John Draper, P.E.

John Draper, P.E.

Associate Principal

As a registered Professional Civil Engineer, John has a strong technical background coupled with leadership, managerial, planning and coaching skills developed and honed during a 22-year career in the US Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps. He has been a student and advocate for lean for over eight years and has coached project teams throughout the US on their lean transformations. He is proficient in guiding and coaching project teams in their implementation of the Last Planner® System as well as with general process improvements and overall lean transformations.

He also leads Study-Action Teams, helps clients formulate and implement improvement strategies, and facilitates kaizen workshops and value-stream mapping exercises. John’s experience with LeanProject during the past five years has included a multi-year engagement with a nationwide specialty contractor assisting them in the start of their lean transformation. Working hand in hand with their personnel, he was able to catalyze the interest of many small work groups and accelerated their performance. With his 30 years of hands-on experience in facility engineering, management and construction, John is at home both in the construction trailer and the corporate office.