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.
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.
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.
A superintendent once told me, “I drive the d*mn bus. You keep the lights green.” It took me some time to first understand this and then to truly appreciate it.
The Last Planner System™(LPS) will help you deliver a project on time.
Let’s be clear though, it is very difficult to manage—in fact, I can guarantee that using LPS™ the first time will not deliver to your expectations.