LCI Update

August 27, 2015

Sustaining Sponsors


Upcoming Events

August 28th
WEBINAR- Using Leading Indicators to Improve Construction Safety

August 28th
LCI 2015 Congress Exhibit Hall Webinar Series - vPlanner

September 2nd
Lean Construction and the Last Planner System®
(Memphis & Mid-South CoP)

September 3rd
LCI 2015 Congress Exhibit Hall Webinar-Employing VPC

September 4th
LCI 2015 Congress Exhibit Hall Webinar Series - Integration Process

September 9th
Tips & Tricks of Planning for True Last Planners
(Los Angeles CoP)

September 9th
Lean Leadership: Building the Lean Culture
(NorCal CoP)


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LCI Welcomes Our New Member!

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Words of Wisdom

From: "Production System Design" in Transforming Design and Construction: A Framework for Change, LCI, 2015, p. 154. As they begin to implement the Last Planner System® on their projects, project teams often struggle with how to use the system within the context of their existing and conventionally constructed project schedules. Those schedules are generally overly detailed, make large assumptions, and often prematurely attempt to predict the future in great detail. Additionally, it is generally assumed that scheduled activities will happen as expected months or often years after those schedules are first created. Production System Design is fundamental to creating Milestone and Phase Plans that are better aligned with the principles of Lean/IPD. Creating Milestone and Phase Plans helps the team achieve project flow—and is a step that is often missed when teams begin to implement the Last Planner System® for Production Control. Production System Design is the "Plan" part of the PDCA process.


2015 Congress Sponsors



Plenary Speaker Sponsors
Paul O’Neill

AGC Certificate of Management-Lean Courses


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October 12-16, 2015 – Boston, MA

Do you have questions about the Lean process? Do you want to hear how your peers are scaling Lean in the enterprise? Whether you want to attend specialized training; concurrent sessions specific to Lean in Design, Collaborative Environment, Safety or Trades; go on a Gemba Walk to one of six different locations, or participate in one of our many networking opportunities, Congress is where you need to be.

Registration for Congress is open but don’t miss the chance to save money on your registration! Register by August 31st – the end of the Early Bird rate – to save $200 on your Training Day and Congress registrations – a total of $400!

Hotel information will be provided after you have registered via your email confirmation. Be sure to register early so that you can get a room. The room block is filling up fast!

Register NOW!

Highlight – Choosing by Advantages Training – John Koga instructor

October 12th and 13th from 8:00am – 5:00 pm

Choosing By Advantages (CBA) is a decision-making system proven to contain sound methods. This popular two-day "CBA Training for Project Teams" is especially useful in project development and management. The class combines lecture and hands-on activity to enable applying CBA right away.


Sponsorship and Exhibiting Opportunities

There are still sponsorship opportunities available and a few exhibiting opportunities as well although the cut-off date for both is September 14, 2015. Get your confirmation for sponsorship and exhibiting in to Ilene Goldberg before time runs out and you miss out on this wonderful opportunity to showcase your organization.

Learn more about Sponsorships

For questions on program content, please contact Joan Piccariello
For questions on registration, please contact Julia Shellhouse
For questions about sponsorship, exhibiting or sponsorship registration, please contact Ilene Goldberg


As previously announced, this case study-based effort is the first to take an in-depth look exclusively at Lean and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) projects focusing on team practices and outcomes that meet owners’ objectives. It is anticipated that the findings of this study will support the use of IPD and Lean processes on future projects, influence improvements in the building industry, and offer lessons learned for project teams seeking to implement Lean and IPD. Additionally, the integrity of the report and research methods by researchers from UMN and other universities will increase the impact of the message within the industry. The team is now seeking projects that meet the following criteria: 1. Provided incentives (such as reward pool) involving more than three stakeholder groups; 2. Used some form of integrated agreements; 3. Used some form of Lean Design and Construction practices, tools, and methodologies; and 4. Completed by Dec 31, 2015. For further information on how to nominate a project, click here.

Knowledge Transfer Papers to be Made Available in Book Format to Congress Attendees

We hope by now many of you have taken the opportunity to view and download some of the 40+ Lean Knowledge Transfer papers in the member’s center of the LCI website. These represent the collective wisdom and advice of seasoned Lean practitioners who donated their time and expertise in two week-long sessions last fall and again this spring. Special thanks to Bill Seed, Walt Disney Imagineering, who led this effort, and to Bernita Beikmann, HKS, who hosted the two sessions and provided the graphic design of the papers. The result is a set of short papers on many of the tools and principles of Lean. Given the popular reception these papers have evoked, we are now engaged with a printer to publish them in a book-style compendium. The book will be made available to Congress attendees this year and for purchase in larger quantities subsequent to the Congress. In the meantime, download and review them on the LCI site. The most recent set of papers will be available on the site in early September. These papers are intended to spark a dialogue on continuous improvement and we invite readers to recommend improvements and changes over time.

More Information

LCI Congress Exhibit Hall Webinar Series

Friday August 28, 2015, 1:30 – 2:00pm EDT
Effective Management of Production Planning Information Using vPlanner
Presented by Samir Emdanat

This Webinar will introduce vPlanner, an innovative visual planning software solution designed to support short-term interval planning as well as production system design and management. Built by seasoned planners, vPlanner supports all phases of the Last Planner System® through an integrated and easy-to-use visual interface.

Register Here

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, 9:00 – 9:30 am EDT
Employing VPC to Improve Project Information Management – Viewpoint Construction Software
Presented by Emily Zorrilla

The informative webinar will present a balance of product functionality review and user case study experiences. Webinar attendees will better understand: The critical importance of having a single repository for centralized project documentation and communication, How to spend less time tracking down project information for increased productivity and ways to leverage technology for business process automation through workflows.

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Friday, September 4th, 2015, 10:00 – 10:30 am EDT
Integration Process: Discovering and Delivering Maximum Value – Herrero Builders
Presented by Paulo Napolitano

To demonstrate that at Herrero, we work and live by our core values, values that promote a culture that is obsessed in finding value from every source, in every circumstance, from every person with whom we interact in order to deliver a successful project. Highlighting our working environment not only ensures that we find and create value, but that all stakeholders know they are valued because their values are understood and integrated into every part of our projects.

Register Here

Community of Practice (CoP) Corner

Congratulations to Brooke Coffin from JE Dunn who is the new Chair of the Kansas City CoP! To become more active with the KC CoP, please contact Brooke at

The Michigan CoP is looking for some fresh ideas and people for their Core Group and CoP. If you are interested in playing a leadership role in this CoP, please contact Chad Stirrett at!

By invitation only - The CoP Chair’s meeting at Congress has been changed to 12-5 (lunch will be provided) as we will have a presentation from the Education Committee at the end on becoming an improved LCI instructor to be able to teach the LCI Courses.

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