Make Using Lean Thinking to Help Solve Societal Problems Your New Year’s Resolution

Lean consultant Christopher Chapman shares some inspiring words for 2021. He asks us to “reflect on lessons learned, in true kaizen fashion, and consider the most impactful problems to tackle in 2021.” He points to President-elect Joe Biden’s top priorities for his administration for guidance on where to prioritize our efforts in 2021: Control the […]

Automating Income Recovery for UK Prisoners

Following completion of a Government-owned Company’s (GovCo) first Fiscal Year, it was identified that the core fee for maintenance services within the prison estate was insufficient due to high volumes of vandalism across sites which significantly increased the reactive workload. It was agreed that reactive maintenance tasks that resulted from vandalism or misuse would require […]

Easing Election Day delays through industrial and systems engineering – Problem Solved Podcast

An interview about research done by IISE members Laura Albert of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Gretchen Macht at the University of Rhode Island on efforts to streamline procedures for in-person voting on Election Day to deal with https://podcast.iise.org/episodes/election-day-process-improvement-through-industrial-and-systems-engineering

Using Lean to Improve Elderly Care in Norway

The Borough of Vestre Toten in Norway, initiated a lean transformation back in 2011 to tackle the out-of-control costs and deficit. The transformation began in the elderly care centers, which were offering an increasing number of services with little extra funding. Some examples of how Lean Thinking is applied at the borough’s home care service: […]

Gov. Ricketts Highlights Process Improvement Successes during State’s Coronavirus Response

Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services (DAS) highlighted process improvement successes in Nebraska state government related to the State’s coronavirus response.  The Center of Operational Excellence (COE) is a division within DAS and leads an enterprise-wide effort to instill a culture of continuous improvement throughout state government.  The COE utilizes Lean […]