Project Teams Working Together

The annual LCI conference in Orlando was, as usual, a real learning experience – especially the training days. I personally started out on Monday attending Rex Miller’s full-day workshop on Creating High Performing Teams. With almost all of our industry’s attention focused on increasing the technical skills of employees, Rex reminded us that (according to […]

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The Last Planner® System During Design

The Last Planner System (LPS) has helped the construction community, with its focus on building assembly, make better use of manpower and resources to produce high-quality projects on time and on budget. Once having deployed it successfully, few construction professionals question the value of LPS during the act of building. Conversely, many architects and other […]

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The Myth of Overtime

For many years, I worked as an architect, primarily on large public projects. I remember the deadlines: We have all been there – the schedule is tight and the clock is ticking. You don’t want to sit in meetings; you don’t want to discuss how you will do the work. You just want to sit […]

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5 Major Mistakes Teams Make Implementing the Last Planner® System – and How to Correct Them

The Last Planner® System (LPS) consists of five major components (or interlocking tools); these components are: Master Planning and Phase Planning (which occur as needed); Make-Ready Planning and Weekly Work Planning (performed weekly); and Learning (through Percent Plan Complete and Variances – performed daily). LPS is often the first system adopted by teams who want […]

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