A Blueprint for Builder’s Lean: Six Simple Steps for the Field to follow - (Houston Interest Group)

January 22, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (under construction)
January 22, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Central Time Zone
1100 Louisiana St. Suite One
Houston CoP


Houston Community of Practice


A Blueprint for Builder’s Lean: Six Simple Steps for the Field to follow

A firm’s adoption of Lean concepts typically initiates at the top of the org chart, via the executive leadership team’s buy-in, and then filters down into the field where the front-line practitioners do the tangible work of construction. In the face of pressing project deadlines and heavily competing priorities, this information can feel intimidating, overwhelming, and easy to ignore in favor of what’s already known and comfortable. Often, the value of Lean practices are inarticulately or ineffectively conveyed, and superintendents can find it difficult to connect the dots from academic, theoretical Lean philosophies to the immediate relevancy in their daily work. Recognizing the importance for field personnel’s holistic understanding of Lean’s benefits – starting with WHY and ending with HOW – we seek to provide a true bottom-up version of “Builder’s Lean” that allows Last Planners to make immediate changes and transform their projects.

A Blueprint for Builder’s Lean speaks directly to the “boots on the ground,” simplifying and clearly articulating the benefits of six primary Lean concepts, and delivering them in a highly-relatable, immediately-applicable, and field-friendly manner. Attendees will walk away with an easy-to-follow blueprint and implementation plan to lead their team and dramatically improve their project delivery process through the following principles:

#1 – Daily Huddles
#2 – Visual Communication
#3 – Constraint Management
#4 – Pull Planning
#5 – Last Planner System and Look-Ahead
#6 – Root Cause Analysis through Percent Plan Complete (PPC)

A Blueprint for Builder’s Lean illustrates the immediate value and provides a how-to guide specifically for field personnel that will allow them to begin making meaningful changes in their teams and on their projects.


Joe Donarumo - Linbeck - Joe serves as Senior Superintendent for Linbeck in Fort Worth, TX, where he has been able to develop and lead high-performing field teams across multiple healthcare projects. Joe has a unique passion for Lean implementation, continuous improvement, and a ruthless pursuit of waste elimination within his projects and organization. Joe lives in Aledo, TX with his wife Tasha, their three sons, Karsten, Kaiser, and Knox, and their daughter, Krosby.

Keyan Zandy - Skiles Group - Keyan is a longtime Lean practitioner, enthusiast, and advocate. As Skiles Group’s COO, he has a dual focus on client service and on nurturing a progressive company culture. He is ultimately responsible for the oversight of the firm’s daily operations and ensuring that their Lean processes are continuously improved and consistently practiced. Keyan lives in Richardson, TX, with his wife, Tere, and their two sons, Marshall and Calvin.”

Registration Rate: $20.00 

Snacks and beverages will be provided

Parking is available at 1100 Smith Garage and will be validated