Lean Construction Institue 2022 Congress - New Orleans, LA

2022 LCI Congress Abstract Submission

Lean Gumbo:
The Right Ingredients for Project Success

Submit Your Abstract Today!

Deadline: March 2

Join us in New Orleans this fall to share your Lean journey with other industry leaders committed to Lean practices. New Orleans is often described as the melting pot of the Gulf South, a gumbo of cultures, customs, rhythms, and aspirations. This year New Orleans serves as the backdrop for the 24th Annual LCI Congress, where LCI serves up its own gumbo of stories and peer-led knowledge sharing.

With five tracks to support various areas of interest within the growing Lean community, the program is crafted to be relevant for everyone from frontline field leaders to top executives. We are seeking timely, relevant stories with a dose of inspiration to help attendees take their own next steps on their Lean journey.

Help us celebrate the many flavors of Lean journeys happening every day on job sites, in trailers, and in design and construction offices around the country.

Explore the five tracks below and decide where your story and lessons learned fit into our big Lean Gumbo that is LCI Congress. These are guidelines for your submission but feel free to cover other aspects of your Lean journey.



Lean Gumbo:
The Right Ingredients for Project Success


It Starts with Good Ingredients—Developing People & Buy-In
A Recipe Worth Sharing—Processes, Tactics & Technologies that Bring Results
Making the Roux—Setting the Tone in Design & Preconstruction
Turn Up the Heat—with Field Execution & Safety
Serve & Celebrate—Projects & Teams that Tie It All Together

Learn more about the 2022 LCI Congress tracks:

It Starts with Good Ingredients—Developing People & Buy-In

This track is intended for stories of best practices for developing Lean skills and a Lean mindset.  These stories should elevate Lean principles and collaborative communication and might cover Lean basics, first steps, and ways to gain buy-in to support Lean initiatives. Your stories should demonstrate how Lean tactics add value to individuals, teams and projects.  We hope you will share best practices for scaling Lean within your team or a broader organization.

  • Experiences and metrics that detail improvements derived from Lean practices such as collaborative communication, problem solving, reliable commitments, etc.
  • Best practices for developing the Lean mindset within your team or organization.
  • Strategies and approaches for developing Lean leaders and inspiring others to start their journey.
A Recipe Worth Sharing—Processes, Tactics & Technologies that Bring Results

This track is intended for sharing processes and tools that drive continuous improvement and better outcomes on projects.

  • Tools and processes that your team is implementing (Last Planner System®, Takt Time, Big Room, Onboarding, CBA, etc.) How have they helped?  What improvements have you realized and where can you go from here?
  • How to create high performing teams and support your people for project success.
  • How different project partners, including owners, designers, general contractors, and trades can come together at project onset.
  • Insights on leveraging prefabrication and industrialized construction to deliver more value to clients and project teams.
  • How to implement BIM with a Lean mindset.
  • How to leverage technology to improve planning and collaboration.
Making the Roux—Setting the Tone in Design & Preconstruction

This track is intended for sharing lessons and best practices for collaborative design and preconstruction efforts that deliver value to all project stakeholders.

  • Stories of implementing and measuring Lean innovation in the design space.
  • How Lean tactics such as Target Value Delivery and Conditions of Satisfaction influence the overall design process.
  • How design can drive Lean delivery during the preconstruction process and bring in relevant parties from conception to closeout.
  • Grounding the team in the fundamentals of Lean delivery.
  • How the design community can support better flow efficiency in the field.
  • How design and preconstruction leaders can support a learning culture in the office.
Turn Up the Heat—with Field Execution & Safety

Share your story that emphasizes how Lean practices are improving efficiency, productivity and safety on the jobsite.

  • How a Lean program can develop the next generation of field leaders.
  • What innovative practices can optimize production, decrease waste, and promote safe practices.
  • How all stakeholders (the design community, general contractors, owners, trade partners, and consultants) can influence Lean practices in the field to deliver better results.
  • How to get multiple trade partners to row in the same direction and at the same pace.
  • How to support a learning mindset in the field.
  • How to leverage some or all aspects of Last Planner System®: Milestones, Constraints, PPC, Variance, Making Work Ready, etc.
  • How to leverage Lean principles and tactics (5S, 8 Wastes, Just in Time Delivery, Visual Management, Gemba Walks, A3 Thinking, Problem Solving, etc.) to add value to field execution.
Serve & Celebrate—Projects & Teams that Tie It All Together

Celebrate project success tied to your deployment of Lean strategies and tactics. These stories should help attendees better understand how high-performing teams connect the dots and deliver best-in-class value on a project level.

  • How IPD/IFOA teams can overcome challenges and realize opportunities to deliver best-in-class value to clients.
  • How a Lean culture can help with your project success.
  • Best practices for celebrating individual and team accomplishments.
  • Experiences navigating ongoing economic and social challenges such as escalation, supply chain shortages, the great resignation, and the impacts of COVID-19.
  • Ways to incentivize a successful team to keep their momentum and continually improve.
  • All journeys involve setbacks, missteps, and lessons learned; tell the complete story with peaks and valleys!

Choose the option best-suited to telling your story:

Presentation: Approximately 45-minute time slot to present a Lean story, which includes 10 minutes for Q&A.

Live Lab—Short Inspiring demonstrations from the trenches: 20-minute time slot to demonstrate a Lean tool or process, which includes 5 minutes for Q&A. We all eventually see little wins when we commit to continuous improvement. Live Labs are little or big wins that can be demonstrated with visual clarity in about 15 minutes or less, helping other design and construction professionals visualize what a win can look like and how they might apply the tool or process to improve their own work.


Explore full guidelines and submit today:

We look forward to advancing Lean thinking together!