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If Methods Don’t Work, What Does?

03/02/2019 |

Darrell Mann

I’ve used the above slide at a number of conferences now. Usually to a reaction of either stunned silence or an eventual half-hearted challenge from an advocate of one of the methods I’ve chosen to include in … Read More

Short Thort

30/01/2019 |

Darrell Mann

“Forming-Storming-Norming-Performing” is a well-known evolution pattern in teams. The sequence forms the first half of an s-curve. Few teams think about the second half…

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Biology – Hedgehog

27/01/2019 |

Darrell Mann

We love hedgehogs here at SI HQ. Despite the fact that helping to feed them can get expensive when a family of twenty-plus taking refuge in our garden decide they like only the best cat food, and only … Read More

Investments – Recycling Lithium Batteries

23/01/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Lei Pan’s team of chemical engineering students had worked long and hard on their research project, and they were happy just to be showing their results at the People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) competition last April in … Read More

Dividing 40 into 52: TRIZmeta

20/01/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Next month sees the launch of our new ‘TRIZmeta’ playing cards. Readers with a very long memory may remember that, back in the early CREAX days we made a set of playing cards featuring the 40 Inventive Principles. … Read More

Wow In Music – I Say A Little Prayer (x2)

16/01/2019 |

Darrell Mann

This month saw the sad passing of singer, Aretha Franklin, a woman who was blessed with arguably the greatest singing voice in the history of recorded music — and with it, the superhuman ability to make songs better … Read More

Patent of the Month – Tissue Preservation System

13/01/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Currently, doctors have to throw away more than 80 percent of donated tissue used for joint replacements because the tissue does not survive long enough to be transplanted. Now, following a recent study, University of Missouri School of … Read More

Generational Cycles – Plaid

12/01/2019 |

Darrell Mann

One of my favourite Generation X characteristics is the reluctance to be labelled. I hadn’t connected the issue to fashion until I saw this little gem of a generational generalization:

Then it became obvious…

…GenX wants … Read More

Best of The Month – 13 Ways Of Looking At The Novel

09/01/2019 |

Darrell Mann

A slightly tangential ‘best-of’ this month. Albeit one that is very TRIZ-like in its desire to look across wide swathes of data in order to find patterns. Jane Smiley’s search territory is literature. And, what she comes back … Read More

Rule Of Three ICMM Dynamics

06/01/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Is anyone else puzzled by the apparent lack of innovation these days? This is supposed to be a time of enormous innovation, and yet, when we look at the big organisations they all seem to be busy stockpiling … Read More

Not So Funny – Literally Principle 12

02/01/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Principle 12, Equipotentiality, is all about removing tension within systems. When someone is given an instruction and they don’t follow it precisely, we could interpret their discrepancy as a tension. Which is a bad thing. Consequently, we should … Read More

Patent of the Month – Metabolic Transistor In Bacteria

30/12/2018 |

Darrell Mann

We head to Texas for our patent of the month this month, to a trio of inventors at William Marsh Rice University. Their invention was granted as US10,011,839 on July 3rd. Here’s what they have to say about … Read More

Short Thort

26/12/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Innovation is done by pragmatic fantasists…

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Not So Funny – Discarding & Recovering

26/12/2018 |

Darrell Mann

There is just something about the way kids take pictures that is pretty funny. The only thing that might be funnier is when adults decide they want to take those same pictures, decades later. As weird as kids … Read More

Biology – Cordyceps

23/12/2018 |

Darrell Mann

So, picture this. You’re a lowly fungus, Cordyceps, and you’re looking to make lovely Cordyceps descendants, as is Nature’s way. The only problem is that you’re tiny and you live in low places, so your ability to spread … Read More

Wow In Music – The Downtown Lights

19/12/2018 |

Darrell Mann

I’m writing this at 3am, soft rainfall and ambient lightning flashes outside suggesting, at last, a break in the unstoppable summer weather, and all I want to do is stroll down to the street corner in my local … Read More

Case Study: Frequent Callers

16/12/2018 |

Darrell Mann

 

This is the story of NHS paramedic, Rhian Monteith. She was concerned about small numbers of Accident & Emergency ward patients who seemed to keep coming back to the hospital she worked in. So called ‘frequent callers’. … Read More

Best of The Month – If You Prefer A Milder Comedian, Please Ask For One

12/12/2018 |

Darrell Mann

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog article about different types of comedy. If I failed to take the humour out of the subject there, I’m now going to take a second crack at doing it here. … Read More

Generational Cycles – Who’s Way?

09/12/2018 |

Darrell Mann

In 1969, Frank Sinatra released the song, ‘My Way’. Even though he was over twenty-five years into his career, it was to become the song that still today defines him. It also became the anthem (funerals, birthday parties, … Read More

Testing the impact of Systematic Innovation training in the NHS

07/12/2018 |

John Sainsbury, Pauline Found, John Bicheno, Darrell Mann

Abstract

The study was inspired by the twofold challenge, posed by Birdi, Leach and Magadley (2012), to determine whether TRIZ training is as effective for managers faced with management problems, as it … Read More