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The ABC’s of Lean: Transformation through Actions, Best Practices and Coaching

October 19-23, 2020
Detroit, Michigan




What is LCI Congress?

There are countless reasons to attend the 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 collective goal of enhancing the efficiency, quality and safety of our projects. Don’t miss out — registration opens in June. Save the date to experience the content that you need the most to make an impact on your Lean journey.

Congress Overview

Monday | Tuesday
Learning Days

Earn continuing education credits through courses in various Lean topics.
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Wednesday | Thursday
General Sessions

Explore how to apply the ABCs of Lean to 5 different tracks.
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Gemba Day

Put what you've learned into practice by choosing an off-site project to visit.
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Build connections with peers across the industry and the country.
Discover networking opportunities

Exhibit Hall

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 last year’s Exhibit Hall Sneak Peak Reception!

If you would like more information on exhibit opportunities, please contact Ilene Goldberg at igoldberg@leanconstruction.org.

Theme and Presentation Tracks

Discover the presentations that mean the most to your Lean journey with five tracks built around the overarching theme of The ABCs of Lean: Transformation through Actions, Best Practices and Coaching:

  • Transforming Behavior & Culture
    Lean isn’t just about tools and processes, but rather effective ways to approach challenges. New thinking leads to Lean behaviors and creates a culture of continuous improvement and respect for others. This track will explore how coaching can drive sustained behavioral change and the techniques and best practices that have demonstrated positive results.
  • Transforming Preconstruction & Design
    Architects, engineers and trade partners face unique challenges when asked to collaborate during pre-construction. This track will investigate the challenges have been addressed by applying Lean throughout the project planning and design phases to maximize value and reduce waste.
  • Transforming Procurement & Production
    As speed to market demand continues to drive pressure for quicker turnover of projects, more effective procurement, and transformational supply chain management is needed. This track will cover the actions, best practices and coaching methods that are being used to explore and solve delivery challenges and increase productivity through Lean design and construction.
  • Transforming Construction Support & Planning
    Construction support and planning tools create better information flow and transparency. Together, we will discuss how utilizing tools such as visual communication, project onboarding processes, the Last Planner System ®, etc. have transformed projects and outline what obstacles these tools have helped resolve. Attendees will share how they have coached or have been coached to leverage construction support and planning tools to achieve Lean transformation.
  • Transforming Field Execution & Safety
    Optimizing field efficiency and effectiveness through safe practices should be the number one goal of all Lean organizations. This track will cover the actions, best practices, or coaching techniques have been implemented to transform the field or safety on various projects.
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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