Last Planner System and Lean Approach Process Experiences From Implementation in Mexico

Fernando Cerveró-Romero1, Paulo Napolitano2, Edgar Reyes3 & Luis Teran4

1Lecturer at School of Building Engineering Department of Architectural Construction, Polythechnic University of Valencia, Phone +34 636548839, fercerro@csa.upv.es
2Director of Learning for Herrero Contractors Inc. 2100 Oakdale Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94124, USA, Phone +1 (415) 8247675 pnapolitano@herrero.com
3Lean Construction coordinator at Marhnos, Lafayette No. 40, Col. Nueva Anzures,México, D.F., C.P. 11590, ereyes@marhnos.com.mx
4Quality and Safety director at at Marhnos, Lafayette No. 40, Col. Nueva Anzures,México, D.F., C.P. 11590, lteran@marhnos.com.mx

Abstract

This paper addresses seven pilot projects in the implementation of Last Planner System® (LPS) in Mexico initiated by one general contractor. The work concerns reflections during nine months in the construction process. Firstly, applying action research, preliminary data is presented from Lean Approach Process® (LAP) and LPS implementation. All the data has been gathered through various methods including surveys, interviews and observation. Secondly, benefits of the LPS implementation in terms of improving production planning and control process are presented. However, barriers and difficulties exist that prevent the implementation of the system. Finally, proposals are identified for further improvements in the implementation of LPS in Mexican culture.

Keywords

Last Planner, Lean Approach, Production Planning and control, culture, Mexico

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Cerveró-Romero, F. , Napolitano, P. , Reyes, E. & Teran, L. 2013, 'Last Planner System and Lean Approach Process Experiences From Implementation in Mexico' In:, Formoso, C.T. & Tzortzopoulos, P., 21th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Fortaleza, Brazil, 31-2 Aug 2013. pp 709-718

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