Lean for Young Professionals

Building awareness of Lean among students and young professionals

Lean design and construction principles are disrupting our industry; however, many students and young professionals are not made aware of Lean design and construction tools such as the Last Planner System®™ until they enter the workforce.

By learning to apply Lean to design and construction practices, students and young professionals can set themselves apart from the competition as more and more companies recognize the advantage Lean teams bring to project delivery.

The content below is meant to introduce up and coming Lean practitioners to Lean so that they can hit the ground running with a Lean mindset when they enter the workforce.

Here’s what others are saying about Lean!

The biggest impact I’ve seen through my career is the reduction of waste. I ran student organizations in college with the mentality of let’s try it and if it doesn’t work, we can try something else. Through Lean learning sessions and the LCI books, I’ve learned processes I can use to eliminate the easier spotted forms of waste and come away with valuable courses of action to attempt. Eliminating waste has increased my productivity time at work and allowed my 60-hour weeks to go to 45- to 50-hour weeks."

- McKenzie Watson, previous University of South Florida-Tampa student now working as a Project Manager at AECOM



Get connected to the Lean community

Expanding a professional network in the Lean design and construction community can lead to a successful entrance to the workforce! To build a Lean knowledge base, get connected with a local LCI Community of Practice (CoP) and attend events such as Lean Coffees and interactive workshops with regional practitioners. Find resources such as the set of 12 videos on key Lean concepts and the Lean glossary to get started with Lean!

Fill out this brief form if you are interested in getting more involved and learning more about the Lean design and construction community. Once you submit the form, someone at LCI will reach out with next steps and to connect you with a local university faculty member, an LCI Community of Practice (CoP), or an LCI member company implementing Lean. Thank you for your interest!

To keep up with learning and networking opportunities with LCI and the Lean community, create a My LCI profile! Then, follow LCI on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube to join the conversation.