The consolidation of lean construction demands the application of its concepts and principles in practical situations, but until now most of the implementations have been very fragmented. They have mainly focused on the improvement of project performance through the application of new tools and methodologies, leaving aside organizational and human issues. Therefore, it is necessary to state the role of people and to identify what competences they need for working in a lean organization. In order to advance in these issues, an assessment of what skills Project Manager’s (PM) need and a research of how construction PMs use their time were recently completed, complementing these results with an analysis of the best practices identified in previous studies. This paper proposes a way to support lean construction in contractor organizations by creating a Lean Construction Professional Profile (LCPP), which identifies the competence areas needed and organizes them in a consistent model which was validated by lean construction experts and professionals. The results allowed to infer that a lean construction professional needs to develop simultaneously three competence areas: enterprise vision, technical competence and social competence; which are associated to the three elements of lean management: business purpose, processes and people. These results are expected to contribute to improve the effectiveness of professionals who work in a lean organization.
Lean construction, lean management, human resource development, competences
Pavez, I. & Alarcón, L.F. 2007, 'Lean Construction Professional’S Profile (LCPP): Understanding the Competences of a Lean Construction Professional' In:, Pasquire, C.L, C.L. & Tzortzopoulos, P., 15th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. East Lansing, Michigan, USA, 18-20 Jul 2007. pp 453-464