Posted January 17th, 2014
Implementing Lean Construction as a business operating system in an organization represents a powerful improvement opportunity, which requires company-wide change, especially for top management.
Few organizations understand that a successful and sustainable Lean implementation starts with an ironclad commitment from the top. Rather, these organizations believe that top management’s role is to give a one-time “blessing” to Lean and hand the Lean task to a Lean Facilitator or Champion. The end result of this type of implementation is a low performing or failed implementation with a litany of justifications for why their Lean implementation failed; “Lean doesn’t apply to construction”, “Our suppliers and trade partners are not doing Lean”, “This is not automotive production, all of our projects are one-offs”, “The unions are stopping us”, etc. The bottom line is this: Success or failure with Lean is the result of continuous, active engagement by top management.
This webinar will discuss and explain the Lean Leadership principles that top management must use in their attitude and actions to support the development of a Lean Culture. Actual company examples will be discussed. The webinar will be presented on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (ET). Click here for more information and to register.
Posted January 17th, 2014
This program will highlight the requirements for instructors of Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly and go through the course content in detail to discuss highlights, activities and tips for delivery. Everyone who is interested in applying to become an approved instructor for AGC’s Lean Construction Education Program Unit 5 must participate – either in the live or the recorded version – of this webinar. The live webinar will be presented on Monday, February 17, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET).
Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly Instructor’s Guides and Participants Manuals will be available for sale in the AGC Bookstore in early March 2014. More information on AGC’s Lean Construction Education Program can be found at www.agc.org/LCEP. For questions on registration, click here.
Posted January 6th, 2014
Unit 4: The Last Planner® System in AGC’s Lean Construction Education Program is now available! This is a four-hour, facilitator-led course teaches participants how to create make-ready and weekly work plans by engaging the project’s foremen in collaborative planning sessions.
Building on the work begin in LCEP Unit 3, this course revisits the Last Planner System (LPS) in greater depth, focusing on the concept of production planning, as contrasted with project management. Participants then delve into the creation and uses of the six-week look-ahead, weekly work plan and daily huddles. The final course session is largely dedicated to a simulation of the LPS using a sample project. A six-week look-ahead schedule is created. The simulation concludes with the weekly work planning meeting. We also look at methods to encourage subcontractor participation in the planning meetings.
Following completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Apply the Last Planner System on a project;
- Hold make-ready and weekly work planning sessions; and
- Calculate, track and analyze percent plan complete for a project.
The Last Planner® System is the fourth course of seven planned in the Lean Construction Education Program’s credentialing program. Future courses include:
- Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly, Spring 2014
- Unit 6: Lean Design and Pre-construction, Summer 2014
- Unit 7: Problem-solving Principles and Tools, Fall 2014
A free Lean Unit 4 instructor orientation webinar – a requirement for all AGC-approved instructors – has been posted to AGC’s LCEP instructor page.
Visit www.agc.org/LCEP or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about AGC’s Lean Construction Education Program, including how to host courses and become an approved instructor.