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Monthly Archives: September 2007

The International Space Station Meets TRIZ

30/09/2007 |

Michael S. Slocum

The International Space Station is a massive undertaking coordinated by five national agencies (US, Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada) with participation from about a dozen other countries. In all, hundreds of companies and 100,000 people have been responsible … Read More

I’m Not Saying Executives Can Be Stubborn, But…

29/09/2007 |

Cass PursellHere’s an anecdote I came across recently that reminded me of why many businesses I’ve been involved with have trouble successfully implementing their innovation intentions. On Thursday, September 4, 1862, Lee’s army was headed north, crossing the Potomac. A … Read More

Microsoft National Innovation Forum – Part IV: The Album and Acknowledgements

29/09/2007 |

Praveen Gupta

Finally, thanks to everyone at the forum, and special thanks to Julie Gatzkiewicz for her superb photography!

Thanks to Simon, Joe, Don, and Shelley Stern Grach for inviting me to the Microsoft National Innovation Forum, and for granting permission to … Read More

Microsoft National Innovation Forum – Part III: Innovation Practices

28/09/2007 |

Praveen Gupta

Welcome to Day 2.

First presentation was titled Customer Needs Management in PLM given by Ed Miller, President of CIM Data. He asked if anyone knew what CIM stood for. He had to answer it, Computer Integrated Manufacturing. … Read More

Microsoft National Innovation Forum – Part II: MS Solutions

28/09/2007 |

Praveen Gupta

Don Richardson gave a presentation about innovation management.  He highlighted business challenges as follows:

  • New competition
  • Intensely increasing price and cost pressure
  • Ever shrinking product lifecycles
  • Increasing integration of the worlds economies
  • Major technology shifts

Don’s research shows … Read More

Microsoft National Innovation Forum – Part I: The Context

28/09/2007 |

Praveen Gupta

Last week I had a great opportunity to participate in an innovation forum organized by Microsoft in Redmond, WA. Participants included Microsoft’s customers, employees, and partners including affiliates, consultants, professors, and experts. Objective of the forum was to seek input … Read More

Right- and Left-Brained Thinking

27/09/2007 |

Jack Hipple

You’ve probably heard these expressions before, but have you spent some serious time thinking about what they mean? How they relate to innovation? Your organization? I’m going to oversimplify here given the space limits we have, and there’s obviously … Read More

Innovation Tours

26/09/2007 |

Praveen Gupta

The Scanlon Leadership Network, with 21 member companies, is committed to learning all they can about Innovation.  The members of the Network have always been innovative in their products, process and people systems but they decided to formally study … Read More

Vintage Drucker on Innovation

20/09/2007 |

Praveen Gupta

Going through my collection of books on innovation, I came across Peter Drucker’s book Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This book was first published in 1986! He was a visionary. It is interesting how he had distinguished the two disciplines. Most … Read More

Six Sigma Drives Innovation

18/09/2007 |

Katie Barry

Real Innovation’s sister site,, features a regular cartoon strip – the Cox-Box. Although his comics mainly focus on the trials and tribulations of Six Sigma, his newest strip tackles the question for how Six Sigma drives Innovation.

Click … Read More

Fun With False Choices

16/09/2007 |

Cass PursellFalse choices have aways been around in business, and they have always been frustrating to deal with, primarily because they are self-perpetuating. Raise your hand if you have heard a co-worker or, worse, someone in a leadership position, point … Read More

Seawolf Meets TRIZ

16/09/2007 |

Michael S. Slocum

The Seawolf attack submarine was originally commissioned by the US Navy as an advancement in defense against the world’s most capable submarine and surface threats. Commissioned for use in 1997, the Seawolf boasts sophisticated electronics for enhanced indications … Read More

Conference Musings: Sell Your Ideas

11/09/2007 |

Lynda Curtin

From Passion to Prosperity: How to build your business, sell your ideas and change the world…

I believe innovation is a people process; that it requires individual leadership. This professional development conference, sponsored by the Los Angeles chapter … Read More

Innovating From The Top – Method, Myth, or Madness?

11/09/2007 |

Bob Carter

There is a view that the clearest view of the Innovation horizon is from the top of the ladder but is this a fact or fiction?  It is true that industry leaders need to set an environment that enables … Read More

TRIZ Meets Cassini

06/09/2007 |

Michael S. Slocum

A joint effort of NASA and the European and Italian space agencies, the Cassini orbiter and Huygens probe were launched In 1997 to make a 934 million mile trip (10 times the distance to the sun) to visit … Read More

Process for Innovation

05/09/2007 |

Praveen Gupta

About two weeks ago, I attended the Process of Innovation conference in Chicago, organized by IQPC. Among so many conferences on innovation, this was the first attempt to learn more about the process of innovation. There were some  lessons … Read More

Melding Design and Strategy for Faster Innovation

04/09/2007 |

James Todhunter

In the September issue of the Harvard Business Review (one of my favorite publications), there is a short article titled “Innovate Faster by Melding Design and Strategy” by Ravi Chhatpar of Frog Design.  In the article, Ravi suggests … Read More

Anti-Age or Pro-Age: Dove Shifts the Conversation

04/09/2007 |

Lynda Curtin

Anti-Age: a popular slogan many in the beauty industry use to promote skin care products and treatments.  But, hopefully not for much longer … thanks to Dove’s new campaign, “beauty has no age limit” promoting their new line of … Read More

Last Day At The Third TRIZ Symposium in Japan

03/09/2007 |

Guest Commentator

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

The Final Day. 

Well it is over and what a conference it has been.  Before you all rush over next year, let me caution you that … Read More

Using Directional Drilling in Underground Construction

03/09/2007 |

Underground space is an important consideration in construction, especially from a civil engineering view. Not only does underground space provide the general environment for structures, but also their bases – including list pipelines, tunnels, etc.Read More