Congress Blog

Thanks to All for Another Great Congress!

Another Congress in the books! Thank you to all who joined us in Boston for what was an incredible week of sharing the latest and greatest in Lean Design & Construction. We’re amazed and humbled by the growth of the event from those early days when the Lean movement was just beginning.

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It’s Time! Welcome to Boston!

It’s here! We’re excited to welcome over 1,000 of our closest Lean design and construction professional friends to Boston for this week's Congress! In our 17th year of Congress, we’re amazed by the growth of the event from those early days when the Lean movement was just beginning. ”In our first year, we had less 50 attendees,” said Hal Macomber, LCI Congress Planning Team Chair. “We considered ourselves evangelists in a sense,” he said. “We were sharing a lot with each other – companies that were in competition with one another were in one place, sharing their best practices. It was unheard of at the time.”

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Big Room Training

On Monday afternoon at Congress, we will be presenting a training class on Big Rooms. Creating a Lean Project Team is like creating a whole new company specific to a project. The Big Room is a key success factor for turning this new team into a High Performing Team. In this training session, we will talk about issues such as building trust, effective communication, avoiding the 5 dysfucntions of a team and the who/what/why/when of the Big Room.

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Corporate Members: Join us at the Networking Extravaganza at Harpoon Brewery – A Must-Do in Boston!

One Boston spot you won’t want to miss while you’re in town for Congress is Harpoon Brewery, located on the waterfront at 306 Northern Avenue! A Massachusetts staple for craft beer, the Brewery was started in 1987 by three friends who loved catching up over beer but found beer choices at that time to be rather limited. After experiencing the rich experience of European brewing through their travels, they brought those traditions back to Harpoon – a converted warehouse space on the Boston waterfront.

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Workplace Safety the Focus of New Dedicated Congress Track

Every year, more than 80,000 workers suffer an injury on construction job sites across the U.S. The statistics for safety in the Design and Construction world are staggeringly in support of a need to focus more heavily on workplace safety – which is why we’re bringing a dedicated safety track to this year’s Congress!

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SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Paul H. O’Neill

We are excited to welcome Paul H. O’Neill to our stage immediately following our Congress Welcome and Opening Remarks on Wednesday, October 14th! While Paul stands out to most as the 72nd Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, what we in the Lean community especially know him for is his time as Chairman and CEO of Pittsburg industrial giant, Alcoa.

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SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Steve Spear

Is your organization interested in bringing more value to market, far faster and more easily than is typical? If you’re even thinkingabout Congress, we have to assume the answer is a resounding “yes” - which is why you’ll love keynote speaker Steve Spear!

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Why Boston?

As most of our regular Congress attendees know, we like to mix up our host city each year, alternating between east coast, west coast and central U.S. But how do our host cities make the cut? “The idea is to host Congress around major design and construction population areas,” said Hal Macomber, LCI Congress Planning Team Chair. “And Boston is one the hottest design and construction locations in the country right now, and is especially booming in Lean practices."

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Celebrating a Year of Firsts

Still considering Congress? You should know that we’re bringing you our biggest event yet, with more features than ever before! “This truly is a year of firsts for us," said Hal Macomber, LCI Congress Planning Team Chair. “I’ve been with LCI since the beginning, and it’s incredible to see how much Congress has grown along with the engagement of the design and construction community.” Whether you’re a long-time Congress attendee or will be joining us for the first time, you’ll appreciate how much we’ve packed into this year’s event!

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The Shingo Model: A New Way of Thinking to Deliver Enterprise Excellence

Has your organization ever experienced the high of investing time and money into an initiative to achieve positive results, only to see the momentum drop weeks later? One of our favorite business tools in Lean design and construction, the Shingo Model, is an incredible way to ensure enterprise success and is the focus of one of our most highly-anticipated Congress workshops.

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SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: John Y. Shook

Havent yet made the jump to Lean? You will not want to miss hearing John Shook speak at this year's Congress! John is a leading expert in Lean management, and is a “sensei” of sorts, enthusiastically sharing his knowledge and insights within the Lean Community and with those who have not yet made the Lean leap. Having worked for Toyota for nearly 11 years in Japan and in the U.S., John played a key role in helping the company transfer production, engineering and management systems from Japan to automobile manufacturing company, NUMMI, and subsequently to other operations around the world.

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SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Niklas Modig

We are so excited to host Niklas Modig at this year’s Congress – you will not want to miss this presentation! Niklas is one of the leading authorities on Lean and operational excellence in Scandinavia. His best-selling book “This Is Lean - Resolving the Efficiency Paradox,” has sold more than 180,000 copies, making it the most-sold Lean book in the world. In 2012, Niklas was selected as one out of 101 Super-talents in Sweden by the weekly business publication Veckans Affärer.

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17TH Annual LCI Congress is Fast Approaching!

We can’t wait to see all of our Lean Design & Construction pros in Boston this October at our annual Congress! This year’s Congress promises to be our biggest and best ever, with more training and education offerings than ever before.

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