LCI Update

January 8, 2015

Sustaining Sponsors


Upcoming Events

January 09th
Target Value Design with Dave Umstot

January 14th
Lean Leadership for 2015 and Beyond
(NorCal CoP)

January 15th
Learn Why More Public Sector Owners Are Considering Lean Project Delivery Based on Data-Driven Metrics
(San Diego CoP)

January 16th
A Lean Coffee
(National Capital Region CoP)

January 21st
Transforming a Company Culture with Lean Buy-In
(Arizona CoP)

January 30th
WEBINAR- Reliable Delivery of Capital Projects with Lean Integrated Project Delivery


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Happy New Year, and best wishes for continued success in pursuing your Lean journey in 2015! We look forward to another great year of learning and networking opportunities through our Community of Practice programs and national events.

LCI Annual Congress to be in Beantown this Year

Congress 2015 Update: Our 2015 team is already hard at work laying plans for this year's Congress, set for October 13-16 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. We already anticipate an expanded set of training day programs, as well as reprising the popular site visits of Lean projects (Gemba Day). The "Lean Laboratory" approach we pioneered in San Francisco also will figure prominently this year; this provided a series of focused talks and dialogue based on the audience moving around to catch the talks of greatest interest. Of particular note at this time is the impending release of our call for abstracts in which we will solicit speakers and topics for consideration as agenda topics for this year's conference. You should be receiving an email from us later this month announcing availability of the submission process. We hope you will take this opportunity to share your successes and challenges with Lean implementation based on your experiences.

Design Forum News

The P2SL-LCI-AIA Lean Design Forum in Berkeley is coming right up: Thursday and Friday, January 29 and 30. Register before Friday January 9 to get $100 discount: Sponsorship opportunities are also available for this event: Platinum: $5000, Gold: $2500, or Silver: $1000; please follow up with Glenn Ballard via email or call him 415-710-5531. The program looks to be another great one this year:

Session I - Keynote: J.J. Sutherland will speak on Team-Based Innovation and Creativity
Session II - Panel: Corrie Messinger of NBBJ, Will Loftis of Jones, Lang, LaSalle, David Mar, from Mar Structural Design, and other practitioners from various fields (construction, software engineering, sculpture) will share what they have done to promote design creativity.
Session III: Dr. Sara Beckman will speak on Problem Finding, Problem Solving
Session IV: Dr. Sara Beckman will lead us through a hands-on exercise.

Session V - Panel: Report out from six participants in a 4.5 year study on Target Value Design (TVD).
Session VI - Moderated by Dr. Glenn Ballard: Reflections on the five previous sessions.

The June Design Forum (also sponsored by LCI, P2SL and AIA) takes place June 17-18 in Chicago again this year. Preliminary plans are for beginner and more advanced training options for Lean in Design, plus owner and Design practitioner presentations and expanded dialogue opportunities throughout the program. Mark your calendar now!

Upcoming Webinars:

Reliable Delivery of Capital Projects with Lean Integrated Project Delivery

On January 30, James Pease will present his experience, via webinar and as an owner, with Lean Integrated Project Delivery over the last six years at Sutter Health. The presentation will focus on several projects delivered with Integrated Forms of Agreement ranging in size from $3M to $160M. Key topics will be covered with specific examples: Validation Studies, Target Value Design, Risk/Reward Pools, Last Planner System® Implementation, BIM, and Lean Training for Teams!

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A Lean Coach's Analysis of Last Planner® Successes and Failures

Don't miss it as Dan Fauchier, Director of The ReAlignment Group of California, LLC - affiliated with Umstot Project and Facilities Solutions, LLC, will discuss how a dozen or more project teams (design and construction, current and past) have implemented Last Planner System® (LPS®), the triumphs and stumbles, the pitfalls and challenges, on a variety of project types (schools, hospitals, prisons, commercial, residential). He will share case histories, show photos, demonstrate his energetic 15 minute kickoff explanation of LPS (it will give you some ideas on tightly coupling learning with action), give tips on facilitating LPS sessions, and take lots of questions. This session will be very interactive.

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CoP Corner

The LCI AZ CoP presents Buy-In and Transforming a Company Culture on January 21, 2015 from 5:30pm – 8:30 pm. Craig Weltz of Walters and Wolf, one of the leading Lean companies in construction, will come and share some of the insights on getting employee, and even management buy-in and transforming the culture of a company to move down the path of "The Lean Journey."

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The Practice Committee held its first monthly conference call of the year and out of the call came several thoughts for the CoPs:

  • What can the committee/National LCI do to help the CoPs?
  • How can it be made easier to partner with other associations on a local level?
  • Feedback on MemberClicks

If you have any feedback on these topics, please address it to Ilene Goldberg at The next CoP Leader's webinar will be on February 4, 2015 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST. Hope to see you there!


Check out the LCI calendar of events for more CoP events happening in your area!

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Words of Wisdom

From: Organization, Operating Systems and Commercial Terms, by Messrs. Darrington, Dunne and Lichtig, CMAA, 2010: Lean is a philosophy, culture and discipline with a set of preferred behaviors, and a continually increasing repertoire of tools. Learning Lean is hard, disciplined work and requires participants to unlearn many behaviors that worked well in a traditional setting but are antithetical to the Lean experience...So, when many of the behaviors that worked in a non-Lean world are stripped away, a new repertoire of tools is needed to replace the dysfunctional ones. At first, it may seem to new Lean initiates that they are back attending grammar school. But for most learners, the light turns on quickly and they realize that there really are better ways to contribute, learn and add value. And they find they are having fun too.



Dan C. Heinemeier, CAE
Executive Director

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