LCI Update

November 2, 2017

Sustaining Sponsors


Words of Wisdom

"Milestone planning is a process of identifying key interactions, relationships, decisions and deliverables required to release subsequent phases of a program into a high-level program milestone plan."
Target Value Delivery: Practitioner Guidebook to Implementation – Current State 2016
Chapt. 9, pg. 87

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LCI Welcomes Our New Members!

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Upcoming Events

November 8th, 2017
Mass Timber and LCI Congress recap
(Cascadia-Seattle CoP)

November 8th, 2017
Creating Clarity for the Organization: Answering the Six Critical Questions
(Northern California CoP)

November 9th, 2017
A Lean Coffee
(Upper Midwest CoP)

November 9th, 2017
A Lean Brew / Happy Hour
(National Capital Region CoP)

November 9th, 2017
A Lean Happy Hour
(Memphis and Mid-South CoP)

November 10th, 2017
Lean/IPD In Action – MSU Business School Pavilion
(Michigan CoP)

November 10th, 2017
A Lean Coffee
(Middle Tennessee CoP)

November 10th, 2017
Siemens Energy Hub Plant Tour
(Carolinas CoP)

November 13th, 2017
Lean Training:
Half Day: Last Planner System®
Half Day: Mindset of an Effective Big Room

(Northern California - Central Valley CoP)

November 14th, 2017
A Lean Coffee
(Central Indiana CoP)

November 14th, 2017
How to Contract for Integrated Project Delivery
(Colorado CoP)

November 14th, 2017
WEBINAR - Time Management and the Use of Lean Principles

November 14th, 2017
Living A Lean Culture
(Southern New England CoP)

November 14th, 2017
A Lean Coffee & LCI Congress Debrief
(Cascadia-Portland CoP)

November 14th, 2017
Panel Discussion: 19th LCI Congress
(New York State (Lean NY) CoP)

November 15th, 2017
A Lean Lunch
(Kansas City CoP)

November 15th, 2017
National Congress Download
(Arizona CoP)

November 16th, 2017
First Annual Bob Krier Award
(Chicago CoP)

November 17th, 2017
A Lean Coffee
(New Orleans CoP)

November 29th, 2017
Highlights of 2017 National LCI Congress
(Central Florida CoP)

December 1st, 2017
A Lean Coffee - Baltimore
(National Capital Region CoP)

December 5th-7th, 2017
Lean in the Public Sector (LIPS) Conference

December 7th, 2017
A Lean Coffee
(Chicago CoP)

December 12th, 2017
A Lean Coffee
(Central Indiana CoP)

December 14th, 2017
A Lean Coffee
(Upper Midwest CoP)

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May 30th, 2018 to
May 31st, 2018

Design Forum

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October 15th, 2018 to
October 19th, 2018

20th LCI Congress
(Orlando, FL)

Save the DATE!
October 14th, 2019 to
October 18th, 2019

21st LCI Congress
(Fort Worth, TX)

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LCI Congress recap and look-ahead

After another record-breaking year with more than 1,500 in attendance and an extensive program including 30 training courses, three keynotes, more than 260 speakers and four Gemba Walks, LCI and the 2017 LCI Congress planning team are pleased our attendees found such value in the annual event's content:

  • "The energy and excitement by the folks that shared their success stories was infectious."
  • "High quality content. Learning at least one thing from each of the presentations."
  • "Learning, connecting and reconnecting."
  • "I loved how the presentations were more diverse. Best Congress in my 5 years by far!"

Next year’s LCI Congress will be our 20th annual event, and the Lean community will take over Orlando, Fla., from Oct. 15-19. Sign up to be notified when the 2018 LCI Congress call for abstracts opens!

The 2018 LCI Congress Orlando planning team is eager to take action on the feedback entered by attendees along with the tips shared by the 2017 planning team during the annual LCI Congress Lessons Learned meeting.

LCI is hugely grateful for the support around LCI Congress and each year, we rely on the local planning team volunteers and the LCI Community of Practice (CoP) closest to the host city to rally companies regionally to get involved through attending, sponsoring, exhibiting, or presenting on a current Lean challenge.

Special thanks to the 2017 LCI Congress core planning team for all their efforts in putting together this year’s in-depth program!

Thank you to the LCI Congress sponsors and exhibitors who play a huge part in delivering value to our attendees. You can watch each 2017 LCI Congress exhibitor webinar here.

Save the date for the 20th annual LCI Congress!

Relive #LCICongress17 through photos
and the recap videos!

