If you weren’t able to join us virtually for the Congress event this year, don’t worry – LCI wants to continue sharing Lean knowledge and insights from this year’s presentations. Below are the ways you can access some or all of the 2020 Congress Presentations. Access includes the video presentation as well as the PDF slide deck. We are very glad to support continuous Lean learning in the design and construction community.

Save the date for next year’s LCI Congress taking place in Phoenix, Arizona on October 18-22, 2021!


The ABC’s of Lean: Transformation through Actions, Best Practices and Coaching

October 19-23, 2020
Virtual Congress


What is LCI Congress?

There are countless reasons to attend the LCI Congress. From education and site visits to sessions specific to owners, members of the design community, trade partners and general contractors, you are guaranteed to leave with new ideas and perspectives. But perhaps the most important reason to attend is to be a part of the incredible knowledge sharing that takes place. Together, we will share stories of Lean successes and challenges as we work toward our collective goal of enhancing the efficiency, quality and safety of our projects. Don’t miss out — registration opens in July. Save the date to experience the content that you need the most to make an impact on your Lean journey.

2020 LCI Congress COVID-19 Updates
The safety of our presenters, attendees and staff is LCI’s first priority. This is why we are moving the 2020 Congress to a virtual format. With the prediction of a second wave of coronavirus for the fall we are confident that this is the best and most safe decision for everyone involved. Join us from the safety of your home or office this October for Congress!


Who Should Attend?

The 22nd Annual LCI Congress program is specifically designed for your leadership role in the industry. Each year, LCI Congress brings together owners, trade partners, members of the design community, general contractors and other Lean professionals to get inspired, learn from Lean success stories, build relationships, expand networks and foster collaboration.


Join more than 1,600 of your peers virtually for the premier Lean event of the year!
Developed for the design and construction industry, LCI’s 22nd Annual Congress in 2020 will offer continuous education credits, cutting-edge Lean methods and countless networking opportunities. LCI Congress is beneficial for everyone, no matter where you are on your Lean journey. As an attendee, you can expect to:

  • Learn how to start your Lean journey.
  • Deepen your learning experience.
  • Revitalize your outlook by meeting with other Lean construction thought leaders.

When you attend LCI Congress you learn from others based on their own Lean experiences. You will:

  • Discover how projects have been completed on or under budget using integrated approaches.
  • Hear how others have used Lean project delivery to obtain better predictability, consistent on-time delivery and fewer change orders on their completed projects.
  • Learn from LCI Congress session speakers, as well as other owners, how to avoid claims and costly adjudication on your projects.
  • Facilitate conversations with your peers about obtaining improved design and building performance through Lean project design and delivery.


Congress Overview

Learning Day

Earn continuing education credits through courses in various Lean topics, such as Introduction to Lean Project Delivery, Introduction to Last Planner System,  Introduction to Target Value Delivery and Effective Big Room.  New courses this year include:

  • How to Build a High Performing Team with Internal Coaches NEW
  • Proactively Plan Lean Methods on Your Project Using the LCI Lean Deployment Planning Guide NEW
  • Introduction to Takt Planning NEW 
  •  The Lean Builder Workshop NEW
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Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday
General Sessions

Explore how to apply the ABCs of Lean with five different tracks, and then put what you've learned into practice by participating in virtual Gemba tours on Friday.
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Build connections with peers across the industry and around the world.
Discover networking opportunities

Virtual Exhibit Hall

Owners, designers, trade partners and all project stakeholders can visit the virtual exhibit hall to stay current on the latest technologies and find the best tools to advance their Lean journey, and connect instantly with partners who can help them along their way.

If you would like more information on exhibit opportunities, please contact Ilene Goldberg at [email protected].

