IE Talk: Project Management Talk Summary

There are Industrial Engineers who are project managers and consulting for small and large businesses. In a master’s program at USC, Project Management (PM) is one of the courses taught. Knowing PM is an important IE tool as well.

The PM framework from the Project Management Institute (PMI) help any individuals going into consulting and focusing on project management to stay focused and on task as they balance scope, time, cost and budget. Unlike what was emphasized from the presentation, we as Industrial Engineers are more inclined to emphasize quality first or doing the right thing at all cost if we have our ways. We need to build up, maintain, integrate or improve any systems/processes with quality as the focus to help drive down delivery time and cost (TPS).  In reality though, we have to deal with the real world that quality can be costly. Hence, we, like the project managers, need to balance time, cost and quality.

Dr. Eli Tabesh was a speaker at an event with NIPOC last March 3, 2016. It was attended by IIE members and non-members alike. She has been a project manager for years and she gladly shared her lessons as a project manager with her audience.


On Approaching the Project:

According to Dr. Tabesh, project manager starts with data analysis to understand the problem. It is also imperative that one becomes familiar with the industry of focus, to get some training and to get support from other department to be familiar with the environment.
Project manager is a juggler and ties time, scope, budget and quality. There are multitude of challenges, namely
scope ambiguity, the need to manage and control certain level of detail as well as the multi-project and competing resources environment.

On Standardization:

Certainly, like any problem, the approach depends on the type of problem or in this case, project. PM methodologies depends on the project. She highlighted her experience with startups and find that startups are challenging in that “they do not have things in order because they are just starting.” Dr. Tabesh worked on standardizing their processes. In her role as project manager at a startup, she “puts in the process in writing for audit purposes.”

Other PM methodologies she applied in the pasts are the following (Project Management Institute):
• Agile – This is for small goals that are monitored closely and reporting is daily.
• Scrum – This is different from agile. It is time defined and popular in system design.
• Rapid application development – This is good with research and development (R&D) environment.
• System developing life cycle – Commonly used with government contracts and involves heavy documentation.
• Gate process – This is also good for R&D environment, new product, innovation management, service request management, merger acquisition, procurement, or IT project. It uses decision value management & gates to deliver efforts.

On Tools and Techniques:

Here are some of her common once:
• Project dashboard
• Reports
• Project summary sheet
• Project review sheet
• Project deliverables (used by PM Office; streamlining templates)

Dr. Tabesh refers to the PMI as her source for all project management tools and networking.


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IE Talk on Healthcare Systems Engineering Summary

Industrial engineers can assist the ailing healthcare systems by identifying and eliminating various controllable wastes and redesigning it such that the integration between systems, people, material/equipment and information will be unbroken.

The talk by Dr. Bo Oppenheim highlighted a lot of challenges for this structure that will certainly require concurrent engineering skills to course correct. For instance, the applications of a simulation technique and one of the seven quality tools helped realized the increased throughput in a chemistry lab by 81%. Keeping the status quo will continue to inflate the US healthcare costs. According to Dr. Oppenheim’s research, for each [$1 spent in healthcare] in the UK, the US [spends $2.50]. US Healthcare system can be better especially by eliminating the wastes that inflates these cost.

Industrial engineers certainly have the aptitude to make this system better. Are we up to the challenge? Share some comments in the box below.

Thank you to Dr. Oppenheim for sharing his insight during the presentation and Q&A with the group of IIE professionals and student members and non-members.

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IE Talk: Healthcare Systems Engineering

You are invited to a talk with:

Bohdan Oppenheim: Healthcare Systems Engineering


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Professor Bo Oppenheim will provide some insights to the following and more: How do we look at healthcare from a systems perspective? How can the application of lean be made successful in healthcare?

March 19, 2016

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Loyola Marymount University  |   1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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About the Speaker

Bohdan “Bo” W. Oppenheim is a Professor of Systems Engineering at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Director of the Healthcare Systems Engineering graduate program, and founder and co-chair of INCOSE Lean Systems Engineering Working Group, one of the largest Groups of INCOSE. He is regarded as a leading expert in the application of Lean in healthcare, systems engineering, project, and program management. He co-led the large international project developing Lean Enablers for Systems Engineering (LEfSE), and served as an expert in the joint INCOSE-PMI-MIT project developing Lean Enablers for Managing Engineering Programs, integrating Lean Systems Engineering with Lean Project Management. HeDr. Oppenheim authored the book Lean for Systems Engineering with Lean Enablers for Systems Engineering (Wiley, 2011), co-authored the book The Guide to Lean Enablers for Systems Engineering (PMI, INCOSE, MIT-LAI, 2012), and co-authored the book Lean for Banks (Productivity Press, Oct. 2014). He wrote three other books, four book chapters, and 30 journal publications. He was awarded two Shingo Awards, INCOSE Fellowship, INCOSE Best Product Award, INCOSE Service Award, and other recognitions. His engineering degrees include Ph.D. from Southampton, U.K.; Graduate Engineer’s Degree from MIT; MS from Stevens Institute of Technology; and B.S. (equiv.) from Warsaw University of Technology in Aeronautics. His industrial experience spans healthcare, offshore, space, software, transportation and mechanical engineering, including several major aerospace programs. His consulting customers include most major aerospace companies in the U.S. and Europe, Kaiser Permanente, High Speed Rail, Caltrans, and 150 smaller companies across the globe. He presented over 50 invited lectures, seminars and workshops on Lean in 17 countries on three continents. His credits include $2.5 million in externally funded grants.


