Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

February 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 2

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PERSPECTIVES

Kevin McManus 

Performance by Kevin McManus

Quota questions
Quotas are not necessary if people are trained properly, given consistent coaching to address process concerns and have an ownership stake in the success of the process or business.

Paul Engle 

Management by Paul Engle

Penny-wise but pound-foolish?
Upgrading the status quo at considerable expense to the organization may save money at first, but it could eliminate the chance for even greater savings in the future.

D. Junell Scheeres 

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres

Healthcare systems engineering 101
IEs in healthcare do not need to approach that industry differently than other fields. Healthcare is broad enough to include elements of manufacturing, logistics and distribution, service delivery and transactional processes.

 
Paul Templin 

Manufacturing by Paul Templin

The toll of dealing with it
Engineering is all about collaboration, and companies that sell service to other time zones must deal with it by offering support. But in dealing with it, we end up paying a tangible price in lost personal time and reduced creativity.

 
Khaled Mabrouk 

Member Forum by Khaled Mabrouk

Rubber band woes
Productivity programs often suffer from the "rubber band effect." This happens when the initial results of your lean, Six Sigma or OEE efforts evaporate as time passes.



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