Lean Construction (Last Planner® System)

What is Lean Construction?

Lean Construction is a production management-based approach to project delivery -- a new way to design and build capital facilities. Lean production management has caused a revolution in construction design, supply and assembly. Applied to project design and delivery, Lean changes the way work is done throughout the delivery process. Lean Construction extends from the objectives of a lean production system - maximize value and minimize waste - to specific techniques, and apply them in a new project delivery process.

As a result:

  • Improved total project performance.
  • Work is structured to maximize value and minimise waste at the project delivery level.
  • The facility and its delivery process are designed together to better reveal and support customer purposes.
  • Overall increased profits.

That is what the Practitioner in Lean Construction Program helps you and your company achieve! Download the brochure below to learn additional benefits!

Why Lean Construction is Even More Relevant in the Post-Covid Economy

Due to COVID-19, many Engineering and Construction (E&C) companies suffered financially. Projects are being delayed or cancelled, increased building raw materials costs, increased transport/logistics costs, unstable company finances, supply chains are disrupted, and employee and subcontractor labour health are a concern.

Thus Financial Stability and Profitability is one of the biggest challenges facing E&C companies throughout this pandemic.

To meet the challenges posed by the pandemic, businesses around the world need to react in agile and decisive ways. As we move into the next phase, now is the time for businesses to seek out and seize the opportunities emerging in the recovery. Moving forward from COVID-19, a company that invests time and energy into upskilling their workforce can turn risks into strategic and financial opportunities.

It is an extraordinarily difficult time, but swift yet thoughtful action can help E&C leadership teams manage this new phase and reinforce their companies’ financial position to emerge from the pandemic with a more solid foundation.

Skilled workers and their ability to plan and manage well will help their organisations to rise no matter how the post-COVID world evolves. To help professionals develop the knowledge needed to build in a lean way, Lean Management Academy created the Practitioner in Lean Construction Program (HRDCorp Claimable). In this Program, construction professionals at all experience levels will learn the building blocks necessary to transform their projects and companies into a Lean Operating System. Thus, reinforcing their companies' financial position in the market. Download the Practitioner in Lean Construction Brochure now to see what you and your team can learn!

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Using the Villego® Simulation to Experience the Last Planner® System

The Villego simulation allows learners to immerse themselves and experience the difference between traditional project management and the management of production in projects using the Last Planner® System.

The Last Planner® System, (LPS) is a production management system that can be used on all sorts of projects. In this simulation, the project is to build a house. As with most projects there are a number of autonomous people and teams involved.

This is a simulation of what happens in real world projects, simplified so that all of us can learn from it in a short span of time. You and your project team will see how the Last Planner System helps deliver projects that are safer, faster, better, less costly and more fun.

“[With Last Planner] You don’t lose control of your subcontractors...you lose the need to control your subcontractors!”

- Comment made to Rebecca Bettler, National Lean Leader, JE Dunn Construction
“Result show a 30% improvement in the rebuilding times for runways since Last Planner was introduced and predictability is greatly improved.”

- Gerry Chick, formerly Supply Chain Development Manager, BAA, UK

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An Introduction to Last Planner® System

Day 1 - 9am to 5pm

An Introduction to Last Planner® System

1.    Lean Construction Introductions

2.    Villego Round 1

  1. Introduce simulation
  2. Plan according to current principles
  3. Construction
        - Review: Document results
        - Personal appreciation participants
        - Post results
        - Process review
  4. Discussion on process wastes in construction

3.     Introduction to Last Planner

  1. Relate to issues from Villego R1 and Parade of Trades
  2. The five conversations
        - Collaborative programming
        - Make Ready
        - Production planning Production Management
        - Evaluation (PPC)
        - Learning & improvement

4.    Villego Round 2

  1. Collaborative programming
  2. Construction
        - Stop at the end of each 60secs
        - Evaluation (PPC)
        - Learning & improvement Production Management
        - Production planning review
        - Make Ready check
  3. Review
        - Document results
        - Personal appreciation participants
        - Post results
        - Process review
        - Discussion on process waste in construction
  4. Making and securing reliable promises
        - Promise Cycle
  5. Discussion: How to introduce and implement Lean

Day 2 - 9am to 5pm

Experiential Learning on Project Management

1. Meeting The Challenge

Opposing teams score point by setting each other challenges which opponents may choose to accept or decline. Teams can revise their approach and plans to meet changing circumstances.

2. Meeting Expectation

Teams plan the assembly of simple products (in difficult circumstances) and prepare financial forecasts. Each has 3 attempts to improve its profitability and the accuracy of its forecasts. Forecasts and actual costs are compared and their significant reviewed.

3. Our Success

There are three parts to the activity. Pairs or threes work within a group to achieve the highest scores they can for their pair or three (not the group). The rules for scoring are different in different parts of the activity. Decision within the pairs/threes are based largely on individuals’ approaches to, and understanding of, success when working with and in competition with others.

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