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This webinar presents knowledge about how enthusiasm for lean can be methodically generated within project teams working in the building design and construction industry.

For many lean leaders and coaches a primary concern is obtaining the full engagement of everyone on a project team in lean practices. Despite best efforts at directing people toward lean behaviors universal lean buy-in is hard to achieve. That is because the traditional way of implementing lean practices fails to tap the holistic aspects of lean as it was developed at Toyota Motor Corporation. Lean is not so much a set of management principles, an operations strategy, or work methodology as it is a very human story from which observers have developed management principles, operations strategies and work methodologies.

The lean story begins with an understanding of human nature at work, the foundation for which was set by Sakichi Toyoda and his son Kiichiro. The founders of Toyota Motor established basic practices that continue to serve as a catalyst for sustained enthusiasm for both continuous improvement and ground-breaking innovation - enthusiasm that has survived several leadership generations. These basic practices, rooted in human nature, are identifiable and can be methodically created within project teams. This webinar will outline the practices and recommend ways viewers can put them to work.


Tom Richert Principal, Lean Project Consulting 

Tom coaches lean transformations at the project team and enterprise levels, primarily for owners, architects, contractors, and suppliers in the building design and construction industry. His approach employs a combination of team-based training with hands-on simulations followed by on-the-job observations and coaching, often on a one-on-one basis.

His current focus is on helping leadership and project teams develop lean practices that align with their shared identities and core purposes. This alignment is fundamental to cultivating the mood of ambition necessary to maintain the rigor lean practices require.

Tom began his work with lean principles in 2000 while working at the Linbeck Group, a founding member of the Lean Construction Institute. He was responsible for leading the implementation of lean practices on two New England projects in 2001 and co-designed and delivered companywide lean training workshops. Previously he was the senior estimator for wastewater and water distribution public works program. His undergraduate degree in architecture is from Washington University. He is the co-author of a paper published by the American Association of Civil Engineers on lean in transportation and has lectured on lean construction at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He is a member of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), as has presented work at past LCI annual conferences. He has facilitated workshops at conferences for Lean Frontiers, the Lean Enterprise Institute, and the Lean Construction Institute; and is a contributor to the Lean Enterprise Institute Lean Post.

Joanna McGuffey Founder, Unconventional Works LLC 

Joanna’s work focuses on workplace team morale and productivity. Through Unconventional Works, she coaches leadership teams to define and empower their company cultures. Her approach is to connect people to their enterprise’s mission, allowing them to experience greater fulfillment through mindful thinking and daily contribution.

Joanna coaches and facilitates complete purpose rebranding, from vision through execution, for organizations throughout the U.S. She began her lean journey in 2016 and quickly began exploring new perspectives with the desire to help teams better understand how to lead lean transformations.

Joanna holds degrees in Fine Art and Psychology from California State University. She has over 20 years’ experience working with leadership teams on development, strategy, and team building. Her passion for people and art led her to found an art school, focusing specifically on serving those who ordinarily don't perform well in the standard educational system. A few of her other entrepreneurial ventures include commissioned murals and custom artwork, interior decorating, and directed painting events and workshops.

Earn AGC-CM Lean Continuation Education Credits
AGC recognizes this webinar as quality Lean Construction content and it qualifies for 1.5 hours of AGC CE credit. All attendees can forward the receipt of the webinar to AGC and have the webinar count towards renewing their CM-Lean certificate.