Lean division

Lean Division

About the division

The Lean Division collaborates with IISE to support the mission of the institute, provide member value and promote the entire discipline. Members of this division are interested in advancing their knowledge of lean practices across industry domain. Focus areas include healthcare process improvements, non-traditional lean implementations, use of six sigma and value engineering methods as well as critical thought leadership on various strategic, operational and organizational initiatives. The division members host the annual lean best practice award, the lean teaching award and the lean best student paper competition. The lean division is perceived as the voice of technical specialty by developing, maintaining and disseminating a body of technical knowledge in domain of lean and continuous improvement practices.

Lean Division Bylaws

Lean Board of Directors

Join us for the Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference 2018  - LEANing into Six Sigma Organizational Transformation

Join us Sept. 24-26 in Atlanta to learn for academic and industry experts the latest discoveries and advancement in the applications and research of Lean Six Sigma. Bring your knowledge to the next level and grow your career. Network with attendees from across the country and share your insights.

ELSS is the global hub for organizational transformation discoveries fueled by Lean and Six Sigma thinking. Hear keynote presentations from; Norman L. Firchau, Ph.D., president and CEO of Porsche Consulting Group, Lukasz Mazur, Ph.D., assistant professor at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and Amanda Mewborn, Piedmont Healthcare. Featured speaker will be Col. Howard McInvale, U.S. Military Academy West Point.

In addition to these knowledgeable keynote and featured speakers, ELSS has more than 40 sessions and a panel session taught by subject matter professionals covering topics in Lean & Six Sigma, Healthcare, Industrial Engineering Skills, Quality Systems & Standards, Engineering Management, Work Measurement and Supply Chain Management. Click here to check out the sessions being offered and build your conference itinerary.

Come early for a pre-conference workshop “Developing Lean Thinkers” and stay late for one of two post-conference facility tours Chick-fil-A or Emory Healthcare.

Click here to learn more information on the conference website.

Lean Division awards/competitions

IISE's Lean Division offers a number of awards to recognize the contribution of individuals to advancing the knowledge and practice of lean concepts.

Lean Division Teaching Award

The Lean Division Teaching Award is given out annually to honor the services of a person or group of people who have developed curriculum and disseminated courses in the subject area. The lean division now invites nominations for the Annual Lean Teaching Award. The award will be given each year at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, if there is a suitable recipient.

2018 Winner
Dusan Sormaz

Past Winners

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Lean Division Best Student Paper Competition

This award is sponsored by J T. and the Late Carol Black
The annual IISE Lean Division Best Student Paper Competition will be held to honor outstanding papers in the field of lean research and practices. The papers should demonstrate or describe the use of techniques such as simulation, lean principle implementation, alternative designs, kaizen implementation, etc. Both undergraduate and graduate students and design teams are invited to submit papers. The award will be given each year at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo, if there is a suitable recipient. Three awards may be given upon recommendation of the selection committee.

The winners must present their papers in the Lean Systems Track at the IISE Annual Conference & Expo.

2018 Winner
Gabriela Anahi Morales Mata
Univesidad de Monterrey (UDEM)
"Increase Ambulance Responsiveness Eliminating Waste"

Past Winners

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Lean Best Practice Competition

The Lean Division of IISE administers its annual industry best practice award and invites applications from organizational teams for the Lean Best Practice Competition.

The Lean Best Practice Competition recognizes organizations for innovative and effective implementation of lean principles and practices that deliver exemplary business performance improvement. Every year the lean division conducts the award competition to promote successful implementation of lean by recognizing best in class industries and sharing their stories with others. This is a very prestigious award for a team and their industry.

The award will be bestowed to the top three teams and be presented at the upcoming IISE Annual Conference & Expo.

2018 Winner
Alberto Rodriguez Perales and Rodo Baldo Banda Sepulveda
Jabil Circuit Co., De Chihuahua, Mexico
"Family Medical Care Services"

Past Winners

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Lean Division Newsletters

January 2018
November 2017
May 2016 
February 2016

Archived Newsletters

Lean Features

Feature Article

Value Network Mapping by Shahrukh A. Irani

Kaizen-The systematic, organized improvement of processes by those who operate them, using straightforward methods of analysis. It is a "do it now" approach to continuous incremental improvement to create more value with less muda. Kaizen establishes what needs to be done and instills the principles of continuous improvement. Also call point kaizen, process kaizen or blitz.

Cycle time-The total time one piece of product or one transaction resides in a process activity. It includes the setup time, process time, waiting for other units processed in the batch until the batch is released to the next process step.

Search the IISE online dictionary of industrial engineering terminology.

Click here for lean definitions.

Ask the Expert

Question: What is the difference between Lean and Six Sigma methodologies?

Answer: Essentially, Six Sigma and Lean systems have the same goal. They both seek to eliminate waste and create the most efficient system possible, but they take different approaches toward achieving this goal. In simplest terms, the main difference between Lean and Six Sigma is that they identify the root cause of waste differently.

Lean practitioners believe that waste comes from unnecessary steps in the production process that do not add value to the finished product, while Six Sigma proponents assert that waste results from variation within the process.

Of course, there is truth in both of these assessments, which is why both Lean and Six Sigma methodologies have been so successful in improving overall business performance in a variety of fields. In fact, these two disciplines have proven to be especially successful when working in tandem - hence the creation of Lean Six Sigma.

Source: Villanova University 


Connect with the LinkedIn IISE Lean Division group

The IISE Lean Division has a LinkedIn group. Our group is a subgroup of the IISE LinkedIn group and is a great place to network, learn and share virtually with other lean practitioners from various backgrounds and across different industries. We have nearly 400 members and are looking forward to welcoming more members.

If you have not yet joined the group –  click here to do so. Read quick tips on making this group a value-added resource for everyone.