Tuesday, November 25, 2008


TRIZ Practioners Exhange

I won't be at this meeting--it is practioners only, no consultants. Larry Ball has a note in this announcement that he hopes no one is offended, and I told him that if the other meetings, with consultants and "vendors" were meeting the needs of the customers, he wouldn't need this meeting, so people should be glad that he's taking the initiative, not offended! I hope that all the travel restrictions this year won't prevent a good launch of a valuable resource.

TRIZ Practitioners Exchange: Practitioners Exchanging Value with other Practitioners
Purpose: This is not another conference. In fact, there will be no abstracts, no papers, no presentations, no sales pitches and no bragging.
This event will focus on the unique needs of industry practitioners. Many of these needs are best be filled by other practitioners. Instead of coming to a conference to hear what others think you need, the attendees will drive the event with their questions. We ask everyone to come prepared to share the questions they need answers to. Specifically consider subjects related to TRIZ deployment, training, theory and how to apply TRIZ to real work problems. The exchange of information will primarily be in the form of informal group discussions. The agenda will be determined by the attendees and will remain fluid & flexible to accommodate the wishes of the group.

Date: January 29-30, 2009

Thursday, January 29: 1pm - 5pm Discussion (afterwards we can arrange to meet for dinner - optional)
Friday, January 30: 8am - 12pm Discussion

Location: Honeywell (1207 Building), 1300 W. Warner Rd, Tempe, AZ

Cost: $0.00

Each attendee will come away with numerous insights that they can apply to their work.
Each attendee will come away with new contacts for continuing dialogue and learning.

A Few Simple Rules for Self-Organization:
This format will not work unless all attendees are ready and willing to offer their unique insights for the benefit of others. All of us have something valuable to share. There are no experts, yet we are all experts. You will get as much as you give.
Avoid any and all forms of defaming or offensive language. This will be a polite group, so act accordingly. If you have an axe to grind, this is not the place.
Don’t waste everyone’s time by volunteering unnecessary details about your company or products.
Remember, no one should be trying to impress anyone with credentials or accomplishments. We are just there to share useful information with each other.
Chip in and help where you can, but avoid taking over. Let everyone participate. Don’t expect perfection—we are “self-organizing” which makes the situation less-than-predictable.
David Troness and Larry Ball (of Honeywell) will facilitate the exchange. This is only to provide for the minimal organization. (There is no assumption of authority or expertise and there is no promise that this will happen again).

Eligibility: We are specifically looking for TRIZ practitioners involved in using TRIZ to design products and services and are responsible for bringing these products and services to market (in other words, people who are using and/or deploying TRIZ within a company, as an employee of that company). Consultants, academics, software vendors or other innovation service providers are specifically asked to not attend. We apologize if this offends anyone, but we are firm on this request and hope that you will not take it personally. If any practitioners offer products or services on the outside of their companies, we ask that these not be mentioned at the exchange. There is no restriction as to nationality or citizenship.

If you would like to attend, you meet the criteria and you are ready to exchange value… please follow this link http://groups.google.com/group/triz-practitioners-exchange?hl=en and apply for membership to this group. If you are accepted as a member, it means you have registered for the exchange.

Neither Honeywell nor its employees are responsible for the content of discussions, including any ITAR or confidentiality violations. All exchanges should be export compliant and presentable to foreign audiences. No mention of military projects should be made. We need to be in full compliance with export restrictions! If there are any questions relating to export compliance, please ask your company export compliance experts. Conducting this exchange at a Honeywell facility should in no way be construed as official recognition, support or endorsement by Honeywell International. Likewise, there is no requirement that people come as representatives of their employer/company.
It is not the intention of this exchange to become a replacement for, or be in competition with, any other conference.
Larry Ball & David TronessHoneywell Aerospace

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