Lean Design in Building Projects: Guiding Principles and Exploratory Collection of Good Practices

Jéssica V. Franco1 & Flávio A. Picchi2

1Ms.C, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. [email protected]
2Associated Professor, Construction Management Research Laboratory (LAGERCON); Department of Architecture and Building, School of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Urban Design; University of Campinas, Brazil (UNICAMP), and Vice-President, Lean Institute Brasil; [email protected]


In Construction, the application of lean thinking in design development comes as an innovation in the sector by bringing focus on what is waste and what is value. In this context, the aim of this paper is to, first, identify which are the guiding principles for lean product development, by literature review in different industries; and, second, based on these structured principles, perform an exploratory collection of good practices in building design projects. In order to identify the guiding principles a literature review was conducted and, after that, case studies were carried out in three Brazilian Construction and Architecture companies, plus one international Architecture company. The guiding principles showed to be a good structured way of collecting lean design good practices; additionally, in the case studies it was detected if and how lean design principles are applied in the companies. As a contribution, this work established structured lean product development guiding principles and gathered an exploratory collection of building design good practices. For future work, the evolution of the guiding principles in a framework for application, the adaptation of some lean principles for building design and more studies to test the application of related practices in the sector are suggested.


lean product development, lean design, design management



Franco, J. V. & Picchi, F. A. 2016, 'Lean Design in Building Projects: Guiding Principles and Exploratory Collection of Good Practices' In:, 24th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 20-22 Jul 2016.

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