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Not-so-live From iSixSigma Live! Summit & Awards

| On 19, Jan 2009

Katie Barry

Last week I was in Miami for iSixSigma Live! Summit & Awards. (iSixSigma is a sister publication to Real Innovation.) Innovation made its way into the agenda in a few places. (Readers of Real Innovation and The TRIZ Journal are familiar with TRIZ expert Ellen Domb who joined us for two days – talking about TRIZ in a breakout session and a workshop on the final day.)


Innovation was also a topic for the first day’s general session – David Silverstein, President and CEO, Breakthrough Management Group International – spoke about “Six Sigma and Innovation: A Distinction Without a Difference.”


[IMG height=300 alt=”David Silverstein” src=”http://www.triz-journal.com/wp-content/uploads/library/images_upload/2009iSSMiamiDS.jpg” width=400 border=0]


A few key points from his presentation include:



  • “Innovation is about information and data.”
  • “Innovation is about connecting the dots.”
  • “Innovation doesn’t happen without collaboration.”

He also discussed the principle of separation in time. (It’s something most of us have probably used to solve problems without knowing “it” had a name!) Separation in time can be explained by the following: you’re working on a problem, you get stuck, you go to a colleague’s office, you explain your problem and you come up with the idea during the explanation.


The collaboration was with yourself – you could have been in anyone’s office, whomever was there listening was irrelevant to the solution. The solution came about because you had to re-process and re-state the problem at another time.


If only every problem could be solved so easily…