LCI Update

February 18, 2015

Sustaining Sponsors


Upcoming Events

February 18th
Lean Supplier Development
(Cascadia-Portland CoP)

February 18th
Problem Solving, Using A-3 and 5 Why Thinking
(Arizona CoP)

February 25th
Lean and Design-Build, A Recent Healthcare Case Study
(New England CoP)

February 27th
The People Side of Lean: Project Lessons in Selecting and Developing the Right Lean Team
(National Capital Region CoP)

March 10th
Tales from the Front Lines: Stories of Lean in Action
(Ohio Valley CoP)

March 18th
An Evening with Paul Akers
(Arizona CoP)

March 18th
Advanced Work Packaging & Legal Framework
(Central Florida CoP)


View all events


LCI Welcomes Our New Members!

Learn More Here


Words of Wisdom

From: The Art of Engagement: Bridging the Gap between People and Possibilities; Jim Haudan, McGraw Hill, 2008, pp. 18-24. These qualities form the foundation or the roots of engaging people: 1- People want to be part of something big. 2- People want to feel a sense of belonging. 3- People want to go on a meaningful journey. 4- People want to know their contributions make a significant impact or difference…When people believe they are part of something big, feel like they belong, feel they are on a meaningful journey, and can see how they are helping to make a difference, engagement occurs naturally—even in business.


2015 Congress Sponsors






Additional Sponsors


Please click here for information about sponsorship opportunities


Survey Results focus on Project Uncertainty and Means to Address It

Last fall, the Dodge Analytics (formerly McGraw Hill) organization published a report entitled: Managing Uncertainty and Expectations in Building Design and Construction. This was the culmination of a months-long industry survey project co-sponsored by LCI and a number of other national trade associations, including the AIA. The project’s premise was that the process of planning, design, and construction isn’t 100% perfect, but project team members often end up arguing about unexpected project changes. Based on surveying owners, designers and contractors, the project’s stated goals included 1) generating real data about typical costs of non-negligent errors, omissions, and coordination issues; 2) setting realistic expectations, and 3) structuring budget contingencies. Finally, the study sought to generate information about best practices and tools that can improve industry performance, notably including Lean design and construction techniques. The findings identified seven top causes of project uncertainty as identified by the responding owners, architects and contractors.

Read More

2015 Congress: More Training Options and Abstract Submission Opportunity Available through 3/31

Congress this year will have extra educational offerings. LCI is offering another Training Day for its attendees on Monday, October 12th. The new training will be educational opportunities such as Shingo Training, Factory Physics, and opportunities to enhance your credentials via the AGC Lean Education Coursework. More on this to come soon so watch your Inbox for future Congress 2015 updates. Also, don’t forget we have issued the call for abstracts for the Congress this year, with a March 31 deadline. Have an aspect of your Lean journey you’d like to share? Send the planning team an abstract on it.

Full Instructions Here

Lean in Design Forum 2015

Come and learn about Lean in Design. The LCI/P2SL/AIA Design Forum, June 17-18 in Chicago, IL, promises to have some of the leading voices in the Lean design community as presenters and is going to feature another “Lean in Design 101” by Kristin Hill/Inside-Out Consulting, as in 2014. “Lean Design Laboratory” breakout sessions presented by designer practitioners will allow attendees great flexibility in choosing topics of interest and engaging presenters in small-group dialogue.

More Information and Sponsorship Opportunities

Upcoming Webinar:

March 20, 2015 –
A Lean Coach's Analysis of Last Planner® Successes and Failures

Don't miss it as Dan Fauchier, 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.

Register Here


Upcoming National Seminar:

March 26, 2014 –
Target Value Design Workshop

Join the Colorado CoP for an interactive Target Value Design Workshop. This hands-on day-long program takes a budget ($10,000.000), a piece of land (near USC in Los Angeles) and ends up with a building for less than the budget, at the end. The various stages of the simulation replicate real Target Value Design. The program also features how to do three-hour Target Value Design for projects that are already underway. Although TVD is a hallmark of Integrated Project Delivery, you can do TVD regardless of contract model. Presenter is Dick Bayer from The ReAlignment Group, Ltd. This program is limited to 50 attendees.

Register Here

BCT at UMass is Hiring: Lecturer in Sustainable Construction Management

BCT has announced a new Lecturer position with the Building and Construction Technology program in Sustainable Construction Management, available immediately. This faculty position covers project management topics and allows more focus on efficient and sustainable construction practices, such as lean construction, prefabrication, BIM & IPD, and LEED. You can learn more about it (and apply) at the following link. They will start reviewing candidates February 12, 2015 and the position will commence in September.

Learn More and Apply Here

Lean Construction Ireland Update

Lean Construction can improve quality and safety, obliterate punchlists and save money in Construction - that was the message from Lean Construction Institute Ireland's conference "Putting Lean Construction into Practice", held in The Marker Hotel, Dublin, on Feb 4th, 2015. More than 260 delegates from the Construction Sector in Ireland turned up for the Lean Construction Event, sponsored by M+W Ireland.

Keynote Speakers on the night included Barry O'Leary, former CEO of IDA Ireland and Director of M+W Ireland, who highlighted how lean construction can sharpen Ireland's attractiveness for foreign direct investment. Graeme Shaw, ‎Head of Northern Line Extension at “Transport for London”, spoke about how TFL used lean principles to deliver a new public project.

Attendees took part in breakout sessions that focused on practical topics in Lean; Fearghal Scanlon focused on Eliminating Punchlists and Reducing Rework, Kevin White spoke on Introducing a Lean Program, James Lillis covered Lean Green Belt Programs and Gary Widger talked about Mercury Engineering’s Lean Program.

CoP Corner

Congratulations to the new Chair of the Dallas Fort-Worth CoP – Mike Kotubey President, TDIndustries. If you have questions about how to become active in the DFW CoP, please e-mail Mike at

The New England CoP is planning “Value in the Eye of the Owner – Lessons from Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD)” to take place on February 25, 2015 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This event will explain for the Planning, Design and Construction community can support Lean and what it means to be Lean. Owners will better understand what it takes to be a good owner, how to craft an RFP and how to build the capacity to collaborate we all desperately yearn for. The cross-learning from LPPD will benefit all, helping to enable the innovation all project teams crave.

Register Here

The LCI Arizona CoP presents “An Evening with Paul Akers” on March 18, 2015, from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Paul Akers, author of 2 Second Lean and a Lean leader among American manufacturers, will share stories from both his personal and business life as the world of Lean thinking is explored. Attendees will receive a hard copy and/or CD of Paul’s book, 2 Second Lean – How to Grow People and Build a Lean Culture.

Register Here

The LCI NY CoP (LeanNYC) is putting on an Owner’s Forum Thursday, March 19, 2014 from 8:00 am – 10:00 am. Learn from Owners who have embarked upon their individual Lean journeys and experienced improved methods of project design and delivery. Some of the speakers on the panel will be Joe Ryan from Microsoft and Christian Pikel from UHS Health Network.

Register Here


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

View all events



Dan C. Heinemeier, CAE
Executive Director

Ph: (703) 387-3048 · @:

Lean Construction Institute is located at 1400 North 14th Street, 12th Floor, Arlington, VA 22209
703-387-3000 |

Like Us on Facebook  Follow Us on Twitter  Connect With Us on LinkedIn

©2014 Lean Construction Institute

We have moved to a different database so we apologize if you are getting this e-mail as an unsubscribed contact. Please click unsubscribe below and you will be taken off of the list.