Lean is about pulling value to the customer, with the least waste by making work flow efficiently. And then, do it better and better.

What is flow efficiency? Think of a project as a canoe. What happens when you throw a group of people in a canoe and ask them to paddle? What if everyone only focused on their own paddling? That is what happens on many construction projects. Everyone is focused on their own efficiency and the "canoe" moves here and there hitting rocks along the way. Instead we should focus on moving the canoe together. This results in flow. And when work flows efficiently, everyone benefits. Productivity increases. Schedule milestones are met. Costs are lowered. Quality improves. And, most importantly, the jobsite is safer.

We train teams to think lean. The basics of Lean are not too complicated. But, in many ways , Lean is very different from how we are used to thinking and working.

Lean is about flow efficiency. Move through the value stream from start to finish with as little waste as possible.
Lean is about flow efficiency. Move through the value stream from start to finish with as little waste as possible.
Lean is essentially an operating strategy:
Pull value to our customers with the least waste by flow efficiency and do it better and better
A lean strategy is guided by four key principles:
Respect for People
Continuous Improvement
Then select the methods and tools that drive flow such as
Last Planner System®
Lean Problem Solving
Value Stream Improve- ments
Visual Tools & VDC
Supply Chain & Prefab


Lean Foundations training introduces teams to the basics of Lean thinking and practice. It forms a foundation for ongoing learning and practice.

The Last Planner System® can immediately improve jobsite production and schedule reliability. It builds lean behaviors that can be applied to all aspects of our work. As teams use it, day by day they learn to see and eliminate waste. Teams learn how to work together to continuously plan, solve problems, and deliver on their milestones.

5S & Continuous Improvement is possible not just in the office or trailer, but out in the field where most of the value is produced. Our training is simple, hands on, and effective to help teams in the field become Lean problem solvers.

Value Stream Mapping helps teams see how work flows. They can see waste, roadblocks, and bottlenecks in their processes and then apply lean thinking to make work flow efficiently.

Training is focused, simple, and consistent, tightly coupling
learning with doing and learning by doing.

Milestone Lean Consulting helps your team put lean thinking and tools to work. We train your team to think Lean, to understand the "why" behind the tools, and we help them put that thinking into practice. We focus on learning by doing. This is one of the easiest and fastest ways to learn.

From facilitating a pull-planning session to basic lean training to implementing a Lean operating strategy, we work with your team in the field or the office to understand and put into practice Lean thinking, principles and methods.


The Last Planner System® is not just pull planning. LPS integrates the master schedule (typically prepared with P6 other scheduling software), phase pulls (periodic collaborative pull planning sessions), weekly work planning sessions and daily huddles in to a system to create predictable workflow.

As part of your team, we provide:

  • Training and guidance for the whole LPS process
  • Hands on scheduling support as needed so that the master schedule and pull planning are fully coordinated
  • Facilitate pull planning sessions and provide coaching for weekly planning and daily huddles
Last Planner System Training