Lean Construction Events: Classes, Workshops, and Lean Coffee

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Collaboration & Integration

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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...
11:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Supporting Lockheed Martin Skunk Works® Need for Rapid and Reliable Validation (L.A./Orange County CoP)
California - LA / Orange County
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The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works® team is in the business of innovation. Evaluating a large number of highly diverse and complex projects is a perpetual, and often challenging, part of their business. Fully understanding the Scope of each project is essential to their mission. Presenting the Scope in a format that could be quickly and easily understood by diverse stakeholders would help the project team create a common understanding and a “shared memory artifact” of the Scope. Lockheed Martin worked with Burns & McDonnel (BMcD) to try using Fundamental Scope Blocks (FSBs) to meet the client’s expectations for a “minimum viable product” to support their capital funding planning process. Speakers: Dan Koenisgsfeld, Burns & McDonnell – Dan is an EPC...
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Lean Happy Hour – Open Mic and LCI Congress Hype Night (New Orleans CoP)
Louisiana - New Orleans
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Come join your local community of Lean enthusiasts for a few drinks, some networking, and a preview of LCI’s premier event coming to New Orleans October 17th-21st.  Register and you might just win a ticket to LCI Congress just by showing up to this Happy Hour. That’s right! We’re raffling off one two-day pass to LCI Congress with a complimentary Gemba tour to one lucky attendee.  Did someone say “Open Mic Night”?  That’s right! You can also step up to the mic to offer an overview of one continuous improvement effort you’re working on.  The audience will vote on their favorite story and our Fan Favorite will also win a two day pass to LCI Congress with a complimentary Gemba...
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
EXHIBITOR WEBINAR: Enabling Lean Practices in Construction Through Technology
Virtual
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Learning Objectives Introducing technology in a way that addresses change management, supports adoption and adds value. Using technology as an enabler towards actual progress versus the perception of progress. Ensuring that technology does not create more work, but rather builds a functional Agile Jobsite Data Factory. Understanding Agile Construction, and its role in creating a lean, efficient, productive jobsite. Examples of how D.O.W.N.T.I.M.E waste can be addressed by technology.
02:30 PM - 05:00 PM
LCI 2022 Congress Presentations - Preview (Mid-Atlantic CoP)
Mid-Atlantic
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Join us for a Mid-Atlantic CoP Preview of (2) Presentations that will be delivered to a National Audience at the 2022 LCI Congress in New Orleans. This is a great opportunity to get a “taste” of what Congress is all about if you’ve never been there before or can’t make it this year, and to give these teams an opportunity to hone their presentations before the “BIG SHOW!” Come meet some great people and learn more about the following topics: Hospital Infrastructure Renewal Using Lean Thinking to Safely Control Outcomes An extensive MEP Infrastructure Renewal in a 2,000,000 sq.ft. of both occupied and interstitial spaces of level 1 trauma center, inpatient and outpatient Children’s Hospital presents many challenges. Our six-year...
03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
5S Manager: Countermeasure to Chaos (Colorado CoP)
Colorado
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Want to get 5S from concept to sustained reality? Hear the story of the Denver Airport project where a labor foreman became a hands-on 5S manager focused on developing relationships with trade foremen, rolling up his sleeves to shift plans into action, and sustaining this through follow-on efforts.  Learn about the cheesy, but wildly popular Golden Dustpan Award, the one-page Trade 5S plan conversation starter, and 5S Walks, featuring a bite-size 5S class followed by real work and real action plans.  If you want 5S to be an X factor in hitting your schedules, reducing accidents, and creating harmony in your projects, attend this session.  Speakers: Chris Davis, Turner Construction CompanyChris has been managing projects for over thirty years, mostly...
