Lean division

Lean 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.

Lean Division bylaws 

Lean Board of Directors 

Lean Division awards

Lean Teaching Award

IISE's Lean Division offers a number of awards to recognize the contribution of individuals to advancing the knowledge and practice of lean concepts. The Lean Division's Teaching Award is given out annually to honor the services of a person or group of people who have developed curriculum and disseminated courses in the subject area. The Lean Division now invites nominations for the 9th Lean Teaching Award.

The award will be presented at the Honors and Awards Banquet at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, Orlando, Florida, from May 19-22, 2018.

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Lean Division Student Paper Competition

The 11th 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 award will be given each year at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, if there is a suitable recipient.

Three awards may be given upon recommendation of the selection committee.

The winners must present their papers in the Lean Systems Track at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, Orlando, Florida, from May 19-22.

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Lean Best Practice Award

The Lean Division of IISE administers its annual industry best practice award and invites applications from organizational teams for the Lean Best Practice Award 2018.

The Lean Best Practice Award recognizes organizations for innovative and effective implementation of Lean principles and practices that deliver exemplary business performance improvement. Every year IISE conducts the award competition to promote successful implementation of Lean by recognizing best in class industries and sharing their stories with others. This is a very prestigious award for a team and their industry.

The award will be bestowed to the top three teams and be presented at the upcoming IISE Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, May 19-22.

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Lean Features

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.

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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 


Connect with the LinkedIn IISE Lean Division group!
The IISE Lean Division has a LinkedIn group. 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.