8:30 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

Leveraging Lean Methodology

8:40 am Attaining Buy-In on the Benefits of Lean: Objective Benefits to Combining the Last Planner System with Traditional CPM

  • Sherif Agha Senior Planning & Scheduling Director, Skanska


  • Outlining how Lean and critical path scheduling can work together for a more efficient project process
  • Hearing the principles on how to successfully use Last Planner as a management process for your schedule
  • Sharing the benefits of a project with integrated lean methodology: how to buy-in from your team

9:20 am Case Study: Harnessing Takt Time for More Efficient Workflows


  • Understanding the principles of Takt Time as a Lean methodology
  • Clarifying the proper steps needed to implement Takt Time into your workflows: what are the main challenges?
  • Identifying the advantages of utilizing Takt Time in practice: where do you find your ROIs?

10:00 am Morning Refreshments

10:30 am Personalizing Lean Methodologies to Enhance Project Performance


  • Exploring the customizable potential of Lean: how can you tailor the method to suit your organization?
  • Discussing strategies of implementation: how to assess where best to apply changes to your projects
  • Case study: revealing the benefits to projects and teams of personalizing pull planning in real world examples

Harnessing Tools to Combat Consolidated Schedules

11:10 am Panel: Investigating Decision Making Behind Software Investments – What Tools are the Industry Finding Most Effective?


  • Discussing the use of scheduling software industry wide: who is making & driving the decisions, and can scheduling influence this?
  • Breaking down the challenges around software selection and usage for planners and schedulers
  • Debating whether the process of software and tool selection be made more collaborative/ efficient

11:50 am Networking Lunch

12:50 pm Sharing Solutions for Better Integrating Cost Considerations into the Schedule

  • Bill Allen Broadcast Program Manager, Stainless – FDH Infrastructure Services


  • Outlining the significance of taking cost considerations into account when making scheduling decisions
  • Highlighting the gap in practice in aligning schedule with budget: what could the roles and responsibilities of the on-site team look like?
  • Exploring how you can collate and manage schedule and budget data concurrently for more efficient operations

1:30 pm Exploring Software Alternatives for Enhanced Project Delivery

  • Lisa Quiroga Owner & Scheduler, Quiroga Scheduling Solutions


  • Outlining the use of software industry wide: what are we using, and why?
  • Exploring Powerproject as an alternative to P6: similarities and differences
  • Demonstrating top tips within the software to achieve project goals

1:30 pm
Tackling Industry Manpower Pressures

2:10 pm Audience Discussion: Maintaining your Boots on the Ground & Investing in Internships & Training Programs to Retain High Quality Staff


  • Brainstorming the causes of a reduction in manpower onsite: how is it impacting your business?
  • Comparing methodologies across the industry for attracting new staff to avoid a decline in manpower
  • Discussing means to engage with local colleges and trade organizations to grow awareness of planning & scheduling as a profession

2:40 pm Afternoon Refreshments

3:10 pm Exploring Modular Construction as a Methodology to Aid a Lack of Manpower


  • Outlining the ROI for prefabrication in the context of consolidated schedules and a lack of resources: what efficiencies are being met?
  • Balancing the requirements of upfront work and installation pressures with concentrated on-site resources to build a business case for your project
  • Hearing the benefits of a project utilizing prefabrication to improve schedule on a tightly-resourced build

Looking Ahead

3:50 pm Developing an Action Plan for 2019-2020


  • Considering the best practices shared over the conference, where does most room for innovation lie in the construction planning and scheduling industry?
  • What are your top takeaways from the meeting and how can you action them in your own contexts?
  • Sharing insights with the audience to develop a comprehensive benchmarking of the industry’s next steps for 2019-2020

4:30 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

4:45 pm End of Conference