April 4, 2024

April 4, 2024

Communication Update from LCI

This is the first LCI Weekly, which is your source for LCI news, updates, and details on upcoming events. The objective of the LCI Weekly is to better communicate with you and streamline information on LCI’s many offerings across the organization. LCI will still send occasional separate messages regarding deadlines and key information on our highly anticipated Annual Congress.

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Your Insights Matter - A Member Needs Your Help

Your expertise is needed to inform research around healthcare construction in the United States.

Rob Crotty, a corporate member of LCI and a Doctoral Candidate at Columbia Southern University, is conducting research on “Critical Factors Influencing the Adoption of Modular Construction in US Healthcare.” There’s a catch: Rob can’t do it alone. He needs your valuable insights.

Rob is inviting you to participate in a brief survey designed to uncover the perceptions of modular integrated construction among healthcare project stakeholders. Your responses will remain completely anonymous and will only be used for academic purposes. The survey doesn’t ask for any personal or company information, so you can rest assured that your privacy is fully protected. Rob has agreed to allow LCI to share the results when the study is complete.

Take the Survey Now

Time is short—your input is needed by April 10th. Thank you in advance for your invaluable participation!

April Webinars

April 10, 2024
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
LCI Lean Coffee with Tammy McConaughy

April 12, 2024
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET
Performance-Driven Construction Management for Lean Projects

April 18, 2024
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET
Shift The Safety Paradigm Using Injury & Fatality Research

Take the Pledge!

There is nothing like LCI’s Certifications. Only LCI’s Lean Design and Construction certifications meet national standards and stand for rigor and quality.

Be motivated and accountable to invest in LCI certification by taking the LCI Certification Pledge.


“I support the LCI-CPC and LCI-CPD and will seek to beome certified and/or hire LCI certified practitioners to my project teams. LCI’s certifications are the only national Lean Design and Construction certifications that validate knowledge and real-world experience and represent the highest standards in Lean practice.“

Once you take the pledge, you’ll receive the“I pledge” badge to download and post to your social media with #LCICertification and a button to wear at LCI Congress.

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We have a Design Manager, Now What?

Join us for an insightful panel discussion at this year’s Lean in Design Forum featuring industry experts in the session titled We Have a Design Manager, Now What? Gain valuable insights into the evolving role of design managers and how they’re driving success in today’s fast-paced design and construction landscape.

Our esteemed panelists, including Kenneth Burgun from Brasfield & Gorrie LLC, Troy Hoggard from CannonDesign, Randy Hoover from Bostwick Design Partnership, and Monica Steele from SSOE Group, alongside Moderator Annmarie Thurnquist from Jacobs Life Sciences North America, will share their diverse perspectives and experiences.

Learn how design managers integrate Lean processes and culture into projects, driving efficiency, and fostering collaboration across teams. Read this blog post for a sneak peek of what the panel will discuss and don’t miss this enlightening panel live and in person on Thursday, May 2, at 11:30 am.

Register now for the Lean in Design Forum and join us in Chicago on May 1-2 for an enriching experience!

CoP virtual events provide ways to connect and learn!

Did you know that you could build depth and breadth of your network and lean knowledge through participation in local Community of Practice (CoP) events?  CoPs continue to offer monthly opportunities for those around the country to participate in either virtual or hybrid events which is of benefit where there is no established CoP.  Highlighted are virtual events currently open for registration in the coming weeks:

  • April 9th – San Diego CoP
    Title:  Book Club:  The Lean Builder (Part I of II)
    In Part I, take part in a study action team (SAT) using The Lean Builder: A Builder’s Guide to Applying Lean Tools in the Field, Chapters 1-4.  Thais Alves, PhD of San Diego State University, will facilitate the discussion.
  • April 11th – Minnesota CoP
    Title:  Weekly Planning and Increasing Reliability
    In this first of a three-part series on short term planning, with the focus on improving weekly work planning and increased reliability of dates.  The discussion will include weekly work plan (WWP) tools, misses, wins and tragedies.
  • April 18th – Chicago CoP
    Title:  A Lean Coffee
    Using the Lean Coffee process in a virtual setting, discuss those topics that are top of mind focusing on Lean and/or related to construction.

LCI Events Calendar is your go-to resource for all regional CoP event offerings – in-person, hybrid and virtual.  HINT:  Bookmark and check back frequently!


What are the 8 wastes of Lean?

In Lean design and construction, we often talk about eliminating waste. Waste can be thought of as anything that does not add value to the customer or end user. There are 8 distinct types of waste that are commonly found in design & construction projects:

  • Over/Under Production
  • Waiting
  • Unnecessary Transportation
  • Over/Under Processing
  • Excess Inventory
  • Unnecessary Motion
  • Defects
  • Unused Creativity of Team Members

Learn all about these different types of waste, how to identify them, and how to eliminate them from your processes by clicking on the Curated Content banner above!

Fun Fact: The 8 wastes were originally 7 identified by Taiicho Ohno as “muda”.

Lean Assessments

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