Smaller Batches ALWAYS Move Faster

Lean manufacturers know that working in small batches speeds the pace of work through any process and increases throughput. In project work, it can be difficult to see the batches, let alone think about making them smaller. A carpenter hanging drywall in the rooms of a hotel project does not put their completed work on […]

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The Daily Huddle

The Daily Huddle is an important part of the Last Planner® System, and plays an important role in supporting workflow reliability. Sometimes people are tempted to forego the Daily Huddle, believing it unnecessary. Common reactions from front line supervisors, whether design project managers or construction superintendents, include: “I already know what is happening.” “We can’t […]

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The Last Planner® System: A Tool or a Conceptualization?

During a lean project delivery workshop I attended a few weeks ago I became aware of a fundamental misunderstanding of the Last Planner System (LPS) by many users of it in our industry. What brought this to my attention was a question or rather an assertion by one of the workshop participants.  The workshop dealt […]

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Percent Plan Complete is Not a Grade

A concern that sometimes arises in the use of the Last Planner® System is the desire by some people to treat Percent Plan Complete (PPC) as a grade. The allure is obvious. PPC is the first measure employed by the Last Planner and far more prevalent that other recommended measures such as Tasks Made Ready […]

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Choosing the Right IPD Team

Building project owners face an important decision in determining a project team. When an owner makes the commitment to use an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach the decision making process is going to be different than their traditional approach. Using an IPD approach means that they will be more collaborative and transparent with their partners, […]

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