WHAT IS LEAN?

Lean is about delivering value to the customer, with the least waste by making work flow efficiently.

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 essentially an operating strategy:
Deliver maximum value to our customers with the least waste by flow efficiency.
A lean strategy is guided by four key principles:
Respect for People
Collaboration
Awareness
Continuous Improvement
Then select the methods and tools that drive flow such as
Last Planner® System
5S
Lean Problem Solving
Value Stream Improve- ments
Visual Tools & VDC
Supply Chain & Prefab

SERVICES


The Last Planner® System is a great way to get started. LPS™ can bring immediate improvements to jobsite production and schedule reliability. At the same time, it builds lean behaviors that can be applied to all aspects of our work.

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

Lean is simple. Practicing Lean is not. That is where Milestone Lean Consulting can help. Our job is to help 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, I work with your team in the field or the office to understand and put into practice Lean thinking, principles and methods.

LAST PLANNER SYSTEM

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) and weekly work planning sessions in to a system to create predictable workflow.

As part of your team, I 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