2019-01-23&24&25 Lean Design Forum 2019


23-24-25 January 2019 – Berkeley, CA


 Sponsor the P2SL-LCI-AIA Lean Design Forum 2019. Contact us at p2sl@berkeley.edu

UC Berkeley’s Project Production Systems Laboratory (P2SL) and the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) have been co-hosting the Lean Design Forum for many years now (with AIA offering continuing education credit). The Forum meets twice a year, in Berkeley early in the year, and in the Midwest mid-year.

The 2019 Forum includes a 1-day training/workshop day on Wednesday January 23 that will be followed by a 1.5-day Forum on Thursday (whole day) and Friday (morning only) on January 24-25.

The address for the Clark Kerr Campus is:

2601 Warring Street
Berkeley, CA 94720

Our LOCATION for the CBA workshop is Building 14: Room 104 “Newel Perry.”

Our LOCATION for the Thursday-Friday Forum is Building 10: Garden Room at UC Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Campus 

As in previous years, we will submit our application for continuing education credit with AIA, so you can earn CEUs.

We look forward to hearing terrific speakers – BIOS are posted here , share lessons learned, good discussion, and thank our event sponsors!


WORKSHOP DAY – Wednesday 23 January 2019

Workshop 1 (1/2 day 9:00-12:00)
[UPDATED TITLE] Improving Project Outcomes through Behavior Based Project Delivery; as seen through the Lens of Delivery Strategies  
with Marianne O’Brien-SmithGroup, Michael Bade-UCSF, and Baris Lostuvali-Pankow
Workshop 2 (1/2 day 13:00-16:00)
Learning Target Value Design (TVD) through Simulations  
with Zofia Rybkowski, and Fatemeh Solhjou Khah (Ellie), Texas A&M University; and James P. Smith, Brigham Young University
Workshop 3 (full day 9:00-16:00)
Choosing by Advantages (CBA)  
with Paz Arroyo, DPR Construction, and David Long, Turner Construction
Description: Establishing the right team right is fundamental for Lean project delivery, process, and outcome. Participants will be introduced to tools and techniques through practical exercises. Both designers and builders will walk away with new (or honed) and valuable skills. Description: Successful implementation of Target Value Design (TVD) processes requires first identifying owner value, and then minimizing cost—while holding true to owner value. This two-part series of simulations will give participants the opportunity to experience both: (1) value identification, and (2) cost minimization without sacrificing key owner value. Participants should prepare for a lively, highly participatory event. Description: Choosing By Advantages (CBA) is a powerful system to make collaborative decisions for design and construction that aligns with lean thinking. Projects teams that systematically use CBA  learn how to have better conversations with relevant stakeholders. This significantly decreases negative design iterations and saves money. CBA helps teams align on what is relevant and also find innovative design solutions. This workshop will provide the basis for CBA in design. Through exercises we will discuss best practices to manage the decision-making process in design.

FORUM PRESENTATIONS DAY 1 – Thursday 24 January 2019

7:30 Registration and Breakfast

8:10-9:45 Session I: Lean Designing

Presenter: Glenn Ballard

Description: Toyota offers models for lean making, the Toyota Production System, and lean designing, Toyota’s Product Development System (TPDS).  Key features of TPDS are Concurrent Engineering, Set Based Engineering, Obeya (Big Room), Trade-Off Curves, and the Chief Engineer role. How do these fit together and what might we learn, even after so many years?

9:45-10:15 Coffee Break

10:15-12:00 Session II: Panel discussion of Issues in Big Room Implementation

Moderator: Rob Williamson, HOK


  • Danielle McGuire, SOM Architects
  • Jay Love, Degenkolb Engineers
  • Paul Martin, XL Construction
  • Andreas Phelps, XL Construction

Panelists represent Owner, Architect, and Constructor roles. Come prepared to share your own experiences with Big Room implementation.

The panel discussion is before lunch and it is coordinated with the Big Room workshop after lunch. We will encourage folks to talk among their tables about their experiences with Big Room implementation, and bring those experiences to the workshop afterwards.

Examples of issues to be discussed—

  • Impact of extended relocation on staff recruitment and retention?
  • How many people from the design team are committed full time vs. having a predetermined day or two in the Big Room, and what impact does that have on the Big Room’s efficacy?
  • Are design fees increased as a result of the commitment, and are they justifiable to an Owner given the project benefits?

