 19th, 2018

Workshop Report Out on Takt Planning - P2SL
(UC Berkeley)

September 18th, 2018
A Lean Coffee
(Central Indiana CoP)

September 18th, 2018
A Lean Coffee
(Alabama CoP)

September 18th, 2018
2018 LCI Congress Preview
(Cascadia-Portland CoP)

September 19th, 2018
Beyond BIM – Lean Design
(Cascadia-Seattle CoP)

September 19th, 2018
Introduction to Last Planner System®
(Kansas City CoP)

September 20th, 2018
A Tale of Two IPD Projects & The Building of Tron (Florida & Shanghai): Comparison of Lean Construction Techniques
(Central Florida - Tampa CoP)

September 21st, 2018
Rapid Fire Construction Prefabrication Symposium
(Michigan CoP)

September 21st, 2018
A Tale of Two IPD Projects & The Building of Tron (Florida & Shanghai): Comparison of Lean Construction Techniques
(Central Florida - Orlando CoP)

September 26th, 2018
Taste of 2018 LCI Congress: Panel Discussion-Cook Children's Medical Center Integration Team Growth Through Lessons Learned
(Dallas / Fort Worth CoP)

September 28th, 2018
A Lean Coffee
(Colorado CoP)

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October 15th, 2018 to
October 19th, 2018

20th LCI Congress
(Orlando, FL)

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May 29th, 2019 to
May 30th, 2019

2019 Design Forum
(Chicago, IL)

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October 14th, 2019 to
October 18th, 2019

21st LCI Congress
(Fort Worth, TX)

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October 19th, 2020 to
October 23th, 2020

22nd LCI Congress
(Detroit, MI)

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Next Monday: Last chance to save on your registration for the 20th LCI Congress!

Act by Sept. 10 to save when you make your plans to discover the latest Lean methods at the 2018 LCI Congress in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 15–19. Be a part of sessions designed specifically for your role in Lean design and construction, and experience opportunities to expand your understanding of Lean by listening to success stories and challenges from peers across the industry.

No matter where you are on your Lean journey, you don't want to miss this chance to gain innovative ideas that you can begin implementing on your next project. Register by Monday, Sept. 10, midnight ET to save on registration!

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This year's Congress features three keynote presentations from these Lean thought-leaders that you won't want to miss:

David Marquet, best-selling author of Turn the Ship Around and former Navy captain; David will speak to a workplace where everyone engages and contributes their
full intellectual capacity.

Jim Kelly, speaker, thought-leader and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback; Jim will share his life story of overcoming debilitating obstacles and what it means to be "Kelly Tough".

Al Manshum, senior vice president of support services at Advocate Aurora Health; Al will speak to Advocate's Lean journey, successes and Lessons Learned.

Your chance to sponsor or exhibit at
LCI Congress ends today!

Today, Sep. 6, is your last chance to reserve your spot as a sponsor of the 20th Annual LCI Congress with more than 1,600 learners and innovators. If you are seeking to introduce or reaffirm your company's name and ideals in the Lean community, the LCI Congress offers several sponsorship opportunities to fit your needs. Email Ilene Goldberg,, now to be a thought-leader at the largest Lean design and construction event in the US.

A few sponsorship opportunities benefitting you:

  • Coffee Cup Sponsor ($10,000) – Put your company's logo and tagline on the coffee cups used throughout the Congress! The coffee ups are set out where coffee is served throughout the day and at Lean Coffees. Cups are double-sided with lids included. Logo will be in full-color on both sides of cups.
  • Gold Sponsor ($9,000) – List your company in the Congress app and gain recognition in the program, emails and website. Plus, you get complimentary registrations to the event!
  • Silver Sponsor ($6,000) – Place your company's name on all emails, in the printed program and on the LCI Congress website. Then, send two people to the core program, Oct. 17-18, to participate in the learning!

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Your opportunities

Discounts of up to 65% off
eLearning available now!

What if you could train more team members for less money and in less time than with classroom learning? With LCI's Introduction to the Last Planner System® eLearning course, you can learn LPS implementation at your own pace from any smart device.

LCI corporate members are eligible for up to 65 percent off in volume discounts by emailing! Learners who complete each knowledge check and the final assessment with a score of 80 percent or higher can download a set of LPS standard work documents for implementation, a certificate of completion and a badge to be added to an email signature. Find a preview of the course and a list of benefits and pricing on the eLearning page.

Busy design and construction practitioners will benefit from the interactivity of the Introduction to Last Planner System® eLearning course that comes in the form of exercises and knowledge checks that require a minimum 80 percent correct to advance to the next module. With eLearning, learners can work on their own schedule from any smart device rather than taking time off work to travel for classroom learning.

