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Monthly Archives: March 2007

Innovation Payback

27/03/2007 |

Ellen Domb

A persistent trend in the growing literature on innovation is the drawing of lines: various authors draw the line between creativity and innovation in various ways and at various points, but the usual mode is to put creativity on … Read More

Back to the Bias-Sphere

26/03/2007 |

Michael S. Slocum

A couple of weeks have passed since I challenged you to make note of when you acted based on bias. I suggested that you record events where your bias or the minimum had too much influence on your actions … Read More

Innovation Survey

21/03/2007 |

Katie Barry

(March 27, 2007 – The survey is closed. Thank you for your participation!)

Some of you may have noticed a new link on our navigation menu to an Innovation survey being conducted by our sister website, iSixSigma. This survey … Read More

300- Only Part of the Story

19/03/2007 |

Michael S. Slocum

King Leonidas and a small Spartan contingent attempted to defend Thermopylae and all of Greece against the Persian invasion leads by the god-king Xerxes (480 BC). The recent movie, 300, depicts the stand these Spartans made against the … Read More

Innovation or Evolution?

14/03/2007 |

Michael Cyger

I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “All Companies Need Innovation; Hasbro Finds a New Magic” (2/26/07, page B1). I immediately got excited to read that title because a) most of my formidable years were … Read More

Why is Systematic Innovation So Hard?

07/03/2007 |

Michael Cyger

Jessica Harper, managing editor of iSixSigma Magazine, and I have been discussing the upcoming July/August issue of the magazine focused on innovation. We had what we thought was a simple idea for the cover story: find a company that … Read More

Applying TRIZ in Information Technology Outsourcing

05/03/2007 |

TRIZ techniques can be applied in the information technology outsourcing industry for both software engineering and invention of new business models. The TRIZ laws of technical system evolution can be used to predict market trends.Read More

Student Corner: the Gift of Serendipity

05/03/2007 |

Some people think that chance is the main factor behind inventions. If that is true, we need only wait for the proper chance. Serendipity is the ability to use inadvertently-received information for discoveries and inventions.Read More

Welcome to the March 2007 Issue of The TRIZ Journal!

05/03/2007 |

The saying in the Northern Hemisphere is that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, so it makes sense that The TRIZ Journal has a roaring assortment of TRIZ papers from five countries on three continents this month.Read More

Evaporating Contradictions – Physical And/or Technical

05/03/2007 |

Making a choice between a physical or technical contradiction is in itself another contradiction. When in any either/or discussion, the best answer is that a) we are asking the wrong question and b) adopting a both/and approach is preferable.Read More

Call for Papers

05/03/2007 |

The Mexican TRIZ Association (AMETRIZ) announces a call for papers for the Second Iberian and Latin American Conference on Technological Innovation.Read More

Creating Flow Using 5s and TRIZ

05/03/2007 |

5S (sort, straighten, shine, standardize, sustain) is one of the pillars of Lean manufacturing. TRIZ overcomes system disorganization by following the patterns of evolution and looking at the functioning of the objects.Read More

Beginning At the End

01/03/2007 |

Cass Pursell

Sometimes the end is the beginning. I recently changed jobs and changed cities, leaving behind truncated plans and plunging ahead into the chaos of the new. Information Technology, always central to my life but in the background like … Read More

The Bias-Sphere and the Lowest Energy State: Bathed in Mediocrity

01/03/2007 |

Michael S. Slocum

Each one of us operates within a set of constraints that is defined by a complex intersection of biases that we have accumulated. Let’s call this space our Bias-Sphere. These biases come from various sources: our educational background, … Read More