June 6, 2024

LCI Weekly Banner

June 6, 2024

Meet Our New Manager, Education & Certification!

We are excited to introduce you to our new Manager, Education & Certification, Mattie Gagnon. Mattie’s experience and a passion for Lean principles, is set to bring fresh perspectives and innovative approaches to our education and certification programs.

To help you get to know Mattie better, we asked her a few questions:

What excites you about this role and working with LCI’s Education & Certification programs?

I’m thrilled about the chance to make a meaningful contribution to the AEC industry through LCI’s education and certification programs. In this role, I look forward not only to supporting industry leaders in cultivating and advancing their Lean behaviors and tools but also to advancing my own journey in Lean practices. I’m excited to be a part of an organization so committed to making a tangible impact through continuous improvement.

Where are you on your Lean journey and what would you share with others on their Lean journey?

At my last job, I had the opportunity to participate in their Lean Champions program. Through that, I was provided with a solid foundation in Lean behaviors and practical application. While I consider myself to be in the early stages of my Lean journey, I’m committed to continually practicing and implementing Lean principles both professionally and personally. To others on their Lean journey, I encourage you to:

a) Start with the basics! Realize that successful Lean implementation requires a fundamental shift in behavior and mindset, not just the adoption of tools.

b) Practice. Practice. Practice. Incorporate Lean practices into your daily routines, both at work and in your personal life.

c) Embrace Failure. Understand that failure is an inevitable part of the learning process. Use failures as opportunities for reflection and improvement.

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, including my dog, Charlie, and my cat, Finn. I also enjoy staying active, my latest obsession being pickleball. When relaxing at home, I also enjoy reading a new book or learning a new recipe.

We’re thrilled to have Mattie on board and can’t wait to see the positive impact she will have on our education and certification programs. Join us in welcoming Mattie to LCI.

Upcoming Webinars

June 13, 2024
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET
The Missing Element in LPS®: Project Level Planning

June 20, 2024
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET
Intro to Industrialized Construction – More than Prefab

July 11, 2024
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET
How to Build a Culture of Planning and Purpose

July 25, 2024
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET
Introduction to Choosing By Advantages

Make the Case for Congress to Your Employer!

Does your employer cover conference and/or professional development expenses and time off? If so, you can use this customizable approval request for attending this year’s Annual LCI Congress, October 22-25 in San Diego. We hope this helps you make the case for Congress!

 

Questions on the program? Contact Joan Piccariello.

Want to sponsor/exhibit at the 2024 LCI Congress?

Contact Ilene Goldberg, Manager, Strategic Partnerships at (703) 785-9087.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Information

2024 Congress

Mid-Atlantic CoP offers LCI Introduction to Lean Project Delivery Course

Supporting LCI’s mission to lead the building industry in transforming its practices and cultures, the Mid-Atlantic CoP is set to offer LCI’s Introduction to Lean Project Delivery Workshop on June 12 in Lancaster, PA.

Most project teams seek ways to add more value for their clients while meeting schedule and budget requirements. By focusing on value and recognizing the various types of waste in project delivery processes, productivity can be increased by implementing the Lean approaches taught in Introduction to Lean Project Delivery. Participants gain insight to Lean Project Delivery by understanding how Lean connects people, principles and practices to optimize results by shifting both thinking and behaviors. This course, which includes real-life design and construction examples, is an important step on your journey to becoming a Lean Thinker. The event includes a simulation to support the learning.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an understanding of the breakdowns with current project delivery methods; discover the goals and benefits of implementing Lean.
  2. Understand the Foundation of Lean as Six Tenets and identify the Eight Wastes as relevant to design and construction.
  3. Recognize that Lean is a shift in thinking and behaviors leading to high-performing teams.
  4. Discover key Lean practices and tools, which result in increased collaboration and improved project outcomes.

Leading the instruction is Mid-Atlantic CoP Leader, Emily Lowe, LCI-CPC, LCI-CPD-SME, Butz Family of Companies. This course is registered with AIA|CEU for 5 LU credits. Thank you to LCI Corporate Member, Wohlsen Construction, for generously hosting the training space and refreshments.

If you are in the region, you are encouraged to participate in this learning opportunity. You do not have to be associated with the CoP to participate. Space is limited – learn more and register HERE.

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

Upcoming CoP Events

21
Fri
Jun

From One-Piece Flow to Takt Planning

Salt Lake City Community of Practice
25
Tue
Jun

Collaborative Leadership Behavior - Module 1

Nashville Community of Practice
19
Fri
Jul

The 5S

Salt Lake City Community of Practice

5 Questions With Catherine Myers

Catherine Myers, PE
SSOE Group, President

Welcome to the inaugural edition of “5 Questions With…,” a new column designed to delve into the Lean journeys and experiences of LCI members. In each installment, you’ll see insightful and inspiring 5-question interviews, providing a window into how these trailblazers are implementing Lean principles in their organizations. This series is your gateway to learning from the real-world experiences of your peers, answering the frequent requests from our community for practical insights.

To launch this series, we are honored to feature Catherine Myers, PE, President of SSOE Group and Chair of the LCI Board of Directors. Join us as she shares her unique perspectives and valuable lessons from her Lean journey.

What hurdles did you encounter when implementing Lean on a project (in your company), and how did you tackle them?

As a common occurrence in any industry, change is always difficult! And in consulting where a team is working to provide a deliverable for a client on a tight schedule, trying something new is challenging! We have always attempted to begin with the why—what will Lean practices help us accomplish in a better way and how will that make the work better for our team. At SSOE, this meant identifying Lean Principles that aligned with our Core Values and then focusing on a few Lean methods to use on our projects. We worked with teams in our Complex Projects group to implement these methods initially and this has now grown to requests from others to learn more. Finding an approach that emphasized the pull rather than the push was more successful for us.

