Lean Construction Events: Classes, Workshops, and Lean Coffee

Lean Events

Collaboration & Integration

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09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
LCI DC Metro TVD End of Year Lean Coffee (DC Metro CoP)
DC Metro
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Join us for an in-person 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...
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
WEBINAR: LCI Course - Introduction to the Last Planner System® in Design
Virtual
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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: Gain a foundational understanding of implementing LPS during design (preconstruction) phases of a project. Identify how LPS aids in project delivery and gain understanding of the adaptations...
05:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Santa’s Kaizen Workshop: Is your Safety Culture on the Naughty or Nice List? (New York State CoP)
New York State
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Come join the New York State Lean Construction Institute Community of Practice for a fun filled night of networking and learning. We will begin the evening by networking with drinks (cash bar) and appetizers (provided) follow by a presentation that was featured at the LCI National Congress in October of 2022. Following the presentation there will be a cash bar mixer for all attendees to continue networking. This event is limited to the first 75 people to sign up. Don’t wait around to register or you will miss out on the opportunity to spend this holiday evening networking and learning with your fellow NY State Lean Construction Practitioners! Feature Presentation: Santa’s Kaizen Workshop: Is your Safety Culture on the Naughty...
07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
The Lean Builder Workshop (Colorado CoP)
Colorado
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The Lean Builder authors Joe Donarumo and Keyan Zandy show us hands-on ways to implement the Last Planner System® on our projects, as well as ways to develop a Lean culture in our workplaces. Settle in for a full day workshop at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, with City Park and the mountains as the backdrop. Breakfast and lunch provided. Space is limited, so please register early. Attendees will receive a copy of The Lean Builder book,courtesy of the event sponsor: Bosch RefinemySite
07:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Introduction to Last Planner – “Villego” Training Event (Michigan CoP)
Michigan
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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...
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Lunch and Learn - 5s training and Gemba at McKenney’s Inc. (Georgia CoP)
Georgia
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5S is a five-step organization technique that practices sort, set, shine, standardize and sustain objectives to create and maintain an intuitive workspace which can create an immediate transformation of the workplace. Following the training portion of the event, participants will be invited to join the tour of the McKenney’s campus to see how they are using 5s daily Speakers: Mary Grace Edwards, McKenney’s Inc. Mary Grace is a Construction Quality Analyst with McKenney’s Inc. She graduated from Auburn University where she majored in Industrial Engineering. After graduating from Auburn, Mary Grace returned home to Atlanta and has worked for McKenney’s for the last 4 years. Her current Lean focuses at McKenney’s include: Root Cause Analysis, Continuous/Process Improvement efforts, 5s and...
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Tue
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Iowa - Greater Des Moines
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Introduction and Application of 2-Second Lean (Greater Des Moines CoP)
Iowa - Greater Des Moines
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2-Second Lean is a methodology pioneered by Paul Akers, owner of FastCap, to grow people and build a Lean culture. This monthly meeting will introduce the concept and principals of 2-second Lean, and discussions on how to implement these into construction and everyone’s daily role. Speaker: Joshua Thrap is a 2005 Iowa State University Construction Engineering graduate and is currently a Senior Project Manager & Director Of Construction Operations at Hy-Vee Construction where he has been very active in continuous improvement for the betterment of the industry. He presented at the LCI’s Annual Congress in 2015, and spoke at the 2015 Iowa Lean Consortium Annual Conference. He received his CM-Lean designation through MBI in 2017 and earned his Master Builder...
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Wed
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
California - Northern California
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
How Trade Partners Are Being Impacted by “Fake Lean” (Northern California CoP)
California - Northern California
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When GC’s and Trade Partners are not fully trained or committed to implementing all 5 levels of Last Planner System, it has a negative impact to the project’s quality, budget, schedule, and safety goals This presentation will give 10 indicators that you may be faking Last Planner System on your project. We will also identify some of the impacts on Trae Partners when we “fake lean”. This presentation will give solid actions that your team can take immediately to better utilize LPS as it is designed, which will improve quality, budget, schedule, and safety This presentation was rated as the #1 Top Presentation at the 24th LCI Congress in New Orleans. Presenter: Michael Villar, Nevell GroupMichael currently serves as the...
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 - 12:30 PM
WEBINAR: LCI Course - Principles of Target Value Delivery (TVD)
Virtual
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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: Define the meaning of Target Value Delivery and understand the intent of the approach. Define relevant terminology required for implementing TVD and understand the interconnectedness of...
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Kitting Parts, Prefabrication, & Modularization Lean Coffee / Cocktail (Mid-Atlantic CoP)
Mid-Atlantic
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Let’s talk about how we’re seeing prefabrication and modular construction happening in the industry. What are the successes, what are the challenges, what else do you want to know/see? Are we doing enough, do we need to do more? Speaker: David Maser is the Director of Construction Innovation for IMC Construction responsible for creating an innovative, approach to project delivery that delivers predictable, reliable results.
04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
2023 Planning Happy Hour (Austin CoP)
Texas - Austin
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The Austin Community of Practice would like help planning 2023! Please join the CoP core group members as we come up with ideas for 2023 events. Let’s do a plus/delta on the 2022 and see how we can use Continuous Improvement to make 2023 even better.  Food and drinks will be provided by LCI as our way to say thank you to all those who helped make 2022 such a success. Guest parking onsite.

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:

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

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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