Benchmarking Partnerships
Benchmarking Partnerships

LEANovation – An Innovative ‘hands on’ LEAN
two day workshop for Project & Process Innovation

Brisbane: Wed 12 & Thur13 May

Venue: TBC


This course is co-facilitated by Bruce Searles and Anton Benc, the two Managing Partners and Co-Directors of Benchmarking Partnerships, bringing together their joint detailed experience from both the service and the manufacturing sectors. The course uses interactive materials supplied and construction industry examples that everyone can relate to.

What’s included:

  • Certificate of participation
  • Interactive sharing with other participants in an action packed comprehensive training course
  • Harvesting BEST PRACTICES and 'Think-tank' discussion
  • Learn what you need to know as well as what you didn’t know you needed to know
  • 'Hands-on' learning.
  • A comprehensive activity and reference workbook manual
  • Sharing real case studies and exercises
  • Delegate and content expert contact list provided
Benchmarking Code of Conduct protects your privacy and confidentiality. Benefits – previous bridge building teams have shown:
  • Productivity improved by 40%
  • Project lead times down by 50%
  • Defect rates reduced by 65%

Learn how to effectively apply LEAN techniques during our action packed two day innovative program where participants very quickly discover how to eliminate waste & maximise ‘value add’ via collaborative planning, workplace organisation and effective change management through a practical simulated bridge building project.

Why you want to participate - outline:

  1. Brief introduction and objectives
  2. Cut out 30%+ wasted time & reduce costs
  3. Process Innovation
  4. Customer Satisfaction
  5. KPI development
  6. Workplace organisation – 5S
  7. Supplier Partnering
  8. Defect management
  9. KPIs and Measurement
  10. Change Management, Buy-In and Engagement
  11. Common issues with planning
  12. Some key planning concepts
  13. Collaborative planning approach
  14. Project control and risk management
  15. Final quiz
  16. Materials for you to take away
    1. Work and Waste templates 
    2. 5S examples
    3. Collaborative planning workbook (sample and blank)
    4. Visual management board
    5. Presentation materials
    6. Workshop checklist
    7. Standard agenda
    8. Planning sheet template
    9. Risk register sample

The course utilises:

  • interactive materials
  • videos of real projects
  • tools and templates
  • tips from case study experience
  • real case study reports

Competency feedback evaluation assessment.

Note: An outline program agenda below is flexible and timing will be adapted to suit the specific needs of participants
Share the lessons learned, and experience through benchmarking knowledge exchange

Feedback from previous workshoppers

  • During bridge construction learning how the process got faster with better quality by using collaborative planning
  • Great focus on practical aspects
  • Exercise is really good
  • Balance of theory and practice
  • Knowledge of overall business improvement
  • Valuable ideas and tools presented and used
  • Good presentation and plenty of opportunity to participate.
  • Good value for time invested
    Outline Agenda – Day 1. Introduction, Issues, Concepts and Overall Approach
    9.00am Registration - arrival coffee / tea

    Welcome, Introductions, Program, facilitating key issues for participants to focus the program on participant’s expectations and learning needs. Note that the program below may change to suit the needs of participants.

    The value of LEAN for any business. Forming Teams and Building the First Bridge Section Collaborating


    Session summary: Anton & Bruce will practically demonstrate a range of case studies from Service/manufacturing and construction industries of where LEAN has delivered substantial results. Teams will get to know one another and their customer facilitators (Anton and Bruce) while having fun building their first bridge section, trying to meet realistic customer timelines and specifications according to the model (plan) and methods statements made available.



    Morning Coffee and Networking.


    Keynote Address – How to Successfully Cut Costs, Improve Productivity, Timeliness and Quality  


    Session summary: The presenters will discuss the various tools and techniques that will be used in the workshop and how they have been successfully applied in real life and the benefits obtained. They will emphasise how the tools and methods help you to become more profitable, reduce costs, deliver better quality, improve the engagement and productivity of your people and delight your customers. Participants will apply these tools and techniques to significantly improve productivity and customer satisfaction for their second bridge sections.


    12.45pm Lunch and Networking

    Introducing Some Key Collaborative Planning Concepts

    • Common Issues with Planning
    • Why plans have waste built in
    • Murphy’s Law and buffer
    • Parkinson’s Law. moving buffer and dealing with constraints
    • Law of averages
    • Real examples – effect of buffer on the plan
    • Theory of constraints
    • Balancing the plan
    • Examples of a balanced plan
    • Two further real examples

    2.45pm Afternoon tea

    The Collaborative Planning Approach

    • Introduction to Collaborative Planning
    • The Role of Collaborative Planning in the whole project improvement process
    • Collaborative planning objectives
    • Examples of collaborative plans
    • Preparing for the collaborative challenge

    Benchmarking Workshop Partners Share

    • Benchmarking workshop partners will informally share their current successes, issues and ideas regarding Project Management for discussion amongst other partners

    Close Day 1 followed by Informal Networking Dinner (own cost)


    Outline Agenda – Day 2. Doing Collaborative Planning, Project Control


    Review Day 1 and reflection of key messages, and discussion to clarify learnings

    Participants will apply the Collaborative Planning concepts, tools and techniques learned yesterday afternoon to further improve their productivity and customer satisfaction from the next sections of their bridge building project.


    Change Management, Buy-In & Engagement - Doing Collaborative Planning

    • Getting Senior Management, Suppliers, Stakeholders and Team Members engaged – Learnings from our International Benchmarking
    • Collaborative Planning challenge
    • Running your own Collaborative Planning workshop – doing it now
    • Simulated workshop will be practised by all using the tools and templates mentioned on page 1 extending into further productivity and customer satisfaction from the bridge building project

    11.00am Morning Coffee

    Project Control and Risk Management

    • Introducing project control and improvement techniques
    • Protecting the plan
    • Constraints management
    • Improving critical activities
    • Methods of project control
    • Weekly detailed planning
    • Managing supplier performance
    • Problem solving

    Practical workshopping of Project Control to the Project Plan done in the morning

    • Identify and realize critical improvement areas
    • Set Up Improvement, 5S, Work & Waste, Line Balance
    • Further improvement to bridge building outcomes
    12.45pm Lunch and Networking

    Process Innovation and Stakeholder Outcome Alignment

    • Learn how to map and innovate your bridge building process and / or the real core process for a workshop delegate
    • How to establish the vital few KPIs to meet / exceed stakeholder expectations
    • How to engage suppliers
    • Apply Lean concepts
    3.00pm Afternoon Coffee

    Collaborative Planning Quiz and Action Planning

    This session includes discussion of anything further needing clarification, feedback and further specific learning needs for each participant in their ‘Action Planning’, Issuing of Certificates of completion.

    4.30pm Close and transport co-ordination

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