Success Stories

Best of the Month – Synchronicity

Darrell Mann

To be honest, I’ve put off reading this book for a long time. It’s sat in my library, next to The Fifth Discipline since I found a copy in a junk shop several years ago. The reason I ... Read More

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Generational Cycles – Spot The Year?

Darrell Mann

Let’s keep things simple this month. Here’s a poster from the Whitney Museum.

Can you guess the year?

Answer:

And here’s the point….

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TRIZmeta the triz game that breaks all the rules.

Kobus Cilliers

Strategy games have always been popular and essential. They prepare us for life and help us to try out risky options in a fictional situation. Now we can take the strategy game a step further.

TRIZmeta is a ... Read More

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Playing TRIZ

Christian Thurnes, Claudia Hentschel and Frank Zeihsel

 

 

Playing TRIZ Games and Cases for Learning and Teaching Inventiveness

Learning and teaching inventiveness often hands us situations in which we fear completely unjustified leaps just as much as too rigorous ... Read More

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Patent of the Month – Graduated Auxetic Foam

Darrell Mann

Our patent of the month this month sticks to the world of ‘keep-it-simple’, and also manages to stay local. My old haunt, Rolls-Royce in Bristol to be precise, and a pair of inventors who had US9,956,729 granted ... Read More

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Patient Compliance Big Picture

Darrell Mann

We first wrote about patient compliance via a very specific case study some time ago (Reference 1). Reading Jordan Peterson’s book, ‘12 Rules For Life’ (Reference 2), recently triggered thoughts about the bigger compliance issue. Specifically, his second ... Read More

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Not So Funny – Principle 8, Counterbalance

Darrell Mann

“Where the weight of an object or system causes problems, combine it with something that provides lift.”

Or:

“When an entity or system deviates from a desired path, introduce protocols or forces that provide a re-stabilising ... Read More

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Short Thort

Darrell Mann

“Empathy is a hand thick with scars offering you a bandage.” Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons

“If only you’d remember before ever you sit down to write that you’ve been a reader ... Read More

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Investments – Piezoelectric Textiles

Darrell Mann

Working up a sweat from carrying a heavy load? That is when the textile works at its best. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a fabric that converts kinetic energy into electric power, in cooperation with ... Read More

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Patent of the Month – Microfluidic Desalination

Darrell Mann

Patent of the month this month takes us to a trio of inventors at the University of Texas. US9,932,251 was granted on April 3. The wonderfully succinct background description describes the motivation for the invention as follows:

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Short Thort

Darrell Mann

Whenever we experience a pair of potentially conflicting attributes – creativity and patience, say, or resourcefulness and naivety, or X and Y – its always possible to construct a 2×2 matrix. When we solve the conflict and get ... Read More

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Biology – Sleeping Chironomid (Polypedilum vanderplanki)

Darrell Mann

Polypedilum vanderplanki or the sleeping chironomid, is a dipteran in the family Chironomidae (non-biting midges). It occurs in the semi-arid regions of the African continent (e.g. northern Nigeria and Uganda). Its larvae are found in small tubular nests ... Read More

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Wow In Music – Strawberry Fields Forever

Darrell Mann

One of the greatest singles of all time. An enduring classic that it is difficult to tire of listening to. Why is that?

Let’s start the investigation somewhere else. Somewhere a long way from the Beatles… The Pearl ... Read More

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Paradoxical Thinking & Breakthrough Oxymorons

Darrell Mann

Here’s my new favourite delegate exercise in team-building workshops. The inspiration comes from a twenty-year old book, Paradoxical Thinking, that I found in a junk shop last year (Reference 1). Ultimately it’s yet another book in the category ... Read More

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Best of the Month – The Innovation Illusion

Darrell Mann

Here’s one of those best-of choices that comes with a health-warning: This book might cause prospective innovators to believe that all of their innovation efforts are futile. This is a depressing book. Mainly because, rather than our SI ... Read More

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Generational Cycles – Anthems

Darrell Mann

When Roger Daltrey sang, ‘I hope I die before I get old’, he sounded what was to become the clarion cry of the rising Baby-Boom teenager. The Who’s song ‘My Generation’ quickly established itself as the anthem for ... Read More

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Not So Funny – Quite (Principle 33) Literally

Darrell Mann

No-one likes a smart-arse. The battle is rarely more intense than the one between teachers and their students…

…more often than not, the pupils tend to be the more persistent…

…some of whom get to grow ... Read More

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A TRIZ approach for bitter cassava root detoxification

Doua P., Kapseu C.

