Introduction to Last Planner – “Villego” Training Event (Michigan CoP)

Michigan Community of Practice

Join us for a hands-on workshop into the Last Planner System®. No experience is required. The workshop is being facilitated by Jeff Creighton (Director of Lean and Team Development, Barton Malow) and Tariq Abdelhamid (Chief Lean Enterprise Officer/ Associate Professor of Lean Construction, Michigan State University).

Professionals across the construction industry are introducing a new approach to planning their work, generically referred to as Pull Planning, and branded by the Lean Construction Institute as the Last Planner System. This approach focuses on collaborative and commitment-based production planning to balance the workflow, minimize variation, and improve reliability.

The Villego workshop, based on work from Lean Construction Practitioners, is designed to illustrate the differences between traditional planning methods (Push system) versus the Last Planner System (Pull system of production). Attendees will leave with the basic knowledge and skills needed to enhance their daily work and bring this methodology onto their worksites.


  • Jeff Creighton, Director of Lean and Team Development at Barton Malow, has 28 years of experience collaboratively managing and working on projects within the construction and manufacturing industries. He was introduced to Lean Methodologies in 2008, while working as a Project Manager for a Steel Manufacturer and has been fully immersed in the body of knowledge ever since. Currently, he works within Barton Malow’s Project Controls Group, focusing heavily on field operations.
  • Tariq Abdelhamid is Chief Lean Enterprise Officer with the Student Life and Engagement   (SLE) Division at Michigan State University (MSU) since 2013. He is also an Associate Professor of Lean Construction at MSU, and project teams coach since 2000. Trained by Greg Howell & Glenn Ballard (Lean Construction Institute co-founders), He is the co-founder and co-Editor of  the Lean Construction Journal, a certified AGC LCEP, Project Management Professional, and Improved LCI  instructor, and a current LCI Research Fellow.


Continental breakfast and lunch are Included.