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Monthly Archives: June 2007

Failing Upward

30/06/2007 |

Cass Pursell

Learning to ice skate when I was seven, the tip of my skate caught a slight imperfection in the otherwise glassy frozen pond at Cascade Park in Jackson, Michigan. I hit the ice face first, my hands losing the … Read More

Survey Says…

28/06/2007 |

Katie Barry

Thanks to all Real Innovation readers who took our survey last week! The survey has closed and the results are being tabulated. After a quick (and far from complete) look at your responses, you’ve provided some good suggestions and directions … Read More

Your Company Needs to be Durable and Great

27/06/2007 |

Michael Cyger

I posted today on the iSixSigma Blogosphere entitled “Durable and Great.” It has to do with your company becoming both durable (good at execution) and great (good at innovation). The two need to go hand in hand. Read “Durable … Read More

Creating the Impetus for Design for Lean Six Sigma

25/06/2007 |

Michael S. Slocum

Design for Lean Six Sigma (DfLSS) is a phase-gated integration of world-class methodologies that are utilized in a synergistic fashion to convert the voice of the customer (VOC) and/or the voice of society (VOS) into a commercialized product … Read More

Strategy, Discipline and Six Sigma Drive Innovation Effectiveness

25/06/2007 |

Michael Cyger

Those that rate their efforts most effective say they rely on a clear strategy and systematic methodologies, according to a new survey of 1,000 business professionals released in the July/August 2007 issue of iSixSigma Magazine.

The result I expected … Read More

Innovation – Why?

20/06/2007 |

Praveen Gupta

Why Innovation?

Recent buzz has started the launching of a new fad, innovation. Is it really new? Innovation has been with mankind forever, so what is new about it now? Why suddenly are we asking for innovation? In one … Read More

Reader Survey Time!

14/06/2007 |

Katie Barry

Real Innovation began its first reader survey today. Those of you who subscribe to our weekly newsletter have already been sent a notice, but I’d like to encourage ALL Real Innovation visitors to take a few minutes and answer … Read More

Queueing Theory

11/06/2007 |

Katie Barry

An article in today’s Wall Street Journal discusses the importance of queueing theory in innovation – in this case keeping product pipelines flowing in order to not be bogged down by ideas. The George Group (consultants) helped Avery Dennison Corp. … Read More

Chasing Innovation (Your Economic Life Depends on It)

09/06/2007 |

Cass PursellWilliam is a guy I work with. Ever since he drunkenly proclaimed at happy hour that he has royalty in his family tree he’s been known around the office as Prince William.

He’s a bright guy – a business … Read More

Improvement and Innovation

05/06/2007 |

Praveen Gupta

Improvement and Innovation

Recent BusinessWeek articles have been singing obituaries of Six Sigma, and giving birth to innovation. According to a recent article, the two could not co-exist because Six Sigma has been used for efficiency, and innovation for … Read More

Innovation and Six Sigma

04/06/2007 |

Katie Barry

Or should it be innovation OR Six Sigma? Innovation with a hint of Six Sigma? Innovation and Six Sigma separate but equal? It’s a topic covered on this site (see below) and, this week, in Business Week’s quarterly “Inside … Read More

A New Problem-solving Algorithm

04/06/2007 |

Historically, each TRIZ tool was developed (and could be used) independently for problem solving. That is why each tool had its own mini-algorithm. This work is a revision of the main TRIZ tools so that they work together as parts of the same system.Read More

Welcome to the June 2007 Issue of The TRIZ Journal!

04/06/2007 |

Editor Katie Barry wrote commentaries reporting on her four days at the Front End of Innovation conference in May. Editors Ellen Domb and Michael Slocum – along with other commentators – regularly share their thoughts and insights, too.Read More

Predicting Innovations for the Years 2020-2060

04/06/2007 |

Predictions of innovations, based on scientific and technical expertise, are more reliable than people usually think. Using nine screens, patterns of evolution and other TRIZ tools they can be further improved.Read More

Student Corner: the Optimistic Magic of Sorbents

04/06/2007 |

Sorption is the ability of mostly porous materials to absorb solid particles, gaseous matters or liquids from other materials. It is likely that you would use just a simple sponge to clean this spill, thus taking advantage of sorption.Read More

Case Study: Road Fleet Maintenance

04/06/2007 |

Contradiction matrix application, in an unusual area as road transport fleet maintenance and in a brake system, demonstrates that the scope of applications of TRIZ use is practically unlimited.Read More