Meet the Authors of The Lean Builder Book

Meet the Authors of the Lean Construction Book, The Lean Builder - written by Joe Donarumo and Keyan Zandy

Joe and Keyan are long-time Lean practitioners and advocates with a shared passion for reducing waste, improving workflow, and adding value for project stakeholders. They believe that the current state of construction is broken, and that field-applied Lean—or “Builder’s Lean”—is the solution. Their experience as construction operations leaders have given them a unique perspective on the most effective ways to apply Lean practices and tools in the field, and this is the foundation of the Lean construction book, The Lean Builder. Their unique approach brings highly relatable and immediately applicable Lean processes to the field leaders and last planners who are actively doing the work of construction, where they can have the greatest impact and offer the biggest benefit.

Keyan Zandy Principal, The Lean Builder

Keyan Zandy

Principal, The Lean Builder

Keyan is a longtime Lean enthusiast and advocate with a curiosity for how Lean processes and tools can improve teambuilding and teamwork in construction. As Skiles Group’s CEO, Keyan is responsible for driving corporate growth and guiding the company’s strategic direction while maintaining a dual focus on client service and nurturing a progressive company culture. With an emphasis on technological advancement, continuous improvement, and innovation in construction, Keyan shepherds the firm’s commitment to improving project delivery processes via Lean Construction and Lean project planning initiatives. He was named as the 2023 LCI Pioneer Award winner. Keyan lives in Fairview, TX with his wife, Tere, and their two sons, Marshall and Calvin.

Joe Donarumo

Principal, The Lean Builder

Joe serves as Vice President, Field Operations 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 Tash, their three sons Karsten, Kaiser, Knox and daughter Krosby.

Joe Donarumo Principal, The Lean Builder