Theme and Presentation Tracks

Discover the presentations that mean the most to your Lean journey with five tracks built around the overarching theme of The ABCs of Lean: Transformation through Actions, Best Practices and Coaching:

      • Transforming Behavior & Culture
        Lean isn’t just about tools and processes, but rather effective ways to approach challenges. New thinking leads to Lean behaviors and creates a culture of continuous improvement and respect for others. This track will explore how coaching can drive sustained behavioral change and the techniques and best practices that have demonstrated positive results.
      • Transforming Preconstruction & Design
        Architects, engineers and trade partners face unique challenges when asked to collaborate during pre-construction. This track will investigate the challenges have been addressed by applying Lean throughout the project planning and design phases to maximize value and reduce waste.
      • Transforming Procurement & Production
        As speed to market demand continues to drive pressure for quicker turnover of projects, more effective procurement, and transformational supply chain management is needed. This track will cover the actions, best practices and coaching methods that are being used to explore and solve delivery challenges and increase productivity through Lean design and construction.
      • Transforming Construction Support & Planning
        Construction support and planning tools create better information flow and transparency. Together, we will discuss how utilizing tools such as visual communication, project onboarding processes, the Last Planner System ®, etc. have transformed projects and outline what obstacles these tools have helped resolve. Attendees will share how they have coached or have been coached to leverage construction support and planning tools to achieve Lean transformation.
      • Transforming Field Execution & Safety
        Optimizing field efficiency and effectiveness through safe practices should be the number one goal of all Lean organizations. This track will cover the actions, best practices, or coaching techniques have been implemented to transform the field or safety on various projects.
Live Lab Topics

Back by popular demand, LCI Congress will again feature Live Lab options during the core program. The purpose of Live Labs is to give attendees the opportunity to experience the soft skills required to effectively implement the Lean concepts and tools explored during the learning day courses and other program presentations in a realistic, interactive, and highly engaging environment.

See topics below for a better idea of what to expect in a Live Lab presentation this year!

All Live Lab Presentations:

  • A3 Thinking for New Roles, Company-wide Initiatives, and Problem-Solving
  • A Tale of Two Phases– Transforming a Lean Culture on a Bad Job
  • Field-Focused Lean, as Told by Three Generations of Superintendents
  • How the Fourth and Montgomery Project Created a Lean Culture
  • Pulling' TAKT Planning into the Design Phase
  • Team Health Assessment-The PDCA for effective team cultures and high performance
  • Walk the Listen, Not the Talk–Delivering Value to Craft Workers Eliminates Waste

Why Sponsor/Exhibit?

If you are seeking to introduce cutting-edge Lean methods and materials or reaffirm your company name and ideals in the Lean community, the LCI Congress offers several opportunities to meet your needs.

For more information, please contact Ilene Goldberg at [email protected].

Safety Sponsor
Banner Sponsors
Opening Session Poll Sponsor



“LCI Congress is a valuable, one of a kind event! Construction professionals from across the globe gather together to exchange ideas and solutions from applied Lean thinking in design and construction. McCarthy’s participation at Congress has contributed to measurable project delivery improvements in cost and schedule in numerous markets and building projects. Our firm’s attendees, including me, come back to their work more engaged and committed to actively applying Lean to deliver more value for our clients with less effort.”

Felipe Engineer-Manriquez, Director, Lean, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.


“I look forward to Congress every year. The presentations and the recently added Live Labs provided practical tools and new techniques to improve the value the industry provides to our clients. The free sharing of ideas between companies has always reinvigorated me. I am looking forward to going to more hands-on Live Labs this year in Detroit!”

John Linenberg, Group Vice President, Walbridge


“Every year, LCI Congress provides an exceptional opportunity for everyone from the novice to the advanced Lean Practitioner to learn, hone skills, network and share innovative ideas. This year’s theme will steer the attendees to the sessions that matter most to their Lean journey. We look forward to hosting another transformative event that enables teams to deliver maximal value throughout the entire supply chain.”

Jeff Creighton, Director of Continuous Improvement, Barton Malow, 2020 Planning Team Chair

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