Thomas RichertPrincipal, Lean Project Consulting
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.