Engineering Management – Webinar archive

Work Measurement

Work measurement endeavors in any form provide common currency to understand the process and focus in improvement areas that would have the highest impact on key performance indicators. From manufacturing to consumer retail, construction to healthcare, accurate time measurements are vital for proper management of jobs. Without them, an organization cannot assign precise costs to an original labor task or predict the savings of an improved one.

Hudson, Apollo 13, Frederick Taylor and Robert Hartman: Measuring and Predicting Good Judgment

Business, engineering and technology communities have in common the need for good judgment, innovation and creative problem solving.

We often become enamored with sexy technologies and these are definitely important. But, do we have metrics for helping diverse stakeholders collaborate more effectively? Are we correctly directing education/coaching and measuring improvements for individuals and teams? Are we engaging all of our people with well-functioning interdependent, interdisciplinary teams?

Application of Enterprise Excellence with Case Studies

The Enterprise Excellence (EE) philosophy is a holistic approach for leading an enterprise to total excellence by focusing on the needs of the customer. There are various organizations within an enterprise with a collection of processes in each organization but they all focus on to meet/exceed customer needs. This principle applies to all types and sizes of enterprises. The EE concept is applied in developing and executing variety of growth strategy proposals in some industries.

Smart Maintenance Decision Support Systems (SMDSS)

Operations managers need to make complicated maintenance prioritization and actions plans for their systems. These systems typically include multiple pieces of inter-connected equipment which require maintenance. Often such models isolate equipment when maintenance decisions are to be made. This presentation presents a case for considering multiple pieces of equipment together when evaluating a maintenance policy for a dependent component. This is accomplished by reviewing the optimal policy of the two-component system compared to a non-optimal policy. Such work could be scaled to other applications such as industrial equipment.

Developing a Material Flow Organization – The Why and How

This presentation will review many of the organizational changes and focus needed to help a major manufacturer focus on lean manufacturing and having good material flow practices. The material flow function is being recognized as a unique functional group in the organization, where efforts to improve manufacturing and control indirect costs as well as inventory become their focus.

Deployment of a Successful Closed Loop Productivity Improvement System

This webinar will highlight the management system used at Edwards Lifesciences Technology Sárl to run its value improvement program, which the company uses to manage projects that help reduce cost as part of its annual operating plan. Some of the elements presented include new ideas generation, the vetting process used, project chartering, inclusion into the financial cycle, and risk management. This process has been used successfully and has generated millions of dollars in savings for the company.

Sustainability in Supply Chains

The overall topic of sustainable supply chain management will be defined using examples from various industrial sectors. The key hot topics in supply chain management (customization, resilience and so on) will be used to confront how sustainability is a challenge that can be met by getting some of the basics right as well as through more innovative approaches. 

Creating a Lean and Green Business System - Techniques for Improving Profits and Sustainability

This presentation will draws upon a number of case studies from leading companies who are bridging the gap lean and green. But more importantly, it will provide a systematic approach for creating a lean and green business system, covering all aspects of the enterprise from internal operations to supply chain and from people enabling processes to strategy. 

Presentation Skills

This webinar is designed for those who would like to strengthen their oral communication skills focusing on presentation skill development and delivery. Fundamentals of presentation skills will be covered in this webinar.

Reducing Length of Stay and Improving Bed Allocation with Dynamic Simulation 

This presentation discusses the effect of dynamic simulation on reducing length of stay and its impact on bed allocation and hospital capacity. Using real data for analysis, a step-by-step implementation path is presented that takes real-time data, provides analytics for practitioners, and helps in improving communication and overall capacity of different departments in the hospital. Since bed allocation is directly impacted by the length of stay reduction, an overview on how to tie in predictive bed allocation will be presented. Implementation feedback and success from an actual implementation is also presented.

Guerilla Transformation – Turning an Insurgency into a Movement

Each of us belongs to a community, or network. The individual members of a network have a shared commitment and affinity to the kernel. As such, they will behave in a predictable manner since there is nothing to gain by any individual changing their position unilaterally. In reality, to disturb the predictability never even crosses the mind of the members. Applying Game Theory and the Nash Equilibrium, this session will investigate the circumstances under which change takes place – and when it does not. And finally, we will discuss the creation of an effective disruptor and how it can be deployed in a controlled and sustainable fashion.

