Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

January 2013    |    Volume: 45    |    Number: 1

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial and Engineers

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Getting into the game

Increase project management skills via role-playing simulations

By Alex Bohn and Terri Lynch-Caris

Project management tools have been used for decades by industrial engineers in many industries, beginning with military and manufacturing applications. One of the first recorded uses of these tools was by the British military in 1938, which coordinated and planned how to use the new technology of radar to deploy troops and resources, as detailed in “What is Operations Research” on the High School Operations Research website. With efficiency and organization being two core IE principles, project management naturally meshed with industrial engineering and has become a distinct segment of most IE curriculums.

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