LCI Update

December 3, 2015

Sustaining Sponsors


Words of Wisdom

Features an excerpt from: Transforming Design and Construction: A Framework for Change, LCI, 2015, pp. 69-70.
If a Lean/IPD project does not have strong overall leadership, the entire project is at risk of reverting to traditional project delivery methods. Alternatively, there may be confusion between old and new delivery methodologies. Leadership is not management...A manager typically keeps matters stable and in control; a leader typically unsettles, destabilizes, and provokes team members to consider new opportunities. Lean/IPD projects function best when many team members are capable of leading.


Upcoming Events

December 3rd
How Can the Lean Construction Community Support Owners?
(Cascadia Portland CoP)

December 3rd
Hands - On Lean Training in Pull Planning
(New England CoP)

December 4th
Retrospective Roundtable on IPD Project Startup: A Tale of Two Projects
(Colorado CoP)

December 7th
Daily Continuous Improvement Workshop
(Ohio Valley CoP)

December 9th
LCI National Congress Highlights & Improving Project Delivery
(Central Florida CoP)

December 11th
A Lean Coffee - December
(National Capital Region CoP)

December 16th
A Lean Coffee - December
(Kansas City CoP)

December 17th
WEBINAR- A Lean Coach's Analysis of Last Planner® Successes and Failures, with Dan Fauchier


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LCI Survey of Owner Satisfaction with Project Delivery has Been Reopened

In our ongoing effort to better understand the level of satisfaction with project work across the owner community, we have reopened a Dodge Analytics study commissioned earlier this year in the interest of boosting the response rate. We have over 30 participants so far, but are seeking upwards of 150. If you are an owner representative, please take the survey. If you represent a design or construction firm with contacts in owner organizations, we would really appreciate your encouraging them to respond. We believe such a survey is needed to help gauge the level of success of Integrated Project Delivery, Lean tools and techniques, and related aspects of collaborative project delivery. In addition to helping us develop metrics on whether collaborative projects really promote improved satisfaction, participants will receive a copy of the overall study findings, along with their own responses for reference. However, as before, participation will remain completely confidential.

More Information

Check out the Knowledge Transfer Library Available on the LCI Members-only Web Page

Many of you are now familiar with the new book, Transforming Design and Construction: A Framework for Change, published by LCI. The book contains dozens of brief papers by knowledgeable practitioners (our "Words of Wisdom" quote has a typical excerpt again this time). Copies of the book are still available for order through the LCI website at Please also access the material on the website, and give us your input and comments on improvements that can be made over time. Our goal is to promote Lean implementation using this material as a discussion starter and training tool for project participants. We want to maintain this site as an ongoing, two-way communications opportunity to help advance the state of the art in Lean.

Save the Date! LCI / P2SL / AIA Design Forum 2016 Date now set

The Design Forum is sponsored by the Lean Construction Institute, UC Berkeley's Project Production Systems Laboratory, and the American Institute of Architects.

The next Design Forum will be held January 28-29, 2016 in Berkeley, CA.

The presenters and topics will be:

  • Yrana Haahtela and Ari Pennanen: Cost estimates made prior to design are called "conceptual estimates", which are notoriously inaccurate, yet are needed for making early assessments of project economic feasibility. Haahtela and Pennanen will present a cost model for conceptual estimating that takes inputs from the voice of the customer and calculates costs at completion within a standard deviation of +/-5%. That level of accuracy requires more than a model, also required is a process for aligning what customers want with their ability to pay, and the process of steering to cost targets in design and construction.
  • SmithGroupJJR architects from different practice areas share how their experience on lean projects has changed how they do design. SmithGroupJJR has been a participant on a variety of integrated delivery, multi-disciplinary, and collaborative teams implementing lean principles. The presenters have been and are active leaders in those teams. Their projects represent a variety of building types, approaches, contracting methods, participants and team structures, and they will discuss how that affected lean implementation. They will share their personal evaluations of the success of lean and collaboration in respect to their earlier experiences and discuss how SmithGroupJJR is changing its way of working, incorporating what's been learned, and what they feel are the best next steps in the process of our continuous improvement.
    • Presenters:
    • Marianne O'Brien, FAIA, Principal, Project Manager, UCSF Regeneration Medicine Building
    • Matt Davis, Principal, Project Architect, Sutter Health CPMC Van Ness and Geary Campus Hospital
    • Akanksha Pande, Associate, Project Architect, Sutter Health CPMC St. Luke's Hospital
    • Franco Marinaro, Project Architect, Workplace Studio
  • Following up on last year's presentations on problem framing as a key to design success, Bill Andrews of Walter P. Moore Structural Engineers and Will Loftis of Jones, Lang, Lasalle share cases in which they faced "wicked problems".
  • Jeff Loeb of CH2M Hill shares their Collaborative Design Process; how they do lean and agile design.
  • Renee Cheng and Markku Allison will present the findings of a survey on Integrated Project Delivery projects.

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The next Design Forum will be held June 1-2 in Chicago, IL. More information coming soon. Make plans to join us!

National Webinar:

A Lean Coach's Analysis of Last Planner® Successes and Failures
December 17 – 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
Dan Fauchier, The ReAlignment Group of California LLC

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

Community of Practice (CoP) Corner

CoP Monthly Chair Webinars
We hope that all of you had a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving and wanted to let you know that we will be starting up our monthly CoP Chair webinars on Thursday, January 7, from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST. You may have two people from your CoP attend (the Chair and his/her designee) and we hope that if one of you cannot attend, you can assign someone else so that we do not lose our momentum. An invitation will be going out shortly with all of this information. Thank you in advance for your attendance.

Congress Highlights and Improving Project Delivery
The Central Florida CoP will be holding a seminar on this topic on December 9th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm with Kevin Labrecque from Limbach and Ed Anderson from Construct-X presenting.

Kevin Labrecque will present the highlights of the LCI National Congress

Ed Anderson will conduct the second half with the "Beginning with the End in Mind" presentation. The process of improving project delivery with collaborative technology. Topics to be discussed:

  • Chase-Up Syndrome© - taking the waste out of projects
  • Delivering an Information Asset™ as a by-product of the project
  • Business Value to all EPCM/AEC Stakeholders, especially owners
  • Virtual Folders and Advanced Work Packaging
  • How Viewpoint Software Can Help presented by Jared Ferrell
  • Data Delivery and Asset Management through COBie

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Lean Coffees
The Kansas City and National Capital Region CoPs will be having their Lean Coffees this month – National Capital Region on December 11th and Kansas City on December 16th. Lean Coffees were created by Jim Benson and Jeremy Lightsmith as a melding of Open Space Technology (OST) and Personal Kanban (PK). OST is a process for having a group democratically develop an agenda for conversations and then managing that agenda. Kanban is used to visually manage the conversation. Lean Coffee is a free space for people to explore issues and concerns that they otherwise don't get to discuss. This free space gives people a chance to try out behaviors, exercise leadership, get help, give help and grow professionally.

Come as you are and be ready to Learn. Attendance is free of charge.

National Capital - 12/11      Kansas City - 12/16


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