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You’re invited to a talk on Project Management Life Cycle

Hear some perspectives about Project management from industry practitioners. Come and join some of your fellow IIE members.

Hosted by the Network of Iranian-American Professional of Orange County (NIPOC)

Date: March 3, 2016

Location: ETAP Learning Center
17 Goodyear Irvine, CA 92614

Fees: NIPOC & IIE Members $5  |  Students $5  |  Non-members $15


The following topics will be discussed: What constitute a project, what are project manager responsibilities, project life cycle, project management methods, where and how to use them and finally a brief discussion of Earned value Management.

About the Speaker

Elahe Tabesh a Professional Program Manager starts her carrier in 1990. She has been working in Energy, Aerospace and Software industries for the past 26 years. She has worked at various technical and managerial capacities for companies such as Boeing, Raytheon, NASA and Schlumberger. She is a graduate of University of Tehran and earned a PhD degree from Syracuse University. She has worked on diverse set of projects including design and develops space systems, sensor systems, signal processing, design and develop database application. She has been a program manager/project manager for the past six years which at this position she has led programs with up to $12 M annual budget.

Presently she is working with Wynne Systems where she has lunched the project Management Office.



End of Year Meeting & Banquet

Come join us to celebrate the end of the year!

Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant Y Cantina
6270 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90803

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  • Dinner (Select from Pre-Fixe Menu)
  • 2015 in Review (10 minutes)
  • Recognition – Member Success Stories, Facility Tour Hosts, Special Recognition (10 minutes)
  • Incoming President’s Message (5 minutes)
  • Group Game

The fee will include a pre-fix menu and a drink. RSVP by selecting your meal from the choices provided.  Looking forward to seeing you at Acapulco, Long Beach on the 12th of December.

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Industrial Engineer Position at Boston Scientific, Valencia CA

Job Title: Engineer II, Industrial

The Lean Industrial Engineer will work with key business partners to drive value improvement guided by lean principles in the production and/or office environment in order to support business strategy and priorities.


Key Responsibilities:

• Champion, mentor and coach the Production Unit core teams in the use of the Lean and Production Essentials including key tools and concepts such as Work Content Graphs, Flow/Pull, Visual Management, 5S, and Standard Work.
• Perform time studies, capacity analysis, line balancing and VSM
• Perform financial analysis for capital equipment purchases and Value Improvement Projects
• Lead and coach cross functional problem solving and process improvement teams.
• Coordinate and lead Kaizen events and facility layout projects across the Production Units.
• Identify and drive Production Unit wide, cross-functional site and/or divisional projects.
• Create and update labor standards per policy.
• Develop and conduct Lean and/or Lean Business Process training programs for employees at all levels and departments.
• Work across plant network and/or divisions to develop and/or refine Essentials series.
• Mentor co-ops, interns or other team members.

Basic Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Industrial Engineering) with 2+ years of experience related to Lean, Continuous Improvement, Process Optimization or Problem Solving Activities in a production and/or office environment.
• Or Master’s Degree with specialization, internships or project work in Lean, Continuous Improvement, Process Optimization or Problem Solving in a production and/or office environment.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Trained in Six Sigma, Lean, and Continuous Improvement, Process Optimization and/or Problem Solving methodology (mandatory).
• Lean Champion/Sensei, Shingo, or Six Sigma Black Belt certification a plus.
• Supply chain and packaging experience
• Highly Skilled with Excel, MS Project, AutoCAD , Simulation and ERP systems

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IIE LA/OC at CPP Pomona: “Adv. Excel & BI Workshop”

If you missed the first Adv. Excel and BI workshop last Oct 23 at USC, LA, you have another chance to attend and further advance your skills in Excel. Don’t miss it!

Presentation by Michael Duncan, IIE President

Leverage the full power of MS Excel at your workplace and for your professional advancement with this workshop. Come and join us.

Open to Members and Non-Members, Professionals and students.

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The IIE Los Angeles/Orange County chapter’s October event will be a hands-on workshop for one of the most frequently used analysis tools worldwide: Microsoft Excel. Bring your laptop and join us at USC for a lab that will include discussion and demonstration of intermediate to advanced topics, such as:

– spreadsheet and dashboard design
– pivot tables and charts
– lookup, format and parsing functions
– time intelligence
– introduction to Power BI tools (PowerPivot, PowerQuery, Power Maps)

Included with the tickets are:

  • Training handout materials
  • Refreshments
  • Parking

Thanks to the CPP IIE Student Chapter for assisting us with the venue.

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IIE LA/OC presents: “Advanced Excel & Power BI Lab”

October 23rd, 2015 | 6 – 7:30


The IIE Los Angeles/Orange County chapter’s October event will be a hands-on workshop for one of the most frequently used analysis tools worldwide: Microsoft Excel. Bring your laptop and join us at USC for a lab that will include discussion and demonstration of intermediate to advanced topics, such as:

– spreadsheet and dashboard design
– pivot tables and charts
– lookup, format and parsing functions
– time intelligence
– introduction to Power BI tools (PowerPivot, PowerQuery, Power Maps)

Details as follows:

Date: October 23rd, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Location: USC – OHE 120
Cost: $30  |  Covers registration and a special packet, including a USB drive with workshop files, and other useful items.

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