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-14:30 Session III: Workshop on Big Room Issues

Moderator: Romano Nickerson, Boulder Associates

Description: The audience will divide into groups and be assigned a different category pertaining to big rooms. Romano will lead the groups through a number of sessions designed to help draw out activities, thoughts, and concerns about various aspects of successfully leveraging a big room concept. This will include building the team, maintaining the team, on boarding, getting work done, avoiding pitfalls, profile of an ideal big room member, and more. The groups will work independently and then report out.

Rob and Romano will coordinate so that this work builds on the panel in the morning.

14:30 Break

15:00-16:45 Session IV: Knowledge Management Through a Lean Lens

Presenter: Todd Henderson, Boulder Associates

Description: If knowledge is to designers what lumber and concrete are to builders, then it follows that a firm’s knowledge supply chain can be studied from a lean perspective. Sadly, we often see knowledge treated like manufactured parts in a poorly-run factory: overproduction, inventory, excessive motion, overprocessing… you get the idea. Knowledge Management – a long-established discipline full of ideas about collection, curation, and distribution of knowledge within a company – may hold the answers for an individual firm, but what about for a collaborative team? This presentation will offer an Eight Wastes critique of a firm’s knowledge supply chain and highlight countermeasures gleaned from the world of Knowledge Management (KM). Then we’ll expand this analysis beyond the single firm and into the realm of multidisciplinary teams, where the need to manage knowledge in near-real-time is paramount.

16:45 Plus/Delta

17:00 Adjourn

FORUM PRESENTATIONS DAY 2 (half day) – Friday 25 January 2019

7:30 Breakfast

8:00-9:45 Session V: Teaching Architectural Design
Presenters: Alireza Borhani, California College of the Arts, Zofia Rybkowski, Texas A&M University, and Negar Kalantar, California College of the Arts

Description: The presentation will show how first-year architecture students made a range of distinct projects to investigate the transition between the ”form-given” to the ”form-finding” approach, resting with the unique limitation of the given design subjects. The presentation will show how the choice of material, tools, communication and representation strategies can impact the formal characteristics and legitimacy of students’ design projects.

9:45-10:15 Coffee Break

10:15-11:00 Session VI-a: 40x Worse: Impact of Allowing Quality Problems to Move from Design to Construction

Presenter: Eric Peabody, Taylor Design

Description: Learn how to use a Process Cycle Efficiency Matrix to evaluate waste in value stream map. AND use it to prove to your colleagues that allowing a quality error to pass from design to construction will result in twice as much cost and forty-fold as much time!

11:00-11:45 Session VI-b: Group discussion and planning for 2020 Lean Design Forum

11:45 Plus/Delta

12:00 Adjourn


Fees include continental breakfast and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, and breakfast on Friday, plus coffee breaks each day.


  1. Establishing the Right Team (half day 9:00-12:00): $150 until 1/9/2019, then $175
  2. Learning Target Value Design (TVD) through Simulations
    2A – TVD half-day morning (9:00-12:00): $150 until 1/9/2019, then $175
    2B – TVD half-day afternoon (13:00-16:00): $150 until 1/9/2019, then $175
  3. Choosing by Advantages (CBA) (full day 9:00-16:00): $250 until 1/9/2019, then $300

FORUM Thursday and Friday (1.5 days)

  • Employees of P2SL member companies or LCI corporate/individual members, as well as AIA members pay $545 EARLY BIRDS until 1/9/2019, then $645 
    • P2SL member-company logos are shown at http://p2sl.berkeley.edu
    • LCI corporate member-companies logos are shown at http://www.leanconstruction.org/
    • LCI individual members – you’ll know your membership number.
    • AIA members – you’ll know your membership number
  • Non-members pay $645 until 1/9/2019, then $745
  • Full-time academics and full-time students pay $295 until 1/9/2019, then $395 


Details on the venue and how to get there at http://p2sl.berkeley.edu/clark-kerr-garden-room/ 


QUESTIONS about this or other P2SL Initiatives? Please contact Glenn Ballard, Director of P2SL, cell: 415-710-5531, or email: ballard@ce.berkeley.edu.