The Toyota Kata Methodology for Managing the Maturity Level of Last Planner® System

Fernando Perez-Apaza1, Andre Ramírez-Valenzuela2 & Juan D. Perez-Apaza3

1Civil Engineer, National University of Engineering, Perú, [email protected],
2Chief Executive Officer at Sonder Hub, Lima, Perú, [email protected],
3Civil Engineer, Peruvian Union University, Perú, [email protected],


The implementation of the Last Planner® System (LPS) generates reliable production flows in construction projects and improves the competitiveness of companies that adopt the system. Research shows a greater number of implementations in construction companies and also recognizes that the effectiveness of LPS in projects is not achieved due to partial, short-term implementations, and without continuous feedback. This paper describes a proposal for managing the LPS maturity level with the objective of implementing all the components of the methodology and developing the project organization. It proposes the use of a method based on the LPS maturity model proposed by the Lean Construction Institute and the Toyota Kata methodology, described by Myke Rother, to help organizations achieve improvement actions. The proposed methodology was evaluated in a case study and the results were compared based on literature regarding the level of adoption of the organizations implementing the LPS components. The results and indicators obtained were compared with studies on the implementation of LPS in projects.


Last Planner® System, lean construction, continuous improvement, toyota kata, maturity



Perez-Apaza, F. , Ramírez-Valenzuela, A. & Perez-Apaza, J. D. 2021, 'The Toyota Kata Methodology for Managing the Maturity Level of Last Planner® System' In:, Proc. 29th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Lima, Peru, 14-16 Jul 2021. pp 514-523

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