About the division
Members of this division are interested in advancing their knowledge of lean practices.
The mission of the Lean Division shall be to support its members by fostering networks, offering programs and maintaining resources that represent their core competencies and/or areas of specialized practice. Read the bylaws.
- Develop, maintain and disseminate a body of technical knowledge.
- Provide a forum for technical networking.
- Be perceived as the voice of the technical specialty.
- Collaborate with IIE to support the mission of the Institute, provide member value and promote the discipline.
- Work with the Networking Leadership Council to establish a set of metrics that track Society & Division activities.
Meet the IIE Lean Division Board of Directors!
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Thank you for making the Engineering and Lean Six Sigma (ELSS) 2013 Conference a success! Thank you for attending the ELSS 2013 Conference and making it another successful networking and learning event. We hope you found the sessions valuable and had ample opportunity to connect with colleagues and peers from around the world. The conference had a significant turnout with more than 50 presentations focused on Lean & Six Sigma shared over multiple parallel tracks. The different panel discussions at the conference were engaging and continued well beyond the allocated time. The three keynote speeches talked the attendees through various personal and professional experiences of the speakers on the application of lean and six sigma concepts in lean and Six Sigma.
Make sure to check the conference website for all the latest conference updates, and we’re glad you enjoyed Atlanta! Also, feel free to check for updates on the IIE Lean Division group on LinkedIn.
Title: Lean Selling
Date: Dec. 3
Time: 2 p.m. Eastern time
Presenters: Sean Gillespie, client value leader for United Kingdom and Ireland, IBM; Michael Testani, learning consultant and portfolio manager + Master Black Belt, IBM Learning - WW Path Forward & Smart Lean Initiative
Summary: Lean Selling provides new and experienced sales professionals, and their management team, with a structured and fact-based approach for improving sales close rates and delivering confirmed business value to your customers.
For more information and registration
The Lean Best Practice Award 2014
The Lean Division of IIE launches its fourth industry best practice award and hence invites application from organizational teams for the Lean Best Practice Award 2014. The Lean Best Practice Award recognizes organizations for innovative and effective implementation of Lean principles and practices that deliver exemplary business performance improvement. Every year IIE conducts the award competition to promote successful implementation of Lean by recognizing best in class industries and sharing their stories with others. This is a very prestigious award for a team and their industry. The award will be bestowed to the top three teams and be presented at the upcoming IIE Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada, May 31-June 4, 2014.
Click here for information and nomination form
Student Paper Competition
Information on the award: This award is given in honor of Dr. J.T Black and the late Carol S. Black. Dr. Black is an emeritus Professor at Auburn University and a renowned scholar in manufacturing processes and lean. The Student Paper Competition will be held each year to honor outstanding papers in the field of lean research and practices. The papers should demonstrate or describe the use of techniques such as simulation, lean principle implementation, alternative designs, Kaizen implementation, etc. Both undergraduate and graduate students and design teams are invited to submit papers. The awards include $600 and complimentary annual conference registration and Honors & Awards Banquet ticket (first place), $300 (second place) and $100 (third place).
Students are invited to submit their entry to this award. As part of this award process students will have to submit an ethical statement on the authenticity of research. For more information on the award
Lean Teaching Award
IIE's lean division offers a number of awards to recognize the contribution of individuals to advancing the knowledge and practice of lean concepts. The lean division's teaching award is given out annually to honor the services of a person/group of people who have developed curriculum and disseminated courses in the subject area. The lean division now invites nominations for the sixth Lean Teaching Award. The 2014 award will be presented at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo May 31-June 3, 2014, in Montreal, QC, Canada.
For information and nomination form
Academic resources available
Are you an academic member of the Lean Division? Do you teach Lean-related coursework? The IIE Lean Division is proud to provide academic resources to help folks in academia with resources. How can you avail the resources? Just send an email to Division President Aman Sapra or to Division Outreach Director Larry Clements to learn more! Click here to view some of the offerings from the division.
Connect with the LinkedIn IIE Lean Division group!
The IIE Lean Division now has a LinkedIn group up and running! Our group is a subgroup of the IIE LinkedIn group, and is a great place to virtually network, learn, and share with other Lean practitioners from various backgrounds and across different industries. We already have 200+ members and are looking forward to welcoming more members. If you have not yet joined the group – click here to do so.
The quality of this LinkedIn group is truly a member-driven effort, so here are five quick tips on making this group a value-added resource for everyone:
- Respect "rules of engagement" - Post content in the appropriate areas in the group:
- Discussions: a forum where you can ask questions, start conversations, share ideas
- Promotions: a "brag board" for articles, blog posts, websites, products/services, webinars that you are personally involved with
- Jobs: listing of current job postings
- Write short headlines – try to convince the reader in seven words or less to read the rest of the details of your post. Short and sweet.
- Post relevant content – seems like it would be a no-brainer, but anything related to Lean practices, concepts, trends, etc. is fair game
- Engage others - convey a strong "call to action," whether you are trying to inform, entertain, persuade, question, etc.
- Direct readers to outside sources – you've provided a "call to action," so now provide a venue for readers to take action. Make sure your sources are valid & legitimate.
Looking forward to connect with all of you via the IIE Lean Division LinkedIn group!
Michelle Chang Narat
IIE Lean Division - director at-large (social media)
Click here to view members who have been recognized for their awarding work for the IIE LEAN Division!
The IIE Lean Division is seeking volunteers to serve on the various committees. If you are interested, please contact the division director, Fazleena Badurdeen.
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Ask the Expert: Lean
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Lean Division Board
Volunteer leadership is the heart of IIE and its technical divisions. Contact Fazleena Badurdeen to find out how you can get involved.