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Reap the Benefits of Lean Project Delivery

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Today’s marketplace is one of global customers and intense competition. It is fundamental for manufacturing businesses of all types to make use of any strategy to improve their ability to respond to market changes through efficient capital improvement projects. Probably one of the most significant factors that can help them achieve these goals is cutting down on the cost of capital associated with construction. Manufacturing leaders are under more hassle today than before. That means that they need to bring products to market and change-over existing product lines quickly and cost-effectively if they want to maximize their saturated advantage.


The construction industry continues to be mired since the middle of the 20th century with little to no productivity progress. The construction industry has had trouble to translate technology advances into improved productivity, held back by archaic and highly litigious contracting methodologies that encourage behaviors that are certainly not in the best interest of improving the speed and cost-effective deployment of capital improvement projects.  Over the same time period, the manufacturing sector has had appreciable productivity improvements as a result of the acceptance of new technologies and manufacturing methods, such as Lean Manufacturing, that have resulted in the construction costs of bringing new products to market becoming a greater share of the overall capital improvement project.


While senior stakeholders can question new and unfamiliar concepts, the potential benefits posed by LPD are worth investigating. Here is an overview of LPD, with particular focus on implementing Conditions of Satisfaction.




As with any kind of methodology, LPD has certain elements that are essential to its success.  These elements define LPD projects and help guide those using the approach. Because LPD centers around collaborative work, for example, selecting potential collaboration partners early in the project is an important step to take—this helps unite construction and design teams with the owner of the project to help increase the shared vision and goals of the project.


A collaborative work place between the aforementioned parties lends itself well to Target Value Delivery (TVD), another essential of LPD projects. TVD is a concept that leverages early collaboration to combine budget and constructability requirements as the project is designed rather than waiting for this input at a bid meeting or, even worse, in the form of change orders.


In addition to these elements, Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) along with collaborative contracts that emphasize shared concerns and returns decisively factor into LPD. An essential element, however, includes identifying conditions of satisfaction.  While LPD is an approach that could be used with just about any project, it works best with projects where early collaboration helps clearly and firmly establish shared goals for the project.




As outlined above, conditions of satisfaction are vital to the success of an LPD project. Some information into exactly how collaboratively develop them for your project:


To begin with, there should be a good vision of success that all team members share and can clearly formulate. These conditions of satisfaction must certanly be co-developed by the Owner and the Project Partners with the intent that the agreements are commitments to each other, not simply between the Owner and the team. The goal is to encourage behaviors that create a team-oriented culture that has proven to result in improved project schedule and budget performance, as well as greater satisfaction amongst the project stakeholders.




Under the conditions of satisfaction, teams should have a clear vision of success.  Mostly, there are not more than 10 to 15 CoS identified on a project.  As with traditional delivery methods, there need to be a CoS that addresses budget, schedule, and safety objectives.  Nonetheless, limiting it to those traditional measures would fail to put in place the important elements that help teams really collaborate.


Some examples of CoS that would depart from the traditional measures would be items like (“Project Conditions of Satisfaction (CoS)”, Lean Construction Institute):

•             Everyone is profitable

•             Number of RFI’s

•             Number of Change Orders

•             Number of Punch List items

•             Percentage improvement in productivity

•             Exceptional teamwork

•             Quality at acceptable levels the first time

•             Total Project Transparency

•             Strong Stakeholder Involvement

•             Rapid Mitigation of Existing Condition Discoveries


Consider a case scenario of a clearly articulated vision beneficial to LPD.  Project decision makers had a large volume of Owner requirements that were well-developed. They provided the project team (CM, Designers, Trade Partners) with these requirements, and the team, in turn, built the conditions of satisfaction on an in-depth review of those requirements.


Because project leaders and team members were able to collaborate early on, this potential issue was identified at the outset and a new system was developed. The Owner agreed to re-organizing some of the parking and allowing a lunch tent close to the work in order to provide better project access for the construction group.


Through this process, project stakeholders understood the larger picture and recognized that there were various problems that had to be driven by the project team and there was a clear cost benefit if they were able to accommodate that particular condition.




LPD is an efficient project execution method that can help enhance the time and cost efficiency of countless different types of projects. If decision makers, constructors, and designers can come together to build a collaborative project from the outset, it is now possible for today’s manufacturing businesses to revolutionize the way they approach projects – and to obtain the rewards as a result.


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