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April 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 4

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Building for needs, not thoughts 

Expansion is not the only method to solve a facility's overcrowding problems
By Chuck Belser

The weight of excellence 

People want to experience lean benefits, but it won't happen without putting in the effort
By Merwan B. Mehta

The path to a sustainable playbook

Strategic thinking about the application of Six Sigma can create a plan for continuing success
By Kelly D. Sloan

Meanwhile, in the real world … 

IE professors should build ties with industry to stregthen the impact of the profession on both sides
By Shahrukh Irani


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news 

  • Redesigning donor network could increase liver transplants.
  • Manufacturing productivity numbers beat expectations.
  • New consumer purchasing model may boost remanufacturing.
  • Systems engineering holds key to preventing disasters.
  • New center helps surgeons learn via simulation.
  • Hands-on training makes dangerous jobs safer.
  • Material handling equipment orders skyrocket.
  • Grant could help IE professor improve wind turbine reliability.
  • Book of the month: Mastering Lean Product Development by Ronald Mascitelli


Performance by Kevin McManus 

Running experiments

Management by Paul Engle 

Best practice documentation

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

Magic, the lean Six Sigma way

Supply Chain by Rajiv Saxena 

Worthy improvements


This month in IIE news

The April issue includes an interview with new IIE President-elect Doug Rabeneck; information about other IIE election winners; information about the double-blind process used to review papers at this year’s Industrial Engineering Research Conference; early-bird registration for the IIE Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference 2011; details on tracks for the new IIE Enterprise Transformation Conference 2011; a call for nominations for next year’s IIE elections; and a review of the 23rd annual Society for Health Systems Conference and Expo 2011.

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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.