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Note that the program is subject to change. For Tuesday, Training Day participants register for and participate in one of the five tracks. Wednesday’s and Thursday’s conference program consists of two simultaneous tracks and you can mix and match sessions from different tracks.

LCI-C Conference Agenda for April 25, 2018

07:00 - 17:00 — Registration

07:30 - 08:00 — Breakfast

08:00 - 08:15 — Opening Remarks

08:15 - 09:15 — Keynote – Sufficiency vs. Efficiency – What is Enough?

Lloyd Alter

The theme of this conference is “reducing waste and working smarter”. The American environmentalist Alex Steffen noted: “There is no such thing as waste, just useful stuff in the wrong place.” As always, you can have too much of a good thing. The current climate crisis is a crisis of waste – of using too many resources and generating too much CO2. Useful stuff if you don’t have too much of it. Our societal problems today are almost entirely problems of waste in the wrong place. We are not going to resolve them simply by incremental increases in efficiency; instead, we have to start thinking of sufficiency – making smart choices about what we actually need and using less of everything. This presentation will look further at what happens when one thinks sufficiency vs. efficiency.

09:30 - 10:15 — Pushing Rope – Implementing Lean as a Subtrade

This presentation is related to increasing value, reducing waste, and working smarter together because it will share tangible examples of driving Lean across a subtrade. It will touch on the challenges of implementing change when the common belief is “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and how to drive Lean processes when the other project team members are not on board.

09:30 - 10:15 — Tales from a Lean Coach: Changing Habits and Accelerating Performance using Kata

Carla Ciepliski

The study and practice of Kata is deeply embedded within Lean philosophy and management. If you have seen Karate Kid, this is demonstrated in the car waxing scene where repetitive tasks build muscle memory which leads to the desired karate skill. Shifting focus to our corporate world, this is a tactic that leaders are leveraging to influence and accelerate the necessary shift in behaviors to achieve sustainable performance improvements across the enterprise.

10:15 - 10:45 — Break & Exhibit Learning Opportunities

10:45 - 11:30 — The Underlying Drivers to Integrated Lean Project Delivery, and the Prerequisites to Its Successful Application

Ghazal Ebrahimi

Integrated Lean project delivery (ILPD) is believed to have the potential to revolutionize the practices and project outcomes in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. However, little research has been done to understand the drivers, practical considerations, implementation challenges and prerequisites to successful ILPD. The answers to these questions were explored in 39 semi-structured interviews with key industry stakeholders across the U.S. and Canada.

10:45 - 11:30 — The Alignment Session – Building Trust and Increasing Performance

Nick Bockstael
Alain MacNair

The Alignment Session was designed to bring project teams together. It was originally created in the middle of a project shortly after a change in key project team members. The Alignment Session focused on creating a clear understanding between project team members by asking questions, having a collaborative discussion and tying everything back to how we can focus on our successes and eliminate our challenges by using Lean principals.

11:45 - 12:45 — Lunch and Exhibit Learning Opportunities

13:00 - 13:45 — Continuous Improvement is Better than Delayed Perfection: Innovative Ways BIM Can Contribute to Lean Construction

Dan Doherty

As far as buzzwords go, both Lean and building information modelling (BIM) get thrown around more than memes on Facebook. Neither are humorous but both will be fundamental in transforming the design and construction industry into a more sustainable practise. This session will cover some Lean basics such as the eight types of waste and how they relate to construction as well as show some tangible ways BIM can be used to reduce process and material waste.

13:00 - 13:45 — Big Savings through Collaborative and Transparent Decisions

Paz Arroyo
David Long

This session covers collaborating on design decisions to create a reliable design process in the context of a complex ground up campus project with team members participating remotely across the world. As coaches, we supported a design team to implement an innovative design decisions process based on A3 problem solving, the choosing by advantages (CBA) decision-making method and target value design (TVD) principles. The savings were big: 11% of cost reduction, increased value for the owner and better alignment of project members.

14:00 - 14:45 — Personal Kanban

Darren Becks

14:00 - 14:45 — How to Lead with Lean in the Field

The use of last planner® system (LPS) has been extensive and has required a lot of on-boarding for trades. We’ll show how our field drove this initiative and how our company supports LPS onsite for success.

14:45 - 15:15 — Break & Exhibit Learning Opportunities

15:15 - 16:00 — Toyota Kata for Lean Construction

Marc-Olivier Legentil, M.Sc.

