March 3-4, 2021 Virtual Conference

The Last Planner® System Conference

Lean Construction Conference showcasing some of the best practices of applying the Last Planner® System
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About The Conference

The Last Planner® System (LPS) is a production planning system designed to improve predictability while maximizing efficiency and safety. The system was developed by Glenn Ballard and Greg Howell and has grown to become one of the cornerstones of Lean Construction. Simply put, LPS is exactly what its name suggests, a system that engages last planners—the people ultimately responsible for getting the work done—in the planning and efficient execution of a project.

The Last Planner® System Conference will help you gain an in-depth insight into the practical application of the Last Planner® System. You will learn about the different elements related to LPS and how they can improve communication, trust, transparency and reliability. You will also learn how LPS can help you meet project deadlines and cost targets with real-life examples and hands-on tips that you can start applying the next day.

The conference is hosted over 2 days, with over 25 industry experts and 20 sessions.

Why Attend

The Last Planner® System Conference is suited for everyone working in the AEC industry from owners and project executives to trade partners and superintendents working at any stage of a project from design through construction. Here are some of the reasons for why you should attend:

  • Dedicated Topic: This is the #1 conference dedicated to the Last Planner® System for both beginners as well as veteran practitioners. In this conference, you will develop a fundamental understanding of the LPS, learn best practices, see case studies and hear success stories from advanced LPS practitioners and industry-leading keynote speakers including the co-developer of the system!
  • Expert Speakers: Learn from over 25 industry leaders and Lean Construction experts who have successfully used and applied LPS to maximize productivity and meet their projects targets. Hear real-life examples, watch LPS principles in action and gain hands-on tips that you can start applying the next day to advance your LPS journey.
  • Network with like minded professionals: Engage in live chats during every session, ask questions to our experts, set up one-on-one meetings with other Lean professionals during breaks and engage with digital solutions providers in the exhibit hall.

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The Last Planner® System Conference will offer several great opportunities for sponsors and exhibitors. If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at our upcoming conference, please review our sponsors kit or reach out to us directly.

Why Sponsor/Exhibit:

  • Introduce or reaffirm your company name and ideals in the Lean community
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  • Targeted marketing toward owners, designers, trade partners, and general contractors within the Lean community
  • Brand your company in the Lean Construction Blog weekly newsletter, social media channels and conference page
  • Opportunity to pitch your company during the conference and interact with all attendees.
  • Meet 1-on-1 with interested visitors, share product content, video demos and white papers on your virtual booth. Collect leads and view insights.

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The Last Planner® System Chronicles: A Brief History Of Lean Construction

Work on what became known as the Last Planner® System began in 1980 as a concerted effort by a handful of people drawing on their own observations in the field and from productivity work being done in other industries to test and learn more effective practices for construction. In this session, Tom will share the story of the LPS, how it was developed and the philosophy that informs it.

Tom Richert

The LPS is a holistic system, meaning that each of its parts is necessary to support lean project planning and execution. Resist the temptation to treat the system as a menu from which you select only the parts you want to use. In this session, Rich will go over the five core components of the LPS and explain how they are all connected. He will also explore how these components support the 4 levels of the Last Planner System: Should, Can, Will and Did.

RICH SEILER

The Last Planner® System is just that, a system, with different elements, that when performed together properly create a reliable workflow on any project. One of those elements is often mistakenly discussed as being synonymous with the entire system itself: Pull Planning. In this session, Dan and Andy will discuss what is pull planning and share some hard and fast rules for conducting a successful pull planning session that suits your specific project and team’s needs.

DAN FAUCHIER & ANDY FULTON

In this session, Christian will discuss the importance of production management and productivity improvement aspects, especially in the tight labor markets we are experiencing everywhere, and how your approach to LPS can have a more positive impact. He will also examine the roles and responsibilities of the various parties to the project to ensure the last planners are being set up for success.

CHRISTIAN PIKEL

The journey to establishing the LPS on a project does not happen instantly. After you create your pull plan, variation will occur. Your attitude and how you react to that variation impacts that journey. In this session, you will discover where to focus your attention and when and how to adjust your plan based on the variation you are experiencing across the different levels of the LPS.

COLIN MILBERG

Many teams have tried the LPS without seeing the results they hear about from others. Surprisingly to some, the tactical pieces of the system alone can only do so much. Without creating a culture of psychological safety, along with a culture of accountability, teams only see partial results. Join us to deeper understand how the foundation of making and securing reliable promises and a culture of psychological safety are critical to a successful implementation of the LPS.

REBECCA SNELLING

People are an obvious and integral part of a successful LPS execution, however, they are also a significant source of variation in its adaptation and use. Furthermore, any working culture is created by how a collection of people behave based on their shared values, assumptions, and attitudes. In this session, we will explore a framework, key ingredients for success, and dive into how to create an applied learning culture that interconnects people in LPS execution.