Abstract

The objective of this study was to find how to eliminate all the cyanogenic glucosides from bitter cassava roots to make them palatable for humans and animals. Prior to the elimination of those substances, cassava ... Read More

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Case Study: Effectuation

Darrell Mann

According to the business theory of good and bad capital, good money is money from investors who are willing to wait for growth in the size of the enterprise, but who are hungry for profit in the short-term. ... Read More

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Investments – e-Skin

Darrell Mann

University of Colorado Boulder researchers have developed a new type of malleable, self-healing and fully recyclable “electronic skin” that has applications ranging from robotics and prosthetic development to better biomedical devices.

Electronic skin, known as e-skin, is a ... Read More

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Patent of the Month – Piezoelectric-Based Solar Cells

Darrell Mann

Patent of the month this month takes us to a duo of inventors at the University of South Florida. US9,911,540 was granted on 6 March… an apparently good day for inventions since we had half a dozen good ... Read More

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Biology – Parrot Fish

Darrell Mann

Viewers of Blue Planet 2 were treated to the spectacle of parrotfish eating stony coral, only for it to emerge the other end as sand. Through this process, a single parrotfish can produce around 400 kilograms of sand ... Read More

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Generational Cycles – No Logo

Darrell Mann

How do you write a manifesto for a no-manifesto, how-dare-you-tell-me-what-to-think, alienated, Nomad generation? Well, the first part of the answer inevitably involves the expression, ‘another Nomad’. Enter Naomi Klein – born in 1970, right in the middle of ... Read More

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Short Thort

Darrell Mann

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Anaïs Nin

“Wisdom comes through suffering. Trouble, with its memories of pain, Drips in our hearts as we try to sleep, So men against their ... Read More

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Case Study: Rethinking Healthcare

Darrell Mann

I picked up my newspaper today and found the word ‘crisis’ written over 40 times. Six of them as part of a headline. Debt crisis, NHS budget crisis, obesity crisis, KFC crisis, Brexit crisis, weather crisis, plastic crisis. ... Read More

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Best of the Month – Skin In The Game

Darrell Mann

When Nassim Nicholas Taleb releases a new book, its unlikely there will be anything else arriving on the market that will be able to compete for our Best Of The Month slot. And, true to form, his new ... Read More

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Not So Funny – Another, Another Dimension

Darrell Mann

Inventive Principle 17. Another Dimension. One of the lesser used Inventive Principles. Getting away from straight lines and planes. Simple to say. Not always so simple to interpret. Although, when we can we can get some of the ... Read More

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Wow In Music – Cannonball

Darrell Mann

In eager anticipation (on my part at least) for the new Breeders album and tour, this month we pay tribute to the bands’ 1993 classic, ‘Cannonball’.  The song comes from their 1993 album Last Splash. It was released ... Read More

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ValuesMatch – First Principle Mapping Of Enterprise & Individual Values

Darrell Mann

How do you know if new job candidates will fit with the values of your enterprise? How do you know that current employees do the same? That they are authentically ‘talking the talk’? Especially since, looking at the ... Read More

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Short Thort

Darrell Mann

“All that is transitory is but a metaphor.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Sometimes now was enough. Sometimes it was everything.” Mary Balogh, Simply Perfect

 

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Biology – Hummingbird

Darrell Mann

The sight of a tiny hummingbird hovering in front of a flower and then darting to another with lightning speed amazes and delights. But it also leaves watchers with a persistent question: How do they do it?

Now, ... Read More

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Investments – Rotational 3D-Printing

Darrell Mann

Harvard engineers have demonstrated a new 3D printing technique that allows the arrangement of short fibers in the printed material to be finely tuned. The spinning printer head gives the technique the name “rotational 3D printing,” and according ... Read More

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Use of Principle #10: Non-stick Silicone Egg Boiler

Vairaj Arjune

Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi – 110067, India. vairajune@gmail.com – varjune24@gmail.com

Principle # 10: Preliminary Action

It is always a hassle to make the perfect or almost perfect boil eggs ... Read More

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Promise Point

Darrell Mann

Compare and contrast. Think about Steve Jobs’ masterful launch of the iPad. Then think about how Google launched Glass. Downstream of the launch, of course, the iPad was a world-changing success, while Google Glass rapidly turned into something ... Read More

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Wow In Music – Burn The Witch

Darrell Mann

Burn the Witch” is a song by the English rock band Radiohead, released on 3 May 2016 as the lead single from their ninth studio album A Moon Shaped Pool. Radiohead developed the song for over a decade, ... Read More

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Generational Cycles – Distribution Curves & Contradictions

