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Lean isn’t just for the giants – Sustaining Sponsor Blog Corner

Monday, February 22, 2021

Medium-sized contractors should be the standard-bearers for Lean. Not only do they have a clear financial incentive to maximize productivity, but their business leaders are less siloed and more likely to interact with team members in the field. Getting to Gemba is less complicated than in a larger organization, and it should be easier to foster a culture of communication, collaboration and respect...

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LCI honors Dean Reed, with Pioneer Award at upcoming LCI Congress

Monday, September 28, 2020

ARLINGTON, Va. – Sept. 21, 2020 — The Lean Construction Institute (LCI) will recognize DPR Construction’s Dean Reed for his outstanding service to the construction industry and the Lean community by honoring him with the Pioneer Award at its 22nd Annual Congress. 2020 Pioneer Award Winner: Dean Reed The Pioneer Award recognizes individuals who have moved the design and construction industr...

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LCI honors Christian Pikel, with Chairman’s Award at upcoming LCI Congress

Monday, September 28, 2020

ARLINGTON, Va. – Sept. 28, 2020 — The Lean Construction Institute (LCI) will recognize The ReAlignment Group’s Christian Pikel for his work moving the design and construction industry forward through LCI’s mission by honoring him with the Chairman Award at its 22nd Annual Congress. 2020 Chairman Award Winner: Christian Pikel The Chairman’s Award recognizes individuals who have moved th...

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What is your company doing to transform its Lean practices due to the impact of COVID-19?

Monday, August 17, 2020

LCI is giving away one free registration to the 22nd LCI Congress core program valued at $695, offered virtually Oct. 20-23, to the winner of our LCI Corporate Member COVID-19 Lean Solutions Campaign! To enter, post the link to your company’s blog post on how your organization has: modified its approaches to continue to employ Lean methods and tools; or put in place Lean practices des...

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Lean Thinking During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

In 2016, the staff at the Lynn Community Health Center (LCHC) implemented a PDCA approach in the clinic. PDCA is part of the Lean thinking process. They began by trying to reduce chaos. Part of the PDCA approach is to reduce factors that impede work flow, by doing so the staff is able to gain stability. Every week team members documented problems they were facing and the impacts of those issues to...

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Promoting Diversity in the Workplace

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Dome received survey results in early 2018 that indicated that women do not see as much professional growth opportunity for them at Dome as men do. Internally we discussed this issue and the fact that we believed we were doing all the right things, yet women were still leaving the company, getting stalled on the career ladder, and indicating general dissatisfaction. We decided to use our Lean Th...

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Remembering Gregory Howell

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the recent passing of Greg Howell, one of the co-founders of the Lean Construction Institute and of the Lean Design and Construction discipline itself. Together with his friend and colleague Glenn Ballard, Greg was a true pioneer in conceiving and developing the concepts and tools that remain foundational in extending Lean thinking to the built environm...

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LCI Member Companies and COVID-19

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

LCI conducted a survey of member companies to gather information on how they have adjusted Lean practices as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was reported that 93.8% of companies have adjusted Lean practices as a result of the pandemic. Those practices include social distancing requirements (6 feet apart), having virtual meetings, temperature scanning and disinfecting equipment. Some speci...

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What you can expect from the virtual Lean in Design Forum

Monday, May 11, 2020

Adjusting to our new normal, no matter how temporary, means reimagining how we connect and learn. This year’s Lean in Design Forum is a prime example. The now virtual event may look and feel different, but the cutting-edge content, expert presentations, and compelling discussions planned will maintain the same caliber as years past. Maybe even better — this year, we have the unique opportunity...

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Speaker Spotlight: Meet the Experts Presenting at 2020 Design Forum

Monday, May 4, 2020

LCI’s virtual Lean in Design Forum, May 27–28, will feature industry experts, each bringing a unique perspective to inspire attendees. Get to know the plenary speakers who will share how equity, diversity and inclusion has strengthened their teams and advanced their work: Dan Heinemeier As LCI’s executive director, Dan Heinemeier is responsible to the Board of Directors for LCI’s progr...

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Takt Planning & Scheduling and COVID-19

Friday, May 1, 2020

What does Takt Planning & Scheduling have to do with COVID-19? Takt Planning & Scheduling could be one of the most important construction practices to keep both your workers and your bottom line healthy. This is because Takt Planning & Scheduling treats “space” as a critical constraint. On an assembly line, workers have a designated space to do their work. Similarly, with Takt P...

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Modular Construction and Prefabrication Support Healthcare Builds

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

In an effort to respond quickly and effectively in the current crisis, design and construction companies have been hard at work supporting the construction of new or temporary healthcare facility builds as well as modifying, when necessary, existing structures. Modular construction has become a popular choice for teams who are working to increase hospital bed capacity. Some LCI member companies...

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Strengthen your team’s collaboration by embracing equity, diversity and inclusion

Friday, April 17, 2020

To keep our community safe and healthy but still connected, the Lean in Design Forum is now being held virtually May 27–28. Architects, engineers, preconstruction professionals, general contractors, owners and more will come together from the safety of their own homes to discuss the collective skills and commitment that play a huge role in the success of the design community. When teams feel not...

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Why should you participate in the virtual 2020 Lean in Design Forum?

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Register now to explore equity, diversity and inclusion in high-performing teams This year, we’ve shifted our plans for the Lean in Design Forum in response to COVID-19 and will be going virtual for the first time. The program will stay intact --  all participants, including architects, engineers and preconstruction professionals will still have the opportunity to dive deep into interactive...

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Searching for the Lost “Art of Milestones” by Perry L. Thompson

Monday, April 13, 2020

Milestones, we all know what they are and what we are supposed to do with them, right? Well, from this trade partner's perspective, the significance of milestones has been forgotten, and is a lost art. Unless, of course, we are talking about the “end date” milestone. Some would argue the “start date” is just as problematic and essential, but I would suggest the “start date” seems ...

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