Lean in Action

Lean Construction is a Mindset, not a Toolset: when I went to the LCI Congress for the first time

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

By Aron Bartee, Project Manager at Herrero Builders It was a Monday at nearly 11pm, and after 10 hours of travel, I finally made it to the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) Congress! With my bags in hand, my excitement quickly faded away to my ratio...

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Keynote Preview, Andreas Phelps - Transformation: Nature of Work

Thursday, May 26, 2022

What motivates people to action? How can that motivation be in service of realizing our highest potential? These are the questions that have intrigued Andreas Phelps for most of his life.   As a naturally curious person, Andreas’ Lean journey starte...

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LCI Executive Director, Dan Heinemeier invites you to join industry leaders at 2022 LCI Congress

Monday, May 16, 2022

I am excited to announce that the 24th Annual LCI Congress will be taking place this year from October 18-21 in New Orleans, Louisiana. This event has been a staple in the design and construction industry for the past two decades, and it continues to...

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Design and Lean Evolving Together

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

A recent interview with Stan Chiu, Director of Healthcare, Gensler, and Lean Construction Institute Board Chair, revealed a number of key concepts and techniques that promote successful Lean deployment in the design process. What does Lean mean in d...

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How does Artificial Intelligence Enhance Lean?

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Please join us for a special interactive panel discussion at LCI’s Lean in Design Forum being held in Phoenix, AZ on May 5, 2022. The panel, Lean Futures and the Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI), will feature the following outstanding speakers:...

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How to Implement a Data Strategy that Reduces Digital Waste

Monday, March 28, 2022

Eric Thomas, Manager, Construction Thought Leadership at Autodesk + Host of Autodesk's Digital Builder Podcast Different things may come to mind when the topic of construction waste comes up. Some might think first about production challenges or re...

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Digital collaboration: Optimizing jobsite communications

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

By Katie Van Adzin, Bosch RefinemySite If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that adaptation is critical for progress. From COVID-19 to exorbitant lumber prices to supply chain disruptions — construction professionals are dealing with signifi...

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For pharma, quality boosts Lean

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

By Mike Barrett, Vice President Project Delivery, CRB, and Carl Rohs, Senior Project Director, CRB Could an increased focus on quality among manufacturers and others in the life sciences sector signal a move toward greater adoption of Lean construct...

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“I Can Do the Same Thing I Did Last Year,” said No Successful Lean Management Team Ever!

Monday, February 14, 2022

By John Huggett, Vice President, The Boldt Company Gratitude and thanks for the contributions from Karen McKenzie and Brian Esswein with Advocate Aurora Health, Mark Bultman and Cory Powers with HGA Architects, and Chris Waldron with The Boldt Compa...

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The Complexities of Production Planning for Pharmaceutical Facilities

Monday, January 24, 2022

By Michael Cloud, Manager of Construction, Jacobs Gratefully acknowledge the contributions of Scott Donnelly, Director of Engineering, Merck; Jeff Beck, Executive Project Manager, Jacobs; Mike D’Avanzo, Vice President / Regional Manager, Total Facil...

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Unstoppable Lean – A story of Building a Lean Culture

Friday, December 10, 2021

By Kenneth McBroom, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.  Often when an individual or an organization strives to change things for the better, and the effort fails, the memory of that failure lasts a long time.  As a result, this can often lead to not...

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Lean Lessons in Automotive (and How They Apply to Your Next Project)

Monday, September 13, 2021

By Eric Fish; Barton Malow Holdings, Jaclyn Saffa; Ghafari Associates & Nicole Ghafari; Ghafari Associates How do you build a three-story, 800,000-SF automotive paint shop – part of the City of Detroit’s first new general assembly automotive plant i...

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An Owners Only Course on Lean

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

By Howie Ferguson, Construction Owners Association of America; Executive Director Lean. Sure, of course ... eliminating waste, right? Like puppies and world peace – who wouldn’t be in favor of it?  But what does it really consist of and how specific...

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“Did Covid Kill Lean?”