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Last Planner Tools on UIHC North Liberty Campus (Greater Des Moines CoP)
Iowa - Greater Des Moines
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Presentation covering the Last Planner tools being used on the University of Iowa Health Clinics new campus in North Liberty. After the demonstration of the planning tools used on the project will be a site tour.  All attendees must bring their own PPE: Vest, hard hat, safety glasses, gloves, and boots are required. Speakers: Josh Dooley – J.E. Dunn ConstructionJosh is a Superintendent with JE Dunn focused on the management of the Structure and Skin at the Forevergreen Campus. Chris Neal – J.E. Dunn ConstructionChris is a Superintendent with JE Dunn focused on the management of the MEP scopes at the Forevergreen Campus.
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
EXHIBITOR WEBINAR: Complexity Simplified with vPlanner
Virtual
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Join the vPlanner team for this overview of vPlanner’s comprehensive visual planning and management capabilities including enhanced support for the Last Planner System® (per the 2020 benchmark), takt planning, commissioning planning, design pull planning, and best-in-class integration with legacy CPM tools.  Invest a few minutes in this webinar to learn why teams that implement the LPS® plan better with vPlanner!
01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
EXHIBITOR WEBINAR: Modernizing Construction Change Management
Virtual
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Nobody loves (or even likes) change orders, and that’s why CEO and founder Cameron Page started Extracker in 2018 – to close the change order communication gap for Trade Partners, General Contractors and Owners. Extracker has become the common platform to send, review, and resolve change order requests regardless of what project financial software companies use internally. To date, users have shared over $2.5 billion in change orders through Extracker.
07:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Lean Coffee (Los Angeles & Orange County CoP)
California - LA / Orange County
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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 such as designers, contractors, owners,  trade partners and associations propose discussion topics around any  subject about which they want to learn – THERE ARE NO IRRELEVANT  DISCUSSION TOPICS!! Each proposer takes 15-30 seconds to pitch their  topic, written on a sticky note, to the group. Once...
01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
EXHIBITOR WEBINAR: Improve Operations, Drive Profitability, Mitigate Risk | Exploring the ROI of Digitizing the Planning Process
Virtual
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Profit margins for commercial general contractors average around 4% – leaving little wiggle room for unplanned expenses. Effective construction planning helps project teams proactively manage the many factors that negatively impact profitability, but it is time-consuming and resource-intensive when done manually. In this webinar, hear from a panel of industry experts on how they are using construction planning software to improve operations, drive profitability, and mitigate risk without increasing the administrative burden on project teams.
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....
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
EXHIBITOR WEBINAR: Encouraging Conversations in the Construction Lifecycle
Virtual
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From initiation to closure, the benefits of adopting digital tools and services in the completion of construction projects is increasingly being realized. These tools are redefining the way projects are managed and built. This digital transformation is providing opportunities to improve efficiency, efficacy and on-time and on-budget project completion. While promising significant benefits, digital transformation demands new ways of working with information, artefacts, and team members. This webinar illustrates the need and role of conversations in this new technology milieu to avoid misunderstandings and assumptions, getting to “I see what you mean.”
01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
EXHIBITOR WEBINAR: Executing BIM, COBie and Owner Requirements with a Single Source of Truth
Virtual
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This webinar will discuss how Levcon Analytics bridges the gap between design and construction, brings stronger accountability to BIM execution plans, and reduces the time it takes to compile COBie reporting requirements. By using their data integration platform, asset and equipment information is extracted from the design model and housed in a cloud-based single source of truth. These processes strengthen the data transfer to owners at the project completion.  
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Fri
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Georgia
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
A Lean Coffee (Georgia CoP)
Georgia
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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...
18
Tue
06:45 AM - 04:45 PM
National
06:45 AM - 04:45 PM
24th Annual LCI Congress in New Orleans, LA
National
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ADVANCE YOUR LEAN JOURNEY AT CONGRESS Gain new ideas and perspectives that will enrich your work and drive your Lean practice forward. Playing a vital role in the ever-evolving design and construction industry 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.
