Why You Should Attend Congress This Year!

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Lean Construction Institute’s 18th Annual Congress Oct. 3-7 in Chicago

Early-Early Bird ends Friday, July 15 at midnight PDT

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Our industry is broken but Congress’ breakout sessions and training days will offer tools to rise and overcome challenges that come along with the global urban population increase of 200,000 each day. The demand is huge, but with Lean tools and techniques, together, as an industry, we can learn the best practices to help us achieve greater success.

Participants in the construction industry often feel frustrated when project costs and timelines continue to increase. But, with Lean, high-quality projects are completed before deadlines and under budget through a more collaborative and safe environment for all. Congress gives you cutting-edge Lean techniques that will help you become leaders in the industry.

Here’s why this year’s tracks matter to you:
(You have the choice of which presentations suit you and each track is hyperlinked to that track’s presentations on our online agenda.)

Building People

“Our business is really all about people,” Peter Bjork, of Skanska, said in Shaping the Future of Construction: A Breakthrough in Mindset and Technology. “You can have equipment and financial resources, but to truly succeed in a business like ours you need to have the right people in the right places.”

Myth: Respect = politeness or conflict avoidance.

Truth: Respect for People requires that we embrace constructive conflict and openly discuss issues. A “problems-first” attitude is essential in Lean.

This Congress track is targeted to help companies develop a team culture that embraces listening, equality, collaboration and continuous improvement, which will bring more value to your projects.

Leading Change in Design and Construction

“The earlier we get the future leaders of the design and construction industry involved in ‘Lean Thinking Principles,’ the greater the rate of success we will have in transforming the project process,” Congress presenter John Tingerthal, of Northern Arizona University, said.

Our construction industry will remain a foundation in today’s world because everyone needs infrastructure, so we must be innovators and leaders in pushing change in the industry through modern technology and teamwork.

Not only must our current workforce be transformed into “Lean Thinkers,” but our young, future workforce must be equipped with the Lean education in order to drive our industry through profound changes that will better serve companies, government infrastructure and civil society.

Lessons Learned

The construction industry has seen an erosion of efficiency with limited improvement compared to other industries over the past 50 years, which means there is certainly room for improvement.

And it isn’t Lean unless there is continuous improvement, which comes after lessons learned from past mistakes.

“No improvement is too small to make at any time in the project,” Brandon Van Zeeland, of The Boldt Company, said. “The right time for Lean transformation is now, not tomorrow.”

 The Plan/Do/Check/Adjust cycle will arm you with a tool to drive past failures and presentations will help Congress attendees to identify, capture and analyze lessons in order to improve the project outcome.

Some lessons can be as simple as this: “Sometimes you need to slow down to speed up,” Michael Zeppieri, of Skanska USA Building, said.


Nearly 6.5M people work at more than 250,000 construction sites daily, and from 2000-2012, 19.5% of all deaths were from the construction industry. The “Fatal Four” leading to death in the field are falls, getting caught between objects, electrocutions and being struck by objects.

These astounding statistics call for workplace safety to be a top priority, which is why it is featured at LCI’s Congress week. People matter and Congress will help you keep you construction site safe.

“Any one incident is one too many,” LCI executive director Dan Heinemeier said. “Eliminating the ‘Fatal Four’ would save the lives of 435 construction workers each year.”

Scaling Lean in the Enterprise

Whether you’re a LCI alumni or a LCI rookie, you probably already know how vastly the Lean implementation can benefit your projects, but it gets even better. Lean can be scaled from the construction of a new hospital to your marketing team’s strategy to planning your family vacation!

Presenters will show how Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) provides a platform for diverse people who are motivated by their own self-interests to work together to reach a common goal, no matter the size of the project or the type of work being performed.

“Have the opportunity to see an example of how to implement Lean principles even in a very complex environment, with a very practical approach,” Bernard G. Cossio, of ITN, said

Scaling Lean makes sense. Who doesn’t want to be more efficient, safe and respectful?

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