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Thomas Richert

Thomas Richert

Principal, Lean Project Consulting
trichert@leanproject.com

Tom coaches lean transformations at the project team and enterprise levels, primarily for owners, architects, contractors, and suppliers in the building design and construction industry. His approach employs a combination of team-based training with hands-on simulations followed by on-the-job observations and coaching, often on a one-on-one basis.

His current focus is on helping leadership and project teams develop lean practices that align with their shared identities and core purposes. This alignment is fundamental to cultivating the mood of ambition necessary to maintain the rigor lean practices require.

Tom began his work with lean principles in 2000 while working at the Linbeck Group, a founding member of the Lean Construction Institute. He was responsible for leading the implementation of lean practices on two New England projects in 2001 and co-designed and delivered companywide lean training workshops. Previously he was the senior estimator for wastewater and water distribution public works program. His undergraduate degree in architecture is from Washington University. He is the co-author of a paper published by the American Association of Civil Engineers on lean in transportation and has lectured on lean construction at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He is a member of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), as has presented work at past LCI annual conferences.

Articles by Thomas Richert
Expanding Our Perspective on Lean, Part 3: Lean is a Practice in Search of a Language
To explore the idea that there may be other angles for understanding lean management than business or analytical perspectives, a group of lean management practitioners met with artists. Here’s what surprised them. More »
Expanding Our Perspective on Lean Management, Part 2: Lean has its Roots in Spirituality
To explore the idea that there may be other angles for understanding lean management than business or analytical perspectives, a group of lean management practitioners met with artists. Here’s what surprised them. More »
Expanding Our Perspective on Lean Management, Part 1: A Creative Ethic
To explore the idea that there may be other angles for understanding lean management principles than purely business or analytical perspectives, a group of lean management practitioners met with artists. Here’s what surprised them. More »
Workshops Taught by Thomas Richert
Transforming Your Lean Commitment into a Legacy (at the 2019 Lean Summit) The workshop is based on a transformation model that begins with the understanding that Personal Core Identity and Shared Core Identity drives Purpose. This understanding sets the four dimensions of the Transformational Legacy model - Mindfulness, Commitment, Connection and Challenge - into motion.  Learn from a new perspective on lean practices that included experienced lean practitioners and people representing a spectrum of the arts community. Subsequent research and work with clients shows how this perspective, integrated with the developed body of lean knowledge, addresses the concerns of lean buy-in and lean burnout. The purpose of the workshop is to provide More »