A facilitators’ guide to the Last Planner® System: a repository of facilitation tips for practitioners

Ebbs, P. and Pasquire, C. ORCID: 0000-0001-6344-2031, 2019. A facilitators’ guide to the Last Planner® System: a repository of facilitation tips for practitioners. Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University.

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Abstract

The facilitators guide to the Last Planner® System (LPS) was created through action-research by the authors and validated by expert reviewers. It provides tips, recommendations for further reading (through hyperlinks & references) and checklists for new facilitators of the LPS. It is also designed to help lean practitioners develop a better understanding of each of the key components of the LPS - “should”, “can”, “will”, “did” and “learn” – through a step by step approach. However, this guide is only supplementary support. Only the basic elements of the LPS are covered. It does not replace training and coaching from an experienced LPS facilitator.

This guide is best introduced through a Study Action Team TM (SAT) after training/coaching and “hands on” practical experience. Initial learning of key elements of the LPS is most effective when introduced to teams using action-based learning and simulations and followed up with sessions that incorporate more of the key elements of the LPS. The focus must be on learning a little and using it rather than learn a lot and lose a lot.

The guide includes the essential attendees (Last Planners) required at each of the different LPS sessions. Last Planners are the people who are closest to the work and responsible for project delivery. They range from architects and engineers to trade supervisors and inspectors. Each Last Planner must deeply understand their own work and any alternative methods for their work so that their contributions are effective to the team. They must have the authority to make decisions at each session to commit required resources. Their input is essential at each session. Efficient and effective execution of the project is achieved through the essential conversations and coordinated action(s). The sooner the Last Planners are engaged, the firmer the plan becomes. Some additional LPS facilitator guidance is in included in Appendix One, Two, Three, Four and Five. This includes key steps to pull planning, suggested LPS Ground Rules for effective sessions, Facilitator Checklists for LPS sessions along with some guidance how to use them, and suggested questions for LPS facilitators using the guide for a SAT session. Additionally, the authors recommend reading the practitioner’s guide to using the Last Planner System – Path Clearing Approach (LPS-PCA) along with this guide.

Item Type: Research report for external body
Creators: Ebbs, P. and Pasquire, C.
Publisher: Nottingham Trent University
Place of Publication: Nottingham
Date: 2019
Rights: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/. 2019
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 19 Feb 2019 09:11
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2019 09:12
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35783

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