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The 2016 Deadlines for Lean Awards are Fast Approaching!

If you have been involved in implementing an interesting application of lean or developed an innovative lean approach, consider applying for one of the Lean Division sponsored awards. Submission deadlines are coming up quickly, so apply soon!

2016 Lean Achievement Awards

Lean Division Competitions

The Lean Division of IISE is launching its sixth industry best practice award and welcomes applications from organizational teams for the Lean Division Best Practice Award 2016. The Lean Division Best Practice Award recognizes organizations for innovative and effective implementation of lean principles and practices that deliver exemplary business performance improvement. Deadline for applications is Monday, Feb. 29, 2016.

The 10th annual IISE Lean Division Student Paper Competition will be held 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 deadline for submission of papers is Monday, Feb. 15, 2016.

The Lean Division now invites nominations for the 8th Lean Teaching Award which will be presented at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo in Anaheim, California. Sponsored by Lean Enterprise Value Foundation, 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 focused in lean. The nomination deadline is Monday, Feb. 15, 2016.

Upcoming Conference Deadlines

Annual Conference – Lean Division Events
May 21-24, 2016 – Anaheim, CA

The Lean Division is organizing interesting sessions and networking opportunities at the annual conference, including the Best Practice competition presentations, a student career panel, and the Lean Division Town Hall.

Registration is open – Register by April 8 for the best rate.  

Engineering Lean Six Sigma (ELSS) Conference – Submit an Abstract
Sept. 14-16, 2016 - San Antonio, TX

The Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference, held in collaboration with the Lean Educator Conference, showcases advancements in Lean and Six Sigma research and applications across a wide range of industries. Abstracts are due by March 25.

Lean Features

February Feature Article 

Value Network Mapping by Shahrukh A. Irani

Kaizen-The systematic, organized improvement of processes by those who operate them, using straightforward methods of analysis. It is a "do it now" approach to continuous incremental improvement to create more value with less muda. Kaizen establishes what needs to be done and instills the principles of continuous improvement. Also call point kaizen, process kaizen or blitz.

Cycle time-The total time one piece of product or one transaction resides in a process activity. It includes the setup time, process time, waiting for other units processed in the batch until the batch is released to the next process step.

Search the IISE online dictionary of industrial engineering terminology at http://www.iise.org/Details.aspx?id=645.

For lean definitions, visit http://www.iise.org/Details.aspx?id=1104.

Ask the Expert

Question: What is the difference between Lean and Six Sigma methodologies?

Answer: Essentially, Six Sigma and Lean systems have the same goal. They both seek to eliminate waste and create the most efficient system possible, but they take different approaches toward achieving this goal. In simplest terms, the main difference between Lean and Six Sigma is that they identify the root cause of waste differently.

Lean practitioners believe that waste comes from unnecessary steps in the production process that do not add value to the finished product, while Six Sigma proponents assert that waste results from variation within the process.

Of course, there is truth in both of these assessments, which is why both Lean and Six Sigma methodologies have been so successful in improving overall business performance in a variety of fields. In fact, these two disciplines have proven to be especially successful when working in tandem - hence the creation of Lean Six Sigma.

Source: Villanova University. http://www.villanovau.com/resources/six-sigma/six-sigma-vs-lean-six-sigma/#.VqjXwjYdSuQ 


About the division

The Lean Division collaborates with IISE to support the mission of the institute, provide member value and promote the entire discipline. Members of this division are interested in advancing their knowledge of lean practices across industry domain. Focus areas include healthcare process improvements, non-traditional lean implementations, use of six sigma and value engineering methods as well as critical thought leadership on various strategic, operational and organizational initiatives. The division members host the annual lean best practice award, the lean teaching award and the lean student paper competition. The lean division is perceived as the voice of technical specialty by developing, maintaining and disseminating a body of technical knowledge in domain of lean and continuous improvement practices.

Mission Statement

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.


  • 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 IISE 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.

Lean Division bylaws

Meet the IISE Lean Division Board of Directors!

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Join us!

Sign up online at www.iise.org/myiise and select "Update your member record."

Connect with the LinkedIn IISE Lean Division group!

The IISE Lean Division now has a LinkedIn group up and running! Our group is a subgroup of the IISE LinkedIn group and is a great place to network, learn and share virtually with other lean practitioners from various backgrounds and across different industries. We have nearly 400 members and are looking forward to welcoming more members. If you have not yet joined the group – click here to do so. Read quick tips on making this group a value-added resource for everyone.