Darrell Mann

There are two kinds of people in the world Part #335. There are the people that see everything as black or white. And there are people who understand distribution curves. For some reason the generation-cycles work of Strauss ... Read More

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Best of the Month – Win Bigly

Darrell Mann

I tend to have a soft spot for books that polarise readers. Especially in these days of every book, record or movie seems to receive a meaningless four-star review. If I can believe Scott Adams, Win Bigly and ... Read More

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Re-Thinking Physical Contradictions #2: Business Problems

Darrell Mann

It feels like a long time ago, because – embarrassingly – it was a long time ago. April 2017 to be precise, and Issue 181 of this ezine, was the place where we started our re-think of the ... Read More

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Definitely Not Funny – A Food Contradiction

Darrell Mann

Once upon a time, a clever person in the coffee industry realized there was a problem. ‘How come’, they said to themselves, ‘all coffee tastes pretty much the same? Why can’t we make it taste better?’ And the ... Read More

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Patent of the Month – Anisotropic Metamaterials

Darrell Mann

Our patent of the month this month takes us to the University of Texas in one of my favourite cities, Austin. US9,893,432 was granted to a pair of inventors on February 13. I have to admit it nearly ... Read More

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Short Thort

Darrell Mann

“Only a fool can be happy. For happiness consists of two contradictory elements: contentment and pleasure. Enjoy pleasure and you have no contentment; be content and you have no pleasure. For this reason happiness is conceivable ... Read More

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A Crash Course In Complexity

Darrell Mann

“If a factory is torn down, but the rationality which produced it is left standing, then that rationality will simply produce another factory. If a revolution destroys a government, but the systematic patterns of ... Read More

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Big Data Quintessence: Measuring Equality

Darrell Mann

The state of the art when it comes to measuring things like gender equality is that the powers that be conduct ethnographic research and identify simple correlating factors. Hence we will typically find things like the number of ... Read More

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Biology – Jewel Wasp

Darrell Mann

Female parastic wasp injects venom in fly pupa host

Amid the incredible diversity of living things on our planet, there is a common theme. Organisms need to acquire new genes, or change the functions of existing ... Read More

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Investments – Roman Concrete

Darrell Mann

I live near the sea. A few years ago, a storm washed away some of the jetty. The council repaired it. Four years later the area was cordoned off because the repair was eroding at an apparently precipitous ... Read More

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Evolving The Creativity Scan

Darrell Mann

Our fifteen-year programme of research into ‘effective creativity’ (also known as ‘innovation’) has revealed a number of critical insights into the creative process. From that research we saw a need to separate two important aspects of intelligence: firstly ... Read More

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ABC-M Landscapes

Darrell Mann

In Case Study: B2B Intangibles, we introduced the idea that, when it comes to the intangible aspects of any innovation attempt, the main success criteria involved making our ABC-M (Autonomy-Belonging-Competence-Meaning) tetrad ‘get better for each stakeholder at each ... Read More

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First Principles First

Darrell Mann

“As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to ... Read More

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Best of the Month – The New Polymath

Darrell Mann

A Polymath the Greek word for Renaissance Man is one who excels in many disciplines, a lot like the #-shaped person profile we discussed in last month’s ezine. This book is one of the sparks behind that article. ... Read More

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Hurricanes, Pop-Tarts & Optimization Versus Innovation

Darrell Mann

“HURRICANE FRANCES was on its way, barreling across the Caribbean, threatening a direct hit on Florida’s Atlantic coast. Residents made for higher ground, but far away, in Bentonville, Ark., executives at Wal-Mart Stores decided ... Read More

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Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There

Darrell Mann

These days, I fairly frequently end innovation workshops by heading back into the generic world of Continuous Improvement and the specific world of the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle. My aim being to compare the original theory – that each of ... Read More

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Generational Cycles – Imagine

Darrell Mann

Let’s play Spot The Baby-Boomer. Specifically those born in the ‘cusper’ period between 1961 and 1964. Some fell on the Boomer side of the fence, some ended up Xers. One way to spot the difference is look to ... Read More

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Patent of the Month – Nanowire Motor

Darrell Mann

We delve down into the micro-scale world for our patent of the month this month, and another lovely looking patent from the University of California, this time in San Diego. US 9,698,708 was granted on Independence Day. The ... Read More

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Does Innovation Capability Improvement Make Sense?

