February 22, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Using the Last Planner System® During Design: A Panel Discussion on Best Practices

For decades, the Last Planner System® (LPS®) has proven to be effective in improving workflows during construction. However, its application in design has been met with inconsistencies. In this 90-minute webinar, hosted by the vPlanner team, we will discuss various topics and best practices for applying the LPS® during a project’s design phases.

A panel of expert production planners, architects, and lean coaches will discuss their experiences while implementing the LPS® during design. Discussion topics will include the iterative nature of the design process, defining design handoffs and milestones, organizing design strategy to better support enabling construction, iteration vs. rework, the role of technology, pull-planning while working remotely, onboarding new team members, and sustaining the process through reliable promising for the long-term. The panelists will draw on their extensive experience in successfully implementing LPS® during design and will share examples and lessons learned.

The webinar will include an extended Q/A session with the participants.


Cynthia Tsao, Founder of Building AEC Learning (BAECL) and Owner of Navilean


  • Sabrina Odah, Construction Solutions Director at Suffolk Construction
  • Bill Whipple, Principal Architect at Sutter Health.
  • Eric Ubersax, Lean Champion + Project Manager at Devenney Group
  • Dean Hendry, Project Architect at Orcutt | Winslow
  • Matthew Jogan, vPlanner Project Director
  • Samir Emdanat, vPlanner President + Co-Founder

About vPlanner

vPlanner is a lean-inspired software solution developed by Ghafari to facilitate collaborative design and construction management. vPlanner is a comprehensive solution for production planning and supports the workflows of the Last Planner® System. Today, teams use the software to quickly build and visualize complex networks of commitments, get immediate feedback on the status of project milestones, and align near- and long-term activities. Visit to learn more about software features and licensing options.