Lean Learning Series Episode 2: Exploring the 8 Wastes (Chicago CoP)

June 1, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (under construction)
June 1, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Central Time Zone
Zoom Meeting
Chicago CoP

This is the second of 6 episodes the Chicago Community of Practice will be offering in 2021. The focus of these episodes will center around a Lean Learning session (30 minutes) and will follow with a deep dive discussion (30 minutes) with diverse leaders representing all aspects and viewpoints in the US Construction Industry. The deep dive discussions will include time for audience Q&A and will be focused on the learning topic as well as the guest speakers experience with Lean and IPD. Each Learning Module will be instructed by John Zachara, a certified Lean Instructor and Leader for the Chicago CoP. 

This second module: “Exploring the 8 Wastes” will dig into the definition of each waste and how we can remember the acronym DOWNTIME. Once the instruction portion has concluded, Andy Hill and Joe Pecoraro will join John for a 30-minute discussion on Andy and Joe’s experiences with Lean and how they have been able to reduce waste throughout their careers in the construction industry. Andy and Joe have been active members of the Chicago CoP for many years and will offer valuable information to the attendees.


  • John Zachara has spoken nationally on the topics of Lean and IPD for the last 5 years and is the Leader of Chicago Community of Practice. As Vice President at Integrated Facilities Solutions, Inc. (IFS), he is responsible for the program and capital budget management of a multiple site acute care healthcare organization. With more than 20 years of project management experience, his breadth of knowledge includes budget phase through job completion in a variety of projects commercial, retail, hospital, clinical, research, educational and religious facilities. John was a member of the 1st Integrated Form of Agreement (IFOA) project in Healthcare in Chicago setting the standard for how future MOBs should be built. 
  • Joseph Pecoraro is Project Executive at Skender Construction, one of Chicago’s largest general contractors. Throughout his 16-year career, Joseph has managed projects in the multi-unit housing, senior living, institutional, commercial, and healthcare market sectors. He is actively involved in the Lean Construction Institute, and has played an integral role in Skender’s efforts to integrate Lean principles into their operational standards. Some of his clients include Loyola University, Preservation Partners, Preservation of Affordable Housing, Evergreen Real Estate Services, Senior Lifestyle, and Over The Rainbow Association.
  • Andy Hill, Glass Solutions