A Decision Support System to Select the Appropriate Problem Solving Methodology for your Business Problems

In this webinar, a methodology to help an organization select the most appropriate problem solving method for the problems/opportunities is presented. The methodology designed as a questionnaire which the business transformation team can use to identify the right methodology for the problem. As part of the webinar, participants will also see the functioning of the methodology through case studies to determine the problem solving method, such as lean, lean Six Sigma, eight-step-structured problem solving and kaizen events, for a given set of problem statements and opportunities.

Risk in Economic Choices I - Risk Identification

In today’s uncertain economic world the risk that engineering firms experience when making capital budgeting decisions can be significant. This webinar is intended to be the first of three which will be held over the coming months. The purpose of this series is to explore the risk of economic choices. This first session will focus on how to identify and, in some cases, quantify risk in choices that involve capital decisions. The format for the webinar will be interactive and contain some presentation style information about the topic as well as a small case study.

 Managing Successful Integrated Enterprises: Lessons Learned from Healthcare and Engineering Systems

Large-scale enterprises are comprised of multiple organizations that work together to provide goods and/or services. However, there is a lack of empirical research documenting how these organizations are integrated and how this integration impacts enterprise performance. In the case of healthcare enterprises, patients often require a number of services that span multiple departments and programs within the enterprise, increasing the complexity of maintaining a continuum of care for patients.

Transforming UPS through Technology - "The Road to Optimization"

Procedures, methods, and measurement are essential to having a controlled operation. However, the ever growing availability of data, along with expanding computing power and tools, opens the door to businesses gaining competitive advantage through analytical processes and skill. Competing on analytics requires organizational support in the form of data, tools and senior management commitment.

How to Publish Your Work

Now that you've done the research, you need to synthesize the results and communicate it to others in your field. But how do you go about writing a research paper? This presentation will provide basic considerations for authoring a research article and strategies to increase your chances of getting your papers accepted. Examples will be provided so that students can appreciate various approaches for reaching the end goal of finding yourself on Google scholar.

Process Owner Responsibility and Accountability in a Senior Management Review

This presentation describes how to move from a "quality-owned" to a "process-area-owned" management review process in the ISO 9001 or ISO 13485 environments. This shift leads to accountability for efficient and effective processes throughout the organization. The content includes the before-and-after approach used to make the review more engaging and risk based. These processes include production controls, product design, sourcing and material controls, human resources, environmental, CAPA, document and configuration management, and customer feedback. The method has been recognized as a best practice by external assessors.

Research in an Engineering Management Career

Bob Waters discusses the role of research, the search for new knowledge, in engineering management; this including differentiating between engineering management [EM] and systems engineering [SE]. Also, he distinguishes between academic research and industrial research, and will reflect on the impact of research, teaching and service on an academic career, including the role of tenure in the process. He examines the political aspects of a dissertation, and the importance of out-the-Department experts in developing the topic. Following tenure, he suggests developing industrial and/or government contacts through meetings, publications, visits, sabbaticals, exchanges, etc., to build outside relationships to support an ongoing research program.

Leadership Approach to Knowledge Retention

Lost knowledge is a significant issue facing today’s leaders as shifting demographics are threatening the future capabilities of their workforce. The scope of this webinar is to examine a knowledge retention strategy from four perspectives: human resources processes and practices; knowledge transfer processes; IT applications to capture, store and share knowledge; and knowledge recovery initiatives. We will use David W. DeLong's methodology to demonstrate a practical application of a knowledge retention strategy and process in the workplace. We conclude that the use of a knowledge retention framework creates a roadmap for organizations on how to mitigate the risk of the loss of knowledge in an aging workforce.

