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Generational Cycles – Distribution Curves & Contradictions

15/07/2018 |

Darrell Mann

There are two kinds of people in the world Part #335. There are the people that see everything as black or white. And there are people who understand distribution curves. For some reason the generation-cycles work of Strauss … Read More

Re-Thinking Physical Contradictions #2: Business Problems

08/07/2018 |

Darrell Mann

It feels like a long time ago, because – embarrassingly – it was a long time ago. April 2017 to be precise, and Issue 181 of this ezine, was the place where we started our re-think of the … Read More

Definitely Not Funny – A Food Contradiction

04/07/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Once upon a time, a clever person in the coffee industry realized there was a problem. ‘How come’, they said to themselves, ‘all coffee tastes pretty much the same? Why can’t we make it taste better?’ And the … Read More

Patent of the Month – Anisotropic Metamaterials

01/07/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Our patent of the month this month takes us to the University of Texas in one of my favourite cities, Austin. US9,893,432 was granted to a pair of inventors on February 13. I have to admit it nearly … Read More

A Crash Course In Complexity

28/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

“If a factory is torn down, but the rationality which produced it is left standing, then that rationality will simply produce another factory. If a revolution destroys a government, but the systematic patterns of … Read More

Big Data Quintessence: Measuring Equality

26/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

The state of the art when it comes to measuring things like gender equality is that the powers that be conduct ethnographic research and identify simple correlating factors. Hence we will typically find things like the number of … Read More

Biology – Jewel Wasp

24/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Female parastic wasp injects venom in fly pupa host

Amid the incredible diversity of living things on our planet, there is a common theme. Organisms need to acquire new genes, or change the functions of existing … Read More

Evolving The Creativity Scan

21/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Our fifteen-year programme of research into ‘effective creativity’ (also known as ‘innovation’) has revealed a number of critical insights into the creative process. From that research we saw a need to separate two important aspects of intelligence: firstly … Read More

ABC-M Landscapes

19/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

In Case Study: B2B Intangibles, we introduced the idea that, when it comes to the intangible aspects of any innovation attempt, the main success criteria involved making our ABC-M (Autonomy-Belonging-Competence-Meaning) tetrad ‘get better for each stakeholder at each … Read More

First Principles First

17/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

“As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to … Read More

Hurricanes, Pop-Tarts & Optimization Versus Innovation

14/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

“HURRICANE FRANCES was on its way, barreling across the Caribbean, threatening a direct hit on Florida’s Atlantic coast. Residents made for higher ground, but far away, in Bentonville, Ark., executives at Wal-Mart Stores decided … Read More

Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There

12/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

These days, I fairly frequently end innovation workshops by heading back into the generic world of Continuous Improvement and the specific world of the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle. My aim being to compare the original theory – that each of … Read More

Generational Cycles – Imagine

10/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Let’s play Spot The Baby-Boomer. Specifically those born in the ‘cusper’ period between 1961 and 1964. Some fell on the Boomer side of the fence, some ended up Xers. One way to spot the difference is look to … Read More

Patent of the Month – Nanowire Motor

08/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

We delve down into the micro-scale world for our patent of the month this month, and another lovely looking patent from the University of California, this time in San Diego. US 9,698,708 was granted on Independence Day. The … Read More

Does Innovation Capability Improvement Make Sense?

07/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Here’s the kind of innovation data guaranteed to make me smile:

Figure 1: Data And Crackpot Rigour (Reference 1)

Not so much because of the original intent – which was, I think, to establish possible correlation … Read More

Evaluation principles of innovative products based on TRIZ algorithm

06/06/2018 |

XIAO-DONG REN, HUI-MIN LI, YONG-MING LU,YAN-CHI WANG Engineering Practice Center ,University of Tongji,China

Abstract:

As a systematic method of innovation, Triz speeds up the process of people’s invention greatly and can obtain high quality innovative products. But it has’t … Read More

Case Study: Of David’s And Goliath’s

05/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

This is a true case study relayed to me at a recent workshop.

TRIZ/SI was not explicitly used during the definition or solution of the problem.

Rather, the case study is intended as an illustration of how Systematic … Read More

Case Study: Nationalisation Versus Privatisation

03/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Politics depresses me. For the most part I try and stay away. I blame TRIZ. Or possibly Edward de Bono. Or possibly Socrates. He was the one that forced politicians into thinking the world had to be either … Read More

Biology – Cuckoo Eggs

31/05/2018 |

Darrell Mann

The main attribute of the cuckoo is that it lays its eggs in other birds’ nests in order that other birds raise their offspring for them. We’ve mentioned this story in Issue 147 of the ezine. What we … Read More

Case Study: The Italian Job

29/05/2018 |

Darrell Mann

The Italian Job is a 1969 British caper film, written by Troy Kennedy Martin, produced by Michael Deeley and directed by Peter Collinson. For Brits of a certain age, it has become a cultural icon. In 2004, the … Read More