Webinar: The Role of Communication in Supporting the Development of a Lean Culture

Posted October 15th, 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. Great two-way communication is the cornerstone for the development of organizational teamwork and the accomplishment of company goals. Everyone pulling in the same direction toward the company goals is the ultimate destination of teamwork.

Additionally, great verbal and visual communication provides the benefit of:

  • Eliminating rumors and gossip which can negatively affect morale, productivity, and culture;
  • Promoting the Continuous Improvement (Kaizen) process;
  • Supporting the elimination of the 8 types of waste in construction processes;
  • Building vulnerability based trust;
  • Supporting the development of future Lean Leaders by modeling the power of an effective communication process.

During this webinar, Thurs., Nov. 20 at 2:00 p.m. (ET), Larry Rubrich, President of WCM Associates LCC and Gary Santorella, President of Interactive consulting  will provide an organizational-wide communication plan and checklist to support the development of a Lean Culture. Actual company examples will be discussed.  Register here.

16th Annual Lean Construction Institute Congress – October 7-10, 2014 – San Francisco, CA

Posted September 18th, 2014

The annual LCI Congress kicks off October 7, with truly outstanding content focused on the process, people, and performance aspects of Lean delivery.  Record numbers of owners and others will offer perspectives from across the supply chain, project phases, and experience levels, bringing the most content of any Congress to date. The program will feature extensive breakout sessions, allowing participants to customize their Congress experience for optimum value.  There will be expanded training opportunities offered October 7. The San Francisco Bay area location marks a return to where Lean Construction began, and in keeping with this heritage LCI will offer a number of Lean project site tours on Friday morning, October 10.

Featured speakers this year include Billy Beane, VP and General Manager of the Oakland A’s, whose  “Moneyball” philosophy has been adopted by organizations of all sizes, across all industries, as a way to more effectively manage their assets, talent, and resources. Art Byrne, author of The Lean Turnaround is most recognizable for his lean implementation as CEO of Wiremold.  And James Hereford, COO, Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, previously implemented lean management systems at Group Health in the Northwest, Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Northern California, and now is doing the same at Stanford. Complete program information may be found at http://www.leanconstruction.org/media/docs/03b_Program_Schedule.pdf

Beyond program content considerations, October in San Francisco offers the chance to explore one of the premier national get-away locations at the absolute best time of the year. Register now, and make your hotel reservations soon – our $209 hotel rate is guaranteed to sell out well before the hotel cutoff. We look forward to seeing you there!

AGC will have a strong presence at this year’s LCI Congress. The association will be exhibiting at the event, featuring the Lean Construction Education Program and the AGC Lean Construction Forum.

Click here to register  for the 2014 LCI Congress. 

Lean Construction 101 Course Re-released!

Posted September 18th, 2014

The AGC Lean Construction 101 course has been transformed into a short video.

This 30 minute video provides a foundation of the key concepts and terms used in Lean Construction, providing you with the background necessary to further your Lean Construction education.

Following this course, you will be able to:

  • List examples of Lean Construction in practice
  • Discuss benefits of Lean Construction
  • Define Lean Construction
  • Explain the origins of Lean Construction
  • Describe Lean Construction tools
  • Identify Lean Construction implementation opportunities

The Lean Construction 101 course video can be viewed in its entirety or by topic and is available to AGC members for FREE! Visit here to get started.