PERSPECTIVES

Kevin McManus

Performance by Kevin McManus

Understanding creatures of habit 
That human beings are creatures of habit is significant to industrial and systems engineers in particular. Studying human behavior helps us identify the possible asymmetric advantages in time utilization. Such analysis helps us better understand patterns in process and system performance.

Paul Engle

Management by Paul Engle

Root cause – who, what, so what?
Most lean Six Sigma practitioners utilize root cause analysis in problem-solving. This approach relies on many tools, including “the five whys.” Our experience shows most problem identification can be summarized by asking three questions: who, what and so what?

Peter Woodbridge

Health Systems by Peter Woodbridge

Quality in healthcare is not what it seems
How do we measure “increase likelihood?” Is the baseline for improvement the natural course of an illness? Is it ethical to let a disease run its natural course when a cure is available? How do we account for individual patient differences? What is “current professional knowledge?”

Paul Templin

Manufacturing by Paul Templin

Why I am an industrial engineer
Solutions that are intuitive to an industrial engineer are not always intuitive to others. To paraphrase an adage, industrial engineering common sense is only common if you are an industrial engineer.

Caitlin Kenney

Career Enhancement by Caitlin Kenney

Rewards of volunteering as a PE
I have been working on outreach initiatives for ISE professional engineering for a few years now. As a professional engineer, the opportunity to talk with fellow and future industrial and systems engineers is personally very rewarding. It provides an invaluable opportunity to create a dialogue about ISE and the importance of licensure.

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