Complex Planning in Construction and Design Projects Through Collaborative Conversations

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Complex Planning in Construction and Design Projects Through Collaborative Conversations
Alan Mossman, Member, Director, United Kingdom

Developed to improve planning of increasingly complex and uncertain projects, The Last Planner® System (LPS) manages the relationships, conversations and commitments that together enable program & production planning decisions to be made collaboratively at the lowest possible level in a range of one-off production settings — software development, ship building, yacht fit-out, engineered-to-order manufacture and construction.

Waiting or flow?

A major source of uncertainty, frustration and waste in projects is waiting — waiting for access, information, materials, waiting for others to complete work. When one team or individual is late delivering, those who follow-on are prevented from starting when they planned to and work ceases to flow.

Last Planner enables a project team to focus on keeping all seven critical flows moving so that they come together at the workface where materials are transformed and value is created.

It creates a structured series of conversations that enable projects to progress and provides the basis for relationships within the team so that when problems occur it is easier for the team to pull together and find ways to move beyond the crisis.

By making it possible for team members to share bad news early some crises can be avoided and others mitigated.

Each element of the Last Planner System brings its own benefits. Together they help deliver quality projects on time and within budget.

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