Lean Construction Events: Classes, Workshops, and Lean Coffee

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Collaboration & Integration

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02
Tue
03:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Nashville Community of Practice
03:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Spring into a Lean Coffee
Nashville Community of Practice
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Spring into the season with a Lean Coffee in Nashville! This structured yet flexible meeting is designed to gather input from all participants. We’ll brainstorm, collect feedback, and explore ideas on almost any subject related to lean practices. Come share your thoughts and insights with us!
04
Thu
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Northern California Community of Practice
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
High-Performance Leadership - Advanced Skills
Northern California Community of Practice
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This workshop creates an advanced learning community in which “Respect for People” is realized through specific leadership behaviors, strategies and practical tools. Spread over two full-day sessions, we will deeply examine and practice four areas of Leadership Life Skills; Facilitative Leadership, Communication Skills for Difficult Situations, Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement, and Collaborative Problem Solving and Decision Making. Participants will receive training materials and guidance that can be immediately adapted and applied to your company and projects. A Certificate of Completion applicable to receive up to 16 hours of Continuing Education Credits will be provided for full attendance.
05
Fri
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
New Orleans Community of Practice
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
The Golden Principles to Building Strong and Effective Teams
New Orleans Community of Practice
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Join NOLA Lean for an insightful conversation with Ryan Fitzgerald, General Manager of NOLA Gold, The New Orleans Rugby Team as he discusses his experiences in constructing robust and effective teams. We will explore how the application of Lean Construction principles build strong teams for both short-term and long-term projects. Ryan will share his best practices and techniques for creating interconnected, cohesive, and high-performing teams, drawing from his wealth of experience as a seasoned and accomplished team builder in his military and rugby career
09
Tue
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
San Diego Community of Practice
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Greater Des Moines Community of Practice
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
BOOK CLUB: THE LEAN BUILDER (Part I of II)
San Diego Community of Practice
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Join us for Part I 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 1-4 (pages 1-80)
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Creating Flow During Construction: ISU TIEB Jobsite Tour
Greater Des Moines Community of Practice
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The Therkildsen Building will house Industrial Engineering at Iowa State and is under construction by Story Construction. This meeting will include an overview of the project, Story’s CP 2.0 planning system, and a site tour demonstrating how planning can lead to flow on the jobsite.
10
Wed
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Webinar
03:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Dallas/Fort Worth Community of Practice
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Virtual LCI Lean Coffee with Tammy McConaughy
Webinar
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Meet Tammy McConaughy, LCI’s newly appointed Director of Education and Certification
03:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Lean on the Front Line: A Conversation with Superintendents
Dallas/Fort Worth Community of Practice
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At the end of the day, it’s all about the men and women in the field, building. Which means superintendents are on the front line with Lean—applying, enforcing, and continuously improving the tools and processes. The LCI’s Dallas/Fort Worth Community of Practice invites you to Lean on the Front Line, a moderated conversation with Lean superintendent champions where we’ll explore the use of Lean in the field through the superintendent’s lens. Where and why do they think Lean succeeds or fails? What have been their greatest lessons learned? How can we work together to achieve more buy-in from trades, architects, and owners? What do they see as the future for Lean in the field? All of these topics and more...
11
Thu
08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Minnesota Community of Practice
08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Weekly Planning & Increasing Reliability (Series 1 of 3)
Minnesota Community of Practice
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Free hybrid event and the first in a three-part series on short term planning. The focus is on improving weekly work planning and increased reliability of dates. We’ll discuss weekly work plan (WWP) tools, misses, wins, and tragedies. Meet & Greet starts at 7:45am with coffee and bagels, discussion is from 8:00-10:00am.
12
Fri
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Ohio Valley 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.
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Performance-Driven Construction Management for Lean Projects
Webinar
