Introduction to Takt Planning - (New England CoP)

June 30, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (under construction)
June 30, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Eastern Time Zone
Shawmut Design and Construction
560 Harrison Avenue
New England CoP

Takt Time - Making the Most of the Last Planner System®

Lean approaches construction as a project-based production system. Production systems can be designed based on sound operations science. This contrasts with the industry's usual approach of merely scheduling activities. The Lean approach results in safer work, shorter durations and lower costs. This presentation will explain one of these approaches - Takt Planning. "Takt" is the German word for "beat." Takt planning establishes a beat for performing the work for a particular sequence of operations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn five key distinctions for Lean construction: takt, flow unit, pull, resource efficiency and flow efficiency.
  2. Participants will learn three of the laws of operations: Little's Law, Law of Bottlenecks and the Law of Variation
  3. Participants will learn implications operations laws have on the design of production systems.
  4. Participants will learn the opportunities and pitfalls of taking a Takt Planning approach to their projects.


  • Hal Macomber is Executive Vice President of Touchplan. He focuses on helping Touchplan customers succeed with project production management.
  • George Hunt is Head of Sales Engineering at Touchplan. He uses his construction industry experience and passion for Lean to help teams continuously improve their planning and execution.