Performance by Kevin McManus

A powerful question: What’s new?
As I pass the 40-year milestone as an industrial engineer, and my son approaches his 20-year marker, one question relative to our profession stands out: How much has the industrial and systems engineering profession changed? The question amuses me to no end and is always good for a smile.

Management by Steve Snelling

Applications of benchmarking for analysis projects
Benchmarking for analysis projects is very tour- and interview-oriented, and is a good way to get new ideas and identify best practices. It’s usually part of a larger ISEtype analysis project.

Supply Chain by Jim Tompkins

The 5 principles of responding to uncertainty
I assume you are reading this column in ISE magazine because you, like me, are a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professional. Here are two general observations.

Manufacturing by Shahrukh A. Irani

For job shops, Lean reduces flexibility
Every manufacturer aspires to become Lean like Toyota. However, every highmix low-volume (HMLV) manufacturer that desires to be competitive and profitable cannot sacrifice flexibility. Ensuring that flexibility and Lean coexist and complement each other is a headache for any small, medium or large job shop.