PERSPECTIVES

Kevin McManus 

Performance by Kevin McManus

Buzzword fusion triggers confusion
In the business world, it appears some folks are resorting to buzzword fusion in an attempt to sell more of the same tools to people who have yet to learn to use them correctly. It’s coming soon to a workshop near you – balanced scorecards meet Six Sigma. It is more powerful than "Sharknado!"

Paul Engle 

Management by Paul Engle

Succeeding in the new economy
As any lean practitioner will attest, most processes are riddled with non-value-added activities. Eliminating waste produces many benefits aside from cost and labor savings, including reduced cycle time, lower investment and improved customer satisfaction. Implementing continuous improvement activities that lead to significant improvements in productivity can reduce the risk of staff turnover.

William "Ike" Eisenhauer 

Health Systems by William "Ike" Eisenhauer

The time has come for nursing engineering
Enough years of exploration into the symbiosis of engineers in the healthcare domain have passed since the Institutes of Medicine and National Academy of Engineering report was released. But after more than 10 years we still do not have a truly integrated educational/professional program to take advantage of these successes.

Paul Templin 

Manufacturing by Paul Templin

Automation is fickle, but optimization is forever
Yogi Berra is famous for saying "déjà vu all over again," and one joy of growing older is experiencing the irony of this redundant phrase. Education, politics and even engineering are not immune to recycling old ideas with new labels. Take factory automation as an example.

Ricardo Valerdi 

Systems Engineering by Ricardo Valerdi

Systems engineering across federal agencies
In March, I attended the 13th Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research at Stevens Institute of Technology. Chris Paredis, program director for the Engineering and Systems Design Program at the National Science Foundation, moderated a panel session about engineering complex systems across U.S. federal agencies. Here are highlights from some panelists’ remarks.

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