Friday, July 23, 2021

By: Dan Fauchier, CMF, Lean Coach Background “Did Covid Kill Lean?” was the question posed to 17 Lean Champions from a cross-section of LCI members: 3 designers, 7 builders, 3 owners and 4 trade partners – volunteers from a pool of 33 to whom we re...

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Lean Motivational Letter: Jennifer Lacy

Thursday, June 24, 2021

By Jennifer Lacy There are moments when I’m sitting in a group of accomplished Lean construction professionals, and I experience imposter syndrome. I’ve never built a house, or managed the construction of a hotel or a hospital. Instead, my career p...

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How 360° Images Improve Communication on Lean Projects Through Greater Visibility, Coordination, and Progress Tracking

Monday, June 21, 2021

By Tom Feliz, Director of Enterprise Sales at OpenSpace and Benjamin Feldman, Content Marketing Manager at OpenSpace  Lean construction principles bring many benefits to teams who follow them, but they also require a higher level of communication. O...

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The Secret Sauce: Start Simple

Friday, June 18, 2021

By Michelle Whiteside; Brasfield & Gorrie LLC, Ryan Nagle; Envise & Katie Wells; Brasfield & Gorrie LLC You’ve been to a conference, you drank the Kool-Aid, and now you’re ready for your organization to start getting down with this whole Lean thing....

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It’s Time to Bring Out the Best in Each Other

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

By Rebecca Snelling and Hal Macomber The foundation of Lean is Respect for People and Continuous Improvement. Statistics, history, data, and our personal experiences tell us there are plenty of opportunities to get better results with projects in ou...

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How Digital Construction Tools Improve Productivity by Enhancing Remote Planning & Task Management

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

By: Shani Sharif, Senior Product Manager, Autodesk There’s no question that the last year has dramatically impacted how the industry operates. Virtually every aspect of construction projects — whether it’s safety planning, supply chain management, o...

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The Master Builder is dead, long live the Master Builder.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Blog Author: Ben Callam, Innovation Lead, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Last week I had the pleasure of participating in a fantastic LCI Design forum panel where the topic of the “Master Builder” came up in a discussion about how teams work toge...

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2021 Virtual Design Forum – what to expect as an attendee!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Register to explore Managing, Adjusting and Innovating through Disruption: Accelerating Forward! Register Now! While our world is taking steps to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us – the staff at LCI made the decision to host this year’s Design F...

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Lean isn’t just for the giants – Sustaining Sponsor Blog Corner

Monday, February 22, 2021

Medium-sized contractors should be the standard-bearers for Lean. Not only do they have a clear financial incentive to maximize productivity, but their business leaders are less siloed and more likely to interact with team members in the field. Getti...

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LCI honors Christian Pikel, with Chairman’s Award at upcoming LCI Congress

Monday, September 28, 2020

ARLINGTON, Va. – Sept. 28, 2020 — The Lean Construction Institute (LCI) will recognize The ReAlignment Group’s Christian Pikel for his work moving the design and construction industry forward through LCI’s mission by honoring him with the Chairman Aw...

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LCI honors Dean Reed, with Pioneer Award at upcoming LCI Congress

Monday, September 28, 2020

ARLINGTON, Va. – Sept. 21, 2020 — The Lean Construction Institute (LCI) will recognize DPR Construction’s Dean Reed for his outstanding service to the construction industry and the Lean community by honoring him with the Pioneer Award at its 22nd Ann...

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What is your company doing to transform its Lean practices due to the impact of COVID-19?

Monday, August 17, 2020

LCI is giving away one free registration to the 22nd LCI Congress core program valued at $695, offered virtually Oct. 20-23, to the winner of our LCI Corporate Member COVID-19 Lean Solutions Campaign! To enter, post the link to your company’s blog p...

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LCI San Antonio CoP offers new Lean Learning Series for interactive Lean discussion

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

LCI recently released the Lean Learning Series to provide LCI Communities of Practice (CoPs) and LCI corporate members with a short, interactive and educational presentation and discussion opportunity on six varying Lean topics. Since then, LCI San A...