Tuesday        Wednesday        Thursday


Tues-Wed recap video        Thurs recap video

LCI corporate members, apply to
be an Improved Instructor –
LCI Education Committee

To meet our members’ needs for more accessible and frequent training in Lean design and construction implementation, the LCI Education Committee developed LCI Learning Modules that can be presented at Community of Practice (CoP) events or internally at LCI corporate member companies.

LCI is seeking effective, engaging and knowledgeable LCI corporate member Lean practitioners to apply to become LCI Improved Instructors who can fill in the training gaps in between our national events by teaching the LCI Learning Modules. Fill out the LCI Improved Instructor Application found in the link below as a first step!

Apply to be an Improved Instructor

CoP Leaders collaborate to
build strong foundations

LCI CoPs need the participation of LCI corporate member companies to build a strong foundation! Are there Lean leaders in your company who can commit to joining a local CoP Core Group? Find the CoP closest to you and get involved!

CoP Leaders connected during their bi-annual face-to-face National Practice Team meeting during the 2017 LCI Congress in Anaheim, Calif., which included select CoPs (listed below) highlighting specific successes experienced by their CoP this year.

  • Tim VanAntwerp, Michigan CoP, Building a Strong Core Group
  • Greg Lusignan, New Orleans CoP, Grassroots Event Marketing
  • Jake Snyder, Austin CoP, CoP Leaders Connect and Collaborate (I-35 Corridor)

In the coming month, CoP Core Groups will be working to build their 2018 Strategic Plans, which will focus on growing Capacity, Demand, Knowledge and Value around their local geography.

Does your CoP have an innovative idea to share? Send it to Denise Erminger,!

Find your CoP – Get Connected!

Don’t lose your Lean momentum –
keep learning!

You can choose from four books on LCI's online shop that will help guide you along your Lean journey. Use the short chapters from our best-selling book, Transforming Design and Construction, to start a conversation around a simple Lean concept or keep Target Value Delivery by your side as a practitioner guide for implementation.

Start book shopping!

Avoid the biggest time waster on the planet

Register for the Time Management and the Use of Lean Principles webinar on November 14 at 11 a.m. EDT to explore how you can handle time wasters like emails, phone calls and meetings. Brent Darnell, owner and president of Brent Darnell International, will start the webinar by examining long-term goals, then he will reveal the biggest time waster on the planet and teach students powerful methods to manage time.

Sign up for the webinar!

LCI Board engages Lean Leaders
for a fresh perspective

At every LCI Congress, the LCI board of directors meets on LCI’s current and future plans, programs and objectives, but this year, LCI Board Chair Mark Konchar changed it up. For the first time, each board member invited a “Lean Leader”: a young professional within the same organization who is advancing Lean. The Lean Leaders were asked to observe the board meeting and offer a fresh perspective on how LCI can achieve its vision to "transform the built environment through Lean implementation."

After observing day 1 of the board meeting, the Lean Leaders adjourned to a separate room, discussed their observations, and developed a report that touched on and provided detailed recommendations on the following overarching themes:

  • Promoting Lean demand is appropriate but not sufficient. LCI must also address workforce capacity issues and stimulate the teaching of Lean concepts in university and trade program curriculums.
  • LCI student groups in universities could engage students, along with discounted membership and event scholarships.
  • The LCI Congress program could be reconfigured to promote clarity and enhance value in several areas.
  • Encourage companies to “realign mindsets” to foster Lean approaches and eliminate bad behaviors as they train new recruits and identify and groom Lean Leaders early in their careers.

The LCI board saw the Lean Leader session as a real asset in helping expand its thinking on topics and means to better engage the Lean Leaders of the future. We will continue to seek to engage this group and other young professionals in discussions around LCI's future goals, objectives and strategies.

Lean in Public Sector (LIPS) Conference 2017

For the first time, LIPS Conference will be in Santiago, Chile for practitioners to share lessons learned in Lean construction, Lean government, Lean Service and Lean Enterprise transformations. This three-day event Dec. 5-7 will address Lean and BIM (building information modeling), sustainability (economic, environmental and social), and how an organization can get started with implementing Lean.

More info on LIPS 2017

Lean Construction and the Long Term –
LCI-UK Lean Summit 2017

LCI Board Member Digby Christian, Director of Integrated Lean Project Delivery at Sutter Health will be among the keynotes at The LCI-UK Summit 2017 on Dec. 26 sharing genuine experience and advice on how to deal with the challenges that come along with implementing Lean construction. Register for small interactive group sessions and networking in Birmingham, England.

Book the LCI-UK Lean Summit


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