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October 2012    |    Volume: 44    |    Number: 10

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial and Engineers

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Don’t promote the villains

A closer look at proper metrics helps uncover those who game the system
By Donald Kennedy and Michael Huston

Your system of systems 

Holistic approach brings stakeholders, engineers together for new technology
By Craig S. Estridge

The plan precedes the database 

Mathematical principles can help avoid information confusion
By Merwan B. Mehta

The case for asset-based solutions 

New IE challenges require a different viewpoint for problem-solving methods
By Paul Stanfield


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • London manages three large-scale infrastructures, including Olympics, in summer 2012
  • IIE members contribute to Wall Street Journal inquiry about improvements in immigration lines for travelers
  • Report: 10 steps for healthcare systems to improve patient outcomes
  • Foundation, website honor ideas of "America's greenest CEO"
  • Northwestern University IE graduate builds organization to boost charitable donations
  • Navy veteran with industrial engineering education to be featured in documentary about Israeli Air Force
  • 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

The flawless and the fumblers

Management by Paul Engle 

The importance of gaining consensus

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

Patient-centered facility design

Supply Chain by James A. Tompkins 

The changing nature of supply chains


This month in IIE news

The October issue features a profile of IIE Construction Division's Lincoln Forbes; a look at the renewed activity of two local chapters in New York and Wisconsin; an invitation to the IIE Best Practices in Managing Continuous Improvement virtual conference this November; details about how to give a donation to the Institute; dates for the annual ABET Symposium; a reminder about nominations for IIE's scholarship and fellowship awards; and some last-minute information about the Best Practices in Applying Lean and Six Sigma to Healthcare conference in Atlanta on Oct. 29.

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"Toyota showed us how to form people-centric solutions in which the employees themselves contribute to designing and running their own processes. … We realized that the Toyota Production 'System' was actually a learning system." 

– From "Lean is a people-centric system" by Daniel Jones and Michael Ballé in the October 2016 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.