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Monthly Archives: February 2008

You Measure What Matters

29/02/2008 |

Cass PursellIs innovation mutually exclusive with continuous improvement? “Incrementalism is innovation’s worst enemy!” Sam Walton has declared. “We don’t want continuous improvement, we want radical change.” Large, established firms seem to find it much easier to focus on incremental improvement … Read More

The Decline of the Corporate Lab Rat?

27/02/2008 |

Cass PursellThe Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), is an organization that was once described as a think-tank for rich countries. In a recent publication, the OECD defined innovation as “new products, business processes and organic changes that create … Read More

Innovation Lessons From Italian Furniture Design

21/02/2008 |

James Todhunter

I stumbled upon an interesting article courtesy of the developerlife blog.  The article, “Radical Design, Radical Results”, is found on the Harvard Business School Working Knowledge site and presents some fascinating insights from HBS visiting scholar Roberto Verganti.

Verganti … Read More

Creative Thinking

20/02/2008 |

Praveen Gupta

Recently, I asked a group of students to raise their hands if they thought they were creative. I saw about 20% raising their hands that they were creative. To validate my understanding I asked them to write at least … Read More

Strange Attractors and Ideality

15/02/2008 |

Michael S. Slocum

Dissipative dynamical systems contain some sort of friction. The chief feature of a dissipative system is loss of energy. A pendulum swinging in air will have dissipation. Energy is lost continuously through the various kinds of friction experienced … Read More

Training For The Innovation Ultra-marathon

15/02/2008 |

James Todhunter

In “Forget about an idea marathon,” Katie Konrath uses the metaphor of racing and marathons to discuss how to work on creating a lot of ideas when the need arises.  The analogy is interesting because in business, the race … Read More

Innovators in My Neighborhood

08/02/2008 |

Praveen Gupta

Writing for realinnovation.com makes me look around for new ideas to write about. It occurred to me that my neighbor, who a few years ago showed me a charger for cell phone was also working on a spa system … Read More

Unorthodox Use: TRIZ for Non-intended Product Use

04/02/2008 |

Lots of companies deliver products that serve a determined purpose – but they often are wrong about how the product is finally used. Such diversions sow the seeds of creativity to generate ideas for new product outcomes and problem solutions.Read More

Challenges in Lubricant Additives Technology

04/02/2008 |

TRIZ provides a number of tools to not only solve, but also to properly define, problems. In that sense, TRIZ ensures that the effort is directed toward solution of a real problem and no time is wasted on answering inappropriate questions.Read More

TRIZ Principles in Action – Improving Solar Cells

04/02/2008 |

Looking at clever designs created by others within the desired field and determining what principles are embedded within is a frequently used teaching/learning tool in TRIZ. In particular, the 40 inventive principles have broad use potential.Read More

Student Corner: Overcome Assumptions – Use Fuzzy Logic

04/02/2008 |

Classic logic comes down to the law of the excluded third – A or not A, white or not white. In ancient Greece they started to consider paradoxes – a "mismatch" problem, "The world is gray, but science is black and white."Read More

Key to Teaching TRIZ: Breaking Mindsets

04/02/2008 |

Present education often has a dysfunctional approach in that it gives students knowledge and examples of how to solve problems using that knowledge, and then assumes that the student will understand how to solve further problems in that domain.Read More

Welcome to the February 2008 Issue of The TRIZ Journal!

04/02/2008 |

Last month, a reader suggested that each issue of The TRIZ Journal include a round-up of mentions of TRIZ in other literature. The good news is that we already do this – on a daily basis!Read More

The IBM Study on Innovation

01/02/2008 |

Jack Hipple

The IBM Innovation Study–What Does It Say?

The recent pioneering global study and interview of corporate CEOs regarding innovation and its importance provides many insights into not only the world of innvoation, but the competitive nature of it. If … Read More