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Monthly Archives: August 2007


31/08/2007 |

Jack Hipple

You are probably trying to “innovate” in the context of your organization’s business and product line. I’ll bet you have all kinds of special phrases and jargon that you use to simplify the communication among people working in the … Read More

Report From The Third TRIZ Symposium in Japan

31/08/2007 |

Guest Commentator

Paul Filmore is reporting from The Third TRIZ Symposium in Japan.———

I’ve arrived here for my first visit to Japan.  I am so grateful that it is ‘cold’ so that I have time to acclimatise.  Fortunately I was given … Read More

Powerful Concepts: Valentino’s Secret Weapon

30/08/2007 |

Lynda Curtin

Imagine lasting 45 years in your business. What would it take? How would you adjust to dramatically changing business needs? Could you create a loyal following of dedicated customers that span generations?

Seventy-five year old Italian fashion designer … Read More

About Commentator: Lynda Curtin, The Opportunity Thinker

29/08/2007 |

Lynda Curtin

“By the end of this year we will have doubled our business since our creative thinking session with you, and we are 60% of the way to the goal. It’s almost time to raise the bar!“  – Dan Weare, … Read More

Making it Faster

29/08/2007 |

Cass PursellNot long ago, Nicolas Carr made a provocative assertion in the title of his now-famous article “IT Doesn’t Matter.” In asking whether IT mattered, Carr was being intentionally provocative as a way of getting the reader’s immediate attention. He … Read More

Lean Six Sigma Forum 2007 in Malaysia

29/08/2007 |

Katie Barry

This year’s Lean Six Sigma Forum takes place November 27-28 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This forum will focus on how Lean and Six Sigma interact and reinforce one another to help better manage business processes. Fourteen world-class businesses will … Read More

Remember, It’s Just a Tool

27/08/2007 |

Cass PursellSometimes in our enthusiasm for a program we can lose perspective on why the program is important. I’ve seen it time and again in organizations seeking to gain ISO certification or those adopting Six Sigma principles. The point of … Read More

Report from the Process of Innovation, Wednesday afternoon

23/08/2007 |

Ellen Domb

Cheryl Perkins from Kimberly-Clark fascinated the audience with her data on the lack of clear metrics in the innovation “space.”    She gave characteristics of good metrics, particularly the advantages of leading (vs. lagging) metrics.   The continuum of innovation requires … Read More

Report from the Process of Innovation – Wednesday Morning

22/08/2007 |

Ellen Domb

Wednesday morning started with Harry Flotemersch conducting a “Management Think Tank” workshop—he used the conference participants’ questions to pair them up and structure sessions for mutual help. Real Innovation Commentators Praveen Gupta and I had the most international table—people … Read More

Report from the Process of Innovation, Tuesday afternoon

21/08/2007 |

Ellen Domb

Lev Buslovich spoke about his experiences at both GE and Carlson Hotels Worldwide, as a black belt, MBB, and innovation advocate.   He talked about the communication and cultural differences between public and private companies, and showed the distribution of … Read More

Report from the Process of Innovation -Tuesday Morning

21/08/2007 |

Ellen Domb

The chairman’s opening address set the theme for the conference:   Joe Ficalora from SBTI used Steve Jobs’ quote, “Innovation is the difference between followers and leaders” as the kickoff message for the conference.   His Six Sigma background showed through … Read More

Report from the Process of Innovation Conference

20/08/2007 |

Ellen Domb

I’m in Chicago IL USA this week at the conference organized by IQPC on the Process of Innovation.  I’ll be reporting progressively throughout the week on the highlights of the conference.  (If anyone is reading this in the Chicago … Read More

Theories of Innovation

20/08/2007 |

Praveen Gupta

There has been much discussion lately about various innovation methodologies. As innovation is becoming an imperative for any for-profit organization, there is confusion about how to go about innovating. Many companies have been innovating for decades, so there must … Read More

Race Cars and Corporations

13/08/2007 |

Michael S. Slocum

Race cars have to perform three functions to be successful. One, they have to accelerate. Two, they have to brake. Three, they have to corner. If a car has any chance of winning, it has to perform all … Read More

Innovation is Different and So Are People

12/08/2007 |

Jack Hipple

When we are “innovating,” it is seldom that all the people we work with and interface with are the same as us from virtually any perspective. They have different backgrounds, experiences, motivations, and styles of behavior. These different type … Read More

Super Effects: the Synergistic Effects of TRIZ

06/08/2007 |

Just one trend of evolution (out of more than thirty) can be used as a competitive weapon. Trends not only tell us where our products are on their evolutionary journey versus a competitor’s product, for example, but also where products must evolve.Read More

Generalized Solutions for Su-field Analysis

06/08/2007 |

To help users carry out su-field analysis and find the right problem-solving solutions in an easy manner, this paper summarizes/condenses the 76 standard solutions into seven general principles with graphic demonstrations and examples.Read More

Protecting the Interior Surface of Sewage Pipelines

06/08/2007 |

As a result of bacterial activity, the strength of pipelines’ concrete weakens and leads to the destruction of pipes. An effective ways to protect this arching (vaulting) part of pipelines is to spray the pipeline interiors with protective solutions.Read More

Student Corner: Whiz Kids Create Award-Winning TRIZ Game

06/08/2007 |

We invented a fun, simple game to teach kids how to invent and problem solve, based on TRIZ principles. TRIZ was a complex methodology for engineers and so to eliminate complexity we used the principals of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon and Digimon cards.Read More

Welcome to the August 2007 Issue of The TRIZ Journal!

06/08/2007 |

August is yet another month full of TRIZ news and stories to share. As ever, we share articles that cover a variety of TRIZ topics, including a TRIZ game for children, a different way to look at su-field analysis and another paper presented at TRIZCON2007.Read More