LCI Update

April 21, 2015

Sustaining Sponsors


Upcoming Events

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

April 27th
LCI Target Value Design Workshop
(Carolinas CoP)

April 29th
Introduction to Lean - Come Find Out What All the Excitement is About!
(Los Angeles CoP)

April 30th
LCI Target Value Design Workshop

April 30th
"A Big Room Mindset" Panel Discussion
(New England CoP)

May 5th
Introduction to Lean - Clearing the Misconceptions What's Really In It For Me?
(Las Vegas CoP)

May 6th
SAFETY WEEK WEBINAR - Southland Safety, One Team

May 6th
Concurrent, Collaborative, Engineering in Team-X at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(Los Angeles CoP)

May 7th
Achieving Transformational Results Through Collaboration
(Chicago CoP)

May 7th
A Case Study of REI Lean Operations Implementation
(Cascadia-Portland CoP)

May 8th
SAFETY WEEK WEBINAR - Transforming Your Safety Culture with Lean Management

May 8th
A Lean Coffee


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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. "While evaluating the application of lean to our construction project, we wanted more than just lean operations, lean design and lean construction. We wanted to tap into our culture and expand our learning and capabilities. We saw this potential in the IPD methodology. IPD methodology provided a collaborative, proactive team approach to apply our lean work. We were interested in collaboration, bringing a team together early to learn from the best we had to offer to provide value to the project, one contract for all, one contingency pool, and one incentive pool. We liked the idea of not suing each other. We liked the idea that we could work together to deliver the best value to our patients and families and not waste a dime. That was our culture. We wanted to find partners to join us on that journey."


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LCI/AIA/P2SL Lean in Design Forum - Chicago, June 17-18

Building on the success of last year’s forum, we are headed back to Chicago this year for our annual Lean in Design Forum This is our annual outreach to the design community in partnership with AIA and P2SL. This year again combines training course options with presentations and in-depth discussion in small groups led by experienced practitioners. The first half-day features options for an introductory to Lean in Design, or a deeper dive into Target Value Design via a simulation-based teaching approach. Day two features Renee Cheng of U. Minn/School of Architecture talking about her research in collaborative project work, coupled with a case study of an IPD project in Chicago led by an architecture firm. The balance of the program will be smaller discussion sessions on Lean tools, techniques, and management approaches in which attendees can elect to explore topics of greatest interest and learn from the experience of leading practitioner firms in the Lean community. Some of these include: Conditions of Satisfaction, Work Planning, Building a Lean Culture, and Collaboration with Engineering Disciplines.

We expect this program will fill up fast, and the interactive nature of the program dictates that we cut off attendance at 100 people, so please act soon.

Full Details and Registration

17th Annual Congress Update

Planning for our October 12-16 meeting in Boston is moving along smoothly, and thanks to all of you who submitted your abstracts to speak on a timely basis this year. It’s been a huge help to the planning team. This newsletter, we will provide an overview of the expected training opportunities to be offered at this year’s meeting. Previous attendees will recall we invariably have offered a training day the first day of the Congress program. This year, plans are to double this offering to two full training days, focusing on some unique content. To assist those who wish to accomplish a substantial amount of coursework toward their certificate of completion of the AGC Lean Construction Education Program, we will offer up to all seven of the available modules. For our corporate members, two new offerings will be devoted to them on a first-come basis: Shingo Institute Discover Excellence Workshop, and Factory Physics. We will round out the program with Intro to Lean, Last Planner® and other training typically expected at Congress, plus some new offerings now being developed by the LCI Education Committee for debut teaching in Boston. Mark your calendar for October 12-13 to take advantage of these great Lean education opportunities, as well as the balance of the Congress through October 16.

We also want to say thank you to our exhibitors for the Congress so far this year:

AIA Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts Autodesk

There are still some booths available. For more information please contact Ilene Goldberg

LCI Education Committee Requests our Community’s Help

Among the content planned for debut at this year’s Congress is training on the structure and operations of the Big Room. The Big Room sub-committee is asking for your help in accomplishing this, and would like to receive: plans of past and present Big Rooms (pdf format); photos/videos; names of individuals willing to be interviewed about their experience of big rooms; any Big Room training materials. They would also appreciate responses to the attached form from those with experience of a number (>6) of big rooms. Thanks in advance for your help. It will greatly assist us in putting together materials that will move the community forward in our collective Lean journey.

6th Annual Lean Construction Summit sponsored by CURT, LCI and AGC

Register Today for the CURT /LCI/AGC Lean Construction Summit, June 10, 2015 in Cincinnati Ohio. The Summit is an opportunity for owners, contractors and industry associations to come together to learn about new techniques and trends in Lean construction, network with each other, share best practices, and develop solutions to improve the construction industry. Topics currently include: Owner panel discussing the importance of change in the construction industry; Target Value Design; Project Production Planning; Last Planner® and advanced Project Production Management methods; Lean Contracts (including relational contracting); framework for organizations getting into the lean project delivery game; production simulations. Our keynote speaker is Rex Miller, nationally-recognized author of The Commercial Real Estate Revolution and Change Your Space. This site provides registration information, including a discount rate for the summit just for LCI members: To obtain the LCI member discount code, please access our members center first at:

2016 Construction Research Congress

The 2016 CRC has just issued its call for abstracts, and as track chair for Lean Construction, Prof. Pardis Pishdad-Bozorgi has asked our help to distribute the announcement within the Lean community. A conference website has been set at Abstract and paper submissions are accepted electronically. Please visit for more information.

Safety Week Webinars:

Celebrate Safety week with LCI by attending our safety webinars. There will be a total of three to choose from. Here are the details of the first two:

May 6th, 2015, 11:30-12:30 EDT –
Southland Safety: One Team

During the webinar Southland will discuss how they created a culture where our safety team from all divisions across the country has come together to try and achieve a common goal, zero injuries. The common goal of zero injuries is not one that is easily obtainable in our industry, but by working as one unit and getting the small wins, they are continually closing in on achieving zero injuries. However just like many other goals, this takes constant tweaking and maintenance that the team at Southland drives continuously. As a team they stress “Perfection is our goal, excellence will be tolerated.” J. Yahl.
This webinar is free of charge.

Register Here

May 8, 2015, 11:30-12:30 EDT –
Transforming Your Safety Culture With Lean Management

Robert Hafey of RBH Consulting LLC, the author of Transforming Your Safety Culture with Lean Management and Lean Safety Gemba Walks – A Methodology for Workforce Engagement and Culture Change, will present his webinar for safety week on May 8th. This webinar will give an overview of how to engage employees in honest safety discussions that have a dual benefit. They reduce the risk of injuries by pro-actively improving the safety of the work performed and at the same time reduce the cycle time of the work processes.
This webinar is free of charge.

Register Here

Upcoming LCI National Webinars:

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.

Register Here


May 22, 2015 –
On Time and On Budget!

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!

Register Here


We recently sent out a survey about feedback on our webinars. If you have not get given feedback on the webinars that you have attended, please do so as we would like to tailor our educational offerings and webinars to what you would like to know/hear about.

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CoP Corner

Congratulations to the LCI New England CoP who has had great success with their re-launch! They hold a monthly core group meeting hosted at different company venues and also hold a monthly event and networking reception for their members. The CoP is partnering with the Lean Enterprise Institute to put together an abstract and presentation for the 2015 Congress as well. For more information about becoming involved with the NE CoP and attending events, please contact the CoP Chair, Nick Masci, at

The LCI NE CoP April event registration is now OPEN. Register now for “A Big Room Mindset” on April 30th.

Register Here


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

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