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Agile and Lean Construction Strategies for Easier, Better, and Faster Value Delivery

Leanify Construction with Sneha Kumari

"I am highly delighted to host this show in association with OSD. And my fifth guess today is Felipe. Felipe Engineer-Manriquez, an international keynote speaker and author of "Construction Scrum," excels in guiding individuals, teams, and organizations to efficiently deliver value within the construction industry. Overcoming personal challenges of overworking and burnout, Felipe developed a keen interest in Agile and Lean Construction strategies for easier, better, and faster value delivery. With experience in projects ranging from thousands to billions of dollars, Felipe has implemented agile strategies worldwide, accumulating extensive knowledge and expertise.

As a Registered Scrum Trainer™, Master™, Product Owner™, and Scrum@Scale Practitioner™, he is exceptionally equipped to assist organizations in adopting agile practices. Felipe's dedication to the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) earned him the 2019 Chairman's Award. He actively volunteers for their conferences, instructs all LCI courses, and pioneered the first LCI Scrum course for design and construction professionals. He also hosts the The EBFC Show.

In our conversation, we discussed a traditional design-build project, a high-profile project in the news, and the challenges faced while implementing Lean principles. The team faced the possibility of finishing the project six months late due to dealing with a high volume of design changes (2-6 per week), making overtime an ineffective solution. We delved into the process changes and how they improved throughput. The focus was on "Lean marketing," emphasizing the mantra "Go to Gemba" to address challenges, such as access to the building site. We also touched on Brooke's law and the importance of making changes easier for workers by providing something beneficial before asking for more. The implementation of Takt and its impact on the schedule was discussed, highlighting the shift from "prioritization of flow" to "maximizing resource efficiency." Ultimately, the project was completed on time, showcasing the effectiveness of "Learning by Doing" in encouraging employee adoption of change. We also briefly explored AI and its potential utilization and comfort. Two key takeaways from our conversation are: 1. Emphasize flow optimization before resorting to overtime and resource expansion in project management. 2. Champion "Learning by Doing" as the guiding principle for successful Lean implementation and widespread adoption of change.

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