In this article Michel Lecoq discusses the Laws of Technical System Evolution relative to asymmetry in an archery bow and TRIZ. The words theory and law are often associated with TRIZ, but this shouldn’t necessarily be the case. Even though the principles under TRIZ don’t fall under the definition of a theory they are still useful when it comes to ideation.
In this article Jack Hipple talks about Air Traffic Control display design and the effects basic TRIZ can have on the design of the system. The daily activities of an air traffic controller are hectic and may require many quick decisions, but working with a poorly designed display system can cause controllers to lose focus on the job. Observing challenges faced by operators on the job basic TRIZ principles are utilized to create a well designed system taking into account all aspects from all industries involved.
In this article Jack Hipple and Steve Elliott discuss the use of TRIZ in reverse in order to develop a sound business continuity plan. A business continuity plan is developed so that in times when normal business operations are conflicted it appears as though everything is operating like normal. The use of TRIZ in reverse allows businesses to cover every aspect of their business continuity plan and discover issues that other check lists would not have noticed.
In this article Michel Lecoq talks about the evolution of products and systems. The three main players in these evolutionary models are evolution, structure and function. If a modeler reviewing the TRIZ evolutionary trends takes these modeling forces into account while thinking about both the environment and finality of the system and the evolution of both the environment and finality they will have a fair chance at predicting that model’s evolution.
In this article Jack Hipple discusses different ways TRIZ can be utilized to give structure to the Fuzzy Front End of product development. When products are patented other businesses react by developing products to do the same process but better. This creats the need to develop products more efficiently. The use of different TRIZ techniques such as trimming, TRIZ contradiction tables, field use, and sub-system, system and super-system thinking are exemplified in this article, and gives businesses the ability to be more effective in the Fuzzy Front End.
In this article Pankaj Ghemawat talks about using rooted maps in order to better understand the global market. A rooted map is a tool that gives business the ability to look at the global markets though different perspectives. Through the use of a rooted map businesses can reduce the “distance” between them and their markets, gain insight into the preferences of that market, detect looming threats such as competition and broader external risks, etc.
In this article Matt Palmquist refers to a study, “Recognizing Creative Leadership: Can Creative Idea Expression Negatively Relate to Perceptions of Leadership Potential?” by Jennifer S. Mueller, Jack Goncalo and Dishan Kamdar, discussing the correlation between creativity and leadership roles. Using the contradiction between the accepted attributes of a leader, and the definition of creativity as a starting place this study establishes a theory that, unless you are charismatic, you are less likely to become a leader in an organization if you are creative.
In this article Caitlin Elsaesser talks about a book by Kevin Coyne and Shawn Coyne, Brainsteering: A Better Approach to Breakthrough Ideas, regarding idea generation in the business world. The authors believe that asking the right questions and adding enough structure to focus efforts are the two principles that lead to effective idea generation. While giving explanation of the two principles they lay out a set of guidelines that, if followed, give businesses the ability to create useful ideas.
In this article Ram Nidumolu, C.K. Prahalad and M.R. Rangaswami talk about the sustainability initiative of companies all over the world. Many companies are only willing to exert the bare minimum sustainability effort due to the supposed cost. In fact, companies complying with the highest sustainable standards are able to jump start innovations by taking into consideration five stages of change described in this article. With these stages of change in mind, companies will stop looking at sustainability as a hindrance and start looking at sustainability as growth potential and an innovation opportunity.
In this article Gary P. Pisano and Roberto Verganti talk about different types of innovation collaboration. Four types of collaboration exist including an elite circle, innovation mall, innovation community and consortium. These four types of collaboration techniques involve open or closed, and flat or hierarchical governance systems . With a sold understanding of your business’ strategy and knowledge of what your company can offer the correct selection of collaboration greatly benefits a company’s innovation efforts.