Darrell Mann

Here’s the kind of innovation data guaranteed to make me smile:

Figure 1: Data And Crackpot Rigour (Reference 1)

Not so much because of the original intent – which was, I think, to establish possible correlation ... Read More

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Evaluation principles of innovative products based on TRIZ algorithm

XIAO-DONG REN, HUI-MIN LI, YONG-MING LU,YAN-CHI WANG Engineering Practice Center ,University of Tongji,China

Abstract:

As a systematic method of innovation, Triz speeds up the process of people’s invention greatly and can obtain high quality innovative products. But it has’t ... Read More

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Case Study: Of David’s And Goliath’s

Darrell Mann

This is a true case study relayed to me at a recent workshop.

TRIZ/SI was not explicitly used during the definition or solution of the problem.

Rather, the case study is intended as an illustration of how Systematic ... Read More

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Case Study: Nationalisation Versus Privatisation

Darrell Mann

Politics depresses me. For the most part I try and stay away. I blame TRIZ. Or possibly Edward de Bono. Or possibly Socrates. He was the one that forced politicians into thinking the world had to be either ... Read More

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Can You Have Your Cake And Eat It?

Darrell Mann

More politics. If that’s what we can call the increasingly farcical Brexit story. Enter Donald Tusk, in the blue-and-yellow corner to argue the case for the EU. Here’s what he announced to the Community at large and the ... Read More

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Biology – Cuckoo Eggs

Darrell Mann

The main attribute of the cuckoo is that it lays its eggs in other birds’ nests in order that other birds raise their offspring for them. We’ve mentioned this story in Issue 147 of the ezine. What we ... Read More

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Case Study: The Italian Job

Darrell Mann

The Italian Job is a 1969 British caper film, written by Troy Kennedy Martin, produced by Michael Deeley and directed by Peter Collinson. For Brits of a certain age, it has become a cultural icon. In 2004, the ... Read More

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Short Thort

Darrell Mann

Carl Sagan, 1995.

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# Landscapes

Darrell Mann

A few months ago we introduced the concept of #-shaped people (Issue 183, June). The main idea was to start a discussion about the sorts of skills that the world needs in our post-truth, ‘had-enough-of-experts’ times. The world, ... Read More

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The Fence Paradox

Darrell Mann

The Fence Paradox: the safer the (human-built) world tries to make itself, the more dangerous it becomes. It’s a tough problem that seems to be getting tougher. It’s a problem that, when mapped into Systematic Innovation terms, looks ... Read More

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Divergence, Iteration & Operational Excellence

Darrell Mann

The Operational Excellence world abhors waste. Consequently, everyone working within such an environment is trained to sniff it out and eliminate it. When people have their waste-radars switched-on they can be pretty relentless when it comes to finding ... Read More

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Generational Cycles – Mid-Life Crises

Darrell Mann

I know not everyone reads this part of the ezine. It nevertheless follows the same philosophy as all the other parts of our research activity. And that includes the idea of constantly challenging what we find rather than ... Read More

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Best of The Month – Moral Tribes

Darrell Mann

At over 350 pages long, this book doesn’t give the immediate impression of being an easy read. The chapter headings don’t do anything to alter that perspective: there’s a lot of moral philosophy, evolution theory and brain physiology ... Read More

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The Right Leader?

Darrell Mann

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end… but not necessarily in that order. – Jean-Luc Godard (Film Director)

Who makes the best leader?

If you had to choose between JFK, Jack Welch, ... Read More

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Not Promoter Score

Darrell Mann

If you ever need to see evidence of how the Operational Excellence world optimizes itself into a cul-de-sac from which it can never seemingly return, you need look no further than the world of the Net Promoter Score ... Read More

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Patent of the Month – Target Neutralization

Darrell Mann

I love obvious. Sometimes a solution can look so obvious, you have doubts that it is real. Then you notice that the owner is Lockheed, so you realise, hmm, maybe there’s something interesting happening here. The solution in ... Read More

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Getting The Best Out Of The Contradiction Matrix

Darrell Mann

In light of the publication of the new version of the Contradiction Matrix for Business & Management problems, it felt like a good time to review different ways of using the various different Contradiction Matrix tools. We’ve had ... Read More

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Not So Funny – Cat Rheology

Darrell Mann

If in doubt, revert to cute cat pictures. Especially ones where the subjects have squeezed themselves into confined spaces. The Internet is full of them. Principle 29 rules.

But then, it turns out, the subject is deemed worthy ... Read More

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Glass Half-Full And Half Empty

Darrell Mann

After a while it can get quite wearing. Either-or questions. Are you a glass-half-full person or a glass half empty person? Yes.

