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.
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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

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.

"Every year, LCI Congress provides an exceptional opportunity for everyone from the novice to the advanced Lean Practitioner to learn, hone skills, network and share innovative ideas. This year's theme will steer the attendees to the sessions that matter most to their Lean journey. We look forward to hosting another transformative event that enables teams to deliver maximal value throughout the entire supply chain."

Jeff Creighton, Director of Continuous Improvement, Barton Malow, 2020 Planning Team Chair


"LCI Congress is a valuable, one of a kind event! Construction professionals from across the globe gather together to exchange ideas and solutions from applied Lean thinking in design and construction. McCarthy’s participation at Congress has contributed to measurable project delivery improvements in cost and schedule in numerous markets and building projects. Our firm’s attendees, including me, come back to their work more engaged and committed to actively applying Lean to deliver more value for our clients with less effort."

Felipe Engineer-Manriquez, Director, Lean, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.


"I look forward to Congress every year. The presentations and the recently added Live Labs provided practical tools and new techniques to improve the value the industry provides to our clients. The free sharing of ideas between companies has always reinvigorated me. I am looking forward to going to more hands-on Live Labs this year in Detroit!"

John Linenberg, Group Vice President, Walbridge


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Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships of various levels are available for the 2020 LCI Congress in Detroit, Michigan.

For more information, please contact Ilene Goldberg at