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Effective Big Room eLearning leads to better onboarding and collaboration

Friday, July 10, 2020

Do you face challenges in your approach to improve collaboration and drive transparency within your team? Do you want to increase foundational understanding of a Big Room concept at your company? In just 90 minutes, LCI’s Effective Big Room eLearning...

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Lean Thinking During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

In 2016, the staff at the Lynn Community Health Center (LCHC) implemented a PDCA approach in the clinic. PDCA is part of the Lean thinking process. They began by trying to reduce chaos. Part of the PDCA approach is to reduce factors that impede work...

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Promoting Diversity in the Workplace

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Dome received survey results in early 2018 that indicated that women do not see as much professional growth opportunity for them at Dome as men do. Internally we discussed this issue and the fact that we believed we were doing all the right things, y...

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Remembering Gregory Howell

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the recent passing of Greg Howell, one of the co-founders of the Lean Construction Institute and of the Lean Design and Construction discipline itself. Together with his friend and colleague Glenn Ballard,...

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LCI Member Companies and COVID-19

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

LCI conducted a survey of member companies to gather information on how they have adjusted Lean practices as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was reported that 93.8% of companies have adjusted Lean practices as a result of the pandemic. Those p...

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What you can expect from the virtual Lean in Design Forum

Monday, May 11, 2020

Adjusting to our new normal, no matter how temporary, means reimagining how we connect and learn. This year’s Lean in Design Forum is a prime example. The now virtual event may look and feel different, but the cutting-edge content, expert presentatio...

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Speaker Spotlight: Meet the Experts Presenting at 2020 Design Forum

Monday, May 4, 2020

LCI’s virtual Lean in Design Forum, May 27–28, will feature industry experts, each bringing a unique perspective to inspire attendees. Get to know the plenary speakers who will share how equity, diversity and inclusion has strengthened their teams an...

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Takt Planning & Scheduling and COVID-19

Friday, May 1, 2020

What does Takt Planning & Scheduling have to do with COVID-19? Takt Planning & Scheduling could be one of the most important construction practices to keep both your workers and your bottom line healthy. This is because Takt Planning & Scheduling tr...

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Modular Construction and Prefabrication Support Healthcare Builds

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

In an effort to respond quickly and effectively in the current crisis, design and construction companies have been hard at work supporting the construction of new or temporary healthcare facility builds as well as modifying, when necessary, existing...

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Strengthen your team’s collaboration by embracing equity, diversity and inclusion

Friday, April 17, 2020

To keep our community safe and healthy but still connected, the Lean in Design Forum is now being held virtually May 27–28. Architects, engineers, preconstruction professionals, general contractors, owners and more will come together from the safety...

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Why should you participate in the virtual 2020 Lean in Design Forum?

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Register now to explore equity, diversity and inclusion in high-performing teams This year, we’ve shifted our plans for the Lean in Design Forum in response to COVID-19 and will be going virtual for the first time. The program will stay intact --  a...

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Searching for the Lost “Art of Milestones” by Perry L. Thompson

Monday, April 13, 2020

Milestones, we all know what they are and what we are supposed to do with them, right? Well, from this trade partner's perspective, the significance of milestones has been forgotten, and is a lost art. Unless, of course, we are talking about the “end...

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LCI COVID-19 Consultant Partner Survey Results

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

LCI asked our Consultant Partners to share how COVID-19 has impacted their consulting business. A survey was conducted with the intention of gathering insights into what project teams are doing to shift given the current situation. There was a good a...

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Collaborative Contracting Challenges and Benefits - McKinsey & Company

Thursday, April 2, 2020

McKinsey & Company published a great article on collaborative contracting challenges and benefits in January 2020. Definitely worth a read! "The value at stake for project owners is enormous. If just half of the 15 to 20 percent improvement realized...

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Member Companies Retool to Help Combat COVID-19

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

LCI is grateful to see member companies donating supplies from projects such as N95 masks to hospitals to protect our healthcare professionals during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Two of LCI’s well known manufacturing members, General Motors (GM)...