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Contribute to LCI's next research initiative

The LCI Research Committee is working on the next initiative and 2018 LCI Congress attendees can learn about and contribute by attending one or all three 90-minute research sessions on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at no extra cost. The sessions available on online registration include:

  • Updating and Expanding the Last Planner System® (8:30 a.m.)
  • Defining a Lean Deployment Planning Procedure (10:30 a.m.)
  • Validation: A Structured Approach for the Owner to Validate their Business Case Description (1:00 p.m.)

Previous Lean design and construction research findings will be shared during the core program, Oct. 17-18, with a new take on how teams can use it for next steps in improving project delivery. Don't forget to register as registration prices increase after Sep. 10 and sessions are already at capacity. For more information, contact Joan Piccariello,

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Community of Practice (CoP) Corner -
Celebrating Bob Krier Award Night
& a new CoP

The LCI Chicago CoP is accepting nominations of Lean teams or projects for the 2nd Annual Bob Krier Award Night until Sep. 10. The award-winning team or project that meets the criteria and embodies the values of the late Bob Krier, a Lean pioneer in the Chicago market, will be announced during the event on Nov. 15. With the skilled labor shortage in mind, the LCI Chicago CoP will also award a scholarship to a deserving AEC student in Bob's honor.

If your company is interested in sponsoring a Lean Lab space to highlight a Lean project and contribute to the scholarship fund, contact Chicago CoP Leader Chris Matus, Stay tuned for registration opening!

Learn more about Bob Krier Award Night

LCI is excited to welcome the LCI Greater Des Moines CoP to our list of Lean communities! If you live in the Greater Des Moines area, email Andrea Mowers at, to begin receiving event invitations in your area. Watch for more information as they plan to host their first CoP event in mid-Fall. For more information on a LCI CoP near you and how getting involved can benefit your professional career, email Denise Erminger at

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Congratulate our 2018 award winners!

Each year at LCI Congress, two Lean thought-leaders in the Lean community are presented an award for their volunteer efforts advancing the industry's Lean journey. Congratulate both either on LinkedIn or at the 2018 LCI Congress where they will take the stage and receive their awards.

  • Rebecca Snelling, vice president, national Lean director, JE Dunn, is receiving the LCI Chairman's Award for her significant role in steering LCI education since 2012 including becoming the Education Committee chair in 2014 and later hosting a knowledge-transfer session that lead to the development of LCI's "Target Value Delivery" book. She is one of the few LCI Instructors approved to lead the Target Value Delivery course and encourages capable JE Dunn Lean leaders to become LCI Instructors too so that they can teach at LCI CoP workshops around the country.
  • Henry Nutt, sheet metal general superintendent, Southland Industries, is receiving the LCI Pioneer Award for his significant time spent supporting LCI education, research, standards and LCI CoPs. Henry took a pioneering role in transforming Southland from a traditional installer to a leader in Lean installations and has championed Lean practices across Southland offices for the last 8 years. Read about Henry's Lean journey in his Lean expert insight.

COAA's owner-focused
leadership opportunities

Planning, design and construction professionals learn and collaborate at COAA events, and three opportunities are upcoming in La Jolla, California, Nov. 13-16. Register and learn more about each event such as the schedules and who attends:

Owners needed to develop a new, interactive project planning and budgeting tool

A group of associations and companies led by the AIA Large Firm Round Table commissioned Dodge Data & Analytics to develop a new, interactive project planning and budgeting tool powered by a database of actual project experiences so that owners and their teams can better anticipate and manage risk to improve building projects. The Dodge team is ready to interview owners of recent education, healthcare and office projects in the "pilot" stage of the new "Managing Uncertainty" project database and are now recruiting owners to participate in confidential, 30-minute interviews.

The team is asking for owners' help in populating the database so all can benefit. Dodge is interviewing office, education and healthcare owners about scope, budget, quality and cost outcomes, the impacts of specific uncertainty factors, and measures used to manage project risk on past projects. Individual project data will be kept confidential and only used anonymously with other "similar projects."

This one-page invitation describes the opportunity and benefits for participants. Interested owners can email Donna Laquidara-Carr, Dodge Data & Analytics, at

New CURT "Owner Trends" study reveals project relationships as a
key avenue to change

The Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) recently commissioned a study on owner and contractor perceptions about how to create significantly more positive project outcomes. They asked the question, WHAT ONE CHANGE IN OUR INDUSTRY WOULD BE THE MOST IMPACTFUL IN ACHIEVING PROJECT SUCCESS? The answers were somewhat surprising:

  • Twenty-two percent of owner responses included Lean Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), with another 39 percent referencing the establishment of strong relationships. Approximately two-thirds of owners and contractors overall feel relationships and integration are essential to project performance.
  • CURT has made great strides over the years in acknowledging the benefits of Lean construction and encouraging its members to learn more. This study represents an unprompted response indicating that awareness of the benefits of Lean is becoming more pervasive across the owner and contractor base that CURT influences.

Download the 2018 Owner Trends study


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