March 2-3, 2022 Live 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 28 industry experts and 18 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 28 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.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

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
  • Reach your target audience, showcase your products and build brand awareness and recognition
  • 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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08:15 - 09:00 AM
The History and the Evolution of the Last Planner System

The Last Planner System has evolved since its birth in 1991. Important changes and the experiments in which they crystallized are described in this presentation. Glenn Ballard, one of the co-developers of the Last Planner System will walkthrough the history of how it was developed, important updates and changes to the system over time, and his current thoughts on the Last Planner System as it continues to develop.

Glenn Ballard

The LPS plan starts with a milestone planning phase. Following the milestone plan, other core components of the LPS follows including: phase pull planning, make ready planning, weekly planning, daily execution, and learning. In this session, Tom will give a general overview on the core components of the LPS, how each component fit together, the purpose that they play, and how they help create better projects. In particular, Tom will focus on how you can start your LPS implementation on the right foot.

Tom Richert

Phase pull planning is one of the critical conversations of the Last Planner System. In this session, Christian will explore how to set up a team for success in collaboratively developing a phase pull plan, how to develop trust and transparency between team members, and how to use completed pull plans in subsequent Last Planner conversations.

Christian Pikel

When we think about the Last Planner System, we often imagine a wall filled with post-it notes. But over the past few years, and accelerated by the pandemic, several new digital tools have entered the market with the purpose of advancing lean construction implementation using technology. In this session, several of our exhibitors will present their tools, discuss the benefits of big data, and how technology can increase lean adoption and enhance your LPS implementation.

In this session, a general contractor, an architectural firm, and a trade partner will each share their stories of applying the LPS. Melisa will describe the major success CRB had in applying LPS in biopharma project despite an aggressive schedule and a global pandemic. Tony will explain how Southland project teams utilize LPS to provide value at the field level. Eric will present how they applied the LPS collaboratively as an architect with a healthcare owner.

Melisa Vasquez, Tony Lowe, Eric Ubersax, Aaron Zeligman

The Make-Ready Planning Process is one of the least understood levels of LPS. In this session, Colin gives an overview of the steps of the make-ready process and then dive deeply into both the core purposes and critical skills for successful make-ready. Core purposes include proactively eliminating sources of variation to create a steady flow of planned work. Critical skills include, coaching planning, facilitating shared visualizations, and visual constraint management.

Colin Milberg

The “will” step in the Last Planner System is the Weekly Work Plan. This step has all key stakeholders share the promises they “will” keep for each day of a given week. The promises need to be specific and detailed enough that the stakeholders understand what role and job they need to preform in order to keep all of the plans on track. In this session, John will explore this step in further details and explain why making and keeping promises it is so important.

John Zachara

Daily huddles are part of the foundation of a successful lean practice. In this session, Dave will explain why Daily Huddles are important, how to structure a simple daily huddle, the importance of rigor in scheduling and attending Daily Huddles, and what to do when Daily Huddles become ineffective. Dave will share real examples, best practices, and steps you should apply to your Daily Huddles.

Dave Hagan

Creating a learning culture on projects is foundational to achieving higher performance. This goes beyond quoting PDCA, as there is a huge opportunity to leverage rapid learning cycles in intentional ways as an integral part of our project execution. In this session, Carla will explore the integration of pragmatic team and individual 'learn-by-doing' methods for use alongside the rhythm of Last Planner System.

Carla Ciepliski
2:20 PM
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Michael Lambert
08:15 - 08:45 AM
Production Control: Past, Present And Future

Todd is a pioneer in the application of production principles in construction. Production control is fundamental to anyone serious about improving productivity of construction. Todd will discuss the origins of Last Planner used to provide production control in construction projects and how that has evolved into what is now known as Project Production Control. He will also paint a compelling vision of the future of modern construction with PPC at its core.

Todd Zabelle

Production planning and control are critical in guiding projects toward meeting their targets. In this session, Farook will discuss how you can apply advanced metrics in the Last Planner System in order to assess project performance and inform future decisions. Farook will also share results from real-life project applications using advanced metrics.

Farook Hamzeh

Takt planning is often used as a project execution tool to help structure the flow of trades. Many companies use Takt to enhance their LPS implementation. Janosch and Marco will share the results of using production laws in the construction industry. They have found that using simple mathematical formulas for managing buffer and cycle time optimization, it is possible to reduce durations of projects by more than 50% without increasing manpower.

Janosch Dlouhy & Marco Binninger

Promises are at the heart of lean. Promises bring to life the lean principles of customer value, flow, pull, and produce amazing results. In this session, Peter will share why promises matter and why they are different to objectives; how they increase collaboration, agility and engagement in projects; what makes for a good promise and how to spot bad ones; and how to develop your conversations to manage promises.

Peter Luff

How is the Last Planner System applied in projects across different companies? What are the main hurdles and how to overcome them? How to get buy-in from management and workers out in the field? How has LPS improved the way we build? This and more will be discussed in the superintendent panel, with representatives from Robins & Morton, Hensel Phelps, Whiting Turner, and Adolfson and Peterson.

Dean Reed, Christena Smith, Chris Vine, Tom Murdy, James Gable

The LPS has helped numerous projects achieve better productivity. However, LPS is often seen as an approach to plan and control execution of work in isolation to other important disciplines, such as safety, quality and cost control. Patricia and Corrie will advocate for an integrated perspective, where safety, quality and cost control are an integral part of LPS and share some effective practices that you can start implementing into your LPS meetings.

Patricia Tillmann & Corrie Neuens

In this session, Hung will present an overall integration framework and use case studies to explain the use of BIM to (1) identify and remove constraints using model-based simulation, (2) calculate location-based work volume for informed crew size and duration planning, (3) determine work zones for takt-time planning, (4) use virtual first-run-study to engage project team in construction process collaboration, and (5) implement model-based progress tracking.

Hung Nguyen

In this session, Dick Bayer will present on the synergies of Integrated Project Delivery and the Last Planner System. He will share a case study of how his team has implemented the LPS within a complex IPD project. He will show why you should use LPS with IPD, lessons learned, and the benefits of using them together.

Dick Bayer

Many people think of the Last Planner System as a construction phase tool. But design teams across the country have been successfully using the Last Planner during the design phases to make the design process more visible, enhance coordination between all participants including Owner and Contractor, improve communications, make and keep reliable promises, and ultimately deliver a well-coordinated design in less time. In this session, Bernita, Kurt and Stan will share case studies, best practices, and lessons learned to help your projects succeed by using LPS during design.

Bernita Beikmann, Kurt Neubek, Stan Chiu
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TESTIMONIALS


The transition from in-person events to virtual was tough on many of us….it definitely was for me! That said, The Lean Construction Blog “Lean in the Field” conference last year was by far the best and my favorite virtual event I’ve participated in thus far. The platform that was utilized was extremely user friendly and the presenters were enthusiastic and kept the audience’s attention throughout while sharing thoughtful and easy-to-apply lessons.
Makayla Oei Project Executive at Mark III Construction
During COVID, we saw many conferences and events restructured due to the need for a virtual platform. In my opinion, the Lean Construction Blog 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 have attended last year's event and look forward to the upcoming Last Planner System conference.
Jennifer Lacy Lean Practice Leader at Robins & Morton
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 Engineer-Manriquez Director of Lean Construction @ McCathy

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