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October Meeting Topic: Lean Project Delivery

ABSTRACT- Lean Project Delivery: Maximize Client Satisfaction & Team Profits

The building industry is one of the least efficient industries as measured by labor productivity. We are plagued by industry fragmentation and contracts that cause adversarial relationships between project team members, raising liability and risk while lowering profits. Owners are beginning to rebel against business as usual, and are asking for integrated project teams who incorporate Lean methodologies to better address their project needs.

Lean thinking - developed by Toyota - propelled that company to the top of auto manufacturing. Other industries have benefited greatly also. Lean has only recently spread to construction, where methods like the Last Planner System (LPS), Target Value Design (TVD), and Choosing by Advantages (CBA) have started to revolutionize our industry.

I will explain key concepts behind Lean, especially the TVD management method to support creative cross-functional collaboration among team members. Set-based design allows you to efficiently explore multiple options to find the optimum solution for your clients at the right price. I will briefly explain CBA, a scientific method for making sound decisions on complicated projects with many stakeholders. We will also touch on the Last Planner System, and how this collaborative project management method harnesses the expertise of all members of your project team.

Susan Pratt, LEED AP, PMP Design and Project Management Strategist Lean Project Consulting, Inc.

Susan began her career in 1991 designing schools in Switzerland. She excels at managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders, and has acted as project manager for public projects ranging from a $1.5M mountain library to $30M recreation centers to a $4B university in Saudi Arabia. Susan quickly developed a reputation for rescuing failing projects and bringing order out of chaos. She began developing new project management methods early in her career to ensure that projects were successful from the beginning. She now teaches Lean methods to other project teams, helping them thoroughly satisfy their clients on time and on budget, but NOT on holidays or weekends!

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