In Lean construction, it is important to go beyond the tools – getting the spirit behind the tool is critical to success. After this session you will understand the role of improvement and coaching routines called Kata to make Lean operational and more efficient.

15:15 - 16:00 — Lean Construction on the Gemba – Lean Implementation for Trades

Paul Blaser

This presentation will show how trades can build on the power of LPS and 6WLA to establish the just-in-time pillar of a Lean system, and then use the tools of Jidoka (the Automatic Triggering of Error) to fix problems in productivity, plan in greater and more specific detail for the Gemba work, including the use of fishbone diagrams to produce a task card with the manpower, materials, machines (tools) and methods (lessons learned) for each daily task.

16:15 - 17:00 — Owners’ Panel

17:00 - 18:30 — LCI-C Reception

LCI-C Conference Agenda for April 26, 2018

07:00 - 17:00 — Registration

07:00 - 08:00 — Breakfast

08:00 - 08:30 — LCI-C Annual General Meeting

08:45 - 09:30 — Marrying Lean & VDC Principles – Success Stories & Challenges, a Panel Discussion

Kate Kirwan

During their over a decade-long Lean journey, Turner Construction Company has discovered that virtual design and construction (VDC), which uses building information modelling (BIM) to plan, organize, design and visualize construction activities, is a key tool to resolve productivity issues.

08:45 - 09:30 — Lean Journey and Lessons Learned – Kinetic Construction

Trevor Coyle
Tom Plumb

09:45 - 10:15 — Break and Exhibit Learning Opportunities

10:15 - 11:00 — Let’s Give This Lean Thing a Try: An Owner and Team Perspective

This session unveils the challenges of an owner taking on Lean construction for the first time while trying to partner with a newly-assembled cross-functional project team. Hear various stakeholders’ perspectives on using Lean principles to deliver value and enhance productivity and learn practical applications of Lean principles, behaviours, and tools.

10:15 - 11:00 — Recognizing Agents of Change, Champions of Performance

Ron Cruikshank
Heather Morgan

Discover who are the unsung heros of Lean project delivery in the following categories: TEAM performance, best strategies for sustainable team health, best 5-star project performance in 2017, VALUE creation; INNOVATION in application of Lean methods and tools, COLLABORATION award of championship performance, Lean Unsung Hero, best use of TECHNOLOGY, and Top Gun Lean FACILITATOR.

11:15 - 12:00 — Triple Bottom Line – Lean from an Owner’s Perspective

11:15 - 12:00 — “How I Failed in Lean”: A Leadership Story

Navigating a continuous improvement or Lean culture as a leader is complex to say the least. It feels like a dance, dealing with a paradox of behavior. It causes you to examine your leadership style, habits and actions: how to communicate, how to delegate and how to manage. Only by examining failures in our organization and problem-solving them to the roots, can we see how to improve our approach and navigate to successful outcomes.

12:00 - 13:00 — Lunch and Exhibit Learning Opportunities

13:00 - 13:45 — Mastering Lean Leadership with Katas

13:00 - 13:45 — Mechanical Trade Lean

14:00 - 14:45 — Seeing Waste, Eliminating Waste Increasing Value on the Construction Site

Art Winslow

14:00 - 14:45 — Use a Lean Approach in Your Lean Program – Working Smarter to Get Better Results

Paul Frolick
David MacKay
Mike Steacy

What are some of the considerations that will help you get better results as you go about developing your Lean organization? Learn many simple things you can easily put into practice and what to avoid. The presentation will include examples of successes and failures from PCL project teams, districts and the entire organization in their efforts to become a Lean organization.

14:45 - 15:15 — Break and Exhibit Learning Opportunities

15:15 - 16:30 — Keynote – “Master These 3 Human Behavior Basics to Create the Change You Want”

Pat McNamara

Pat McNamara is kicking off his keynote with a promise: all of us will leave Vancouver with new tools to support our efforts in becoming more effective in leading change, specially helping us all drive Lean construction adoption. Pat comes from the “Mad Men” era of advertising. He has 40 years of know-how in bringing highly disruptive products to market: from microwave ovens to Apple’s first OEM deal and to genetic testing to predict/prevent cancer. He knows a thing or two about change and how bloody hard it can be to change human behavior. Pat will discuss how decisions actually get made, whether that ‘meeting-of-the-minds’ conversation we’re having is really a meeting of the minds, and whether all that data we shove at people [54% planning reliability] support change.

16:30 - 17:00 — Conference Plus/Delta & Closing Remarks