Rocks-In-The-Road, An A3 Thinking Experience- (Colorado CoP)

August 23, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am (under construction)
August 23, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am, Mountain Time Zone
AGC of Colorado
Address: 1114 W 7th Ave
LCI Colorado CoP


LCI Colorado Community of Practice


Rocks-In-The-Road, An A3 Thinking Experience

Identifying successes and areas for improvement is imperative for a team to continuously improve and perform at the highest level. A group oriented, A3-structured process called “Rocks in the Road” can be the framework for this.  The process helps groups of any size to identify past successes that can be leveraged, potential obstacles to continued success, identify root cause analysis, and develop an action and follow-up plan. This process can be implemented by design groups, jobsite groups, multi-disciplinary teams, individual organizations, or communities of practice.

The Rocks in the Road structure is a step-by-step process that has proven to be a more widely accepted and user-friendly way of executing an A3 to solve problems.   For a Children’s Hospital Colorado IPD project during the transition from the design to construction phase of the project the process was used with a group of owners, designers, and constructors to proactively identify potential obstacles to continued success. During this session, it was determined the three biggest obstacles were non-MPA buy-in, team communication, and scheduling/planning/workflow. The team then developed a fishbone diagram to understand the root causes and action plan for each obstacle to help improve the team’s behaviors and, ultimately, the project.  For another recent Children’s Hospital project the Rocks in the Road process was used successfully to solve an ongoing problem of poor communications between the various disciplines.  As a result, a “Better Conversations Everyday” workshop was planned and executed with very favorable outcomes!  

Learning objectives:

  • By actively participating from start to finish, learn a way of implementing A3 thinking to solve problems in an interactive, fun process that can be used within your organization, with multi-disciplinary project teams, or with the construction community.
  • A3 thinking and problem solving may often be misunderstood and forsaken.Learn a deceptively simplistic structure/plan to understand and gain value from A3 thinking and problem solving.

George LaClaire
, Operations Manager, Sturgeon Electric Company

George grew up in Lake Placid, NY (Winter Olympics 1980).  He began working in the construction industry as a helper for his uncle (electrical contractor in NY).  He was first introduced to Lean in 2001 after reading an article about the Last Planner System® by Greg Howell.  Since 2001 George has continued to read books and articles about Lean and attended many Lean conferences, programs, classes, etc.  He has been utilizing lean tools since 2012.  He is a LCI Colorado CoP Core Group Member.  He has been a LCI Colorado CoP participant and presenter since 2014, and LCI Congress presenter in 2018 and 2019.

Registration Rate: $10.00 

Please Register by August 21, 2019

Breakfast burritos and coffee will be provided