Learn About the Lean Construction Institute (LCI)

We empower our industry to create more efficient, safe, collaborative and innovative work.

What is Our Vision?

A healthy and thriving building industry delivering outstanding project outcomes every time for everyone.
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What is Our Mission?

To lead the building industry in transforming its practices and culture.
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Why Lean?

The Lean Construction Institute believes in the power of Lean principles, methods and practices to transform the built environment for all stakeholders, from designers and constructors to trade partners and owners.

LCI at a Glance

LCI is a non-profit organization created in 1997. Its purpose is to transform the design and build environment through reforming production management in design, engineering and construction for capital facilities. LCI has developed the Lean Project Delivery System™ (LPDS) that applies lean principles pioneered in manufacturing to construction. LPDS tools facilitate planning and control, maximize value, and minimize waste throughout the design and construction process. LCI’s national headquarters is located in Arlington, VA.

Why LCI?

We’re transforming the built environment through Lean research, education and industry outreach. Explore our flip book to see why joining LCI can elevate your organization today.

Who is LCI?

The Lean Construction Institute is a membership-based organization seeking to bring together change makers, visionaries, thought leaders and influencers across every capacity of the AEC industry. We passionately want to fix what’s broken and transform the design and construction industry for the benefit of all project stakeholders.

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History of LCI

LCI was formed in 1997 by Glenn Ballard and Greg Howell as a way to develop and disseminate new knowledge regarding the management of work in projects. Explore our interactive timeline to better understand the history of the Lean Construction Institute.

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How We Serve The Building Industry

Facilitating Knowledge and Understanding
With help from our incredible member base across the design and construction industries, we share, promote and spread the benefits of Lean thinking and Lean methodology.
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Providing a Home Base through Communities of Practice
LCI nationally supported Communities of Practice (CoPs) offer opportunities to connect locally, participate in education courses and workshops, hear from local Lean project teams, attend Gemba walks, and more.
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Hosting Education Events
From LCI Congress, the biggest Lean education event of the year, to local events hosted by communities of practice - LCI is committed to transforming the built environment by providing endless opportunities for educational and professional growth.
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Join The Lean Transformation

Join us through local, national and virtual events, resources, education, research products, certification programs, local communities of practice and more. Become a member to get access to even more knowledge that will move your Lean journey forward, plus obtain discounts on events.

Lean Assessments

How strong is your Lean knowledge? Take a Lean assessment to determine your current state so you have a baseline for improvement. Lean assessments are available for individuals, teams, and organizations alike. Whether you’re new to Lean or are an experienced Lean practitioner, Lean assessments are a great way to get started at LCI!