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2020 Design Forum Keynotes Announced

Monday, March 30, 2020

Two expert keynotes will join this year’s Design Forum, bringing expertise and inspiration focused on our theme of “Exploring Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in High-Performing Teams.” Heather Currier Hunt Session: “Design Thinking & Diversity” As...

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Connecting on Social Media

Friday, February 28, 2020

Today around seven-in-ten Americans use social media to connect with one another, get news content, share information and for entertainment. Are you one of those Americans who utilizes social networks daily? Are you connected with the Lean Constructi...

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LCI eLearning – How can I benefit from taking LCI eLearning courses?

Monday, February 10, 2020

The Lean Construction Institute (LCI) is dedicated to providing the most current and innovative Lean learning tools as relevant to the design and construction industry. Many industry professionals are slammed trying to meet deadlines, being on site a...

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What is it really like to attend a Community of Practice Lean happy hour?

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Lean Construction Institute Communities of Practice (CoP) organization is 31 strong! Each exists to support you in your Lean journey, at whatever level you may be, by providing educational courses, presentations and networking opportunities. If y...

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LCI rolls out a new Lean Learning Series

Friday, May 24, 2019

The LCI Immersive Education Program developed the LCI Lean Learning Series to address challenges some LCI Community of Practice (CoP) leaders and LCI corporate members face when finding speakers and presentation content for their communities and proj...

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Project Validation Guide maximizes value and team performance

Friday, May 24, 2019

There is confusion across the design and construction industry as to what project validation is, why it matters and how to best execute it. In LCI’s Project Validation Guide, project teams will find direction and resources aimed at validating project...

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What to expect at the 2019 Lean in Design Forum

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Practitioners on all different paths of their Lean journey will return home from the 2019 LCI Lean in Design Forum with cutting-edge improvements they can apply to their daily work . For the first time, a theme of Driving Design Excellence Through In...

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Meet your Design Forum Speakers

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Next month at the 2019 LCI Lean in Design Forum in Chicago, industry-leading design professionals will deliver guidance on how implementing Lean techniques from the beginning of a project can eliminate rework and increase client satisfaction. Meet t...

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Architecture 3.0 – Disruptive Design Practice

Monday, April 1, 2019

Get ready for the  2019 Lean in Design Forum  keynote address from Cliff Moser, author of Architecture 3.0: The Disruptive Design Practice Handbook, on Thursday, May 30! Cliff will directly address both the challenges and opportunities shaping the fu...

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Top 5 reasons to attend Lean in Design Forum

Monday, March 4, 2019

Architects, engineers and preconstruction professionals will come together at the 2019 LCI Lean in Design Forum in Chicago, May 29-30, to explore how implementing Lean in design will pave the way for on-time, on-budget delivery without compromising q...

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Doing your part to extend Lean education across our industry

Thursday, February 28, 2019

We know our industry has experienced a significant lag in productivity growth for more than 20 years, and we know Lean processes are a proven solution to improving productivity and project outcomes. As skilled practitioners such as LCI Instructors gu...

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How is your company using LCI’s 6 tenets of Lean design and construction?

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

LCI is giving away one free registration to the 21st LCI Congress core program (Oct. 16-17) to the winner of our LCI Corporate Member Lean in Action Contest! To enter, post the link to your company's blog post on how your organization is using any o...

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Learning how Lean in the Design Phase improves client outcomes

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Design professionals want to know how they can improve client outcomes while maximizing design excellence, according to 2017 research, and the solution is to use Lean practices with the owner and contractor during design. The Lean in the Design Phase...

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"Don't Conform, Transform!" with LCI's newest book

Monday, December 17, 2018

It’s time to disrupt the status quo of commercial construction projects and LCI’s newest publication, “Don’t Conform, Transform!” is your guide to transforming project outcomes. Readers will explore 11 Lean practices used by experienced practitioner...

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Introduce Lean Project Delivery to your team with new eLearning

Thursday, November 8, 2018

In the design and construction industry, we face the reality that 70% of projects are delivered late, over budget, or both. The traditional, siloed approach that teams have relied on for more than 50 years has failed to improve productivity or solve...

