Last Planner System® – juxtaposition of the conventional and digital versions

Every now and then I got the question of what advantages and disadvantages the two variants have. Today I found the time to start juxtaposing the two variants.

The whole world is talking about Industry 4.0. But if a decision must be made “conventionally or digitally,” the teams prefer to take a note and pen in their hands. If the power fails over a long period of time, failure to reach a digital Last Planner Cloud environment is the least of the problems we have. We are also unable to work in the planning offices or on construction site without electricity. In the digital version, you can create PDF files from all graphic views at any time, print them out, and hang them on the wall in the meeting room in an emergency. Then you can talk about what you could do if the electricity was there.

In search of a justification for rejecting the digital version, I also came across the following facts. Teams have a problem when their work suddenly becomes transparent, collaborative and cooperative. In addition, many managers want to examine the facts and results before they are made transparent in the form of lists and charts. I would then call this controlled transparency. It can be a problem for some managers and team members when a digitized Last Planner System® generates lists and charts for all to see in real time. Don’t see the new digital way of working as a problem but look at the new digital way of working as a challenge to take on.

If you are interested in the complete juxtaposition, I can send it to you as a PDF file after completion.

If you would like to get to know the digital version in person, then I would also be happy to carry out a paid one-day individual training course on site. Digital fears and uncertainties are best based in a personal conversation. I have already had these experiences as a lecturer in the period of Industry 3.0.

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