New Orleans

LCI Community of Practice

New Orleans, LA

Welcome to the LCI New Orleans Community of Practice (CoP)! Our CoP goal is to provide a venue for the local Lean community to learn, share, and network within the design and construction industry.  Please join us as we roll out an agenda filled with Lean coffees for stimulating conversation, training and education sessions for practical application, and case study events to support continuous learning.

What We Do

As a member of the Lean Construction Institute, we will share informational programs from the most forward thinking and creative minds available to bring to the forefront the best Lean practices of the industry and further develop a Lean Culture that will simplify our processes, build collaborative teams, and create an environment of continuous improvement.

Lean Roadshow

Join us in New Orleans on April 13th for the Lean Roadshow for top-quality Lean learning in your backyard.

The Lean Roadshow offers attendees foundational information and hands-on learning simulations. Focusing on in-depth education and more advanced applications of Lean principles, the Lean Roadshow promotes education in a real-world context. Check out the upcoming schedule to find the next Lean Roadshow near you. Space is limited, register today!

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NOLA Lean – Making a Community within a Community

The New Orleans Community of Practice (CoP) has focused on ways to meet people where they’re at since its inception in 2017. Like other LCI CoP’s, the success of the endeavor to form a lasting lean community relies on local volunteers willing to dedicate their time, talent, and energy. The payoff is not immediate, but those leading the effort are likely to gain value in terms of: professional development, new friendships, and as a gateway to connect with other Lean change makers in the broader lean community.

Current and former leaders of the NOLA CoP will be on hand to unpack their successes and stumbling blocks with forming a community of lean practitioners within the broader LCI community and within the local fabric of New Orleans.

We’ll cover the following highlights:
1) Big picture story – A few stats and a brief recap of Forming, Storming, & Norming
2) Strategies for meeting participants where they are on their journey
3) Strategies for meeting volunteers where they are on their journey
4) The Power of Association
5) The Power of gentle nudges and other Lean Leadership tips

Congress 2023 TRACK: Serve & Celebrate—Projects & Teams that Tie It All Together

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Core Members

New Orleans CoP
  • Events Leader - Jeremy Atkinson, Landis Construction, LLC
  • Leader Emeritus - Tom Weathers, RNGD, A Palmisano Company
  • Member - Stephen Darre, LACHIN Architects
  • Member - Aaron Baltzly, Emser Tile
  • Member - Sidd Patel, Impetus
  • Member - Dennis Hoffman, Broadmoor, LLC
  • Member - Jake Webster, New Orleans City Park Conservatory
  • Member - Kelli Cagel, ABC Bayou Chapter
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Field Crew Huddle

Explore the Field Crew Huddle website to see how community of practice members are contributing to a platform for sharing methods, improvements and lessons learned on project sites or shops. Want to be featured? Now accepting submissions.

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Upcoming Local Events


Building Strong Teams - Three Perspectives

New Orleans Community of Practice

Upcoming National Events


LCI Certification: What Is the Difference?


Annual Sponsors

This year the New Orleans CoP has a group of annual sponsors whose contribution help fund local events and workshops to promote awareness and adoption of Lean. We thank all of our 2024 CoP sponsors for their commitment to continuous improvement! If you are interested in sponsoring the NOLA CoP, learn more about available opportunities HERE!

New Orleans CoP - 2024