Lean Construction Events: Classes, Workshops, and Lean Coffee

Lean Events

Collaboration & Integration

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01
Wed
07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Events
07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
LCI Lean in Design Forum 2024
Events
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Designers, architects, engineers, and anyone involved in construction design are invited to attend the 2024 LCI Lean in Design Forum this spring. We’ll come together for a valuable exploration of how design benefits from Lean thinking and practices. This unique event will illustrate the potential of integrating Lean methods into designers’ workflows. Join us to discover the benefits that Lean approaches can bring to designers. This year’s Design Forum theme focuses on the marriage of Lean and Design Thinking. Our LCI community will discuss the advantages of integrating Lean into Design Thinking — a nonlinear, iterative process that promotes understanding of true human needs, challenges assumptions, and redefines problems to help create innovative solutions, prototyping, and testing. We’ll also emphasize...
02
Thu
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Wisconsin Community of Practice
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
MADISON AREA Panel Discussion -
Wisconsin Community of Practice
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Early Integration to Accelerate Project Delivery
07
Tue
07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Oklahoma Community of Practice
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Nashville Community of Practice
07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
A Lean Coffee
Oklahoma Community of Practice
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The topic of discussion for the Lean Coffee is as follows: Come learn and discuss Weekly work plans – different types, what works and share your struggles. Join us for a Lean Coffee to learn and support each other in our Lean endeavors! Take part in an open conversation in a safe, small and low-pressure environment about the topics that are relevant to our Lean community. We want to hear about the problems you are solving, the issues you want to solve, and lessons you’ve learned on your Lean Journey. No previous Lean experience is required.
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Lean in Safety
Nashville Community of Practice
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Panel discussion on Lean in Safety from a perspective of a local Designer, Manufacturer, Trade Partner, and General Contractor.
08
Wed
05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Northern California Community of Practice
05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Introduction to the Last Planner System & Owner, Architect,
Northern California Community of Practice
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Trade Partner Panel
09
Thu
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Carolinas Community of Practice
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Central Indiana Community of Practice
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
A Lean Coffee - CHARLOTTE
Carolinas Community of Practice
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Join us for a Lean Coffee to learn and support each other in our Lean endeavors! Take part in an open conversation in a safe, small and low-pressure environment about the topics that are relevant to our Lean community. We want to hear about the problems you are solving, the issues you want to solve, and lessons you’ve learned on your Lean Journey. No previous Lean experience is required.
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Building a Lean Culture: Transforming Your Organization
Central Indiana Community of Practice
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for Success
10
Fri
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Ohio Valley Community of Practice
08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St. Louis Community of Practice
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Michigan Community of Practice
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
A Lean Coffee
Ohio Valley Community of Practice
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Join us for a Lean Coffee to learn and support each other in our Lean endeavors! Take part in an open conversation in a safe, small and low-pressure environment about the topics that are relevant to our Lean community. We want to hear about the problems you are solving, the issues you want to solve, and lessons you’ve learned on your Lean Journey. No previous Lean experience is required.
08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Industry Event: Real Talk - Last Planner in Action Forum
St. Louis Community of Practice
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Come see how other construction teams are using Last Planner System® (LPS) to improve their project outcomes. This is an interactive, high-impact, practitioner-led forum to discuss best practices, challenges, and successes on LPS implementation. Project managers and superintendents (GC’s, trade partners, owners) are strongly encouraged to attend. This event will empower you and your team to take LPS to the next level.
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Lean Coffee
Michigan Community of Practice
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Join us for a Lean Coffee to learn and support each other in our Lean  endeavors! Take part in an open conversation in a safe, small and  low-pressure environment about the topics that are relevant to our Lean  community. We want to hear about the problems you are solving, the  issues you want to solve, and lessons you’ve learned on your Lean  Journey.  No previous Lean experience is required.
14
Tue
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Greater Des Moines Community of Practice
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
RCS Millwork Process Improvement Shop Tour
Greater Des Moines Community of Practice
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This month’s meeting will kick off our series on process improvement with a tour of the RCS millwork shop. RCS is a premier millwork operation proving planning, manufacturing, design, and support services across the country. They’ll demonstrate some of their manufacturing process as well as some recent upgrades they have made to make their shop even more productive.
15
Wed
11:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Carolinas Community of Practice
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Arizona Community of Practice
05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Northern California Community of Practice
11:30 AM - 04:00 PM
TVD Workshop: Harnessing Target Value Delivery for
Carolinas Community of Practice
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An Enhanced Project Experience Join us for a highly interactive workshop where you will come away with an understanding of how to harness the power of Target Value Delivery
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Lean Happy Hour at Buehler Engineering's office
Arizona Community of Practice
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Join us for a Lean Happy Hour to learn and support each other in our Lean endeavors! Take part in an open conversation in a safe, small and low-pressure environment about the topics that are relevant to our Lean community. We want to hear about the problems you are solving, the issues you want to solve, and lessons you’ve learned on your Lean Journey. No previous Lean experience is required.
05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Lean Behavior Tools and Practices
Northern California Community of Practice
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Over the last 25 years, LCI has developed an extensive tool kit of Lean Best Practices. What we have been missing, until now, is a tool kit of leadership best practices – leadership skills that can be used at every level from work crew to executive leadership. LCI now has an expansive kit of practical leadership tools, collected and introduced in a new, two-day “High Performance Leadership Workshop”. The tools can be learned in bite-sized chunks and adapted for project teams and companies and applied to: Meetings (from 1 on 1 to Big Room), Interpersonal Communications/Conflict Interventions, Effective Stakeholder Engagement, Collaborative (win/win) decision making, and collaborative problem solving. Becoming familiar with the 5 leadership arenas in which the tools are...
16
Thu
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Carolinas Community of Practice
08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnesota Community of Practice
03:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Chicago Community of Practice
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
A Lean Coffee - GREENVILLE
Carolinas Community of Practice
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Join us for our bi-monthly in-person Lean Coffee! New, curious, and seasoned, Lean construction professionals are welcome to share, learn, and question all things lean related! Come with an open mind and prepared to foster relationships as we travel this lean journey together!
08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Practical Tools to Win Next Week
Minnesota Community of Practice
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Learn how to improve your weekly planning as a trade partner, designer, general contractor, or owner. Ryan Ring will present tools and methods that you can implement today to start winning next week; hint: Last Planner System isn’t the only way to win! Informal discussion to follow if you’d like to stay past 10:00 AM.
03:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Creating Flow - How to Speed Past Roadblocks on the Jobsite
Chicago Community of Practice
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The number one type of waste experienced on jobsites is waiting. Construction teams and crews often can spend valuable days/weeks/months waiting on hand-offs, RFI Responses, Submittal Information and countless others.  These items are Roadblocks to your efforts of building. Imagine how much happier project teams would be if we could eliminate that waste?  Join us to learn about and practice proven ways to overcome roadblocks with Jobsite Flow so that you can start being happier tomorrow: Daily Huddles, 5S and compressing communication even if you are not on an integrated team. This event continues the LCI Chicago Community of Practice’s journey of Bridging the Gap between office and field, and our commitment to better integrating between construction and design.
17
Fri
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
New Orleans Community of Practice
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Salt Lake City Community of Practice
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
The 5C’s of Onboarding
New Orleans Community of Practice
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Every new project has its own challenges, processes, and expectations. Effective onboarding can be instrumental to aligning each stakeholder on the project team, and helps ensure a positive work environment for all. Join us for “The 5C’s of Onboarding” as we discuss and organize the experiences of onboarding with 3 local industry leaders.
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Choosing By Advantages
Salt Lake City Community of Practice
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CBA’s can help teams conclude on tough decisions; however, it is often misused as it requires a different approach and mindset to solving problems. In this session, we will have hands-on workshops and apply the true method of Choosing by Advantages.
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Introduction to the Last Planner System® in Design
Webinar
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Similar to during construction, unpredictable workflows correlate with an increase to project costs and schedules during the design (preconstruction) phases. The Last Planner System® (LPS®) is an effective approach to improving the delivery of projects during these phases. In the Last Planner System® In Design webinar participants will gain insight as to how collaborative planning will improve their delivery process and outcomes as relevant to the specifics of design. This webinar is an important step in learning to stabilize your delivery process by keeping all team members’ needs being reliably met. Learning Objectives: 1. Gain a foundational understanding of implementing LPS® during design (preconstruction) phases of a project. 2. Identify how LPS® aids in project delivery and gain understanding of...
21
Tue
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Cascadia-Portland Community of Practice
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Lean Happy Hour
Cascadia-Portland Community of Practice
