2020 Post-Conference Focus Sessions
Friday November 6, 2020
10:50 ET - 4.00 ET | 7.50 PT - 2.30 PT
10.50 | 7.50 Chair’s Opening Remarks.
11.00 | 8.00 Best Practices in Attracting & Hiring Preconstruction Staff: Revealing What Employees Are Looking For
• Outlining the priorities of estimators when reviewing possible employers, including team leadership, training and mentorship opportunities
• Reviewing the culture that preconstruction leaders should be aiming to promote to ensure your department has a good reputation among job seekers
• Assessing the skills that employers are looking for today: what should estimators highlight to boost their employability?
Gareth McGlynn, The Preconstruction Podcast & Managing Director, Niche SSP
11.30 | 8.30 Learning How to Augment Mature, Experienced Workers with New Technology & Gain Their Buy-In
• Understanding the psychology of the veteran preconstruction staff and what learning techniques
they will find the easiest to engage with
• Identifying ways to gain the buy-in of staff into a change management process when they may be only a few years away from retirement
• Ensuring new tools are easy to use and that staff training is sufficient to reduce the disruption of the learning curve
Steve Watkins, Preconstruction Senior Estimator, BNBuilders
1.00 | 10.00 Managing Your Department’s Workload Among Staff & Ensuring Projects Are Optimally Resourced
• Gaining visibility into all of your projects to determine which are on track and which require extra people resource
• Considering the profitability of projects being bid for to align estimators with the projects that really matter
• Creating key indicators to alert you if a project is under resourced or is at a high level of risk due to
Alex Gregory, Preconstruction Project Manager, GH Phipps Construction
2.00 | 11.00 Networking Lunch
3.00 | 12.00 How to Build a World-Class Preconstruction Department: Lessons Learned from Years of Working with Preconstruction Leaders
• Hearing how preconstruction leaders can differentiate themselves and add maximum value to their firm
• Appreciating the importance of relationships and listening to the needs of clients, trade partners and others
• Exploring how high quality work can lead to higher fees and returns on jobs
Alan MacNair, President & Founder, MacNair Retained Search
3.30 | 12.30 Panel: Ensuring Preconstruction is a High Priority for Your CEO.
• Reviewing the full list of priorities on your CEO’s desk for the next 12 months and realistically ranking preconstruction among them
• Providing justification for extra investment in the continuous improvement and technology
adoption within preconstruction compared to other departments
• Working with executives that don’t put a lot of emphasis on the importance of preconstruction and how to turn them around to your way of thinking
Alan MacNair, President & Founder, MacNair Retained Search
Steve Dell’Orto - CED - ConCntric
Scott Warren, Vice President of Preconstruction, Ryan Companies US
Greg Zalewski, Preconstruction Manager, Black & Veatch
4.00 | 1.00 End of Day.
10.15 | 7.15 Hearing How to Leverage Takt Planning in the Design Phase to Enable Off-Site Fabrication
• Outlining the need to work collaboratively and use takt planning in design to accelerate fabrication
prior to IFC documentation for a fast-track vaccine manufacturing building
• Exploring the use of Takt sequencing in parallel with a basis of design phase and the resulting impact to the detail design execution approach
• Understanding how in detail design, trade partner design-assist efforts developed fabrication-level 3D models, resulting in fully coordinated
Megan Arnold, Construction Project Manager, CRB Builders
Shannon Chase, Associate & Senior Project Manager, CRB Builders
Daniela Gracey, Construction Project Manager, CRB Builders
11.00 | 8.00 Takt Planning: Exploring the Data Requirements & Value of Adopting the Lean Method
• Outlining the principles of takt planning and top tips in implementing it
• Assessing your data requirements, including the need for standardization to enable early planning
• Highlighting the improvements in productivity that have been gained through takt planning on projects
Monserrat Vargas, PMO Cost Controller, Michelin North
11.40 | 8.40 Brief Refreshments.
12.00 | 9.00 Interactive Lean Workshop
Tired of Panel Discussions and Classroom Learning? Interested in experiencing what it would be like to apply Lean behaviors and tools through the life of a PreConstruction project? We are too!
Our facilitation team will leverage the Big Room environment to create an interactive learning experience for each participant.
A cross-functional team of participants will work together through the day to apply Lean thinking through the life of a typical PreConstruction project, addressing the common problems and integrating Lean tools and behaviors to make a difference. We’ll also look at how prefabrication is driving change.
Ideal participation will include a cross-section of project delivery: Owners, Designers, Estimators, VDC, Trades, and Project Executives and Supers will be actively engaged in their own role and will have the opportunity to see other perspectives by taking on different roles throughout the day.
Welcome to the Big Room
• Big Room Basics: Understand the purpose of a Big Room and define critical elements.
• How will we use the Big Room we’ve set up for today?
• Kanban Board – Visualize the progress of our work for the day
Assessment of Current State of PreCon
• Pre-Mortem: a simulated look back at typical PreCon - What problems always get in the way? What best practices have we learned?
• Self-assessment and group exercise
Work in teams to simulate different aspects of a precon project in the room with guidance on how to apply Lean concepts along the way including:
• Enabling work for a high performing team
• Visual management
• Decision-making processes
• Milestone plan for bidding
• Standard work
Plus/Delta for group reflection after each simulation activity
PreConstruction Lean Coffee
Experience a structured but agenda-less “meeting” where participants co-develop the agenda as they go, prioritizing the topics of most important to them.
Practice the different tasks and roles involved in Lean Coffee meetings.
Commitment to Action
• Develop individual action plans for something they will improve inside their own organization or as part of a project team on their next project.
• Roundtable sharing of commitments
Nick Masci, Lean Construction Practice Leader, Haley & Aldrich
Melissa McEwen, Lean for Built Environment Practice Leader, Haley & Aldrich
Lisa Turturo, Principal Consultant, Haley & Aldrich
3.00 | 12.00 End of Lean Workshop
Participants are committing to this workshop for the entire session. Networking Break included