LCI Update

March 19, 2015

Sustaining Sponsors


Upcoming Events

April 2nd
Creating a Lean Project Delivery Enterprise
(Dallas-Fort Worth CoP)

April 8th
Intel's Construction Revolution
(NorCal CoP)

April 9th
COAA Illinois - Spring Event
(Illinois CoP)

April 10th
A Lean Coffee

April 10th
Introduction to Lean Design & Construction

April 15th
Identifying Waste
(Arizona CoP)

April 17th
Choosing By Advantages, with Katherine Blume Copeland

April 23rd
Introductions to Lean Construction & the Last Planner System
(Alabama CoP)

April 24th
Lean in Your Company
(Colorado CoP)

April 24th
Target Value Design, with Dave Umstot


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LCI Welcomes Our New Members!

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Words of Wisdom

From: L3: Lean Operations, Lean Design, Lean Construction, compiled by the Akron Children's Tower Team, 2014, pp. 27-28. "We recognized that our culture, mission and promises already aligned with Lean principles, but as an organization, we lacked knowledge about tools, so that's where we started. We began with classes on A3 thinking and improvement projects. To date more than 400 staff members have learned about and completed an A3 project…Finally, the highest-profile tool that was initiated in the early years was the kaizen rapid-improvement process…introducing kaizens raised awareness throughout the organization of what could be done with this new method. In one example, we avoided spending more than $3M in improvements to Sterile Processing while improving performance. This was real money."


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LCI Joins Safety Week Coalition

LCI is proud to be a part of Safety Week this year, a program sponsored by the Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) that seeks to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety. As the Safety Week website notes: "Every year, more than 80,000 workers suffer an injury on construction job sites across the U.S. Any one incident is one too many. Life is too precious to not make safety the number one focus in the U.S. construction industry...We know being safe every day on every job site crosses competitive boundaries. That's why we have banded together to create and celebrate the second US Industry Safety Week, running this year from Sunday May 3rd to Saturday May 9th." Check out the Safety Week website, and see how your firm can get involved.

Why is LCI getting behind Safety Week? Many of you may recall that at last year's Congress, our board vice chairman (now chairman) Will Lichtig challenged those in attendance to enhance focus on safety, recognizing that accidents and injuries remain way too common in construction. Lean tools and techniques bring the promise of improved safety thanks to better communication and coordination of tasks, the reduction of waste, and other benefits. And this year's meetings and other programs sponsored by LCI will have a decided safety focus, especially (but not exclusively) including our 2015 Congress. If your Lean journey includes improvements in safety, we would love to hear from you.

Congress Abstract Submissions and Sponsorships

We've had a great response to our request for presentation abstracts. We have 120+ in hand as of close of business March 31. We are leaving the link available for two more weeks for any who are still working on their abstracts. Please do not wait until the end. We have already started accepting presentations.

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Sponsorships and exhibit booths are still available for our Congress in Boston in 2015 but hurry, they are going fast! Reserve your booth or sponsorship today!

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sponsorship opportunities

Mark your calendar now for the CURT 2015 Summer Meeting and Lean Summit in June

This is our annual co-sponsored Lean Summit event with the Construction Users Round Table (CURT) and AGC. It's a great one-day program in which practitioners address use of Lean tools and techniques and share elements of their Lean journey with an audience that includes many CURT owner organizations. This site provides registration information, including a discount rate for the summit just for LCI members. To obtain the discount code, please click here. The meeting is taking place in Cincinnati, OH this year. June 9 – CURT Member Committee Meetings & General Session; June 10 - Annual CURT/LCI/AGC Lean Summit.

Member Showcase

Congratulations to Shawmut Design and Construction – voted one of the Best Places to Work by Providence Business News! We love to showcase our members in our newsletter and on our website. If you are celebrating an anniversary or any other milestone, please share it with us. If you have a Lean project that you would like us to know about and post on our website, please contact

Upcoming LCI National Webinars:

April 10, 2015 –
Introduction to Lean Design and Construction

This webinar, presented by David MacNeel from OnPoint Lean Consulting, will introduce Lean project delivery as an "operating system" based in principles and use of appropriate tools. Participants will learn that Lean is about understanding value and eliminating waste for continuous improvement of design and construction processes. The overview is focused on the practical implementation of Lean approaches with examples of how teams actually apply Lean.

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April 17, 2015 –
Choosing By Advantages

Katherine Blume Copeland, from Southland Industries, will discuss the elements of Choosing By Advantages. Additionally, the attendees will get to see a sample of Choosing By Advantages to illustrate the process. The webinar should generate an interest in the process to encourage attendees to test it out on their jobs.

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April 24, 2015 –
Target Value Design

Check out our upcoming webinar, on April 24, which will provide an overview of why owners are adopting Target Value Design. Topics to be covered include: a brief discussion of value in the "owners' eyes," an introduction to Target Value Design - what it is and what are some of the variants owners are using; the need for conceptual and concurrent estimating; transparency of estimating and contingencies; the necessity of early engagement of specialty trade contractors; and closing with the experience, metrics and lessons learned at the San Diego Community College District using Target Value Design. The webinar will be presented by David Umstot from Umstot Solutions.

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CoP Corner

National Capital Region Community of Practice Hosts Program on one Company's Lean Journey
Last week our NCR CoP sponsored a talk by Peter Ukstins and Chris Scanlon from Davis Construction, a construction firm active in the DC-area market. (Peter serves as the Lean focal point for Davis, as well as serving now as a leader in our NCR Community of Practice.) Having presented last year at the Congress, this was a bit of an update as well as a tutorial on how a company can begin to get its toe in the water with Lean tools and techniques. After attending the 2013 Congress, Davis decided to begin to implement Last Planner® as their initial foray into Lean Construction. They began by identifying two projects in their market on which to implement LP™, and found substantial benefits in schedule improvement and cost savings.

In one school project, owner-directed changes threatened to impact the schedule significantly, but the team was able to make up the time and deliver on the original schedule. (Not surprisingly, this owner chose them for a sizable piece of follow-on business.) Peter and Chris cited these takeaways from their Lean journey to date:

  1. Look for opportunities where Lean can make a meaningful impact at your company
  2. Identify an implementation strategy that works for your company
  3. People will only buy into a process if they understand and believe in what you are doing
  4. How you arrive at a plan is at least as important as the plan itself
  5. If food is not provided it will be mentioned at every Plus/Delta analysis
  6. The weekly work planning process is key to the creation of reliable workflow
  7. The weekly work planning process can eliminate the need for traditional subcontractor meetings
  8. Daily huddles greatly reduce the number of issues that arise between trades
  9. Job characteristics don't matter when selecting projects, only the team's desire for improvement
  10. Don't let "perfect" get in the way of "better"

LeanNYC (NYC CoP) Holds Owner's Forum Telling of the Lean Journeys of Three LCI Owner Members
On March 19, LeanNYC presented an owner's forum featuring Joseph Ryan from Microsoft, Christian Pikel from UHS Health Network and Brian Morrissey from Merck Global Engineering Services. The Forum was moderated by Patrick Duke from CBRE. The forum told of the three owners' Lean journeys and where they are now in the process of using Lean tools and techniques. The attendees were treated to personal accounts of both the successes and the bumps in the road along the way of introducing the Lean process into their companies.

Following the success of this Owner's Forum, the LeanNYC CoP is planning a National Seminar on the Last Planner System® in May so watch your Inboxes for more information.


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

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Dan C. Heinemeier, CAE
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