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Monthly Archives: January 2008

Where’s My Return on Innovation?!

31/01/2008 |

Cass Pursell

(Or, Is That a Canary in Your Coal Mine?)

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), in partnership with BusinessWeek, conducted (from October 2006 through March 2007) its fourth annual survey of senior executives on innovation and the innovation-to-cash process.

Its … Read More

Wal Mart Saves the World

31/01/2008 |

Cass PursellWal Mart is being complimented and criticized in equal measures for its Green Innovation program. As one of the most polarizing business entities in modern history, Wal Mart’s ability to elicit this kind of dueling reaction is hardly surprising. … Read More

TRIZ in ASQ’s New Issue

29/01/2008 |

Katie Barry

The American Society for Quality’s (ASQ) magazine, Quality Progress, January issue’s cover story, ”Conflict and Complexity,” looks at the use of problem-solving techniques, including TRIZ, and how they could have been used to prevent the Challenger disaster.

You do have … Read More

Innovation Supersymmetry

22/01/2008 |

Michael S. Slocum

A look into string theory from the field of physics will give us an interesting analogy to leverage. String theory is a method of reconciling the fact that general relativity as a theory only works if we ignore … Read More

Broken Windows of Innovation

21/01/2008 |

James Todhunter

Social policy has long been influenced by the Broken Window Theory.  Strangely, I see a similar phenomenon at work in our innovation neighborhood.  I see the evidence in the language of the discussion that is used.

Usually, I don’t … Read More

Global Innovation – Part II

20/01/2008 |

Praveen Gupta

While going to India for participating in the convocation events at IIT, Chicago’s Bangalore campus, I was supposed to travel from Chicago to Newark, and then catch the international flight to Delhi. Due to the size and cost associated … Read More

Your New Years Innovation Resolutions

10/01/2008 |

Jack Hipple

It’s the New Year. What’s new? Innovation is still the “buzzword”, but I go to many presentations at meetings where the talks are not about innovation, but about astute business choices (plant locations, etc.). I’m afraid that innovation is … Read More

Heuristic Redefinition

07/01/2008 |

Michael S. Slocum

Before a problem should be solved it is important that it be decomposed into sub-systems. That way each sub-system can be analyzed and the problem can be solved one part at a time. This is an important aspect … Read More

Supply Chain Improvement for a Forklift Distributor

07/01/2008 |

This paper describes a new model of logistics integration based on the utilization of the contradiction matrix and collaborative planning forecast and replenishment (CPFR).Read More

Physico-mathematical Search of Resources

07/01/2008 |

A search of physical properties of an X-element is the important problem in ARIZ. This article represents an attempt to transition from mathematics to physics. Decoding Bartini’s method is one such way.Read More

Student Corner: Dialectic Logic

07/01/2008 |

Logic allows for different viewpoints and, thus, can help lead to more solutions for inventive problems. In dialectic logic, objects or processes can exist in two contradictory states, exhibiting different properties in different times or spaces.Read More

Welcome to the January 2008 Issue of The TRIZ Journal!

07/01/2008 |

Happy New Year! It was one year ago that we re-designed The TRIZ Journal. Do not forget to check back frequently throughout the month for new commentaries, discussion forum posts, new events and job listings.Read More

Global Innovation – Part I

05/01/2008 |

Praveen Gupta

Last month I had an opportunity to speak on innovation at the IIT Chicago’s Bangalore campus. It is amazing to see talk and walk going on in this area there. Then I visited Prakash Kappoth, Senior Manager – Knowledge … Read More

The Long Nose of Innovation

03/01/2008 |

James Todhunter

A very insightful article appears in BusinessWeek online titled “The Long Nose of Innovation.”  Written by Bill Buxton of Microsoft, the article discuss the fact that great innovations don’t just happen, but rather they are the consequence of many … Read More