Lean Construction Education Program - Unit 7


  • May 21, 2020 08:00 AM – 04:00 PM


  • Courtyard by Marriott Ankeny
  • 2405 SE Creekview Drive
  • Ankeny, IA 50021
Fee Type of Fee
$600 MBI Members
$750 Construction Update Subscribers & Non-Members

Presenter: Larry Cormicle, CM-Lean, Cormicle Consulting Services, LLC - Ames, IA

Unit 7: Problem-Solving Principles and Tools

This final unit is a seven hour course that describes the Lean problem solving process and illustrates how to use tools to solve problems in a Lean manner. Following this course, you will be able to:

• Define the difference between traditional and Lean problem solving
• Describe how to create a team environment to solve problems
• Explain how to create trust to avoid problems
• Describe Observation Walks
• Identify root causes of problems

Lean Construction is driven to minimize costs and maximize value on each project completed, challenging all stakeholders to develop and apply better ways to manage the overall construction process. Everyone related to the construction process has incentive to get the project done faster and at a lower cost — from the project owners who want to see tangible results for their investment to designers and contractors who want to do their job well and move on to the next project. 

On a corporate level, Lean is most effective when embraced by all areas of the company. To do so, senior management must understand the need for and advantages of Lean implementation. But Lean is also an individual journey. All project team members must work together on a daily basis, incorporating Lean principles into their most basic work, to see the true benefits of lean. 

The Lean Construction Education Program (LCEP) is the curriculum available to help you reach these goals. The LCEP consists of seven units that instruct all aspects of Lean, allowing practitioners to benefit from these principles. Construction professionals at all experience levels will learn the building blocks necessary to transform their projects and companies into a Lean Operating System.

Master Builder Designation: 2 Leadership, 2 Project Management, 1 Ecological, 1 Safety, 1 Ethics