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About the division
Members of this division are interested in advancing their knowledge of lean 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. 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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Finalists for Lean Best Practice Awards

MD Sarder, Ph.D., has been busy coordinating the Lean Best Practice award. After reviewing submissions from one of the largest and most innovative group of candidates the division has received in years, the selection committee chose six finalists to compete for the award by presenting their projects at the IIE Annual Conference. The winning team will receive a plaque and banquet tickets, and runners-up will receive banquet tickets. I encourage you to attend the presentations to see what is being done in lean today. I also encourage anyone who is interested in being a judge to contact Sarder at MD.Sarder@usm.edu. Here are the finalists.  

Feature article

Lean for Sustainable Local Government and School Districts 
By Brad Hollingsworth and Dale Masel 
The Burning Platform for Lean
Rising costs, stagnant tax revenues and a decreasing population stranded Ohio’s local schools and government entities on a burning platform, which produced an urgency to develop operational efficiencies (Ross and Keen 2012). Richard Ross, superintendent of public instruction for the Ohio Department of Education, and Timothy Keen, director for Ohio’s Office of Budget and Management, collaborated on a study and recommendations for improving the efficiency and services of Ohio’s local schools and government. Continue reading the article.

Student Career Development

Watch out for this year's Student Career Development Panel Discussion at the 2015 Annual Conference!  The student population is the future of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and to ensure that the special interests of the large undergraduate and graduate student body is recognized, the 2015 conference will include the second Student Career Development Panel Discussion. More about the panel discussion 


 2015 ELSSThe ELSS Conference Committee seeks process improvement practitioners, educators, researchers and students - submit your abstract now for the Engineering Lean & Six Sigma (ELSS) Conference, September 30-October 2 in Atlanta. Share your lean and Six Sigma expertise at ELSS 2015, presented in collaboration with the Lean Educator Conference and co-sponsored by the IIE Lean Division. Submissions are being accepted through April 15 within the applications, research or education tracks. 


Explore Process Mapping During Webinar
Whether you're a Six Sigma green belt, a black belt or someone tasked with capturing organizational processes, this webinar is for you! Fred Johnstone, a consultant and lean Six Sigma master black belt, will review how to apply different levels of process mapping to individual work activities during a free webinar on Thursday, April 23. He will cover strategic, operational and tactical mapping in relation to business, industrial, medical and educational organizations. The webinar previews the type of content presented at the Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference and is open to nonmembers. Invite your colleagues to participate in this practical discussion of process mapping.

 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 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.

Submit an article

The Lean Division is searching for new material to provide to its membership. See your article in the newsletter and on the website. The Lean Division Board of Directors strongly believes the newsletter and website provide a valuable service to our membership. Submitting an article 

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Ask the Expert: Lean

Question: How do I convince my leaders and associates to practice lean? Answer 

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.

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