Lean Construction Events: Classes, Workshops, and Lean Coffee

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07
Wed
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Ohio - Ohio Valley
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Lean Brew (Ohio Valley CoP)
Ohio - Ohio Valley
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Come out for a drink with like-minded engineering & construction professionals on the Lean journey. This is an opportunity to invite colleagues in the industry to a fun event, learn about Lean and the Ohio Valley CoP, catch up with old friends, and make some new ones! There will be a fun, social, networking game with an opportunity to win a prize for those seeking to make more connections and learn about others’ LEAN experiences. The cost of registration includes two drink tickets for beer, wine, or non-alcoholic beverages
13
Tue
07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Oklahoma
07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
HYBRID Lean Coffee - (Oklahoma CoP)
Oklahoma
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Join us for a virtual 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. This is going to be an interactive virtual session and joining from your mobile device may be frustrating. For that reason, we are only allowing attendees to join from your computer. We also ask that everyone #turnyourcameraon! It will enrich the experience for all participants. Participants from cross functional roles...
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Nothing Hits the Floor: Lean for Safety and Efficiency (Greater Des Moines CoP)
Iowa - Greater Des Moines
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Lean is generally thought of in relation to scheduling or productivity, but it doesn’t have to stop there. Lean principles can also contribute directly to a safe jobsite. In 2016, Weitz piloted the “Nothing Hits the Floor” program on two jobsites before taking it company-wide, and have continued to refine it since. This presentation will cover lessons learned and best practices for a safe and efficient jobsite through Nothing Hits the Floor. This meeting will be held at the newly renovated Weitz offices which were toured during construction as part of the July 2021 Lean CoP presentation. Speakers: Jenny Herrera – The Weitz CompanyJenny  is an assistant project manager. She has worked for Weitz since graduating from Iowa State and...
14
Wed
04:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Indiana - Central Indiana
04:00 PM - 06:30 PM
2nd Annual Innovation Fair (Central Indiana CoP)
Indiana - Central Indiana
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Join us for for this exciting event that will showcase innovative efforts to transform the design and construction industry and advance the Lean mindset. Who will attend?  Owners, Designers, Contractors, Trade Partners – anyone who could benefit from learning about the Innovations in our Industry. What type of Exhibitors are we looking for?  Anyone in the Design and Construction Industry that has an Innovation in Practice story to tell.  We want to see what you and your team are doing to add value to the Planning, Design and Implementation process.  Show us a tool, technique or mindset shift that is making what you do better.  How are you innovating and solving complex problems every day?
05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Taking It to the Streets. Introducing/Training/Retaining the Future Workforce (Northern California CoP)
California - LA / Orange County
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As leaders and influencers in the Lean community we look to collaborate with community organizations that promote preparing our future work force to become construction workers. Giving talented individuals a path to work in construction is a need. Our Lean champions promote partnering and volunteering with community organizations. The how to: making it a partnership. We mutually benefit projects, companies, owners and most of all the communities we operate in. Putting on job fairs. We will also give examples of partnering with General Contractors to serve community organizations. Who we involve, field teams, project managers, and owners is also a key to the success. Speakers: Tony Lowe, Southland IndustriesAs a Sheet Metal worker in 35th year of his career, Tony...
15
Thu
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Carolinas
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Wisconsin - Milwaukee
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
A Virtual Lean Coffee (Carolinas CoP)
Carolinas
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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. 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 group....
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
A Lean Happy Hour (Milwaukee CoP)
Wisconsin - Milwaukee
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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...
04:30 PM - 06:30 PM
LCI Happy Hour: What Is Lean? Who Is LCI? (Colorado CoP)
Colorado
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Come learn more about the Lean AEC community, the Colorado LCI and how we can support each other on this journey. The LCI Lean Learning Series is a facilitated discussion-oriented event focused on a specific Lean subject matter. The event is more structured than a Lean Coffee yet shorter and less structured than a LCI education course. Its purpose is to provide just enough knowledge base to kick start an engaging Lean discussion amongst the participants. This topic introduces Lean Project Delivery as relevant to the design and construction industry, compares conventional delivery with Lean delivery outcomes and describes the goals and benefits of Lean. Beer, wine, soda, water, coffee, tea, and appetizers will be served along with time to...
07:15 AM - 08:30 AM
Study Action Team [SAT] – Lean & Love by Jesus Hernandez and Jennifer Lacy (San Antonio & Dallas / Fort Worth CoPs)
Texas
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Please join the San Antonio and DFW CoP’s as we read and discuss “Lean & Love” by the famous author Jesus D. Hernandez Jr. and the even more famous author and illustrator Jennifer Lacy. This will be the first of five sessions, and each session will cover one of the five chapters in detail. Please read the first chapter (SORT) prior to the meeting on September 16th. Future sessions will be held bi-weekly.  A reoccurring calendar invitation will be sent after C-Vent sign up is   complete. We will learn together how to better: Alleviate stress and pressure from personal and professional lives Discuss and implement the 5S Method of Lean Manufacturing in our lives Engage in vulnerable and transparent conversations...
