Brittanie Campbell-Turner and her Constructrr Podcast will be at the 20th Annual LCI Congress in Orlando, Florida this month! LCI had the chance to ask Brittanie a few questions about her unique LCI Congress experiences over the years as well as what her podcast listeners learn from her episodes on Lean and the built environment.
Hear her Lean Lab 2 poster presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 17 to understand how to increase the adoption of the IPD Model by using Blockchain. Then, visit Brittanie at her podcast setup to talk about your Lean journey and what you’ve learned during LCI Congress week so far!
LCI: Why did you start The Constructrr Podcast and what do your episodes focus on?
Brittanie Campbell-Turner (BCT): I started the podcast based on a burning desire to find a better way to deliver construction projects. After engaging in traditional project delivery as an owner’s representative in Chicago public agencies, I became frustrated with the redundancies I saw in paperwork. People did not feel valued because they were stuck doing something someone else was already doing (rework).
I knew there had to be a better way to deliver projects more efficiently. When I starting hearing about project teams saving money and eliminating waste, I wanted to share my learnings with others so that they can hear and share new ideas too. The podcast explores ways project teams can give the owner the most bang for their buck and still have fun while doing it.
LCI: You have been involved in all parts of LCI Congress in past years as a planning team member, volunteer, attendee and podcast interviewer. What has your experience been in your various roles at LCI Congresses?
BCT: My first real introduction to LCI was when I served as the volunteer lead on the 2016 LCI Congress planning team. I met many people who had been contributing to the Lean community for a while and getting a lot out of it. Since then, I have been impressed by those same people, and how Lean impacts every aspect of what they do. When it comes down to Lean, it’s not about projects and tools; respecting people and making sure they are heard is at the core of LCI and the soul of Lean. I go to LCI Congress and LCI Community of Practice (CoP) events with certain intentions in mind, and I always leave with friends.
My LCI Congress experiences vary, and I have learned different things from my role as an attendee, planning team member, volunteer and podcast host. This year, I am looking forward to what I will gain from speaking to my peers for the first time in this community. It’s a positive thing to share successes and failures and uplift the industry as a whole, not just ourselves.
LCI: How did your Lean journey begin and why?
BCT: My Lean journey began when I went to a conference in Chicago, and I heard a project team share their experience implementing a pull plan from the Last Planner System®. At the time, my job consisted of reviewing schedules and calculating what the damages were. I was amazed when the team mentioned only three change orders on the entire project because in my work, I was used to sharing 60-100 change orders. Not only did that project team not come in late, they came in early and were incentivized to do so! It was completely unfathomable to me, so I dug deeper. I consumed books like “2 Second Lean,” “The Toyota Way,” and “The Goal” which launched me on my path to implementing Lean.
LCI: What do you hope attendees take away from your presentation “How to Increase Adoption of the IPD Model by using Blockchain”?
BCT: What is really fun is James Pease, my co-presenter with Sutter Health, has been doing IPD contracts and Integrated Forms of Agreement (IFOAs) for a long time and has discovered many efficiencies along the way. I’m excited to share the process that can be reduced to five or six steps by applying blockchain to forming a contract.
My thesis is that integrated contracts will be more easily adopted because they will be easier to do. Blockchain is a shared digital record book of transactions that can essentially be a smart contract because you can apply any commitment to any party within that digital record book of transactions. When you’re ready to sign, everything will be streamlined and auto-populated.
LCI: How has your experience been as a woman in the community?
BCT: I was one of five women in my classes all the way through engineering school. Because the culture in the Lean community is about transparency, respect and voices being heard, I was able to break into this community as a woman more easily than I may have in a more traditional design and construction community. Because of the Lean culture, being a woman has not been much of a challenge.
Broadly, I find that being young has been more of a challenge in the industry than being an African American woman. Being young is challenging because people like to coach you when they think you’re inexperienced. My advice to young people in the industry is to present yourself as being open to learning from more experienced professionals while also establishing what you already know. Once that happens, respect breaks through whatever barrier there was and you start to see human to human.
Make your plans now to hear Brittanie speak about Lean and blockchain at the 20th Annual LCI Congress on Wednesday, Oct. 17 and to join the conversation on her podcast about how to transform the built environment. While you get ready for the event, listen to these LCI Congress episodes on Brittanie’s Constructrr Podcast.