Lean & the Project Manager – Delivering Improved Project Outcomes

On the 25th March Lean Construction Ireland outlined at an Engineers Ireland event how Lean is implemented on projects, the role of the project manager and give an overview of how LCi is supporting the Irish construction sector in its understanding of Lean and its implementation.

To view the event video please CLICK HERE.


The project manager plays to vital role when it comes to successful project delivery as they are responsible for managing team performance, addressing daily issues and challenges whilst ensuring the client’s objectives are met. This requires the project manager to have appropriate systems, processes and project management tools in place that will create an effective and efficient project delivery environment based on collaborative team engagement and mutual respect and understanding.

Adopting Lean thinking and practices will enable the project manager to create this project delivery environment.

Lean Construction Ireland is a community of learning and practice that advocates for the transformation of the Irish construction sector through the adoption of Lean thinking and practices by the entire sector to enable and sustain enhanced effectiveness, efficiency, productivity, and profitability for all stakeholders in the value chain.

About the speakers:

Richard Fitzpatrick is Director for Programme Management and Project Controls with the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board which is responsible for delivering the New Children’s Hospital – the largest single capital investment in any healthcare project in Ireland.  Richard has over 25 years’ programme and project management experience having been responsible for managing the delivery of major capital infrastructure programmes both in the UK and Ireland.  He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and a member of IET and also a Member of the Association for Project Management.  Richard is Chair of the Lean Construction Ireland.

Derek Sinnott is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in the School of Engineering at Waterford Institute of Technology. He has over 18 years combined management and technical engineering experience within industry, research, and academia. His main lecturing and research areas of interest are Construction Innovation, Lean Leadership and Sustainability in the Built Environment.  He is a graduate of Civil Engineering from NUI Galway and holds MSc in Civil Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. Derek is a Director of Lean Construction Ireland, an all-island independent organisation that is recognised as a leading advocate of Lean adoption in the Built Environment. He is a member of the Board and the Audit and Risk Committee of the Pyrite Resolution Board

Denis Leonard has a degree in Building Engineering, an MBA and PhD in Quality Management. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Quality Institute, American Society for Quality, Chartered Institute of Building & Institution of Civil Engineers and a Member of the Institute of Collaborative Working. A Certified Lean Practitioner and Six Sigma Black Belt. He has worked in Quality Management in the construction industry for over 20 years in both the US and UK in commercial, civil engineering and home building. Denis is on the Board of Directors for Lean Construction Ireland and is Head of Integrated Management Systems for GRAHAM.

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