Lean Project Delivery

A Passion for Continuous Improvement: It’s Just Who We Are

Lean Project Delivery—also known as Lean Construction—emerged in the 1990s when researchers in academia and practice in the U.S. and abroad began developing tools and techniques to apply principles from Lean Manufacturing to guide all efforts within a project-based environment.

Lean efforts focus on identifying opportunities to reduce inefficient use of resources, and to create more value through our work. It is about encouraging continuous improvement on a daily basis while maintaining respect for people. During design, Lean efforts work on improving the decision-making process so project buy-out, procurement and job-site work can proceed as planned. During construction, Lean efforts seek to improve both productivity and safety for all trades on the job-site.

Within construction, Lean Project Delivery determines how to manage projects as production systems by:

  • “Learning to see” production flows within projects
  • Identifying areas of work repetition
  • Establishing a construction rhythm to complete repetitive areas of work
  • Creating agile work crews to handle shifting scopes in non-repetitive areas of work

Projects in the U.S. and abroad have illustrated that one Lean technique in particular, the Last Planner® System, has proven to be extremely effective in managing project-based work in the Architecture-Engineering-Construction industry. It engages the Last Planners (i.e., the trade foremen) to collaborate in the planning process by asking them how they would like to handoff work between trades and establish common work paths for all. To improve overall project results, the Last Planner® System encourages trade foremen to improve their accountability in making and keeping promises for completing job-site work.

Lean, Customized. At Consigli, we create custom approaches for Lean implementation to better match project conditions, including use of the Last Planner® System. We continue to learn from the manufacturing industry’s efforts to streamline production processes to deliver construction projects in a cohesive, efficient and accountable fashion. As an extension of our inherent passion to continuously improve how we build, we invite all of our project partners to join us in Lean learning and improving our efforts in Lean implementation.

From the use of building information modeling to improve project coordination at BioGen’s 225 Binney Street development in Kendall Square, to the use of Pull Planning to finely tune construction handoffs and work paths for the Boston Public Library renovation, to implementing our “Nothing-Hits-the-Ground” materials management policy for safer, more efficient construction sites – our commitment to Lean Project Delivery generates even more value for our project partners.

Lean Learning—Building Fluency. The best ideas are only valuable if they are deeply understood. Consigli has a comprehensive, on-going Lean Project Delivery training program for all staff. Consigli will also train project teams, including our trade partners, in Lean principles and techniques to improve Lean implementation on projects.

Always Room for Improvement. The Lean philosophy isn’t just about managing job-site work and it isn’t just about using the Last Planner® System. We know Lean’s central vision of “continuous improvement” and “respect for people” is both the best way to meet our clients’ expectations for delivering projects as promised (in terms of schedule, cost, quality, and safety) and continue to develop our project teams and build our company capabilities.