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Wed
04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Texas - Austin
04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Austin AEC Industry FALL MEGA Mixer (Austin CoP)
Texas - Austin
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Please join us for the 3rd Annual Austin AEC Industry Fall Mega Mixer. LCI Austin CoP is proud to partner with AGC, I-LinCP, SMPS, NAWIC, and IFMA in order to bring Austin’s AEC professionals together for an outstanding networking event. This event is free to all LCI Austin CoP members who register, and company sponsorships are available for purchase. Sponsorship will include company logo on email advertisements and company merchandised can be passed out at event. 
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Thu
06:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Louisiana - New Orleans
06:30 PM - 10:00 PM
NOLA Lean Oyster Shuck (New Orleans CoP)
Louisiana - New Orleans
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We might as well call this our Lean gumbo event… Jump in the pot with our local lean community and visiting guests from LCI Congress for an evening of fresh oysters, gumbo, jambalaya and other treats… Oh yeah, and you’ll be networking and hopefully learning what makes Lean work for peers from around the country and down the bayou. A year in the making, LCI Congress week is the culmination of efforts by hundreds of industry volunteers lending their time and energy to an event that leverages peer led knowledge sharing like no other industry event. Join Congress Planning Team Chair Tom Weathers along with the Keynote & unConference Co-Coordinator Jeremy Atkinson as they shuck oysters and thank all of...
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Fri
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Ohio - Ohio Valley
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
A Lean Coffee (Ohio Valley CoP)
Ohio - Ohio Valley
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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...
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
No Waste Wednesday - Designing for Manufacture and Assembly (Mechanical Example) - (Cascadia-Seattle CoP)
Cascadia-Seattle
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NBBJ Architects,  AEI, and OAC Services will be in attendance sharing how they applied Lean Design to a recently completed project and how the owner, designers and contractors reaped tangible benefits. Large prefabricated mechanical units. Worker productivity upwards of $ 300 per hour of WIP installed. Key methodologies Prefabrication of major mechanical elements. The use of buffers for supply chain management.  Coordination with contractors to design for fabrication and assembly Focus on quality first for design, layout and installation resulting an average 12 RFI’s per month and one month with only 2. This will be an open discussion to ask questions and share thoughts and findings. Learn about opportunities to apply these techniques to all aspects of design. Speakers: Mike...
05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Digital Building Lifecycle (San Diego CoP)
California - San Diego
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Digitization has come to most industries but the Construction Industry is a laggard. The fact that we call it the Construction Industry sums it up. To Owners the cost of construction is often less than 15% of the cost of the total building lifecycle. Welcome the Digital Building Lifecycle. For the last seven years I have been leading the charge to digitize the industry; working for large owner occupiers to integrate the changes through process, technology and people initiatives. The successes are evident. Design duration reducing by 60%. RFIs reduced by 90%. Change orders all but eliminated. Cost and Schedule reduced while increasing Quality and Safety and all for companies at the top of their industries. In order to get...
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Thu
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Virtual
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
WEBINAR: How to Focus on Future Ambassadors
Virtual
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One of Lean’s principles is to get the people actually in charge of performing the work (The Last Planners®) to come together and collaborate on the schedule and address constraints.  The Lean advocate/ambassador’s job is to provide the tools, space and time for the Last Planners to plan their own work.  The Lean advocate/ambassador should therefore embrace the role of a Lean facilitator.  An overzealous Lean advocate/ambassador can often times get in the way and interfere with the planning/problem solving process by always insisting being involved in ALL conversations. This constrains and impedes the actual conversations and problem solving that needs to be occurring between the Last Planners. Taking a step back and embracing the role of facilitator can often...
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Fri
08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Lean Management Systems at Steelcase (Michigan CoP)
Michigan
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Please join the MI CoP to learn the history of Steelcase and how they utilized lean and other tools to strengthen the company. As an added bonus, core team members will be sharing their lessons learned from the 2022 Lean Congress. There will be a tour of Everwall, their new demountable architectural wall, after the meeting if your schedule permits.

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:

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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