Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

November 2012    |    Volume: 44    |    Number: 11

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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Rediscovering the kata way

Modified Toyota continuous improvement method can lead to the next frontier of innovation
By Conrad Soltero

Give ratio-delay a chance

Tried and true IE tools like work sampling should not be forgotten
By Eli Konorti

Ergonomics in a changing world

Leveraging technology for the good, the bad and the ugly
By Winnie Ip

A new way to find bottlenecks

Using descriptive statistics yields solid results with less computational burden
By Tommy White, Sankar Sengupta and Robert P. Vantil


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Professor combines open-source technology, 3-D printers to lower costs for his research laboratory
  • Company's Super Scooter casts light on perils, promise of industrial engineering on green products
  • NCEES to gradually shift PE Exam toward computerized version
  • Study: 45 percent of laid-off workers would return to their job
  • University of Louisville’s school of engineering receives software grant worth $427 million
  • Purdue industrial engineer's manufacturing technique could unlock electrical properties
  • Book of the month: Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives that Captivate, Convince and Inspire by Paul Smith


Performance by Kevin McManus

The real lean upside

Management by Paul Engle 

Mending fences

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

CPI in public service

Manufacturing by Paul Templin 

A failure of culture

Systems Engineering by Ricardo Valerdi 

Requirements are king


This month in IIE news

The November issue features a profile of the two keynote speakers at next year’s Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference; a reminder to submit entries by Nov. 30 to compete for the Ergo Cup; an opportunity for IIE members to contribute to the Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge; a second chance for students to enter the IIE/Arena Student Simulation competition; and some final details about how to attend the Best Practices in Managing Continuous Improvement virtual conference on Nov. 16.

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"Innovation is such a buzzword that when we walk into a classroom, whether it is MBA students or executives, innovation is by definition good. Or you discuss growth vs. less growth – well, growth is good. But in financial terms a firm can destroy a lot of value by growing more than it should. And similarly, more innovation is not always optimal. … Those types of myths need to be questioned a bit more by making the risks and costs more explicit." 

– Jay Anand, professor of strategy at The Ohio State University, in the October issue's Front Line


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.