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Lean Construction Institute's 18th Annual Congress Oct. 3-7 in Chicago


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"Too often we think we understand all aspects of a project, but without physical observation, we can actually miss a lot. 'Going to the Work' is not simply about quality control or ensuring that a project is on track – it helps us understand the intricacies of how the work gets done in order to identify waste and improve performance."

-  Bill Seed
   Executive Editor
   Transforming Design and Construction: A Framework for Change

A Japanese term for workplace or where the work is actually getting done. Lean experts encourage "going to the Gemba" to see how things are really done and where there is opportunity to eliminate or reduce waste.

Now you know what Gemba is. Let's talk about what Friday's Gemba Day can teach you.

After almost a full week of learning about Lean transformation in a professional, classroom-like atmosphere, put your walking shoes on and take your Lean journey to the next level with a three-hour live Lean project Gemba tour.

Available Gemba Tours:

  • Northwestern University Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center: This tour, hosted by Power Construction, poses unique challenges as the new lab sets on and next to another building.
  • Learn Your ABCs – Gemba Basics at Legacy Charter School: A great example of urban renewal, this tour of a LEED Platinum school in a disadvantaged neighborhood is hosted WB Olson, Inc.
  • Northwestern Hospital Olson Pavilion Cytogenetics Lab: A tour of a renovation project in a pre-existing space is hosted by LoDestro Construction.

Gemba Training:

To complement Gemba Day, two training breakout sessions are available on Wednesday and Thursday. These trainings are available to all Congress attendees and applicable even if you aren't available to participate in Gemba Day. Gemba Training: How to do a Gemba Walk is a great presentation that will explain Gemba and how it adds value in Lean management. Both presentations will last throughout two consecutive breakout sessions allowing participants to watch custom videos, interact in group exercises, and engage in meaningful discussion about going to the gemba.

Gemba is essential to Lean because it facilitates Continuous Reflection and relates to the principle of "going slow to go fast." Congress Gemba Day will open your eyes to see new ways to continuously improve a project's workflow alongside other team members with a genuine desire to work toward the goal of a better project and a safer work environment.

Register for LCI Congress today and sign up for a Gemba walk!

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Owners Scholarship

Recognizing the challenge that many owner organizations have in extending support in the form of funding for their employees to pay for registration and travel costs to attend industry conferences and training sessions, the LCI board has authorized limited funding to underwrite at least some of the expenses related to owner attendance at the annual LCI Congress. Deadline to apply is Sept. 14th.

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