Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

June 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 6

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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The missing ingredient? 

Unjumbling value streams could make Boeing’s impressive lean gains even better
By Richard J. Schonberger

Fighting failure with the Internet 

Google Groups case study reveals how Web-based collaboration can facilitate the FMEA process
By Valerie G. Caryer Cook and Ahad Ali

Trucking on down to savings 

Seven-step methodology yields results in transportation sourcing project
By Homero H. Contreras

Three little words 

Inventory reduction programs require alignment of technology, infrastructure and culture
By Richard E. Crandall and William “Rick” Crandall

Discipline your lean sigma programs 

Study identifies 10 important concepts for world-class performance
By Arthur V. Hill, Weiyong Zhang, and Glenn H. Gilbreath


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news 

  • Colleges moving toward tuition hikes for some engineering courses.
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout team wins annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest.
  • Researcher says less power tool vibration can reduce loss of hand dexterity.
  • Professor: Rule to curb lengthy tarmac delays has backfired.
  • Study says extensive business travel, poor health linked.
  • University of Nebraska plans to cut industrial engineering program.
  • Book of the month: The Ever-Evolving Enterprise: Guidelines for Creating Your Company’s Future by Stephen C. Harper


Performance by Kevin McManus 

Constrained by competition

Management by Paul Engle 

Crunch time

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

Can costs be 'managed' into control?

Innovation by Nabil Nasr 

Real-world manufacturing


This month in IIE news 

The June issue includes the winners of the 2010 Professional Chapter Recognition competition and the 2010 Chapter Newsletter competition as well as a list of this year's IIE Annual Conference honors and awards recipients. It also features details about the Kansas middle school that won an award in the Future City Compeition; a new recognition of student engineering achievement by the National Engineers Week Foundation; and new video features on this site and on the GOErgo website.

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"Contrary to another common perception, the reason for this loss is not corruption, incompetence or disproportionately high overheads. … Communication breakdown is arguably the No. 1 cause of inefficiency in humanitarian operations, and our own assessments confirmed that poor information flow, not knowledge gaps, compromised effectiveness." 

– Bublu Thakur-Weigold, co-author of the December issue cover story, "Helping the helpers"


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 IIE 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.