It depends. Right? But for some reason we love to put people in pigeon-holes. Anyone that ... Read More

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Command-And-Control Versus Self-Organising

Darrell Mann

One of the most frequent questions we receive regarding the TrenDNA book is, ‘why are you predicting the demise of command-and-control organisations?’ The prediction appears counter-intuitive, especially, perhaps, in light of the current economic and political turbulence which ... Read More

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Managing The (4H) Unknowns

Darrell Mann

A few years ago, I had the dubious fortune of working on a research project looking at laminar-flow wings for aircraft. The basic idea – the brainchild of a group of long-time bored aerodynamicists – was that if ... Read More

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Investments – Silk Coating

Darrell Mann

Food waste has an impact on food quality and safety, representing a loss of economic value and resources, and, a hindrance to economic development. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has estimated that one-third ... Read More

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Who Moved My TRIZ?

Darrell Mann

Once upon a time there was a land where everyone kept losing their keys. That’s everyone as in everyone. People lost their keys all the time. No matter what they did to try and make sure they didn’t ... Read More

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Short Thort

Darrell Mann

“If I finish a book a week, I will read only a few thousand books in my lifetime, about a tenth of a percent of the contents of the greatest libraries of our time. The trick ... Read More

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Physical Contradictions & 27 Windows

Darrell Mann

The physical contradiction aspects of the TRIZ method have become something of an orphan relative to other parts of the toolkit. Other tools have had lots of care and attention devoted to their upkeep and evolution in a ... Read More

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Investments – Ultrasound ‘Drill’

Darrell Mann

‘Ultrasound can do anything’ part #455. One of my small paranoia’s in life is the potentially lethal effects of something as simple as a blood-clot. For almost as long, I’ve assumed that ultrasound ought to be a way ... Read More

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TRIZ webinar by Darrell Mann

Kobus Cilliers

Systematic Innovation will be running their first webinar titled ‘TRIZ & First-Principles Innovation’ on 25 April at 14:00 BST (13:00 GMT). This free session is presented by Darrell Mann.

The main thrust of the one-hour session is a ... Read More

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Game Cards for TRIZ 40 Inventive Principles in service

Nadhmi Gazem, Azizah A.Rahman, Ketan Varia

 

Abstract

There are different creative methods for generating new ideas such as brainstorming, soliciting ideas from employees and customers, user-lead research, and learning about competitors. A well-known methodology to systematically and inventively solve ... Read More

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Biology – Fox Squirrel

Darrell Mann

Fox squirrels are a lot more organized than we thought—storing their stashes of nuts by variety, quality, and possibly even by preference.

A new study is the first to show evidence that squirrels arrange their bounty—at least 3,000 ... Read More

Book Review: Business Matrix 3.0 Business Matrix 3.0 by Darrell Mann

Years of ‘continuous improvement’ activity have pushed nearly every enterprise to the end of a dead-end road of ever increasing effort producing ever-diminishing returns.

When we find ourselves in these situations, we have only ... Read More

Rethinking The ‘Robust Design’ Trend

Darrell Mann

It’s not often these days that we get to add a new stage to one of the Trends Of Evolution. It’s even rarer that we find ourselves in the position of needing to re-name one of the Trends. ... Read More

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Best of the Month – Scale

Darrell Mann

If 2017 is our year of ‘first principle’s, here’s a terrific contribution to the story. The new book of Geoffrey West, a theoretical physicist, comes with a mouthful of a subtitle that suggests he has unlocked the secrets ... Read More

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Perfect Tolerances

Darrell Mann

“In the landscape of extinction, precision is next to godliness.” Samuel Beckett

This one seems to keep coming back to haunt me. Time, I thought, to try and stem the seemingly unstoppable tide.

Manufacturing tolerances, high ... Read More

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Spot The Innovation

Darrell Mann

Something a bit different this month. How many innovations can you spot in this collage?

Answer: 2.

This conclusion is based on our conventional definition of innovation as ‘successful step-change’. Let’s see how each of the attempts ... Read More

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Generational Cycles – Beyond The ‘Pseudo-Science’

Darrell Mann

Time, this month, to have a deeper look at the ‘pseudo-science’ arguing article mentioned in last month’s Generation article. We love anything that challenges existing theories. But only if it adds something to the story, as opposed to ... Read More

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Wow In Music – Yesterday

Darrell Mann

“I really reckon ‘Yesterday’ is probably my best song.”  This humble statement from Paul McCartney typifies what many believe to be the typical of how McCartney has behaved throughout his career.  Although when asked at different times through ... Read More

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ABC-M, SCARF And Self-Esteem As A System

Darrell Mann

In any organization, there are people that we manage, and people who manage us. Getting the most out of the people we manage – in a nice way – is the secret of good management. And sometimes, we ... Read More

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German TRIZ Resources

 

Robert Adunka

TRIZ information in Germany:

The information page on TRIZ in Germany: http://www.triz-online.de (News, information on seminars and the method)

TRIZ consultants:

TRIZ-Akademie (Barbara Gronauer, Horst Nähler): http://triz-akademie.de TRIZ Consulting Group GmbH (Robert Adunka): https://www.triz-consulting.de Tom Spike: https://www.tomspike.com

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Evolving The Use Of Senses Trend

Darrell Mann

The ‘Increasing Use Of Senses’ Trend has been a longstanding member of the family. The main reason for its inclusion is to remind users of the five basic (‘VAKOG’) human senses (Figure 1), and to think about whether ... Read More

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Not So Funny – Bad Punctuation

Darrell Mann

Punctuation can be a tricky beast. Too much. Too little. Wrong place. Wrong type. So many potential mistakes. So many Inventive Principles:

Principle 1

 

Principle 2

 

Principle 5

 

Principle 16 (with a ... Read More

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Equity (Or Not)

Darrell Mann

We’ve been doing quite a lot of work in the public sector this year. Which means enduring lots of noble-but-woolly thinking about concepts like equity. It usually doesn’t take long for the above image to be brought into ... Read More

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Case Study: Cleaning School

Darrell Mann

In theory, keeping school buildings clean is a simple problem. On the other hand, because it involves people – especially those wonderful balls of chaos called ‘pupils’ – it turns out to be complex. As in complex-adaptive-system complex. ... Read More

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Eudaimonism: Happiness & Meaning

Darrell Mann

In South Korea, very graciously, I’m known as the ‘Father Of Business TRIZ’. Sadly, I’ve never managed to get the TRIZ community in that country to get beyond the idea that ‘business TRIZ’ is all about a business ... Read More

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Innovation Systems

Darrell Mann

‘Successful step-change.’ That’s our usual definition of innovation. Especially if we’re trying to be succinct. ‘Successful realisation of new customer value,’ is the slightly less condensed form. Both represent innovation as an outcome.

And if innovation is an ... Read More

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Patent of the Month – ThermoAcoustic Engine

Darrell Mann

Well, it’s never going to win prizes for readability, but patent of the month this month is nevertheless an elegant evolution of the thermoacoustic engine. US9,777,951 was granted to a quartet of inventors at Tokai University in Japan ... Read More

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Right-versus-Right versus Right-versus-Wrong

Darrell Mann

TRIZ tells us there are three basic kinds of contradiction – technical, physical and administrative. The third of which usually finds itself ignored because it in effect all about those situations where we know what we want, but ... Read More

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Call for papers, projects and participation – ICSI & GCSI

Daniel Shue

The 9th International Conference on Systematic Innovation (ICSI) & the 8th Global Competition on Systematic Innovation (GCSI)

July 18 – 21, 2018 Hsinchu, Taiwan Web: http://www.i-sim.org/icsi2018 e-mail: icsi2018@i-sim.org or icsi2018@systematic-innovation.org

Co-organizers International Society of Innovation ... Read More

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#-Shaped People

Darrell Mann

I was having a discussion the other day about ‘T’-shaped and ‘pi’-shaped people. Later on, we also discovered there were also ‘comb’-shaped people, although I’m not sure how well the metaphorical interpretation works. Maybe ‘m’-shaped or ‘rake’-shaped would’ve ... Read More

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Chief Contradiction Officer

Darrell Mann

Back in December, we reviewed the book, ‘Dealing With Dilemmas’. The book represents one of the first serious attempts to examine enterprises, and more specifically the management of enterprises through the lens of contradiction. Author, Frank Buytendijk, identified ... Read More

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Wow In Music – Marquee Moon

Darrell Mann

They were the first band to call the infamous CBGB in Lower Manhattan home and ignited the New York punk scene, but it took about three years for Television to release an album.

