What we Do

Lean training and coaching – 17 project teams currently under wing
Last Planner® System (pull planning)
Lean design and construction implementation
Integrated Project Delivery strategy, team formation & integration
Lean Partnering
Organizational ReAlignment
Meetings management, facilitator training and coaching

Our Solutions

Lean design and construction implementation:

  • Last Planner® System (pull planning)
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • 5 Why
  • 5S
  • A3 training and coaching
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Kaizen (Rapid Improvement) Events
  • Lean Team Assessment
  • Company Lean Journey Coaching

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Our Values
The customer defines value. We are expert active listeners which allows us to be responsive to the needs of our customers. We are dedicated to continuous improvement and so we are devoted to continuous learning – for ourselves and those we serve. Our commitment is to the highest integrity in all of our dealings. Because we are fully transparent to our customers and our staff, we continually earn their trust and respect. Our business is innovation through collaboration.
Our Vision
The ReAlignment Group and Umstot Project & Facilities Solutions, LLC are recognized world-wide as premier lean design and consulting experts.

Last Planner® System (pull planning)
Implementation Plan

Target Participants:Superintendents & Assistants, PMs, PEs, Trade Contractor Foremen, Superintendents and PMs. Best if participants also include: Designer, Owner’s Rep, sometimes consultants (especially in Design-Build).

Introducing Pull Planning in design and construction on a project requires the following components to give participants basic command of the skills to continue the process and achieve successful results. Our typical introduction and implementation of Last Planner® on a project would include the following:
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Our Leadership
Dan FauchierDan Fauchier is a Certified Master Facilitator for Lean Design and Construction, facilitating, training and coaching dozens of companies and agencies in the principles, tools and techniques of Last Planner® System (pull planning), Root Cause Analysis, Value Stream Mapping, Rapid Improvement (Kaizen) Events, Alignment Partnering, Project ReAlignment, Lean Partnering and cross-organizational team effectiveness. Formerly a forensics consultant, design manager, construction project manager, college teacher, mediator, arbitrator and construction management expert Dan has over 38 years experience in direct, hands-on development, design and construction management on projects from $250,000 to $1 Billion, and forensics consulting for over $3 Billion in projects nationwide and partnering and lean facilitation on over $9 Billion in projects. Dan currently coaches 17 project teams in lean practices and principles.
Contact: dan@realignment.solutions

David UmstotDavid Umstot is a California-registered Professional Civil Engineer with 29 years of leadership experience in private sector and public agency construction program management and facilities management. He has delivered more than $2 Billion in construction of higher education, K-12, healthcare and other industrial facilities. In his career, he has also been responsible for facilities management of more than 17 million square feet of educational facilities. He is recognized as a leader in California and nationally for his program management, Lean enterprise, facilities management, and sustainability practices. He was formerly Vice Chancellor of Facilities Management for the San Diego Community College District, responsible for managing their $1.6B capital bond program, facilities maintenance and operations, and College Police. He was also formerly the Executive Director of Facilities at San Diego Unified School District responsible for implementation of its $1.51B Prop MM capital bond program and $131M annual physical plant operations. Prior to being a public agency owner, Mr. Umstot spent 18 years in the private sector as an engineer, project manager, program manager, builder and executive. David is a recognized national expert in Lean project delivery and regularly conducts Target Value Design training for the Lean Construction Institute.
Contact: david.umstot@umstotsolutions.com

Summer UmstotSummer Umstot is Vice President of Umstot Project and Facilities Solutions, LLC. She is a resourceful, creative problem solver, delivering superior customer service. Key strengths include lean enterprise organizational skills and tools, building client relations, prioritizing multiple projects, and process improvement for increased efficiency.
B.A., San Diego State University
San Diego State University College of Extended Studies – Professional Certificate in Lean Enterprise
University of California San Diego (UCSD) Extension – Professional Certificate in Facilities Management
International Facility Management Association (IFMA) – Facility Management Professional
Build It Green – Certified Green Building Professional.
Contact: summer.umstot@umstotsolutions.com

Kyle MartinezKyle Martinez – Kyle Martinez has been the Lean Logistics Coordinator for The Realignment Group since 2013. As an integral part of the team he oversees all logistics and details for our clients, and has grown into the role of Assistant Facilitator. He participates actively in all Last Planner(R) System sessions and offers one-on-one support to the needs of Foremen, Superintendents, Designers and the Lead Facilitator. He also acts as Scrivener in all Lean Partnering sessions. Kyle has participated in 50+ different Last Planner System Implementations (Construction and Design) and Partnering Sessions. Kyle’s Bachelor’s degree is from the University of San Diego.
Contact: kyle@realignment.solutions

Mike OsterlingMike Osterling – Mike Osterling is an Associate with The Realignment Group and is a Principal of Osterling Consulting, Inc. a firm that specializes in Lean Operations implementation, training and coaching for organizations pursuing aggressive process improvements. Mike has broad experience applying the lean philosophy in project, build-to-order and office environments. He has created and delivered extensive in-house training and development programs for companies such as Rudolph & Sletten, Chevron, Schlumberger, Tyco and TaylorMade Golf. Other clients include Southland Industries, Austin Industries, United Rock / Sully Miller, General Dynamics, GKN and Buck Knives.

A Lean Management leader in the San Diego region since the mid-90’s, Mr. Osterling was instrumental in the development of the Lean Enterprise Certificate Program at San Diego State University in 1999; he continues to teach in that program as well as at UCSD. He is a regular speaker and workshop facilitator for associations such as the Lean Construction Institute, AME, ASQ, Tech America, APICS and IIE. Mike worked for Square D Company / Schneider Electric for 18 years in a variety of leadership roles including Lean Systems Manager (West Coast operations), manufacturing manager, materials management and operations leader in circuit breaker and transformer manufacturing facilities.

  • Dan is a great coach and facilitator who has helped teams develop tremendous skills related to Lean implementation and improve the performance of their projects. Dan is easy-going and a pleasure to work with, he not only promotes collaborative work among the teams he coaches, he is the ultimate collaborator!

  • Dan is a pleasure to work with, and highly effective in teaching lean thinking and use of lean tools (one of the services his firm provides). He has a special personality type that builds bridges between theory and practice, and is equally effective communicating with people at all levels of the construction industry. Hire Dan with confidence!

  • Dan has been a pleasure to work with, his enthusiasm for his work is definitely contagious. Dan brings solid construction knowledge to the table to provide services which have proved to be invaluable to our project. His facilitation and teaching of lean construction processes most notably pull scheduling, have shown consistently positive results.

  • Dan: I wish we had another mega-project to work on; one with billions and billions of dollars, impossible schedule milestones, scores of design and project management consultants, incredible politics, a challenging project scope, etc. As a facilitator, and educator, on that project, I thought you were terrific. You were effective in bringing a diverse, and occasionally skeptical, group of highly talented professionals into a common area of thinking about project delivery (LEAN, IPD, etc.). It was fun and rewarding. We just have to find the next one. Thanks again, my friend. Hope to have the opportunity to work with you again.

  • Without a mid-course correction from conventional CPM look-ahead schedule management to Last Planner®, it would not have been possible to complete the Stockton Prison Hospital project early. And we certainly would not have produced a $60M month, the largest on a State project in history.” – Mike Ricker, Vice President, Clark Construction on the California Health Care Facility, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Project in Stockton, CA.

    Mike Ricker, Vice President, Clark Construction

Recent Projects

We are coaching project teams – owners, designers, builders, trade contractors, inspectors – on some of the most innovative and exciting projects in California.