Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Labels: TRIZ Conferences
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I've seen a number of organizations waste their TRIZ training, by waiting for an "important" problem. Most educators agree that if you don't use new learning within 2 weeks, you lose 80% of it! So, when you learn something new, you should use it as often as possible on a wide range of applications. Vacation is no excuse--you'll see plenty of problems to solve, or you'll see examples of how other people have solved their problems. Collect them, analyze them, use them, and your own capability will increase.
Share your examples with others through comments on this column, or through the TRIZ Journal commentary column or forum column, or write an article--we're always looking for new authors.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Innovation Requires Trust
Both articles are very useful:
1. Many companies are using their innovation methods for cost cutting. These are the same methods that were previously used for product/service development. This is no surprise to TRIZ folks, who see that the approach to ideality requires both the improvement of the system and the reduction of costs (that ideality equation again.)
2. Innovation requires trust. Employees won't share their ideas with the company if they don't trust the company--this could be trust that they will get credit or rewards if the company has a reward system, or it could be trust that the idea will be developed and contribute to the creator's professional pride. Lack of trust can be because of the employer's past behavior, or, harder to counter, because of a previous employer's behavior.
Yes, there is some advertising for an idea management software system, but it is pretty well separated from the articles.
Readers: do you want these kinds of references?
Monday, July 07, 2008
New blogs and Wiki--Innovation and TRIZ
This month I've discovered two new blogs, both on the general theme of innovation, with specific topics and articles on TRIZ. Both are excellent, and I recommend them to readers.
Jim Belfiore's "Thirty minutes from Andromeda" at
http://andromeda-30.blogspot.com/ combines personal musings, technical articles, and travel topics. I've persuaded Jim to let us reprint some of his columns in the TRIZ Journal--if you enjoyed (or learned from, or got mad at...)them, you may want to read the extensive archive.
John Cooke's "The Innovator's Sweet Spot" at
http://www.cocatalyst.com/blog/ covers a wide range of innovation topics, with excellent research on examples and case studies. I've already entered comments on 4 of them (3 to agree and amplify, one to disagree--maybe that will get interested readers to go look at the comments sections!)
Bill Fowlkes has developed a Wiki called TRIZ World at
About a dozen people have made significant contributions, and many more have made occasional posts. It needs a lot more participants to reach the critical mass of people who can develop a significant body of knowledge. It is easy to participate--very intuitive interfaces. Reward: the more you post, the bigger your picture gets in the little thumbnail collection! (I thought this was a good example of a TRIZ concept of use existing resources--rewarding you with your own picture.)
Anybody have other new sites to recommend? Please send comments!