What is Lean Construction?

Lean Principles, Lean Construction & Last Planner System.

Lean Principles

The five pillars of lean.

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Lean Construction

What distinguishes Lean from traditional project management?

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Last Planner

The process-oriented solution for the efficient execution of projects.

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Digital Lean

The next step in the evolution of lean systems.

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With Lean Construction methods for project success.

What project managers report on Lean Construction:


(Mit Last Planner) verlieren Sie nicht die Kontrolle über Ihre Subunternehmer… Sie verlieren die Notwendigkeit, Ihre Subunternehmer zu kontrollieren!

Rebecca Bettler, National Lean Leader, JE Dunn Construction

Many projects (which use LPS) reported a number of benefits, which, not least in the Manukau Harbour Crossing project, resulted in this being completed 7 months before the end date. One major entrepreneur explained that there has been a 30% increase in profitability since the Last Planner system was used.


LPS ist ein wirksames Instrumentarium zur Nutzung der Kenntnisse aller Projektbeteiligten. Ohne LPS schätzen Projektmanager, was im Projekt erreicht werden kann, anstatt zu wissen, wie der Auftrag erledigt werden kann.

Tom Richert, Program Manager, Linbeck Construction, United States

Lean management for the construction industry-

Five principles for process optimization

Lean management means “creating value without waste” (waste, Japanese “muda”). The aim is to optimally align all the activities necessary for value creation. This avoids unnecessary activities. First, the added value is identified from the customer’s point of view in order to know their needs. The following step is to look at the stream of value and optimize it. This is done comprehensively with all services from raw material to finished performance/product. Find out everything you need to know about the 5 lean principles here.

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Lean Management for the Construction Industry – Five Principles for Process Optimization

Lean management means “creating value without waste” (waste, Japanese “muda”). The aim is to optimally align all the activities necessary for value creation. This avoids unnecessary activities. First, the added value is identified from the customer’s point of view in order to know their needs. The following step is to look at the stream of value and optimize it. This is done comprehensively with all services from raw material to finished performance/product. Find out everything you need to know about the 5 lean principles here.

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Lean Construction – What does lean mean for the construction industry?

The increasing complexity in construction projects requires a rethinking in the construction industry. Due to the increasing number of project participants, growing project volumes and higher time pressure, this pressure is intensified, while the quality of services on the construction site is decreasing. Studies show that only 54% of the commitments made or planned for a week are actually being done as planned. It is therefore increasingly difficult to achieve customers’ goals in terms of cost, time and quality. Consequently, the lean construction methods arose from this situation.

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Lean Construction – What does lean mean for the construction industry?

The increasing complexity in construction projects requires a rethinking in the construction industry. Due to the increasing number of project participants, growing project volumes and higher time pressure, this pressure is intensified, while the quality of services on the construction site is decreasing. Studies show that only 54% of the commitments made or planned for a week are actually being done as planned. It is therefore increasingly difficult to achieve customers’ goals in terms of cost, time and quality. Consequently, the lean construction methods arose from this situation.

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Last Planner System – Lean to Perfection

With the Last Planner System, projects are viewed and optimized systematically from a bird’s eye view. Initially, the project will be analyzed in an overall process analysis (GPA). With this an overview of the value streams in the production process will be created. The GPA derives a milestone/phase plan (MPP), which is the planning for a specific period of time. Thus the first project milestones are already recorded in the MPP and validated from back to front according to the pull principle. The 5 + 1 weekly preview will then provide a day-to-day process and activity overview for the next six weeks. In each week, all activities are easily & comprehensibly visualized with Post ‘its ® or our digital solution Yolean.

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Last Planner System – Lean to Perfection

With the Last Planner System, projects are viewed and optimized systematically from a bird’s eye view. Initially, the project will be analyzed in an overall process analysis (GPA). With this an overview of the value streams in the production process will be created. The GPA derives a milestone/phase plan (MPP), which is the planning for a specific period of time. Thus the first project milestones are already recorded in the MPP and validated from back to front according to the pull principle. The 5 + 1 weekly preview will then provide a day-to-day process and activity overview for the next six weeks. In each week, all activities are easily & comprehensibly visualized with Post ‘its ® or our digital solution Yolean.

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Digital Lean Construction – Even easier and more accessible

So far, most lean systems in the construction industry are based on Post ‘its ®. Even if this works smoothly in the execution of construction projects, the planning phase poses other challenges to a lean system. Since it is not possible to gather all planners weekly in a central location for a lean meeting. That’s why we’re working with a digital solution that allows us to take Lean Construction to the next level. Experience the benefits of digital application of lean systems.

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Digital Lean Construction – Even easier and more accessible

So far, most lean systems in the construction industry are based on Post ‘its ®. Even if this works smoothly in the execution of construction projects, the planning phase poses other challenges to a lean system. Since it is not possible to gather all planners weekly in a central location for a lean meeting. That’s why we’re working with a digital solution that allows us to take Lean Construction to the next level. Experience the benefits of digital application of lean systems.

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Wir begleiten Sie durch alle Phasen der Lean Evolution

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