Yearly Archives: 2008
Thanks to BusinessWeek for doing all the research for this article, Olympic Innovation (http://images.businessweek.com/ss/08/08/0807_olympic_innovation/index.htm), they have a great slide show and article about the innovations in Olympic equipment, whether non-Olympic athletes can buy it, and if yes, the details. …
The Boston Consulting Group has released their latest report on innovation, “Innovation 2008: Is the Tide Turning?” As always, the BCG report provides some great insights on the state of innovation in business.
There are plenty of very interesting …
A lot of problems exist in life where the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) tools of understanding functions would improve the problem solving process – especially in order to avoid spending money on unnecessary problem solving.
"From Russia, With Love" is more than just the name of a James Bond movie! This month, it also means that we have reports from the happenings at this year’s TRIZ Developers Summit in St. Petersburg.
Applying CTS and the system operator model enhance the creativity of the solutions; viewing the core process of a call center, where a service technician works with a customer, revealed an immediate opportunity for improvement.
Cass PursellI’m new to working in Supply Chain and am finding it extremely interesting, challenging, and critical to the long-term success of the organization. One thing that I’ve noticed in particular is that, more than for any other business function, …
The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) is hosting its 32nd Annual International Conference September 15-17 in Orlando.
Why should you attend this event? Keynote speakers from companies including MIT, iRobot and IBM. Guru roundtables: small roundtable sessions with thought-leaders …
Beverages are this month’s unexpected theme – liquids from vending machines and cappuccinos to be exact, making them more accessible and with less hassle. This month’s bounty also includes looks at how TRIZ fits in and around other tools and techniques.
TRIZ builds on a solid foundation of knowledge and is based on the idea technological improvement results from studying excellence. This paper looks at excellence and what occurs when knowledge is integrated into a theory of everything (TOE) whole.
Students were given the task of designing and building a new vending machine that was adaptable. Students were given some training in TRIZ, and to a lesser extent axiomatic design, but were allowed to innovate and come up with their own solution.
Have you ever tried to make a real cappuccino drink with espresso coffee and steamed fresh milk? If you have, you know that heating the milk fully and getting the milk to foam properly is a precise art.
My colleague Jim Belfiore at the Invention Machine Company has a great blog, with a mix of personal stories, professional observations, and just plain good writing.
This column is a reprint of his recent blog, which is the …