Gregory A. Howell is the co-founder and managing director of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), a non-profit organization devoted to production management research in design and construction. A popular speaker, educator and author Howell regularly addresses industry groups on the need for a lean production revolution in design and construction. His expertise in improving productivity has resulted in consulting engagements on power plants, petro-chemical facilities, commercial and industrial buildings, and infrastructure projects in North and South America and Africa.
Being the project management fanatic that I am, we centered most of our discussion on The Lean Project Delivery System™ (LPDS) and The Last Planner. LPDS uses lean methods to provide improved project control. The decentralization of decision and the empowerment of the people that are in direct contact with the work are the key components of the work. Many of us will think there is nothing new; this is what we have all been talking about the last few years. The revelation I had is that Greg has been doing this for 20 years. Lean and the construction industry are both fortunate to have Greg as a leader of this movement. Enjoy the podcast!