Online Handbook for Continuous Improvement of Field Production

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Construction trades are at the key interface between the application of lean principles and the value-adding tasks of putting work in place on construction projects. Investing in how methods align with contractors and implementing that framework supports continuous improvement and promotes customer value. This session will present jointly funded research by LCI, ELECTRI International, New Horizons Foundation, and the John R. Gentille Foundation to summarize findings on benefits observed by trades. Newly created resources will help put the information and resources directly in the hands of craft and field leadership to support continuous improvement.


  • Robert Leicht

    Penn State

    Rob is a faculty member in the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State. Rob investigates integrated design and construction processes through the lenses of lean as they relate to project delivery methods, communication, and technology to support team integration and collaboration. Dr. Leicht teaches graduate-level courses in project delivery systems and lean production management. He also leads the construction-engineering course dedicated to environmental system construction.

  • Matt Kitzmiller

    Rosendin Electric

    Matt currently serves as the corporate lean trainer at Rosendin Electric. Matt began his career as an electrician in California 22 years ago. Upon graduating from the IBEW apprenticeship in Phoenix, he immediately began taking unorthodox positions that diversified his skillset in the electrical industry. Matt has worked in field leadership, 3d modeling, MEP coordination, electrical manufacturing, several large data center projects, a lab instructor at the IBEW apprenticeship, and the list goes on. Matt found his way to the training department at Rosendin Electric in 2018, where he uses lean practices to help shape and reshape policies, cultivate standards, as well as building the current and future leaders of the electrical industry.

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