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February 2013    |    Volume: 45    |    Number: 2

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Staffing for patients, not beds

Hospital project quantified factors often ignored in similar studies
By Amanda Mewborn, Roger Gruneisen, Jared Davis and Jack Lin 

The procurement process

Refining inputs for Kraljic matrix yields objective purchasing portfolios and strategies
By Stephan M. Wagner, Sidhartha S. Padhi and Christoph Bode 

Great tastes in strategic planning

Kaizen, PDCA, other lean tools are the ingredients that can drive results
By Greg Lashley and Marla Clark 

Humanity and Harada

Middle school track coach derived method that many use to sustain lean
By Norman Bodek


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Oklahoma City surgery center unknowingly applies lean to manage operations
  • Industrial engineer returns home to Uganda to build world-class research institute
  • Shipyard inspires eighth-graders to consider STEM careers
  • Solar power expert says sustainability depends on building design
  • Pennies on the ground: Facebook thread inspires IE to renovate bathroom floor with coins
  • U.S. Department of Defense program aims to increase military supplier base
  • Book of the month: Lean but Agile: Rethink Workforce Planning and Gain a True Competitive Edge by William J. Rothwell, James Graber and Neil McCormick 


Performance by Kevin McManus

Stepping up our IE impact

Management by Paul Engle 

Filling the void

Health Systems by William "Ike" Eisenhauer 

Stop ‘YACing’

Manufacturing by Paul Templin

Why am I an industrial engineer?

Systems Engineering by Ricardo Valerdi

A system is not just the sum of its parts


This month in IIE news

The February issue includes details about the creation of a new IIE chapter in Silicon Valley; the Society for Health Systems prepares for its 25th anniversary celebration at its upcoming conference; a new Six Sigma Green Belt course to be offered in Saudi Arabia this November; more virtual conferences to come following the Best Practices in Managing Continuous Improvement event; UPS' continuing contribution to IIE scholarships; details about the highly anticipated Ergo Cup competition at AEC 2013; and a look at the pre-conference workshops to be offered at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2013.

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"Sometimes we take for granted that everyone understands how to be nice or how to interact positively with others. That's not necessarily always the case. Sometimes people may not realize that making that sarcastic remark could be interpreted in a more damaging way by others. Just knowing that can be helpful."  

– Russell Johnson, associate professor of management at Michigan State University, discussing workplace incivility in "Incivility can cost you cash," in The Front Line section of the December issue


The best job ever 

The best job ever

Mark Wallace with UPS discusses why his job is the coolest job for an industrial engineer in this December 2014 Web exclusive.

Resurrection in Atlanta 

Resurrection in Atlanta

Members of the IISE Atlanta Chapter appear in this October 2014 video to discuss the value of a revitalizing the chapter.

Training humanitarian IEs 

Training humanitarian IEs

IE interviews the three co-directors of Georgia Tech’s Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics.