A woman holds a microphone and a small tower built out of LEGOs, which was created during a Lean simulation.

Demonstrate and Perfect with LCI Simulations

If you are a design executive leader, design project leader, design implementer or design team leader, your Lean journey begins here. Below you will find your role and the learning pathway to take you from unaware to mastery.

Test Real Processes

Demonstrating Lean concepts is one of the main reasons to use a simulation as a teaching tool. Simulations drive home the core Lean teaching and get people thinking about their own processes. People learn by doing so involve participants to pique their interest.

Team Building Done Right

Drive home Lean teaching and get people thinking about their own processes while providing fun and interesting team building opportunities. Training sessions done at your workplace will typically involve people of different departments and management levels. These workshops are excellent opportunities to foster teamwork.

Flexible & Easy

Design and Construction processes are large and complex. Simulations are small and compact. They fit into a room. They can be performed in a quiet training room environment, rather than a noisy shop floor. They are short, expandable, and don't interrupt normal business.

Explore LCI’s Simulation Offerings

Two hands clasped together with green dot stickers on the fingers after completing a Make-a-card Lean simulation.

Make a Card

If you are a design executive leader, design project leader, design implementer or design team leader, yMake-a-Card is a quick simulation to demonstrate the advantages of Kanban and Pull over traditional Push and Batch. The full simulation with discussion can take less than an hour, and requires seven participants per table. The original manufacturing version of this simulation was developed by Mike Studley for ACT in England, and has been modi

A visualization of the Silent Squares Lean simulation with several different shapes of white paper inside a black box.

Silent Squares

The Silent Squares simulation explores the moment when people decide to cooperate. An excellent simulation for partnering or problem solving to meet a common objective or in a risky environment where trust is being developed. This simulation offers a powerful “lightbulb-going-off” or AHA moment for participants. This highly-engaging, virtual simulation event is 90 minutes including a group debrief of the experience.

Several colleagues take part in the Parade of Trades Lean simulation at a work table using LEGOs.

Parade of Trades

Developed by the Lean Construction (LCI) Institute over 20 years ago, the Parade of Trades® is a key foundational experience for anyone interested in implementing Lean within a project setting. The simulation explores the questions listed above by illustrating the impact of local variability on global throughput. Attendees will virtually represent one of seven trade partners involved in a parade of trades within a construction team. Teams will roll virtual dice that represent the capacity they bring to site to complete their work scope within a given week. However, a team member’s ability to complete their work will depend on and thus be limited by the handoffs of work completion by their preceding trade partner. This fun (unless you


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