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Explore a data-driven approach to construction management that enhances Lean project outcomes. This webinar focuses on how Performance-Driven Construction Management (PDCM) enables teams to proactively identify and resolve obstacles, leading to optimized processes and successful Lean project delivery. Industry experts will share experiences, emphasizing the integration of data insights with team expertise to consistently achieve high-quality results. Join us for a practical discussion on the transformative power of PDCM in streamlining Lean projects and enhancing efficiency. Learning Objectives: 1. Gain first-hand insights into which data-driven metrics have a direct link to your project performance. 2. Explore strategies to measure, analyze, and optimize key operational factors for improved project efficiency. 3. Understand the collaborative integration of data-driven insights and team expertise...
17
Wed
03:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Wisconsin Community of Practice
03:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Moving the Needle:
Wisconsin Community of Practice
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Hyper Collaboration for Industrialized Construction oin us for a presentation showcasing a groundbreaking approach to a 16-bed hospital expansion project in Grafton, WI, achieved in record time.  Learn from our journey of hyper-collaboration, where AHJs, owners and a multidisciplinary team of experts embraced innovation, Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA), and advanced modular construction techniques to overcome traditional barriers.  The team surpassed modular and schedule goals while maintaining design standards and achieving sustainability and budget goals. We will dive into the critical strategies for building a unified team, securing stakeholder buy-in, and leveraging technology, allowing us to move the needle from simple prefabricated elements to volumetric modular field installations.
18
Thu
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Chicago Community of Practice
05:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Chicago Community of Practice
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
A Virtual Lean Coffee
Chicago Community of Practice
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Please join us for a virtual Lean Coffee.  This will be a virtual event and a great way to discuss the topics most on your mind regarding anything Lean and/or related to construction.
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Shift The Safety Paradigm Using Injury & Fatality Research
Webinar
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Based on a 2023 LCI Congress presentation, Troy Ogden from Brasfield & Gorrie (B&G), will speak about B&G’s STCKY Safety endeavor to use serious injury and fatality research to help rethink how safety is measured and managed. “STCKY (Stuff That Can Kill You) Safety” aligns closely with Lean Design and Construction principles and practices. It emphasizes developing capacities in people and systems, continuous improvement, collaboration, waste reduction, and empowerment of workers. By integrating these principles, construction firms establish a proactive safety culture that fosters better safety performance, effective collaboration, and a continuous flow of work product. Using real-world examples, Brasfield & Gorrie will: 1. Examine how injury rates have been declining while fatality rates are relatively unchanged.  2. Explore common...
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Shift The Safety Paradigm Using Injury & Fatality Research
Webinar
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Based on a 2023 LCI Congress presentation, Troy Ogden and Josh White from Brasfield & Gorrie (B&G), will speak about B&G’s STCKY Safety endeavor to use serious injury and fatality research to help rethink how safety is measured and managed. “STCKY (Stuff That Can Kill You) Safety” aligns closely with Lean Design and Construction principles and practices. It emphasizes developing capacities in people and systems, continuous improvement, collaboration, waste reduction, and empowerment of workers. By integrating these principles, construction firms establish a proactive safety culture that fosters better safety performance, effective collaboration, and a continuous flow of work product.  Using real-world examples, Brasfield & Gorrie will: 1. Examine how injury rates have been declining while fatality rates are relatively unchanged....
05:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Fifth Annual Bob Krier Award Night
Chicago Community of Practice
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Bob Krier was a pioneer in the Chicago-land market who spread the message and value of Lean Construction.  We feel there is no better way to honor his legacy than to give out an annual award highlighting an individual that embodies the award’s values.  Stay tuned for award criteria. In addition, we will be acknowledging the academic scholarships awarded to five deserving individuals. These scholarships are made possible through your financial support.
19
Fri
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Salt Lake City Community of Practice
11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Chicago Community of Practice
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Introduction to Lean Construction: An Operations Perspective
Salt Lake City Community of Practice
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for Trades and Contractors Lean Construction seeks to eliminate all forms of waste from the value stream. It aims to improve all processes (both field and office), which reduces schedule time and also costs, all while improving quality and morale.  Come learn how to identify and eliminate waste from your processes through hands on simulations designed specifically for the construction industry. Topics covered: waste vs. value, push vs. pull, flow, problem solving, schedule reliability, etc. Tools discussed: value stream mapping, spaghetti diagrams, etc. Hands-on simulation: Parade of Trades.
11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
