PERSPECTIVES

Performance by Kevin McManus

Building a value stream atlas
Of all Lean tools, the value stream map has become my favorite. Perhaps this is because I have strong visual communication preferences. Maybe value stream maps help appease both the industrial and systems engineer in me, providing both micro and macro views of the pipeline between supplier and customer. My affection for value stream map may have simpler roots, however.


Management by Paul Engle

Reinventing your company
IBM reported its first quarterly growth in revenue (The Wall Street Journal, April 19, 2021) by changing its strategy from software and services to a hybrid cloud model. This would have been viewed as heresy a few years ago as mainframe computers and services provide the bulk of its profits. Cloud services appeared to be a death knell for a company that enjoyed legendary success powering the largest, most demanding markets, including financial services and governments.


Innovation by Nabil Nasr

Collaboration accelerates US climate action
On Jan. 27, President Joe Biden’s executive order, “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad,” outlined his administration’s ambitious goals on climate: To decarbonize the American electric grid by 2035, then the whole U.S. economy by 2050.


Health Systems by Valerie Boelman

'Engineer' is more than just a title
An engineering colleague and I interviewed a candidate for process improvement coordinator. When questioning us, she asked, “I know you are engineers, and that’s just a title, but what exactly is it that you do?”


Career Enhancement by Caitlin Kenney

PE part of a careerlong journey
For Capt. Richard McGrath, professional licensure has always been a lifelong personal and professional goal.

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