The Last Planner System® works if used correctly, says Michael Villar, Lean Director at Nevell Group, but you must the GCs and the trades working together.
Michael currently serves as the Lean Director at Nevell Group, Inc. NGi is an interior and exterior wall system contractor headquartered in Brea, California with offices in Northern California and San Diego. Michael is responsible for developing all Lean training for the field and office as well as an in-house certification program. He is a retired Marine helicopter pilot who formerly worked as a Lean Manger at Oakley, Inc and Con-Way Freight. Michael most recently worked as the Process Improvement Manager at KHS&S contractors, which is where he was first introduced to the construction industry. He is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and is very active with the Lean Construction Institute. He is an LCI certified instructor in Last Planner System®, Lean Project Delivery, and Mindset of Effective Big Room. He has been a featured speaker and instructor at LCI Congress, he was a planning team member for Congress 2019 and 2020, he is a Core Group Member for the LA/OC CoP, and has developed training in culture, 5-S, visual management, problem solving, standard work, and 8-wastes. Michael is passionate about advancing Lean within the construction industry and is a strong advocate for the field. He believes the focus of every Lean effort should directly benefit the field and should ensure work is put in place more efficiently and effectively.