Welcome to Lean Design & Construction!

Lean Construction Institute (LCI) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1997. The Institute operates as a catalyst to transform the industry through lean project delivery using an operating system centered on a common language, fundamental principles, and basic practices. We have these broad goals:

  • Create Industry Demand for Lean
  • Grow and Sustain Members
  • Develop Lean Knowledge
  • Develop Lean Capacity
  • Develop Collaboration and Distribution Channels

Getting Started on Pull Planning (Cascadia-Portland CoP)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Pull planning is one of the fundamental concepts underlying lean project delivery. Join the Cascadia-Portland Community of Practice for an evening devoted to the basics of pull planning and case studies from 2 teams that used basic pull planning techniques with very positive results. The benefits they realized included much better understanding of the work and early identification of key sequencing details that allowed the teams to complete challenging projects with fewer conflicts, disruptions and less friction. The case studies will reveal the good news is that you don’t need to be an expert to get started and gain solid benefits and any member of the supply chain can utilize the core concepts to make their work run smoother.

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Gemba Walk - The Secret Weapon to Continuous Improvement (New England CoP)

Friday, October 17th, 2014


What is a Gemba Walk?
It's common to hear Lean practitioners say that they are "at (or on) the gemba." Gemba, loosely translated as "actual place", represents a purposeful attempt to observe what is REALLY going on, as real improvement requires a shop-floor, focus-based observation of current conditions where the work is done. In the case of a hospital, this means how patients ultimately experience services.

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Featured Article

Monday, September 15, 2014

Public agencies may want to take a good look at some recently released results of what is believed to be the largest study of lean construction programs ever conducted in the United States. The study reports that a lean strategy enabled San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) to save an average of $900,000 per project and $13.6 million in change orders over past experience, yield an additional $7.7 million in project savings, and reduce maintenance costs by 53 percent over a three-year period.