How Trade Partners Are Being Impacted by “Fake Lean” (Northern California CoP)

Northern California Community of Practice

When GC’s and Trade Partners are not fully trained or committed to implementing all 5 levels of Last Planner System, it has a negative impact to the project’s quality, budget, schedule, and safety goals

This presentation will give 10 indicators that you may be faking Last Planner System on your project. We will also identify some of the impacts on Trae Partners when we “fake lean”. This presentation will give solid actions that your team can take immediately to better utilize LPS as it is designed, which will improve quality, budget, schedule, and safety

This presentation was rated as the #1 Top Presentation at the 24th LCI Congress in New Orleans.


  • Michael Villar, Nevell Group
    Michael currently serves as the Lean Director at Nevell Group Inc. NGI is an interior and exterior wall system contractor headquartered in Brea California with offices in Northern California and San Diego. Michael is responsible for developing all Lean training for the field and office as well as an in-house certification program. He is a retired Marine helicopter pilot who formerly worked as a Lean Manager at Oakley, Inc and Con-Way Freight.  Michael most recently worked as the Process Improvement Manager at KHS&S contractors, which is where he was first introduced to the construction   industry. He is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and is very active with the Lean Construction Institute. He is an LCI certified instructor in several LCI courses and has been a featured speaker and instructor at LCI Congress. He is a Core Group Member for the LA/OC CoP and has developed several training courses. Michael is passionate about advancing Lean within the construction industry and is a strong advocate for the field. He believes the focus of every Lean effort should directly benefit the field and should ensure work is put in place more efficiently and effectively