08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Lean Learning Series: Target Value Delivery (Northern Ohio CoP & CMAA Ohio Chapter)
Ohio - Northern Ohio
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This topic introduces Target Value Delivery (TVD) and the associated phases. Participants will learn the key difference between traditional versus TVD approach, key high level guidelines, and some Lean approaches supporting implementing TVD. The LCI Lean Learning Series is a facilitated discussion-oriented event focused on a specific Lean subject matter. The event is more structured than a Lean Coffee yet shorter and less structured than a LCI education course. Its purpose is to provide just enough knowledge base to kick start an engaging Lean discussion amongst the participants. For this VIRTUAL event, we ask that everyone #turnyourcameraon and come ready to actively participate!
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
GC and Trade Partners Panel: Developing and Maintaining Culture, the Right Environment, Team Spirit, & Genuine Collaboration (Ohio Valley CoP)
Ohio
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LCI Ohio Valley talks to a panel of GC’s and Trade Partners; focusing on culture, the right environment, team spirit, and genuine collaboration. Focusing on how to best develop and PDCA / maintain. What does good look like? How does it feel? How do we get there?  Topics to be explored include: Project launch and onboarding – creating the right environment Breaking the ice – developing Team spirit and opening the door to genuine collaboration Effective planning – best practices with Trade partners in implementing LPS (how to we get more reliable collaboration within the entire Team) Culture – Better problem solving through team collaboration
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
GEMBA Walk: The Washington University School of Medicine Neuroscience Research Building (St. Louis CoP)
Missouri - St. Louis
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Join us on a site visit of WashU’s 12-story, new research building with a connector link bridge to adjacent facilities, parking structure, and utility plant. Budgeted at $616 million, the project is expected to finish construction in Summer of 2023. Do not miss this opportunity to watch and learn in real time how the project team is implementing numerous Lean practices through design and construction including daily huddles, visual management, constraint management, Scrum, Last Planner System and Takt planning. Attendance will be limited to 20 people. Speakers: Joshua Kreitler is a Project Superintendent at McCarthy Building Companies. Joshua has more than 12 years of construction experience as a general contractor. Josh is a Core Group Leader of the LCI St...
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
LCI 2022 Congress Sneak Peek (Central Florida CoP)
Florida - Central Florida
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The Lean Mean Safety Machine Our team has worked to develop and tune safety processes & communication with a lean mindset.  Our primary goals were to improve our project safety culture, field buy-in and ultimately reduce our incidents and injuries targeting a completely accident and injury free workplace.  We will discuss the tools and processes developed and how we were able to improve all tracked metrics Speakers: Alex Behringer – The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. Josh Linton – The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. Matt Knopp – Walt Disney World Safety   Climbing the Prefab Learning Curve: Leveraging Lessons Learned Quickly & Effectively Sharing lessons learned and compiling metrics are traditionally associated with the end of a project. The project team has time...
03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
An Alliance of Lean Learning: The Obama Presidential Center (Chicago CoP)
Illinois - Chicago
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The Obama Presidential Center is a landmark project in Chicago, utilizing strategic partnerships for the design and construction phases. The unique nature of the concrete design required creative solutions for constructability and aesthetic verification with early contractor involvement. On a project in which Last Planner System® is still in a learning curve, this GEMBA-style presentation will allow members of the design and construction teams to share lessons learned and describe how Lean tools were implemented to achieve the project goals. Speakers: Junisa Brima, Lakeside AllianceJunisa currently serves as Construction Executive and Deputy Operations Manager for the Chicago Business Unit of Turner Construction. In his role as Construction Executive, Junisa is the day-to-day team leader responsible for successful operational delivery of...
03:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Today & Tomorrow: Strategies for Surviving (and Reversing) the Labor Shortage (Dallas / Fort Worth CoP)
Texas - Dallas/Fort Worth
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The labor shortage in construction is nothing new, but the problems are only getting worse. While our industry is making great strides by evolving the delivery of work and incorporating new technologies, there is still a lot of room for improvement—and this becomes increasingly important if we hope to attract new talent and bright minds.
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Creating Great Culture - Two Presentations From This Year’s Congress (Arizona CoP)
Arizona
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It’s not about the people, it’s about the culture and the people At the end of a successful project, how great would it be to transplant that same team to the next project? Instantly transfer all the lessons learned, foundations of trust, and high efficiency work planning! Despite the desire to do so, this is rarely the reality. The reality is that project requirements change, timing isn’t always ideal, team members are promoted to different roles, and sometimes life   outside of work just gets in the way. In an industry that often screams the mantra, “It’s all about the people” how can we setup a project for success when the biggest characteristic to success is a variable that is largely...
