Lean Construction Institue 2022 Congress - New Orleans, LA


Congress Overview

View the interactive agenda for full details on sessions, special events, and more—and start planning your time at Congress!

At LCI Congress, the more you do, the more you learn. The celebration starts with Learning Day, a chance to deep dive on specific Lean topics with seasoned trainers. Next are the two Core Days of peer-led presentations, inspiring keynotes, networking, and more. Congress week wraps up with Gemba Day, a chance to see some NOLA Lean in action. Throughout Congress, you can participate in a Lean Coffee, meet with allied vendors in the Exhibit Hall, or engage in hard-hitting demonstrations through Live Labs. And however your Congress experience shapes up, you’re bound to walk away with new friends and actionable ideas to help propel your own Lean improvements.”
—Tom Weathers, 2022 LCI Congress Chair & Director of Purchasing & Systems Innovation, Landis Construction Co., LLC


Core Program – Wednesday | Thursday

Explore curated sessions for every flavor of Lean learning, including advanced breakout sessions, through five unique tracks based on the theme, Lean Gumbo: The Right Ingredients for Project Success. The program encompasses relevant, timely, and inspiring content for everyone from frontline field leaders to top executives. Find your recipe for Lean success.



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
Stir in Inspiration—Unconference (NEW this year)

Learn more about the 2022 LCI Congress tracks:

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

Learn from stories focused on implementing best practices for developing Lean skills and a Lean mindset. Presentations will showcase experiences and metrics that detail improvements derived from Lean practices, such as collaborative communication, problem solving, and reliable commitments. You’ll also find strategies and approaches for developing Lean leaders and inspiring others to start their journey. View the interactive agenda for more about sessions that demonstrate how Lean ingredients add value to individuals, teams, and projects—and gain best practices for scaling Lean within your team or organization.

A Recipe Worth Sharing—Processes, Tactics & Technologies that Bring Results

Explore processes and tools that drive continuous improvement and better outcomes on projects. These presentations will address how different project partners, including owners, designers, general contractors, and trade partners, can come together at project onset. You’ll also find discussions of how to leverage technology to improve planning and collaboration. Check out the interactive agenda for details on sessions in which Lean leaders share takeaways from their achievements and challenges—and add to your recipe box for success!

Making the Roux—Setting the Tone in Design & Preconstruction

Learn best practices for collaborative design and preconstruction efforts that deliver value to all project stakeholders. Explore how Lean tactics such as Target Value Delivery and Conditions of Satisfaction influence the overall design process. These sessions will also focus on how design and preconstruction leaders can support a learning culture in the office. View the interactive agenda for details on sessions that explore how to make the Roux.

Turn Up the Heat—with Field Execution & Safety

Engage on Lean principles that improve efficiency, productivity, and safety on the jobsite. You’ll examine how to leverage some or all aspects of Last Planner System®, including Milestones, Constraints, PPC, Variance, and Making Work Ready. Sessions will also cover how to leverage Lean principles and tactics (5S, 8 Wastes, Just in Time Delivery, Visual Management, Gemba Walks, A3 Thinking, and Problem Solving, and more) to add value to field execution. View the interactive agenda for details on sessions that feature how all stakeholders can influence Lean practices in the field to deliver better results.

Serve & Celebrate—Projects & Teams that Tie It All Together

Gain insights into how high-performing teams connect the dots and deliver best-in-class value on a project level. Sessions will explore how IPD/IFOA teams can overcome challenges and realize opportunities to deliver value to clients. Examine how a Lean culture can help with your project success while learning from Lean leaders’ complete stories, including peaks and valleys. Explore the interactive agenda for more about sessions that help you serve and celebrate best-in-class value!

Stir in Inspiration—Unconference (NEW this year)

Engage in fast-paced, highly interactive sessions that leverage attendees’ collective expertise. Tools like the “unpanel” and TRIZ (a reverse engineering/mistake proofing framework) keep the learning fluid, active, and fun. Sessions 1A and 1B focus on exploring the motivating factors that drive interest in Lean from individuals, teams, and organizations. In Session 2A and 2B, you’ll collaborate to come up with a list of ways to undermine/break a Lean journey—and then work together to fix it! In the final Unconference session (Session 3), attendees will engage in an open-ended, participant-driven dialog about what’s new, next, and amazing in Lean. Explore full details on each session in the interactive agenda—and get ready to stir in a healthy dash of creativity at the Unconference.