Several CBGB peers beat them ... Read More

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Principle 3 Deep Dive

Darrell Mann

A couple of months ago we did an analysis on the case studies we’ve been involved with during the past few years. Projects that have either been our own, or ones where a client has asked us to ... Read More

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Worst Of 2017 Awards

Darrell Mann

Finding bad things to write about increasingly feels like shooting large fish in small barrels with large Howitzers. That said, 2017 felt a bit like a year of flux. The focus of the rubbish-ness is shifting. Customer service ... Read More

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Re-Thinking Physical Contradictions #1: Technical Problems

Darrell Mann

The least well evolved of all the TRIZ tools feels more and more like the Physical Contradiction story. The more time and energy we devote to updating the Contradiction Matrix tool, the more the Physical Contradiction part seems ... Read More

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Investments – Bio-Ink

Darrell Mann

Printed replacement human body parts might seem like science fiction, but this technology is rapidly becoming a reality with the potential to greatly contribute to regenerative medicine. Before any real applications, “bioprinting” still faces many technical challenges. Processing ... Read More

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Evolution Potential Hierarchies

Darrell Mann

Although widely established as a means of analyzing the maturity of a system, and for guiding the generation of future evolution direction ideas, there continues to be confusion over how to get the best out of the Evolution ... Read More

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COBRA+

Darrell Mann

Every business problem is inherently complex. And inherently needs to address intangible ‘emotion’ issues. Solving complex problems necessitates getting the problem back to a first principles level. The overall TRIZ, Systematic Innovation and TrenDNA processes are intended to ... Read More

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Case Study: B2B Intangibles

Darrell Mann

Everyone involved in the Business-to-Consumer world is at least beginning to understand the importance of designing for the unspoken intangible outcomes customers are looking for. A lot of times those in the B2B world still don’t get it. ... Read More

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The Lessons Of History

Darrell Mann

So, we travel back to 1969 for our selection this month and the work of genius that is Pullitzer Prize winning Will and Ariel Durant’s masterwork, ‘The Lessons Of History’. Well, actually, their official masterwork is the lifelong ... Read More

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The Morality Of Toast

Darrell Mann

I’ve known it for a while, of course. The main job of conferences is to make me angry. Great for sparking some deeper thinking, not so great for my mental health. Which is why I have to limit ... Read More

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Generational Cycles – Solo Weddings

Darrell Mann

Laura Mesi spent £8,700 on her solo wedding, complete with white dress, wedding cake and 70 guests

We reap what we sow. Welcome to the West’s latest generational trend: solo weddings. Tell a child when they’re ... Read More

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I Want TRIZ To Be Easy And Difficult

Darrell Mann

I was reading ‘The Dumbest Generation’ (Reference 1) the other month. It’s about Generation Y. If the title suggests some kind of a sensationalist hatchet-job on the Millennials, it actually betrays the presence of some really quite deep ... Read More

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Biology – Electric Eel

Darrell Mann

From Nature last month, an article describing scientists’ search for safer, more natural ways to power devices that go into our bodies. Sticking toxic battery elements inside the body, and having to periodically replace them with invasive surgery ... Read More

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Case Studies: Milk-Shake

Darrell Mann

I read the latest Clayton Christensen book, Competing Against Luck, last month. In the fractured, fractious world of innovation, Christensen is one of the few ‘must-read’s. Even though an awful lot of his output is a re-hash of ... Read More

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TRIZmeta – A Game Of Rules For Breaking Rules

Darrell Mann, Cara Faulkner

 

Abstract

TRIZ is the world’s leading breakthrough solution generation methodology. TRIZ is in effect a series of heuristics that offer innovators the ‘rules for breaking the rules’. TRIZ tells us that there are many, many ... Read More

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Short Thort

Darrell Mann

The Perception Mapping tool continues to be one of the most frequently used within the SI suite. Since the beginning, there has been a debate about whether it is better to formulate the initial question as a positive ... Read More

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Design Thinking – Philosophy, Method, Tool

Darrell Mann

There’s an old joke in the Six Sigma world. One of the founding fathers is on a panel at a conference. Alongside him is one of the founding fathers of the preceding Total Quality Management world. Questions are ... Read More

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Patent of the Month – Monocentric Lens

Darrell Mann

If I was a betting man, I’d say that this month’s patent of the month had the smell of TRIZ about it. US9,860,443 was granted to a trio of inventors at the University of California. Two of them ... Read More

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“A Good Question Is Worth A Thousand Answers”

Kobus Cilliers

This article is an expanded version of an interview conducted for Tata Review in December 2016. The official version can be found at the online Tata Review website: http://bitcast-a.v1.o1.bom1.bitgravity.com/tatas/ebook/tata-review-jan-2017/mobile/index.html#p=96)

Darrell Mann speaks at a speedy clip and ... Read More

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Start With Converge?

