Last Planner System Overview

The Last Planner System is the codification of the practices used by the best project teams.

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The Last Planner System (LPS) was designed by the Lean Construction Institute.

Field Productivity: Last Planner System Overview.

They have turned this into a trainable and scalable system that can help contractors mitigate the talent shortage.  

As Greg Howell explains the system’s roots started with analysis of weekly work plans (Short Interval Plans - SIPs) discovering that on average only 54% of planned tasks got completed. 

 

A system like LPS works best if it can be used by the whole project team driven by the project owner in some form of integrated delivery.  

Most elements can very effectively be used by individual specialty contractors.  Jason Mayes does a great job in the videos below outlining the key elements once the master project plan with milestones is in place:  

  • Pull-Planning:  For each major phase.  Obviously better if you can do this with all other trades but even within a single specialty contractor’s project team this will facilitate learning.  
  • 6 Week Look Ahead:  Making sure all bottlenecks are removed.  https://dbmgt.co/2LCBPmX
  • Weekly Work Plan:  Get specific and keep it on-track with ABC Daily Planning
  • Percent Planned Complete (PPC):  Great measure of predictable delivery and the basis for a learning tool.  Most of the time it is one of the 6 Pillars of Productivity being missed that caused the task to not be completed. 

Remember that the speed of actual installation is not the biggest problem with project productivity. LPS addresses many of the major problems.  


How can you apply this to your project planning and delivery process? 


Labor Productivity
Field labor is the often the biggest variable on a construction project - making it the biggest risk and opportunity....

Labor Productivity
Field labor is the often the biggest variable on a construction project - making it the biggest risk and opportunity....

Clear Installation Information
For a contractor to maximize their labor productivity they need to start with clear information provided to the crews doing the actual installation. Good information is the first of the six pillars of productivity and means several things:
Stages of Growth and Identifying Actionable Objectives
Growing contractors face an overwhelming amount of problems and opportunities as they move through the different stages of growth.
Integrating Metrics and Organizational Structure
Having a high-level scoreboard for a contractor is just the beginning. The much more valuable part is breaking these high-level scores down into specific and prioritized metrics at each level within each functional area of the organization.