*Attendees are asked to preregister for the Unconference sessions in advance. Because this is a new opportunity, space is limited, and preference will be given to attendees who preregister. Attendees will derive more benefit by selecting three or more of the five Unconference presentations.


Build and strengthen your connections with peers across the industry. The LCI Congress is the ideal setting for networking and collaborating within your worldwide professional community. Connect while taking part in Lean learning together, during planned networking breaks, and at special social events throughout Congress.

Learning Day – Tuesday

Take a deep dive into key Lean topics. Earn continuing education credits through your choice of over 25 half- or full-day hands-on courses led by engaging, experienced trainers. View the interactive program for course details and number of spots open. Register for the Core Program first, then add your choice of Learning Day sessions. Act soon—courses are filling up!

Morning Courses (8:00 AM-12:00 PM)
LCI 5S in Lean Construction
LCI Last Planner System® in Design
LCI Lean in the Design Phase
LCI Introduction to Lean Project Delivery (FULL)
LCI Kaizen Events – Why, What and How
LCI Ready, Set, Go Scrum
LCI Rev Up Your Team by Unleashing Their Potential (Liberating Structures)
Aligning the Many Voices on a Project Team as a Foundation for Lean Practices (FULL)
Demystifying the Integrated Form of Agreement: Risk, Reward, and Partnering for Success (NEW)
How to Build a Lean Culture from the Ground Up for Specialty Trade Contractors
Lean Construction Manufacturing: The New Game Plan for Pre-fab (NEW)
Takt Time – Making the Most of the Last Planner System® (FULL)

Afternoon Courses (1:00 PM-5:00 PM)
LCI Effective Big Room
LCI Intermediate Last Planner System® for Design Practical Application (NEW)
LCI Introduction to Last Planner System® (FULL)
LCI Introduction to Lean Project Delivery
A3: Root Cause Problem Solving
Bunches of Coaches: Coaching Coaches
Creating, Managing & Sustaining a Lean Organization (FULL)
Improve Safety through Lean
Influencing Up for Lean Transformation Within Your Organization (LCI) (NEW)
Introduction to Lean Deployment Planning
The Visual Decision Plotter™
Using Shared Visualization Skills for more Robust Constraint Identification (FULL)

Full Day Courses (8:00 AM-5:00PM)
LCI Intermediate Last Planner System®: Practical Application
LCI Target Value Delivery
Creating a Culture of Accountability
Value Stream Mapping Across the Organization

Gemba Day – Friday

Learn through Lean in action at diverse and engaging off-site project visits. Register for the Core Program first, then add your Gemba Day visit.

Choose from these Gemba Tours—details and descriptions are available in the interactive agenda:

Historic Canal Street – SOLD OUT
Audubon Aquarium Renovation – SOLD OUT
Louisiana Superdome Renovation – SOLD OUT
Tulane Paul Hall and Richardson Memorial Hall
Behrman Elementary School—Gym & Early Learning Center

Live Labs

Live Lab demos are integrated into the Congress Core Program. Focus on immediately applicable field skills while connecting within your greater design and construction community. Each Live Lab hits quickly on one topic and hands-on best practices to make you more effective. Our Lean Champions and presenters work to make each Live Lab innovative, engaging, and useful to you.

Live Labs take place in 45-minute sessions, with most comprised of two 22-minute presentations. Capacity is capped at 100 attendees for each Live Lab.

Choose from these Live Labs—details and descriptions are available in the interactive agenda:

Live Lab 1: Last Planner System®
Live Lab 2: Field Operations and Safety
Live Lab 3: Digital from the Beginning: Pull Planning the Walbridge Collaborative Way
Live Lab 4: Practice Makes Progress
Live Lab 5: Huddles
Live Lab 6: Team Chemistry
Live Lab 7: Efficiency
Live Lab 8 Super Meetings
Live Lab 9: Digital
Live Lab 10: Meet and Greet the Live Lab Speakers