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Monthly Archives: May 2007

Complexity, Contradictions, and Cost

31/05/2007 |

Michael S. Slocum

The holy grail of business performance has long been the simultaneous realization of time, cost, and quality. The right product delivered at the right time with the right margin. I refer to this as the business excellence triad. … Read More

TRIZ in Forbes

28/05/2007 |

Katie Barry

Be sure to check out “Ten People Who Could Change the World” in Forbes. This article talks about world-changing breakthroughs and includes a section discussing TRIZ (The Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) by Genrich Altshuller and his colleagues – … Read More

Measures of Innovation

20/05/2007 |

Praveen Gupta

Why everyone wants to measure innovation without understanding the innovation process and its elements. I have seen, similar expectation for other performance measurements when we first want to get handle on some measures, fit some statistics to the numbers, … Read More

Over Innovation

19/05/2007 |

Ellen Domb

Our friend Roni Horowitz introduces the concept “over innovation” in his recent ASIT newsletter.  For more about his work, his courses and books, see  The rest of this commentary is reprinted from his newsletter 282–thanks, Roni!

Why do … Read More

Innovation Epicycles

14/05/2007 |

Michael S. Slocum

“”Adding epicycles” has, thanks to the many attempts to make the obviously failed earth-centered model work, come to be used as a derogatory comment in modern scientific lingo. If one continues to try to adjust a theory to … Read More

Last Day of Front End of Innovation

11/05/2007 |

Katie Barry

It was another jam-packed day of innovation ideas today and now that I’m back in my hotel room, I’m ready to share what I listened to today.

The morning keynote speaker was Dustan E. McCoy, Chairman & CEO of … Read More

Day 2 of the Front End of Innovation

10/05/2007 |

Katie Barry

Dale McIntyre with PDMA welcomed everyone (500-600 of us) to day one of the main Front End of Innovation conference.

Conference chairman Peter Koen followed and presented some best practices in the front end and led us through … Read More

Front End of Innovation Conference

09/05/2007 |

Katie Barry

I’m in Boston this week, attending the Front End of Innovation conference. This afternoon the full conference began with a kickoff keynote by Peter Diamandis, M.D., best known as the founder of the X Prize and who wears a … Read More

TRIZ in Industrial Technology Education

07/05/2007 |

TRIZ provided a powerful systematical approach for a technology graduate student to approach a problem regarding fuel cell research. TRIZ education is a valuable part of students’ programs of study and helps them find solutions to unfamiliar problems.Read More

Improving Lift/pump Stations Using TRIZ

07/05/2007 |

A significant problem in all technological processes is reducing energy expenditures. One way to solve this problem is to apply energetically self-sufficient technological processes – for example, through the use of a siphon.Read More

Welcome to the May 2007 Issue of The TRIZ Journal!

07/05/2007 |

At April’s TRIZCON2007, sponsored by the Altshuller Institute, Ellen Domb presented the history of the TRIZ Journal (and the celebration of its 10th anniversary) showing how TRIZ was used to solve the challenges of starting an online journal.Read More

Student Corner: the Applications of Shape Memory Alloys

07/05/2007 |

Shape memory alloy (SMA or memory metal) is a metal that "remembers" its initial geometry during transformations. The range of applications for SMAs has increased in recent years – in industries including medicine and aerospace.Read More

Taiwan TRIZ Association’s Call for Papers

07/05/2007 |

The Taiwan TRIZ Association was formed in 2005 and now boasts more than 200 members. Following the success of its first conference, the Taiwan TRIZ Association announces a call for papers for its second annual conference to be held December 15, 2007.Read More

Education in Innovation

05/05/2007 |

Praveen Gupta

In my earlier commentary, I was searching for courses on the process of innovation. While it is difficult to find courses on teaching the process of innovation, however, universities such as Harvard, University of Chicago, and Kellogg School of … Read More