Authors: Paul Ebbs and Raymond Turner, Lean Construction Institute Ireland Community of Practice core group members
“Lean thinking will benefit the Irish construction industry and wider economy and the LCI CoP is the way to deliver it.” Core Group, LCI CoP (Ireland)
This article will introduce the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) Ireland Community of Practice (CoP), identify the core group members and outline to the reader where we are going – ‘we’ or ‘together’ is central to any successful implementation of Lean. Information and video links of past events and registration details of the next event on 13 October 2014 are also contained herein.
By illustrating the extra value and attraction that Lean thinking will bring to the Irish architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) sector, export potential and opportunities for native Irish AEC companies providing products and services in other markets – especially the UK – will be boosted. Additionally, this will attract increased foreign direct investment (FDI) in line with Intel’s $5 billion investment announced this year.
There is a ‘win-win’ scenario if we adopt Lean ‘together’. The more value for money (VfM) we can deliver as an industry, the greater amount of FDI we can attract. In December 2013, Forbes ranked Ireland as the ‘Best Country for Business’. Ireland was the only country within the top 15% to be in every one of the eleven metrics examined by Forbes (Silicon Valley Global, 2014).
Ireland already has a reputation for Lean and world-class businesses in other sectors of the economy, as exemplified by recent wins of the Shingo Prize. We believe that we can make a similar impact on the construction industry and establish Ireland as a world-leading centre of excellence in the application of Lean thinking in construction.