How do we keep our Lean construction schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic? How do we deal with six-week look-aheads while remaining six feet apart?
Last Planner System is project management system used in Lean construction to streamline production and to assure projects are completed on time.
In our Last Planner System category, you’ll find educational blogs designed to help you master this system using first-hand experiences of Lean Construction experts throughout the industry.
Constraint log management could be the single most valuable tool from LCI’s Last Planner System™ process. However, project teams are often inconsistent and misuse the tool, and so they don’t always realize the value of constraint management.
The Last Planner System in construction is a great way to implement Lean on your projects & monitor metrics like Percent Plan Complete and Constraint Management as well as track the milestones of the project. Using Scoreboards in Lean construction is a means of visual communication that helps keep all your teams on the same page.
Respect for people is the cornerstone of lean thinking. The Lean Builder co-author, Keyan Zandy illustrates this principle & offers some great tips on the subject.
The challenging thing about these protocols is that, while they keep us safe, they can have a negative impact on the Lean culture on a jobsite. So many Lean methodologies center around bringing people together, breaking down barriers, and building relationships; this can be difficult in a time where we need to focus on distancing ourselves.
I’ve had plenty of bad pull plan experiences over the years. Pull plans that lasted for hour and hours, pull plans that had critical trades missing, pull plans where we ran out of sticky notes. The list goes on and on. But even through all that, team members gained value from the process, and so did I. Through the lessons we have learned, below is a list of what you can do before you pull plan to make sure your pull has a better chance of running smoothly.
Most people don’t like meetings. And when I say most people, I’m talking about your trade partner foreman/last planners. And, why should they, these folks are busy. They have team members working in the field who need their expertise, schedules to hit, safety to monitor, and deliveries to accept.
Several years ago I started a project on a greenfield site, but my excitement for the new project was short-lived because of all the rain we were experiencing. It was early spring, and the rain just would not let up. When we finally got a break in weather, we were ready to start on earthwork—but then our contractor’s equipment broke down.
I was eager to try something new when my CEO announced that our construction firm would start a Lean journey in 2015. I had just finished a project that was, by all ordinary standards, successful. The problem was that at the end I was exhausted.
It was early on a Friday evening when a flatbed 18-wheeler, loaded up with pallets of brick, pulled up to my jobsite gates. This was early in my career, and I was tasked with locking up the jobsite for the weekend.