What stories can you share about a successful Lean project (Lean implementation effort) you were involved in and what do you think made it work?

I’d like to answer that with a few examples of Lean practices that we have used over several different projects—to show the various applications. First, we had a large battery project that had owner/construction/design team members around the world. This group used a virtual big room very successfully through Teams—several groups were set up with the appropriate members from all stakeholders and they then used Teams as both an instant communication channel as well as a collaboration tool. This allowed the team to stay coordinated even while at vast distances. Second, a semiconductor project has been working on the design of repetitive elements for off-site manufacturing. This group has successfully applied Kanban as a Work-in-Progress tool to maintain the requested construction prioritization. This team has now successfully completed designs for several projects and continues to refine and use this methodology. Finally, two other large projects for the automotive sector have applied pull planning practices to understand the overall project schedule as well as the design phase schedule. With many different buildings as part of these programs, this again has helped the team be able to focus on each element for successful completion.

These are a few examples of applying Lean practices in our design efforts—we’ve seen better implementation by including Lean practices as part of our Operations processes and then assisting project managers to apply what will benefit their project.

In your opinion, what are the biggest benefits of applying Lean and how have they impacted your projects, your teams, or your organization?

Our primary focus in our Lean implementation centered on the tenets of Respect for People and Continuous Improvement. These elements centered our work on cultivating a trusting organization and established a solid foundation on which we continue to build. Initially, we focused on a few key Lean methods as we worked to embed these processes: Defining Value and Visual Planning. Our projects now define Conditions of Satisfaction as part of a project kickoff in order to gain stakeholder alignment on the overall project goals. This then enables the project team to make decisions based on the CoS.

Visual planning has also aligned the stakeholders on the key milestones as well as the specific commitments and deliverables required. As the project develops and perhaps sees scope change, the team can more easily determine overall impacts and needed adjustments. We included a company-wide training session in Reliable Promising to help our employees understand a key component of visual planning.

Starting with these two methods has shown the benefit of overall team alignment and has allowed for better coordinated and collaborative efforts. As we’ve progressed, we continue to add Lean processes such as Choosing by Advantages and Set-based Design in specific applications as we see the value of these processes in our internal and project decision-making.

How do you assess if your Lean game is strong; are there metrics or techniques you rely on and can share?

We have not established metrics for our use of Lean practices; we’ve been more focused on embedding the practices in our overall way of performing work. My measure of success has been the quantity of projects that are implementing Lean practices and the team members’ desire to continue with these practices as they move to a different project. We recently reviewed our results since our 2020 Strategic Plan included the development of a Lean Operating Strategy and were very pleased to find continued practice of methods that were the start as well as the introduction of several new methods—interest is continuing to grow!

We also have shifted from a core team leading the effort to a Community of Practice model that has engaged many employees. The interest expressed by individuals applying to be part of the CoP Steering Committee was overwhelming and great evidence of the growing culture.

If someone's just dipping their toes into Lean, what advice would you offer from lessons you’ve learned?

Early in SSOE’s Lean journey, the leadership team participated in a Study Action Team that allowed all team members to build awareness. This helped to begin the work on the foundation that started in earnest with the Lean Operating Strategy as an element of our strategic plan. Support at the leadership level is critical, particularly as you are attempting to build practice.

We’ve found success by focusing on a few Lean practices initially and providing background and education resources for people to learn more as they begin the practice. Our Lean Sharepoint site includes webinars, articles, books, and company resources to help people on their journey. Adding more practices over time as we have applications and people make requests has given us an opportunity to embed Lean practices in our everyday work—and has led to ongoing organic growth among our employees.

Curated Content: Boost Your Projects by Focusing on Flow

In the design and construction industry, poor process flow is a major timeline killer. Teams often wait for hand-offs, parts, or delayed tasks, thus backing up the overall schedule.

By focusing on a project’s flow, processes can be optimized to consider everyone’s role, which then minimizes waste. Any step in the process that does not add value is waste and should be reimagined or removed.

Learn more about improving project flow by clicking the curated content banner above.

Related external resources:

 

Get Lean Topics at Your Jobsite

You can enhance your job site with a Lean Construction Institute poster! These helpful visuals explain and guide your team through important Lean concepts. The posters are printer ready and can be scaled to your desired dimensions. Print downloads are available as a member benefit to LCI Corporate Members, otherwise are available for purchase.

Jobsite Posters

Lean Assessments

How strong is your Lean knowledge? Take a Lean assessment to determine your current state so you have a baseline for improvement. Lean assessments are available for individuals, teams, and organizations alike. Whether you’re new to Lean or are an experienced Lean practitioner, Lean assessments are a great way to get started at LCI!

TAKE ASSESSMENT

2024 Congress Sponsors

Upcoming National Events

20
Thu
Jun

Intro to Industrialized Construction – More than Prefab

Webinar
11
Thu
Jul

How to Build a Culture of Planning and Purpose

Webinar
25
Thu
Jul

Introduction to Choosing by Advantages Sound Decisionmaki

Webinar
22
Thu
Aug

Gemba Walks for Construction

Webinar
06
Fri
Sep

Introduction to the Last Planner System®

Webinar
07
Thu
Nov

IPD for Small Projects

Webinar
21
Thu
Nov

Reliable Promising: The Heart of Accountability

Webinar
19
Thu
Dec

Principles of Target Value Delivery (TVD)

Webinar
field crew huddle youtube channel cover image
Field Crew Huddle

Explore the Field Crew Huddle website to see how community of practice members are contributing to a platform for sharing methods, improvements and lessons learned on project sites or shops. Want to be featured? Now accepting submissions.

Learn More