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LCI Chicago CoP is serving the need to support local students in design and construction

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The LCI Chicago Community of Practice (CoP) recognized the late Bob Krier, a pioneer in the Chicago-land market in spreading the value of Lean construction, in November 2017 with the 1st Annual Bob Krier Award Night. Currently, the CoP core group is...

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Introduction to The Last Planner System® eLearning with downloadable resources!

Monday, July 30, 2018

The LCI Immersive Education Program launched Introduction to The Last Planner System® as its first eLearning course that will award a certificate of completion and a badge eLearners can add to their email signature to show they are on the path to adv...

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Build an online Lean buzz around your LCI Community of Practice (CoP)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

LCI Communities of Practice (CoPs) are more than just meeting grounds where practitioners meet to discuss Lean processes; LCI CoPs are an invaluable resource for bringing design and construction professionals together to network and learn a better wa...

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Updated Last Planner System® Standard Work is your road map to implementation

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Last Planner System® Standard Work documents have been updated to better guide superintendents, foremen and project teams to effective Last Planner System® (LPS®) implementation. Each of the 12 documents in the LPS® Standard Work are written as...

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Lean expert insight: Technology, flow efficiency and a grass roots Lean journey

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

By Ryan Seckinger, Principal on the Structures team at Walter P Moore About the expert: Ryan Seckinger is a Principal at Walter P Moore with over 16 years of structural engineering and team management experience. He leads the firm's Lean and integra...

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Attendee Guide: Selecting the right Lean in Design Forum roundtable discussions for you

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Each architect, engineer, owner and Lean professional at 2018 Lean in Design Forum  will be at different stages of their Lean journey. Because of this, attendees have the opportunity to choose two out of the eight roundtable discussions that will ben...

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Owner Keynote Brings IPD, IFOA and Lessons Learned to Lean in Design Forum

Monday, April 30, 2018

Al Manshum, senior vice president of operations integration at Advocate Health Care, will take the stage as the 2018 Lean in Design Forum keynote speaker to share how he led the owner organization’s journey to Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and de...

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Lean Trilogy: Three Teams Discuss "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Panel insights by Rich Seiler, Unified Works Lead architects and owner’s representatives from three project teams will candidly share the value of engaging designers early in the Lean process at the 2018 Lean in Design Forum's plenary panel on May 3...

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Why Attend the 2018 Lean in Design Forum?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The 2018 Lean in Design Forum program, in partnership with P2SL and AIA, is about driving design excellence into projects using Lean tools in the design phase. Owners, trade partners and general contractors also attend to discover valuable takeaways...

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LCI Immersive Education Program will launch with Last Planner System® eLearning course!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Photo: Skiles Group team members work with trade partners to pull plan for project milestones.   This spring, LCI will release the first interactive online course of our LCI Immersive Education Program, Introduction to Last Planner System® (LPS® ),...

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Lean Expert Insight: Pioneering Lean from the Trade Partner’s Perspective

Saturday, February 17, 2018

By Henry Nutt, Sheet Metal General Superintendent, Southland Industries About the expert: As Sheet Metal General Superintendent for Southland’s Northern California Division, Henry Nutt is responsible for managing shop and field staff, assisting with...

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Lean Expert Insight: A Designer’s Perspective on Starting the Lean Journey and Team Onboarding

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

By Andrea Sponsel, vice president and senior interior designer, HKS About the expert: Andrea Sponsel is a vice president and senior interior designer at HKS. She began her Lean journey seven years ago, and was immediately immersed in the philosophy...

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Looking to Increase Owner Value and Eliminate Waste on Projects? LCI’s Target Value Delivery Guidebook Shows you How!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Chapter one of LCI’s “Target Value Delivery: Practitioner Guidebook to Implementation – Current State 2016” defines TVD as “a disciplined management practice to be used throughout the project to assure the facility meets the operational needs and val...

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2017 LCI Congress Highlight Reel

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

More than 1,500 Lean professionals attended 2017 LCI Congress to capture and leverage the Lean advantage, making the 19th annual event our biggest yet! The week of LCI Congress, Oct. 16-20, followed a similar structure as years past—with training day...

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