2017 LCI Congress Call for Gemba Sites

  • 19th Annual Congress • Anaheim, CA • October 16-20, 2017

    This year’s “Big Idea” is “Capture and Leverage the Lean Advantage.”

    LCI has a tradition of finishing the Congress with a trip to the Gemba, the place of real work, and this year, the 2017 LCI Congress planning team is sending out a Call for Gemba.

    Will you have an active construction site, manufacturing site, office space or Big Room, near the Anaheim, Ca. area on Oct. 20 or know someone who will? If so, encourage a friend or submit your Gemba site application (see form below) to be considered! Contact Joan Piccariello at joanp@leanconstruction.org with any questions on the process. Note: preference will be given to:

    • Sites that can demonstrate Lean practices
    • Sites that are within 45 minute drive-time from the Anaheim Marriott - located at 700 West Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802

    The worksite tour should be conducted as a Gemba walk, a visual and purposeful walk at the source of the work to see and thoroughly understand front-line work processes, and will have a “sensei” (teacher/coach) leading discussion. Following the walk, you will meet with your hosts to provide helpful assessments and suggestions based on your observations and interactions from the Gemba walk.

    Past Gemba walk hosts for LCI Congress say they’ve benefited from their guests’ suggested process improvements just as much as the guests benefit from the engaging discussions!

    Gemba walk schedule, Friday, October 20th

    • Breakfast at Anaheim Marriot, 7:00am PT
    • Busses depart Anaheim Marriot, 8:00am PT
    • Gemba tour – 60 minutes
    • Buses returns to Anaheim Marriot no later than Noon PT

    Key questions to expect during the walk:

    1. How are things are going in general? (DOWNTIME wastes, TIMMESS workplace conditions, Lean process practices, 5S practices, etc.)
    2. Team’s customer and suppliers. Are they getting what they need and giving what is needed? Are hand-offs clear and efficient?
    3. Show as your team’s performance indicators on communication board(s), visuals: Pull Plan, 6WLA, logs, story pole, etc. What are they telling us about CA/CI opportunities?
    4. Describe project team collaboration practices, huddles, communications, etc. Are they quick and effective? A good use of time? K/S/S?
    5. Project information availability: for safe, productive, quality work and timely project decisions. Wastes causes? Opportunities for improvement?
    6. What are your lessons learned and how are they shared?

    Call for Gemba submission deadline: March 15, 2017


  • Please enter a number from 20 to 100.
  • Note: Gemba site hosts must provide one sensei (teacher/coach) per 20 participants. Attendees will be asked to wear closed-toe shoes. Hosts will provide PPE (personal protective equipment).

    Thank you for your interest in the 2017 LCI Congress! We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to show off your project team’s hard work to a group of appreciative 19th annual LCI Congress guests who are there to both learn and think critically about value-added work.