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Lean needs both pictures  

Lean needs both pictures

Lean is often said to be a philosophy that is intended to produce a lean culture throughout the organization. Unfortunately, business in today’s world is too fast and competitive for any initiative to be pursued for its own sake. What is needed is a way for lean practitioners to show how their improvements can be coordinated with the larger processes of the company in a way that improves the organization’s operational metrics.
By Aaron J. Armstrong and Gregory W. Diehl 

How to prepare for reality  

How to prepare for reality

No amount of classroom learning can replace what you experience in your time working. Reflecting back on my first years out of college to my first professional role as an industrial engineer, some helpful tips could help young professional engineers feel more confident and prepared to tackle their careers and first big assignments.
By Christina Kach 

A timely metric  

A timely metric

Although manufacturing critical-path time originated in manufacturing, it can be applied in other industries. MCT maps have been used for insights about patient flow through an emergency room and the flow of claims processing in an insurance operation. Improvement projects can lose focus because they have multiple goals, such as targets for cost, quality, efficiency, on-time delivery and so on. These goals might conflict and drive teams in different directions.
By Rajan Suri 

Improving logistics in India  

Improving logistics in India

Companies that can improve information accuracy and facilitate management through real-time information gain market share and earn a reputation as a technology leader. In India, the use of such technologies has been increasing over the years.
By Sidhartha S. Padhi and Pan Theo Grosse-Ruyken 

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