Staying Lean

The webinar is based around the Shingo Prize winning book Staying Lean, co-written by Peter Hines, and his 20 years of application of lean. In this period many global corporations and smaller organizations have adopted lean approaches with a range of success. In many cases a good deal of the execution has resulted in disappointment in terms of the degree of sustainability of the activity and results. This is particularly the case with organizations that have simply adopted tools based approach involving a "kaizen events" and value stream mapping. Using the analogy of an iceberg, we term this an  "above the water" approach. What our research has shown is this, on its own, is simply not sustainable without the enabling "below the water" areas of strategy and alignment, leadership, and behavior and engagement. The webinar focuses both on the framework to make this work as well as the eight years journey of multinational manufacturer, Cogent Power in not just going lean but creating a sustainable lean business system. 

SEMS Student Initiatives Series

SEMS Student Initiatives Campaign Kickoff

As undergraduate and graduate student continue to represent a large proportion of the IIE and SEMS member population (41 percent in 2011), we will be offering new programs and services to cater to our student members! This webinar is designed to introduce students and faculty to these activities.

Getting Your EM Reasearch Published: What Not To Do...

Getting your research published is critical in the early stages of your career as a new faculty member. For many new faculty, feedback on your early manuscripts may result in a sense of inadequacy. Having a manuscript rejected is a disheartening experience. In many instances, however, manuscripts get rejected or returned to authors without review, not because the research itself is poorly executed, but because the manuscript does not present the research in the context expected for a particular journal.

Getting Your Research Published

Research publications in quality journals is the most important criterion in tenure and promotion decisions at major research universities. This seminar discusses the keys to getting your research published with emphasis on selecting appropriate research areas, writing a publishable paper, successfully navigating the review process, balancing multiple research projects, targeting the right journals for your work, and other aspects that are critical in the publication process. We will also discuss specific guidelines associated with the review/revision process at top-tier journals.

Series on "Creativity"

Designing Thinking and Creativity - de Bono's Six Thinking Hats Method

This thinking method - Six Thinking Hats: Parallel Thinking-is like the Swiss Army knife for designing thinking and meetings. It is the most used of Dr. de Bono's methods, and in the creative process can be used in several ways, both in individual and group scenarios. If you facilitate meeting or project teams, this method will be highly relevant to you.

Stimulating Creativity Through Lateral Thinking

True creativity requires understanding of your greatest asset, the brain and how to use it for maximum stretch. These Lateral Thinking tools have been developed by one of the world's experts on thinking, Edward de Bono, M.D., Ph.D. and are used successfully by Nobel Prize winning scientists, corporations and school children to work their creativity.

Ideation: When Traditional Brainstorming Just Doesn't Work

Creativity is the process of generating something new, something original that has value to an individual, group, organization, industry or society. Innovation is strongly linked to creativity and involves taking unique, untried ideas and turning them into reality through invention, research and new product or process development. The most effective tools employed by highly innovative organizations will be discussed in this webinar, as well as how to incorporate them into your current process improvement methodologies.

Five Steps that Lead to Effective Performance Management

This webinar by world-leading performance management expert and best-selling author Bernard Marr explores the five steps that are essential for effective performance management and highlights the key traps to avoid. The webinar covers the important themes of scorecard and dashboard design, measuring performance and designing key performance indicators, analyzing performance, reporting performance and reviewing performance to drive improvements.

Improving Project Selection Using an Enhanced Business Management System

Lean Six Sigma and kaizen event programs often stall out and process improvement teams can be laid off when companies are confronting challenging financial times. Why does this occur when improvement efforts should be needed most when there are business challenges?

Principles of Lean Software Development

Lean thinking has had a dramatic effect on industries from manufacturing to banking to hospitals. In software development, lean is not just about interactive development or kanban systems. It is about transforming customer needs into deployed software rapidly, reliably, and repeatedly.

Miniseries: Transformational Change

People, Process, Technology - The Three Elements for a Successful Organizational Transformation

Describes the Path Forward Business Transformation methodology that focuses on developing critical organizational competencies around organizational culture transformation and process improvement; resulting in a more effective and sustainable change effort. 

Leadership's Role in Sustaining a Lean Transformation

Focuses on both the role of the leadership team in enabling and sustaining a successful Lean transformation initiative and the importance of the organizational culture in a Lean transformation. 

Constructive Communication for Transformational Leaders

Transforming the way organizations should communicate to develop a more constructive and adaptive organizational culture. 




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