Before one gets into contradiction mapping, one needs to find out (5Ws and 1H)
Who? Who was involved?
What? What happened (what’s the story)?
When? When did it take place?
Where? Where did it take place?
Why? Why did it happen?
How? How did it happen?
Treating this like a mathematical equation
Toyota came up with the principle – 5 Whys for problem definition and analysis.
As a materials scientist, I constantly look for breakthrough in new materials that enable technology to move up the evolutionary curve. I present here two recent materials innovation that enable cleaner batteries. The electrode of the battery is conventionally a rigid solid – but this is no longer true.
(a) MIT invent ecofriendly 100%-liquid battery
What you see in the image is a liquid battery, everything in it is liquid.
So, this must be something you have already seen in the news. ‘Digi-Novel’ Will Include Book, Video, Web
If there is one thing which has been around for centuries without much of an evolution is a book. While the process of manufacturing, papers, inks, machines etc would have gone through multiple S-curves, book is a book has been around as it is.
After reading this news, I was wondering if we are going to see a new S-curve in the evolution of a book.
I pay tribute to my teen idol on his birthday and what I find that Jacko and I have something in common. He is an inventor dude as well!
Yes, Michael Jackson has a US patent issued to his name!!! Have you have seen his video “Smooth Criminal” or atleast this “leaning” position? This is his invention. What’s interesting is the prior art in the patent. One of the prior art cited is from a space application where an astronaut in zero gravity conditions can benefit out of this.
I was attending a workshop on Project Management (yes you heard it right). I wanted to brush up my PM knowledge after working as a “consultant” for few years, and also look at the new dimension of effective PM using systematic thinking methods, especially simple TRIZ tools. I set my expectation before attending this program that the Project Management Body of Knowledge would have embraced something different to say the PM BOK (Body of Knowledge) is evolving, and the session is going to teach me something new, such as using techniques for effective Project Planning.
The trigger for this mini blog post is
Nice article on cloud computing. IFR for people stuck with an operating system (Linux or Windows) is no OS, but still we need the email, the apps and other functions.
So what is IFR for the cloud ? one that waters your plants, but doesnt exist.. 🙂 one that will rain, but not block light.
in the virtual world, one that lets me communicate with my friends/clients/customers without anyone else listening in.
Are you new to TRIZ – are you wondering where to begin – here are a few resources that you could look at:
Altshuller, Genrich (1973). Innovation Algorithm. Worcester, MA: Technical Innovation Center. ISBN 0-9640740-2-8.
Altshuller, Genrich (1984). Creativity as an Exact Science. New York, NY: Gordon & Breach. ISBN 0-677-21230-5.
Altshuller, Genrich (1994). And Suddenly the Inventor Appeared. translated by Lev Shulyak. Worcester, MA: Technical Innovation Center. ISBN 0-9640740-1-X.
The success and failure of innovation is overly discussed. Just do a google (or binging) around, and you will be directed to zillions of articles with advices and experiences listed out with “n” factors of success and failure of innovations. However, have you ever noticed the success of innovation some time is really dependent on solving the “last mile problem”?
Consider the innovations happening in the alternative fueled cars, especially Electric Vehicles.
An article published by McKinsey (March ’09) quarterly shows this interesting (to me at least) study on the increasing US consumer savings in the last couple of quarters. Well, in a time when we see the bad news all around, the tendency for the rest of us earning are naturally towards saving it for the rainy day ahead. Apparently this article also put some lights on the debt Vs income ratio and justifies the reason behind this savings trend.
Imagine this situation where you put together a bunch of mandates at various levels of management, till it reaches the last employee on knowledge capture or learning. May be you can just make a random metric based on contributions (you could complicate it by adding usage, pass through, linking, commenting, etc) to your organization’s knowledge base and give sufficient room to game for employees to have fun which anyway will happen!