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Monthly Archives: December 2007

Competitive Excellence

28/12/2007 |

Michael S. Slocum

“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” – Sun Tzu –

A great idea is never enough. Excellent execution is not enough. In today’s complex business environment, … Read More

It’s The End of the Year – Do You Know Where Your Innovation Process Is?

28/12/2007 |

Cass PursellDo a Google search on Innovation in 2007 and see what you return. Lists of cool inventions, next-generation product ideas. A conference or two. No mention, however, of ideas on improving innovation processes. To my mind, this is an … Read More

Balanced Innovation

28/12/2007 |

Bob Carter

In order to understand the relationship between Innovation and growth, it is necessary to first understand why some new product development (NPD) projects are successful while others fail. Funding the right NPD projects is a key leadership challenge that … Read More

Hey, You Got Your Innovative Ideas In My Process Expertise!

28/12/2007 |

Cass PursellPrematurely born innovations generally do not fare well when released too soon into the innovation pipeline. Further, we know from our experience with Lean Six Sigma that clogging the innovation pipeline with too many projects will cause the overall … Read More

VOC and Innovation, Friend or Foe?

28/12/2007 |

Bob Carter

At the recent PDMA Voice of the Customer Conference in Scottsdale, I moderated a panel that discussed whether the Voice of the Customer and Innovation are friends or foes.  Certain industry and thought leaders believe that Innovation gets derailed … Read More

Tens of Innovation

21/12/2007 |

Praveen Gupta

Learning innovation is critical for me in order to teach innovation. I read about other people’s work, and try to expand my understanding of innovation. Recent trend in offering recipes of innovations sound confounding to me. For example, some … Read More

What Did You Do This Year?

18/12/2007 |

Jack Hipple

What Have You Done in the Past Year?

It’s nearing the end of 2007 and it’s been a turbulent year for many businesses and organizations. Everyone seems to recognize the critical role that innovation plays in the long term … Read More

Forbes on Key Business Questions

17/12/2007 |

James Todhunter

I stumbled across an article on Forbes discussing “The 20 Most Important Questions In Business”.  The importance of innovation to a businesses strategy is underscored by this list of questions.  Here are some of the questions identified by Forbes … Read More

Crowd Innovation

13/12/2007 |

James Todhunter

“Avoid the crowd.  Do your own thinking independently.  Be the chess player, not the chess piece.”— Ralph Charell

Crowdsourcing seems to be a popular topic these days.  But, I can’t help thinking that its popularity will be short lived.  … Read More

Innovative Companies – Most, Best, or Managed

06/12/2007 |

Praveen Gupta

The list of Most Innovative companies in Business Week interests me a lot. I do not know what to do with the list. What can one learn from the companies listed on the list? They all look good companies, … Read More

Patents – Innovation Killer or Innovation Accelerator

03/12/2007 |

James Todhunter

It seems every time I scan the recent blog postings on innovation, I see at least one or two posts declaring patents are stifling innovation.  This certainly wasn’t the intent of the patent system.  To the contrary, the idea … Read More

Student Corner: Dialectic and Fuzzy Logic

03/12/2007 |

Logic and experience can "trick" minds. Understanding the different types of logic and opportunities for confusion can help avoid the traps people regularly face.Read More

Complete Technical System Generates Problem Definitions

03/12/2007 |

Introducing TRIZ into many corporate environments requires first resolving the contradiction of the desire for comprehensive understanding and sophisticated problem solving without spending any time learning either.Read More

Report on the 3rd Senior Conference on TRIZ Research

03/12/2007 |

Sponsored by the mechanical design academy of the Chinese mechanical engineering society, the 3rd Senior Conference on TRIZ Researching in China was held at Hebei University of Technology on October 20, 2007.Read More

Use TRIZ for New Product Concept Development

03/12/2007 |

Often, when the use of a new methodology is about to begin there exist antagonistic feelings. TRIZ is no exception. Whenever TRIZ is launched into a company or an institute, some offensively question its introduction.Read More

Welcome to December 2007’s TRIZ Journal!

03/12/2007 |

The TRIZ Journal is celebrating its first year in its new home as part of The shared calendar, discussion forum, commentaries, and job listings are open to all those interested in innovation.Read More

The Problem with Ariz and Other Innovation Processes

03/12/2007 |

What is the blinding flash of the obvious that designers of sequential problem solving processes have somehow failed to address before? Step-wise processes will not and cannot work so do not try to create them.Read More

The Sin of Underestimation: Poltava and the Battle of Moscow

01/12/2007 |

Michael S. Slocum

The Battle of Poltava was a resounding victory for Peter the Great. He defeated Charles the XII and 14,000 Swedish cavalry with a superior force of 45,000 Russian soldiers. The battle lasted all day with the outnumbered Swedish … Read More