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Helping organizations develop and navigate their Lean journeys

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Project-Based Coaching 

Navilean LLC helps develop high-performing teams by providing virtual and on-site coaching in Project Team Alignment, Decision Making Strategy, Design and Delivery Management, Knowledge Management, and Production System Design and Control.

Navilean LLC achieves this by coaching teams in Validation, Project Conditions of Satisfaction development, Target Value Delivery, Design for Release™, A3 Thinking + Choosing by Advantages (CBA), Big Room Facilitation, Prefabrication / Modularity / Kitting, At-the-Right-Time Logistics Management (aka JIT), Last Planner® System, and Takt Planning. 


Organizational Coaching

Navilean LLC helps organizations become successful learning organizations that develop clear long-term vs. short-term strategic goals, establish and continuously improve internal standard processes, and help internal teams (e.g., corporate regional units, divisions, and departments) evaluate and improve their effectiveness in supporting corporate goals. 


Knowledge Management

Once you "learn to see" the waste within the Architecture-Engineering-Construction (AEC) industry with the help of "Lean" glasses, the challenge at hand then becomes - how can we sustain continuous improvement while upholding "Respect for People"? Navilean LLC addresses this challenge by helping organizations develop "Train the Trainer" as well as Peer-to-Peer learning programs to help organizations and project teams sustain their Lean journeys.



Cynthia C.Y. Tsao, Ph.D., is the Owner of Navilean LLC (a consulting firm) and the Founder of Building AEC Learning, Inc. [a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization]. Since 1997, Cynthia has worked on multi-project engagements with US and international owner, design, and construction firms and personally coached over 100 field superintendents / project managers. 

She regularly coaches projects with a combined value in excess of $1 billion.

Cynthia is an avid collaborator and mentor of peers in academia and practice to help the AEC industry leverage Lean Project Delivery to dramatically improve project outcomes and thus, better serve society. She has organized, facilitated, and presented at over 50 international trade association and university events. 

From 2008 to 2011, Cynthia developed an operational structure for the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) and oversaw the unprecedented growth of 3 to 17 LCI Communities of Practice. 
As an organizational and project strategy coach, she guides high-performing teams in Project Team Alignment, Decision Making Strategy, Design and Delivery Management, Knowledge Management, and Production System Design and Control.

With an eye for making explicit the handoffs of work between project team members, Cynthia uses her expertise in product-process design integration to help teams transform complex design problems into ones that are easier to procure and construct by determining how to efficiently use and enhance team member capabilities. 

Through her efforts in helping companies and project teams navigate their Lean journeys, Cynthia prioritizes the development of “Train the Trainer” programs to help organizations not only begin but sustain their efforts in fostering a culture of respect, continuous learning, and continuous improvement. 



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How can we help?

Before you reach out, please consider the following:

* What problem are you trying to solve?

* How do you think Navilean LLC can help?

* What are your pain points in your organization's / project team's daily operations? What resources can you devote within your organization / project team to work on these pain points?

* What interaction cadence can your organization or project team devote to working with Navilean LLC on your problems / pain points?

Navilean LLC is here to help you develop simple solutions to complex problems. If you start considering these questions before contacting us, we can streamline our efforts to work towards tangible results.

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Navilean LLC

207 Washington Street #605
Brookline, MA 02447

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