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
How Can CPM and Last Planner System® Co-exist? (L.A./Orange County CoP)
California - LA / Orange County
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CPM Scheduling is currently the industry standard for planning projects, communication with stakeholders and determining delay claims. Along comes the Last Planner System® which incorporates those doing the work, aka “the last planners” and focuses on removing roadblocks and creating flow on the project. How do projects use both systems at the same time? The complete and final CPM, known as the Baseline, is required usually very early in the project, normally within 30 days of NTP. This time frame is usually unrealistic to have the actual foreman from all trades performing the work involved in the detailed planning of the project. This presentation will discuss the strengths and weakness of both approaches and how each of them can complement...
22
Thu
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Illinois - Chicago
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
A Virtual Lean Coffee (Chicago CoP)
Illinois - Chicago
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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. 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 group....
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Owners “Hotdish” Panel Discussion - (Minnesota CoP)
Minnesota
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Please join us for this collaborative session to hear from a panel of owners who will share how they buy services from the industry, current industry challenges, and learnings from successful or failed projects of the past. Also bring your questions for a Q&A session which will be followed by a happy hour to facilitate industry collaboration and build the community of Lean practitioners in the Midwest! Panelists: Steve Henrichs is Director of Engineering for 3M’s US & Canada region. 3M’s internal engineering capabilities provide project management and design for capital projects to 70 manufacturing sites and 15 distribution centers. Steve has BS in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and is registered PE in Minnesota. Before 3M, Steve worked...
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
2022 LCI Congress Preview (DC Metro CoP)
DC Metro
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Balfour Beatty Presents: 7 Years of Lean: A Retrospective on the Penn Pavilion’s Lean Journey Hear from the PennFIRST team who built the $1.6B Penn Pavilion under an IPD contract using many Lean methodologies. Hear what worked, what they would do differently, and how they are transferring lessons from a mega-project to other projects – and how you can, too. The team will discuss how they used colocation, intentional onboarding, weekly huddles starting in the design phase, A3 thinking, off-site manufacturing, and unique approaches to technology and scheduling to deliver a world-class healthcare facility and how they enable the team to pivot quickly amidst a global pandemic to deliver 120 beds to the health system for use in the COVID-19...
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
WEBINAR: LCI Course - Introduction to the Last Planner System®
Virtual
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Unpredictable workflows correlate with an increase in construction costs and schedules. The Last Planner System® (LPS®) was developed to improve predictability while maximizing efficiency and safety.  In the Introduction to The Last Planner System webinar, you will discover the five connected planning conversations of LPS and how they improve communication, trust, transparency and reliability.  This webinar, which includes real-life examples of LPS implementation will be a first step in mastering the System. Learning Objectives: Recognize the need for predictability on projects and how LPS creates more predictable outcomes. Gain an overview understanding of each of the five connected planning conversations of LPS and how they interrelate. Discover the basic mechanics of LPS including the foundational base of reliable commitments. Understand...
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
EXHIBITOR WEBINAR: High-Tech and High-Touch: How Successful Implementation of Technology Relies on Relationships
Virtual
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In a handshake industry like construction, successful transitions from analog to digital planning continue to rely heavily upon effective relationships between users and providers of software solutions. Knowing this, the RefinemySite team offers a full range of virtual, online and in-person support to help general contractors and trade partners implement new workflows for their projects. We’ll share how we create and maintain these important connections in the midst of industry-wide transformation.
01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
EXHIBITOR WEBINAR: Simplify Your Pull Planning with Hoylu
Virtual
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Creating an engaging digital work environment for your team doesn’t have to be a daunting effort. If you’re looking for a connected, smart, and easy-to-use Pull Planning tool, join Hoylu’s VP of Sales Zach Hurvitz and Director of Customer Success Ryan Kelly as they discuss Hoylu for Construction. Hoylu is an easy-to-use, cloud-based, project management & whiteboarding tool that enables distributed teams to plan & visualize projects. We have you covered for Pull Planning, Flowcharts, Kanban, and more.

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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:

LCI Congress

Lean in Design Forum

May

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
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Respect for People

June

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

Lean Roadshow

Various Dates

The Lean Roadshow has been designed to offer attendees of Day 1 foundational information and hands-on learning simulations. Day 2 is designed for the more experienced Lean Construction practitioner and will focus on a more advanced and in-depth application of the Last Planner System® within a real-world context.

Lean Roadshow

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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