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Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

November 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 11

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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Tuning up organizational culture

The proper organizational culture, like a good symphony, produces beautiful results
By David R. King and Samuel M. DeMarie 

First creativity, then innovation

IEs drive change, from incremental improvements to radical transformations
By Jack B. ReVelle 

Designing for human factors

Integrating human factors into product manufacturing design
By Judy Village and W. Patrick Neumann 

Old tool remains useful

Work measurement technique still valuable in the modern world
By Robert W. McClure 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Models give decision-makers the data to tackle the deadly disease
  • University of Montréal system allows embodied and collaborative sketching
  • NCEES won't require advanced degree for professional engineering licensure
  • Virtual world can replace much clinical training in nursing education
  • Proactive intervention boosts productivity at software company
  • Multidimensional programs needed to address reasons employees leave
  • Book of the month: A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive by Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt


Performance by Kevin McManus

Train wreck

Management by Paul Engle

Seeing red can be good

Health Systems by Amanda Mewborn

Google Glass, blue boxes and big data

Manufacturing by Paul Templin

Managing uncertainty

Systems Engineering by Ricardo Valerdi

Why architectures matter


This month in IIE news

The November issue includes stories about recognition opportunities for creativity at the Applied Ergonomics Conference 2015; a reinvigorated IIE chapter in Atlanta; the career advancements made possible for on longtime IIE member; the expertise of the keynote speakers set for the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015; entry details for the IIE-IAB YouTube Contest; a preview of November's Best Practices in Managing Continuous Improvement virtual conference; and the deadline for abstracts to be submitted for the IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2015.

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"Red may be the most important color on project status reports and heat maps. It communicates the need for urgent attention. … Leaders who force project teams to present only good news miss the point, undermining the risk management process." 

– Paul Engle, from his Management column in the November issue



Resurrection in Atlanta

Members of the IIE 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.