The Last Planner System-Summary
The system was developed in the 1980s by Glenn Ballard and Greg Howell. They have developed the system based on research to improve productivity in construction processing to improve predictability and reliability in construction production.
The Last Planner system allows production planning and related decisions to be mapped at the process level. This makes it possible to collaboratively develop all information between the project participants & commitments.
Last Planner was first used as a short-cycle project planning system in engineering. Since then, it has enabled a significant optimization of the planning and construction process, reliability, productivity, speed of project implementation, profit and well-being of project staff. Thus, the Last Planner System offers a method for collaborative project execution and for the timely completion of the project. Because it identifies problems and difficulties at an early stage and accelerates the finding of solutions before they impede the flow of work (construction process).
This makes it a link between logistics and execution structures, which is why more and more companies are setting the LPS as the standard in project execution. This is because the promotion of collaboration and communication creates conversations between the trades at a level of detail that highlights problems before they become truly critical. Finally, activities on the construction site can also be put into a continuous flow, reducing bottle necks and waiting times.