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Monthly Archives: November 2007

Corn Fields and Anti-bodies

30/11/2007 |

Jack Hipple

Managing Innovation–A View from the Experts

The September 24 edition of the Wall Street Journal contained a special section focusing on their annual innovation awards. A panel discussion (including IDEO, Packer Design, Cisco, and Google) was held. Both the … Read More

The Four Archetypes

28/11/2007 |

Cass PursellIn my last post, I referenced a recent article found on Forbes.com. The article, “Built for Innovation”, was written by Stephen Wunker and George Pohle. Wunker leads the healthcare, financial services, and telecom industry practices at Innosight, one of … Read More

I’m Going to Eat Your Brains and Gain Your Knowledge

27/11/2007 |

Michael S. Slocum

OK not really. However, I am going to describe an approach to innovation that does allow you to leverage the intellectual capabilities of OTHER problem solvers for the generation of solutions to YOUR problems.  This can be achieved … Read More

Mimicking Innovation

27/11/2007 |

Cass PursellFor every Google, for every Nintendo, there are a thousand copy cats. Success breeds imitation in innovation, as in everything else. But what is striking to me about the organizations that attempt to mimic another company’s successful innovation process … Read More

National Innovation Initiative

12/11/2007 |

Praveen Gupta

In 2005 US Congress passed the innovation act with the intent of increasing research investment, increasing science and technology talent, and developing an innovation infrastructure. The legislation required to establish the President’s Council on Innovation for promoting innovation in … Read More

Intellectual Property Protection

09/11/2007 |

Praveen Gupta

In recent discussions about intellectual property it has been reiterated that only about 5% of patents are of any significant value, and the rate of success for R&D driven innovation is also about 4 – 5%. So, I am … Read More

Can Johnny Innovate?

07/11/2007 |

James Todhunter

Innovation consultant and occasional blogger Jim Belfiore is teasing us with “Why Johnny Can’t Innovate – Introductory Article.”  In this post, Jim promises to deliver us some interesting insights into the challenges that keep engineers and designers from become … Read More

ETRIA – Day 1 Afternoon

06/11/2007 |

Ellen Domb

The main conference opened in the afternoon with greetings from the Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce, and the joint sponsors, Dr. Rolf Herb from TRIZ Centrum and Prof. Gaetano Cascini from ETRIA. Gaetano announced that the membership meeting on Thursday will … Read More

European TRIZ Association TRIZ Futures 2007—Day 1 Morning

06/11/2007 |

Ellen Domb

Today is the beginning of the European TRIZ Association TRIZ Futures 2007, in Frankfurt, Germany. Most sessions have either 2 or 3 simultaneous papers. See www.etria.net for the full program—I’ll only report on the papers and sessions that I participate in. I’m … Read More

2007 TRIZ Conferences

06/11/2007 |

Ellen Domb

August-November have been very busy and interesting conference months. The TRIZ Journal will reprint some of the best papers from each conference (with thanks to the authors and the conference organizers) but I am a great believer in the … Read More

Increasing Light Extraction Efficiency with TRIZ

05/11/2007 |

A light emitting diode (LED) is a semi-conductor device, which emits light by electrons moving from a point of high energy to a point of low energy when electric power is applied to it. They are in widespread use and increasing their efficiency is important.Read More

TRIZ: Solving Problems in Outer and Inner Space

05/11/2007 |

The value of TRIZ is demonstrated in small projects as often as it is demonstrated in large projects. One project can have numerous problems with one inventive solution that can lead to more opportunities for ideality.Read More

Design Features for Next Generation Technology Products

05/11/2007 |

This case study focuses on a process to identify innovative features using the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) techniques – navigating through design for a telematics and fleet management product.Read More

Welcome to the November 2007 Issue of The TRIZ Journal!

05/11/2007 |

TRIZ in space! TRIZ under water! TRIZ in windows! TRIZ is everywhere this November! With a successful case study on the success of efficiency improvements to making sure that your business is adequately prepared for potential problems, TRIZ is there.Read More

Using the Contradiction Matrix to Improve Airflow

05/11/2007 |

Windows are an integral part of our "home sweet home," workplace and any number of establishments that want to be open to keep an eye on the world. Windows solve a major physical contradiction: "I want to be in and want to be out."Read More

Innovation–There and Not There

01/11/2007 |

Jack Hipple

In a Business Week issue last year (Special Report,12/11/06) there was a fascinating article about Best Buy (the giant electonics retailer) pushing the limits of workers not being required to be at their workplaces. This follows trends established by … Read More

Reflecting On Past Innovations

01/11/2007 |

James Todhunter

Everything is new at one time or another.  Of course, nothing stays that way.  I am reminded of this everyday.  However, it is easy to forget the innovations of the past as progress continues at its every quickening pace … Read More