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Join us for a Lean Happy Hour to learn and support each other in our Lean endeavors! Take part in an open conversation in a safe, small and low-pressure environment about the topics that are relevant to our Lean community. We want to hear about the problems you are solving, the issues you want to solve, and lessons you’ve learned on your Lean Journey. No previous Lean experience is required. Participants from cross functional roles as designers, constructors, owners, trades partners, and associations propose discussion topics around any subject about which they want to learn – THERE ARE NO IRRELEVANT DISCUSSION TOPICS! Each proposer takes 15 to 30 seconds to pitch their topic, written on a sticky note, to the...
23
Thu
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Chicago Community of Practice
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
In Person - Lean Happy Hour
Chicago Community of Practice
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Please join us for an afternoon Lean Happy Hour (Lean Coffee style) in person hosted at Smithgroup.  This will be an in person event only.
28
Tue
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Carolinas Community of Practice
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Sweat Equity Improvement: A Compassionate Way to
Carolinas Community of Practice
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Improve Work
30
Thu
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
San Diego Community of Practice
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Webinar
05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
New England Community of Practice
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
BOOK CLUB: THE LEAN BUILDER (Part II of II)
San Diego Community of Practice
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Join us for Part II of a two part series book club discussion on ‘The Lean Builder: A Builder’s Guide to Applying Lean Tools in the Field.’ Thais Alves, SDSU will lead our discussion of Chapters 5 – 7 (pages 81-165)
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Principles of Target Value Delivery (TVD)
Webinar
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Staying within the allowable budget and ensuring the team’s innovation increases value to the customer and decreases waste are attributes of successful project delivery and can be achieved through Target Value Delivery (TVD).  In the Target Value Delivery webinar, you will gain an understanding of the phases and key components of TVD and will discover how the components interact together to improve the process and outcome of the project.  This webinar will introduce a repeatable approach to exploring value and empowering your team to optimize the return on investment for the project.  Learning Objectives: 1.Define the meaning of Target Value Delivery and understand the intent of the approach. 2.Define relevant terminology required for implementing TVD and understand the interconnectedness of...
05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
From Lights Off to Lights On: Discussion of Wiring the
New England Community of Practice
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Winning Organization
31
Fri
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Michigan Community of Practice
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
DC Metro Community of Practice
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
CM-Lean Unit 1: Introduction to Lean Construction
Michigan Community of Practice
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AGC Lean Construction Education Program Second Edition (LCEP 2.0) Objectives of the Lean Construction Education Program – The purpose of this program is to develop the participant’s level of awareness and understanding of Lean and Lean Construction practices and prepares you to take the CM-Lean credential exam. The focus will be to reach an understanding for construction phase practices and awareness of the other phases of project delivery. When we are done, in addition to being ready to take the credentialing exam, participants will have a foundation in Lean principles to start learning by doing Lean Construction practices relevant to the construction phase of a project. Some of these practices include: the Last Planner System, the PDCA cycle, problem-solving, waste...
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Southland Shop Tour and Construction Activity!
DC Metro Community of Practice
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Join us for a presentation, tour, and fun activity at the Southland Fabrication Shop! Hear a presentation given at the 2022 LCI Congress on how Trade Partners can lead the prefabrication push on all projects. Get a guided tour of the fabrication shop talked about in the LCI Congress presentation! Food and beverages will be provided! Come prepared to learn all about prefabrication!

National Events

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LCI Congress

October

For nearly 25 years, Congress is where your Lean community comes together for unparalleled knowledge-sharing across disciplines. Attendees come back year after year to reconnect while sharing experiences and successes—and return home with critical, actionable knowledge. Upcoming dates include:

  • 2024: Oct. 22-25, San Diego, California
  • 2025: Oct. 21-24, Arlington, Texas
  • 2026: Oct. 13-16, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2027: Oct. 25-28, Long Beach, California
LCI Congress

Lean in Design Forum

May 1-2, 2024

As a member of the design community, your involvement in the beginning of the project planning process is crucial. From saving the team from delivering projects late to ensuring the greatest value in these projects, your role is vital to your team’s success. Lean in design can help you continue to exceed expectations!

Lean in Design Forum

Webinars

Virtual Learning Sessions

Expand your Lean education with no travel downtime or lost work days. LCI offers webinars on a variety of Lean principles conducted by LCI instructors and industry experts with real life case studies and examples.

Webinars
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Respect for People

This is an event for all roles in the AEC industry. The issue of mental health and well-being effects all of us, whether we work in the Design Community (Architects, Engineers), with a trade partner, in preconstruction and estimating, or for an Owner or general contractor.

Respect for People

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