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Colorado team selected to present at Lean Construction Institute (LCI) Congress

Kelley Huss, Project Manager, from the Colorado office was selected to present at the 22nd Annual LCI Congress for their roles in applying Lean practices to turn around a poorly performing project. The presentation illustrates how a transparent and proactive Lean philosophy not only built team morale, but changed the job financially.

“Being selected to present at the LCI conference is an honor,” said Mark Wachendorf. “We’re proud that we’re able to share our story so others can learn from our experience.”

Held virtually in October 2020, the event focused on the sharing of Lean successes and challenges so trade partners and general contractors can learn how to work toward a collective goal of enhancing the efficiency, quality and safety of projects.

During the presentation, Huss explained how Lean tools were implemented during phase 2 of the project. Phase 1 lacked team collaboration and the implementation of Lean tools. Under their leader-ship, weekly huddles with the general contractor and daily field coordination meetings were implemented changing the relationship from being reactive to proactive. A Lean Weekly Work Plan be-came the go-to visual management tool around financials, plans, job details and constraints.

“In the end, we learned that Lean tools can only go so far, and it’s the people behind them that must be willing to question the norm and try something different,” said Wachendorf.

The pandemic brought many challenges to the Colorado team, but there were also many successes. Construction of schools was expedited while students were transitioned to online learning and several strong prospects for 2021 were developed. A daily morning huddle was implemented with office staff while working remotely – a successful practice traditionally conducted in the field. It was so well-received the daily huddles are being continued as the team returns to the office.

“I want to acknowledge all the people who have worked so hard during this pandemic as they had to fill in gaps, cross train, work extra hours and step into roles out of their comfort zone,” said Wachendorf.