Begin with a Pull Planning Session
In Pull Planning, the project team works backward from a target end date, defining and sequencing tasks to set completion releases for subsequent tasks. The session results in the development of a Pull Plan, Detailed Project Schedule and Weekly Work Plans.
- Is a collaborative approach to planning the work by those responsible for doing the work.
- Develops a project-focused, production management-based approach to project deliverables.
- Enables the project team to examine productivity, communication, teamwork and resource planning.
- Improves work flow, communication and collaboration among all project stakeholders.
Weekly Work Plans identify:
- The tasks for the week
- Individuals responsible for completing the tasks
- Timing and duration of the tasks
- Task status
Through this process, the project team improves collaboration, accountability and understanding of the project workflow, constraints, resource management and budgeting.
Benefits of Lean Design & Construction
Lean Design & Construction empowers project team members to discover ways to add value in their project performance through teamwork, transparency and collaboration. This results in improved time productivity, reduced safety hazards and cost savings.
- Improved coordination among all project team members
- Optimization of budgets, including life-cycle costs
- Potential for earlier project completion due to minimized inefficiencies
How Lean Design & Construction Differs
Lean Design & Construction differs from other forms of project management by:
- Shifting control from a passive “monitoring results” to an active “making things happen,” with a structured and measured planning process.
- Focusing on project-level goals or the practice of attempting to optimize each individual activity.
- Defining, creating and delivering value to the client throughout the life of the project, whereas traditional project management defines requirements at the onset for delivery at the end, despite changing markets, technology and business practices.
- Decentralizing decision-making through transparency, communication and empowerment of project team members, enabling them to act.