July 2014 |   Volume: 46 |   Number: 7
The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
The team formation bluesTeams are a mandatory fixture in high-performing organizations. Effective teams manage both the team process and the content of the team meeting. They manage, if not enhance, stronger team relationships. Effective teams optimize the cycle time required to complete a project, and they use formal problem-solving tools and data to find solutions. Unfortunately, most teams fall short in one or more areas.
The incredible shrinking workforceDecentralized entities achieve their missions by focusing on stakeholder requirements and developing business models to satisfy these needs. Today’s flat organizational structure requires controls, communication and performance metrics to align each individual group to the company’s strategy.
IEs hold the keys to effective designI do a lot of design and would consider any industrial engineer a designer. With the staff performing the work, I design processes. These processes, along with specifying who is doing the processes, are a piece of design that is essential before any architects can design a space. After all, how could an architect design an effective space without knowing the processes and the people who are going to work, live or play in the space?
The culture of your supply chainCulture is defined as the beliefs, customs, practices and social behavior of a particular group of people. But groups of people have beliefs, customs, practices and social behaviors that should have a major impact on the supply chains serving these groups of people. Let’s look at a few examples of how the culture of certain groups affects the supply chains that service them.