IPD Team Uses Prefabrication to Build a Healthcare
Chicago Community of Practice
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Outpatient Center Students will be able to see how an IPD team used prefabrication on their health care project and the benefits of that.
23
Tue
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Cascadia-Portland Community of Practice
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Introduction to Lean
Cascadia-Portland Community of Practice
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Are you new to Lean but unsure how to begin your Lean journey? Are you an experienced practitioner with lessons-learned and stories to share? Is this the first time you’ve heard of Lean, but you know you’ve been looking for a way to enhance the project delivery experience? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, please plan to join us on April 23rd for an Intro to Lean! This hybrid event will give in-person and virtual attendees an overview of Lean in the AEC industry and introduction to LCI and the resources available to help people re-thing the way we approach project delivery.  Registration is free – looking forward to seeing you there!
24
Wed
07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Wisconsin Community of Practice
07:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Los Angeles & Orange County Community of Practice
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Northern Ohio Community of Practice
07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
MILWAUKEE AREA Lean Coffee
Wisconsin 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.
07:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Lean Coffee - An IN-PERSON Event
Los Angeles & Orange County 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
Got Gemba?
Northern Ohio Community of Practice
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Join us for a Gemba Walk at the Global Research and Development Center project in Brecksville, OH. The event will start with an overview of Gemba Walks, followed by discussing the value of four Lean initiatives implemented on the new, 600,000 SF Global Research and Development Center.
25
Thu
03:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Wisconsin Community of Practice
03:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Mid-Atlantic Community of Practice
05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Northern California Community of Practice
03:30 PM - 05:30 PM
FOX VALLEY - How Excellerate is Redefining
Wisconsin Community of Practice
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Productivity in Construction Come join us for a tour of Excellerate, a division of Faith Technologies Incorporated (FTI) and an industry-leading innovator of manufactured electrical components and assemblies in the Fox Valley.  Excellerate has opened its new 385,000-square-foot smart manufacturing facility in Little Chute, Wisconsin. The new facility utilizes clean energy technologies to lower carbon emissions with the goal of reaching net zero in the future. Work within the facility is concentrated on constructing modular electrical buildings (MEBs), which are fully integrated electrical modules utilized in the rapidly growing data center market. MEBs are fully self-contained electrical units that can be quickly deployed into data centers, eliminating the majority of on-site electrical work. The facility also supports the continued growth...
03:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Pull Planning for Architects & Engineers
Mid-Atlantic Community of Practice
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How do you pull plan in design?  Come join us for a mock design pull plan session and learn some tools and tricks you can implement in your design studio immediately.
05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Choosing By Advantages - The Informed Decision
Northern California Community of Practice
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26
Fri
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Georgia Community of Practice
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
DC Metro Community of Practice
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
A Lean Coffee
Georgia 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.
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
LCI Lean Learning Series: The 8 Wastes
DC Metro Community of Practice
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The LCI Lean Learning Series is a facilitated discussion-oriented event focused on a specific Lean subject matter.  The series is ideal as a lunch and learn discussion. Its purpose is to provide just enough knowledge base to kick start an engaging Lean discussion amongst the participants.
30
Tue
11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Nashville Community of Practice
11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Lean in the Design Phase
Nashville Community of Practice
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During the Design Phase, teams seek ways to improve client outcomes while maximizing design excellence.  Lean in the Design Phase participants gain insight to Lean approaches and tools relative to the design phase to optimize team communication, collaboration and results. Learners will understand how a Lean strategy can drive innovative solutions by connecting people, principles and practices. This course is foundationally important for anyone involved in preconstruction to improve the impact you are having on the project outcomes.  Group table activities and a Lean simulation exercise support the learning experience.

National Events

Explore LCI's National & Virtual Events

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
A wide view of LCI Congress with people sitting at round tables in a presentation room

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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