CARLA CIEPLISKI

The Last Planner® System was developed to plan and control project production, as distinct from project controls. which sets project targets and measures progress toward them. The 2020 Benchmark document extends LPS to include project controls. In this session, Glenn Ballard will explain why that change was made and what it means for LPS practitioners.

GLENN BALLARD
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Prepare Your Design Project Teams for Success from the Start with the Last Planner® System

Within the first 10% of the design, you have already determined 70% of the scope and costs. Project team conversations during this phase set the stage for everything else that happens on your project and ensure that the owner achieves maximum value. Learn how to help your owner groups and project team align around the project's values and make appropriate, timely decisions with LPS.

DICK BAYER

Master and Milestone Planning sit at the highest level of the LPS. Project Team conversations at this level set the stage for everything else that happens on the project. Set-Based Concurrent Design allows project teams to efficiently explore a universe of options before committing to a course of action. Learn how to use SBCD to inform your master plan, accurately define milestones, and make crucial decisions in a timely manner to ensure your clients receive what they really want.

SUSAN REINHARDT

Integrated Project Delivery aligns companies and their contracts yet it does not force a team to work well together. Last Planner System is a crucial component for the operation of a successful team within any contract framework and especially within an IPD team. James will share his thoughts on successful implementation of LPS within IPD team and what the owner should be looking for.

JAMES PEASE

Michigan State University, a large public owner, started implementing LPS initially as part of a Lean Project Delivery approach and then as a lean ideal enabling method on non-LPD projects. In this session, Tariq will share the behaviors needed from members of the owner and the project team to allow for successful LPS implementation, in addition to unique stories of overcoming trials and tribulations.

TARIQ ABDELHAMID

With the development and dissemination of the LPS, numerous tools and techniques have emerged to help people not only learn about the LPS but use it effectively to improve project outcomes. During this session, we will: 1) Discuss which simulations can help with LPS understanding. 2) Outline how to couple learning with action on project teams. 3) Provide training recommendations based on the time available for learning before work plan development and implementation.

CYNTHIA TSAO & THAIS ALVES

The focus of this session is on how to create flow within the Last Planner system using Takt time planning. In this session, Adam will outline the steps of Takt time planning, common pitfalls, heuristics, and guide everyone to resources if they want to learn how to use the method on their own project.

ADAM FRANDSON

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ROBIN HENDRICH & THEODOROS THANOPOULOS

IRMA 360 is a collaborative technique based on the 8 pre-requisite flows of lean project production that identifies and treats risks that 'might' stop or disrupt production. In this session, Paul will explain how you can use IRMA 360 to create an integrated approach to risk management and bespoke production loss data categories that improve the learning function of the Last Planner® System.

PAUL EBBS

Since 2005, Brad and Erika have applied the Last Planner System on over 20 projects. In this session, they will share their journey from the early phases of using the LPS, to the early evolution of their practice, and share the challenges that they have faced along the way.

BRAD MARSHALL & ERIKA BYSE

Rolling out any transformation programme from a pilot is a challenge. This is particularly challenging as you start to deal with multiple different cultures and norms that define certain behaviors and communication styles. In this session, we explore some of the “plusses” and “deltas” we have found as we have rolled out the LPS transformations from Alaska to Zambia and most places in-between.

CARLOS MENDES & EDWARD ZAAYMAN

In this session, Dean Reed, DPR Director of Lean Construction and an early pioneer of LC, will describe how putting last planners in the driver’s seat and making it safe for them to say, “no” and negotiate reliable commitments disrupts traditional management and opens the door to Lean as “an organizational culture of highly engaged people solving problems to drive performance.

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TESTIMONIALS


The Lean Construction Blog Conferences are one of my favorite ways to connect with others working to improve project delivery. I personally loved how the participants engaged in live Q&A after each set of themed sessions and continuously interacted throughout the entire proceeding. People were still talking about the learnings months later. I highly recommend attending these events to keep your skills growing for your teams.
Felipe Engineering Director of Lean Construction @ McCathy
In 2020 we saw many conferences and events restructured due to the need for a virtual platform. In my opinion, the Lean Construction in the Field Conderence in September did a great job organizing and planning for a 100% live event. Watching and hearing from the subject matter experts from around the world allowed for real time feedback, questions and answers. I look forward to the upcoming Last Planner System conference.
Jennifer Lacy Lean Practice Leader at Robins & Morton
The team at Lean Construction Blog understand how to facilitate a virtual conference. As a speaker, we were able to engage with attendees, receive feed back, and answer questions in real time. This conference provided me with key take aways that I can use to improve workflow on my construction projects. Their conferences are highly interactive, highly engaging, and brought together some of the leading experts in the industry.
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