SSOE Group’s Lean Experts to Present at the 23rd Annual LCI Congress

PHOENIX, Arizona, September 27, 2021 –SSOE Group (, a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, announced today that several of their Lean project delivery experts will present at the 23rd annual Lean Construction Institute (LCI) Congress on October 19 – 22, 2021 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

On Tuesday, October 19th at 8:00 AM (MST), Julie Dolan, Lean Practice Leader and Client Success Manager at SSOE, and Brian Winningham, Lean Construction Coach with Field Driven Lean, will facilitate a four-hour CES session titled “LCI: Rev Up Your Team by Unleashing Their Potential (Liberating Structures)” where participants will learn about Liberating Structures as easy-to-use facilitation methods. These structures inject tiny shifts in the protocols of how we meet, plan, decide, and relate to each other that put the facilitative power once reserved for experts only in the hands of everyone. Attendees will experience and learn to use several Liberating Structures in a virtual environment using typical software platforms. During the interactive session, participants will also progress through a string of Liberating Structures to work through some of the biggest challenges facing this industry today.

On Wednesday, October 20th at 1:50 PM (MST), Catherine Myers, PE, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of SSOE, along with John Pemberton, Outside Board Director, will participate in a panel session titled “Uneven Lean.” Their portion of the panel, titled “The Strategy, Tactics, and Tools of Developing a Lean Operating Strategy,” will communicate to attendees how a corporate Lean Operating Strategy tied to company vision and values was developed as part of the strategic planning effort at SSOE. Attendees from executive management to Lean champions will benefit from understanding how SSOE broke down this paradigm-shifting initiative into practical, achievable steps. The SSOE leadership team scaled Lean principles to the entire enterprise as opposed to a single project or division. Tactics will be described that can immediately be implemented no matter the stage of a company’s Lean journey, including the use of a study action team, board of directors planning meeting workshop, and parallel follow-up groups.

On Thursday, October 21st at 2:35 PM (MST), Myers and Winningham will again participate in a panel session alongside Stephanie Rizor, Strategic Opportunity Manager at SSOE. The panel session titled “Transformation” is made up of two portions including SSOE’s “Learning to Set Conditions of Satisfaction in a Distributed World” discussion. SSOE panelists will share a key milestone in the firm’s Lean journey across 20+ offices and more than 1,000 employees, speaking to their approach to introduce and train its teams in establishing Conditions of Satisfaction (CoS) for both internal and external projects, including internal projects involving SSOE’s Board of Directors. Attendees will hear the presenter’s view on the importance of CoS and how it benefits the firm’s projects and clients. They will see how SSOE has moved forward in its Lean journey while working on the firm’s Lean Operating Strategy, including the implementation of CoS across the company. Attendees will also learn how SSOE adapted its approach by using various communications tools to advance this initiative in a challenging virtual environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, they will understand how simple facilitation tools were leveraged to draw out ideas to effectively formulate CoS for the company’s projects and initiatives. The program will specifically highlight how these methods helped Rizor establish CoS in a virtual environment with SSOE’s Board of Directors for two internal projects.

SSOE is a proud sponsor of the LCI Congress, which brings together professionals from every field within the design and construction industry to engage in the latest Lean practices. Attendees will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in unparalleled knowledge-sharing across disciplines, discover how Lean approaches and methods improve project outcomes in critical areas including cost-savings, efficiency, and quality, as well as advance overall organizational health. An LCI member since 2015, SSOE leverages Lean tools and strategies with a goal of defining and delivering a collective vision of success on projects by eliminating waste, compressing schedules, lowering cost, and improving satisfaction. Employees from various levels of the firm’s organization will be in attendance to gain insight on how to bring additional value to our clients on projects through our full range of delivery solutions.

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About SSOE Group

As an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, SSOE is known for delivering unparalleled client value that advances the AEC industry. They have been named a “Great Workplace” (Great Place to Work®) and one of the “Best AEC Firms to Work For” (BD+C).

Over the company’s 75-year history, it has earned a reputation for providing quality project solutions to high-tech and general manufacturing clients in the semiconductor, automotive, battery, food, chemical, and glass industries. SSOE also provides forward-thinking design across healthcare and general building sectors such as corporate workplace, education, and judicial—with projects completed in 40 countries. Visit for additional information and career opportunities.

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