Overcoming Our Industry Challenges with Lean Solutions

October 14-18, 2019
Fort Worth, Texas



What is LCI Congress?

There are countless reasons to attend an LCI Congress – from education and site visits to sessions specific to owners, members of the design community, trade partners and general contractors, you are guaranteed to leave with new ideas and perspectives. But perhaps the most important reason to attend is to be a part of the incredible knowledge sharing that takes place. Together, we will share stories of Lean successes and challenges as we work toward our shared goal of enhancing the efficiency, quality and safety of our projects.

New to LCI Congress: Live Labs

For the first time, LCI Congress will feature a Live Lab room for attendees to experience the soft skills required to effectively implement the Lean concepts and tools explored during the learning day courses and core program presentations in a realistic, interactive, and highly engaging environment.

The Live Lab room will also feature a #LeanGallery with tools and processes for visual management posted on the walls all day on Wednesday and Thursday to give attendees an idea for how practitioners are seeing success. Attendees will find the LCI corporate member contact information for each visual tool and leave equipped with tangible takeaways to implement with project teams the following week!

See topics below for a better idea of what to expect in the Live Lab room this year!

Live Lab Topics
  • Trade Daily Huddle with KHS&S Contractors
  • Stop Starting, Start Finishing – an introduction to the Kanban Method with Hal Macomber
  • OAC/Project Manager Daily Huddle with Robins & Morton
  • PPC/Variances with Linbeck Group
  • Quality at the Source Meeting with Robins & Morton
  • Scrum Meeting with McCarthy Building Companies
  • Project Onboarding with Flintco
  • Problem Solving Tool: Rocks in the Road with GH Phipps
  • 3P (Production Preparation Process) with Boulder
  • Project Team Engagement with Whiting-Turner, Southland Industries
  • Visit the Lean Gallery!
Congress Overview

Monday, Oct. 14 – Tuesday, Oct. 15
Earn continuing education credits by signing up for courses available in various Lean topics. View the online agenda here for Monday and Tuesday’s program information.
Find out more about Learning Days

Wednesday, Oct. 16 – Thursday, Oct. 17
View the online agenda here for Wednesday and Thursday’s Core program information, featuring keynote speakers, panels, breakout sessions and more.
Find out more about the General Session / Core Program

Friday, Oct. 18
Gemba Day is your chance to put what you've learned during the week into practice. You will have your choice of multiple off-site projects to visit and apply your knowledge. View the online agenda here for Friday’s Gemba tour information and sign up today!
Find out more about Gemba Day


Build connections with peers across the industry and across the country.
Find out more about networking at LCI Congress

Exhibit Hall

Bringing value to all aspects of LCI Congress is a top priority. The exhibitors' contributions are an essential way to add value to every opportunity. Owners, designers, trade partners and all project stakeholders visit the exhibit hall to stay current on the latest technologies and find the best tools to lead their Lean journey. The LCI Congress exhibit hall continues to grow – be sure to visit to find your best path forward!

See photos from the 2018 LCI Congress Exhibit Hall Sneak Peak Reception!

If you would like more information on exhibit opportunities, please contact Ilene Goldberg at [email protected].

In addition to industry-specific content centered around research, lessons learned and best practices, LCI Congress attendees enjoy numerous networking opportunities with peers in the Lean community. Attendance continues to grow as LCI expands its educational resources to provide the content that attendees need most. Don't miss out — join us in Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 14-18, for the 2019 LCI Congress!

Who should attend?


The 21st Annual LCI Congress program is specifically designed for your leadership role in the industry. Each year, LCI Congress brings together owners, trade partners, members of the design community, general contractors and other Lean professionals to get inspired, learn from Lean success stories, build relationships, expand networks and foster collaboration.

LCI Congress is the event for you!

Join more than 1,600 of your peers for the premier Lean event of the year! Developed for the design and construction industry, LCI's 21st Annual Congress in 2019 will offer continuous education credits, cutting-edge Lean methods and countless networking opportunities.

LCI Congress is beneficial for everyone, no matter where you are on your Lean journey. As an attendee, you can expect to:

  • Learn how to start your Lean journey.
  • Deepen your learning experience.
  • Revitalize your outlook by meeting with other Lean construction thought-leaders.

When you attend LCI Congress you learn from others based on their own Lean experiences. You will:

  • Discover how projects have been completed on or under budget using integrated approaches.
  • Hear how others have used Lean project delivery to obtain better predictability, consistent on-time delivery and fewer change orders on their completed projects.
  • Learn from LCI Congress session speakers, as well as other owners, how to avoid claims and costly adjudication on your projects.
  • Facilitate conversations with your peers about obtaining improved design and building performance through Lean project design and delivery.
Theme and Presentation Tracks

This year's theme of Overcoming Our Industry Challenges with Lean Solutions and the four tracks listed below will steer the attendees to the sessions that matter most to their Lean journey.

  • Overcoming Challenges for Owners
    Owners often face challenges that lead to dissatisfaction with a project's cost, schedule and quality. Follow this track to explore Lean approaches owners can implement to overcome various project challenges and increase satisfaction.
  • Overcoming Design and Planning Challenges
    Architects, engineers and pre-construction professionals can leverage Lean in the planning and design phase to overcome their unique challenges. This track will guide attendees to tangible takeaways for applying Lean methods from pre-construction planning through to the end of the project life cycle.
  • Overcoming Challenges in the Field
    Foremen, superintendents and field workers face common challenges on the job site that can be improved with a Lean culture. Follow this track to explore specific Lean processes that improve team communication in the field and establish reliable workflow.
  • Overcoming the Waste around People and Behaviors
    The key to a Lean culture is empowering teams to overcome the waste they see in their own work and behaviors. This track will lead attendees to specific Lean processes and techniques they can use to foster a Lean culture that identifies and eliminates waste around people and behaviors.
Projects with high Lean Intensity are three times more likely to complete ahead of schedule and two times more likely to complete under budget.
2019 Planning Team Chair Joe Donarumo, Linbeck, on what he is looking forward to and how this year’s content will equip attendees to lead change:

"I’m invigorated when Congress nears each year as I value hearing other industry leaders’ Lean journeys – what wins and lessons learned did teams experience? The abundance of learning opportunity to be mined from the networking and presentations will yield culture change advancements and new standards/processes. I am excited that the 21st LCI Congress will deliver engaging content with relevant examples and takeaways to equip leaders to drive continuous improvement. Having grown up in Ft. Worth, I’m honored to showcase this great city during Congress. I look forward to attendees bringing home and delivering on this year’s theme of Overcoming our Industry Challenges with Lean Solutions."

"I am so excited to see the 2019 LCI Congress coming to Fort Worth. Attending and participating in LCI Congress has been an amazing opportunity for me to learn, grow and elevate my Lean knowledge. It has also become the place where I consistently build relationships with new Lean learners and experienced advocates. Every year, this one week is packed with learning new processes and tools, listening to the challenges our industry faces and participating in a Gemba Walk to see Lean in action. My biggest takeaway from Congress each year is that there is always more to do to be better tomorrow."

Jennifer Lacy, Division Marketing Director, Robins & Morton

What do Lean professionals value at LCI Congress?

"Hearing what others are doing to utilize Lean principles to add value to their business operations."

Matt Bleakley, Senior Project Manager, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

"The people I brought who had no prior experience in Lean had a good time and learned a lot."

Josh Barnum, Superintendent, Turner Construction

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships of various levels are available for the 2019 LCI Congress in Fort Worth, Texas

For more information, please contact Ilene Goldberg at [email protected].