Darrell Mann

Things are always at their most interesting when we find contradictions. We’ve spent quite a bit of time trialling our COBRA+ process last year. We didn’t think about it at the time, but the first step in the ... Read More

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Biology – Lobarina scrobiculata

Darrell Mann

The Lobaria scrobiculata lichen is unique. Unlike the majority of lichen with green microalgae, which use environmental humidity to activate their photosynthesis, this species requires liquid water in symbiosis to activate the cyanobacteria living in it. This makes ... Read More

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Short Thort

Darrell Mann

“Nothing was ever in tune. People just blindly grabbed at whatever there was: communism, health foods, zen, surfing, ballet, hypnotism, group encounters, orgies, biking, herbs, Catholicism, weight-lifting, travel, withdrawal, vegetarianism, India, painting, writing, sculpting, composing, conducting, ... Read More

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Patent of the Month – Smartphone Detection Of Vehicle Maneuvers

Darrell Mann

There’s an awful lot of talk these days about autonomous vehicles. A lot of it is naïve. We won’t all be driving around in autonomous vehicles in the next five years – or even ten – because there ... Read More

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Generational Cycles – Deadhead Stickers On Cadillacs

Darrell Mann

“I was driving down the San Diego Freeway and got passed by a $21,000 Cadillac Seville, the status symbol of the Right-wing upper-middle-class American bourgeoisie – all the guys with the blue blazers with the crests and the ... Read More

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Best of the Month – The Patterning Instinct

Darrell Mann

Seeing as some of us are heading in to the holiday season, and therefore, in theory at least, have a bit more time available to get stuck into a really big book, I thought I’d recommend a 442 ... Read More

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Investments – Graphene Meta-Lens

Darrell Mann

On the quest for miniaturization, scientists at the Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS, South Korea), in collaboration with researchers from the University of Birmingham and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science ... Read More

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Algorithm for choosing technical contradiction

Konstantin Chugunov

This article is Translated from Russian to English and both versions are published here.

1. Check whether there is no problem in most restrictions make it impossible to use one of the TA.

Note 1: Constraints ... Read More

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Analysis of TRIZ’s Invention Principles

Kotaro Kageyama

TRIZ, which was created by G. Altshuller and enhanced by many scholars and practitioners, has been used practically as “the scientific way of making inventions” all over the world.

In TRIZ, with the starting point of “Contradiction Matrix”, ... Read More

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Law Of System Completeness Hierarchies

Darrell Mann

Constructing Function and Attribute Analysis (FAA) models is one of my least favourite TRIZ-related activities. At the same time as trying to avoid drawing them, I also know it’s the most important problem definition job I have to ... Read More

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Wow In Music – Summertime In England

Darrell Mann

In February 1980, Van Morrison and a group of musicians travelled to Super Bear, a studio in the French Alps, to record (on the site of a former abbey) what is considered to be the most controversial album ... Read More

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Not So Funny – Feedback Loops

Darrell Mann

Feedback loops are an essential element of any and all complex systems. Its always a good idea to understand what loops are in place. And which new ones you can create.

2017 has been a year of some ... Read More

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S-Fields & System Evolution

Darrell Mann

Truth be told, I’m not the world’s biggest user of the S-Field tool. I find myself teaching it far more often than I am using it in anger. Partly, I think, because other tools have kind of superseded ... Read More

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Patent of the Month – Sol Gels

Darrell Mann

Aerogels. Long touted as one of the ‘holy grail’ technologies, aerogels or sol-gels have never really made the transition to a successful commercialization. On the plus side, the properties of the materials as thermal insulators are unparalleled. ... Read More

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On-Demand De-Salination

Darrell Mann

Modern solar cells, which use energy from light to generate electrons and holes that are then transported out of semiconducting materials and into external circuits for human use, have existed in one form or another for over 60 ... Read More

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Generational Cycles – Battlestar Galactica

Darrell Mann

Battlestar Galactica is a modern myth, in the vein of the original Star Wars. Like a lot of science fiction, there are often many generation cycle related features amongst the array of the characters. Very often, too, the ... Read More

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Wow In Music – Roxanne

Darrell Mann

When Sting first played it to the band, they knew it was a hit. When the band first played it to their management, they too knew it was a hit. And today it is still The Police’s signature ... Read More

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Short Thort

Darrell Mann

“Groups are only smart when there is a balance between the information that everyone in the group shares and the information that each of the members of the group holds privately. It’s the combination of all those pieces ... Read More

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Biology – Common Rose (Pachliopta aristolochiae)

Darrell Mann

Sunlight reflected by solar cells is lost as unused energy. The wings of the butterfly Pachliopta aristolochiae are drilled by nanostructures (nanoholes) that help absorbing light over a wide spectrum far better than smooth surfaces. Researchers of Karlsruhe ... Read More

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Not So Funny – The Yin Yang Of Innovation

Darrell Mann

For every great idea, there’s always someone at the opposite end of the spectrum you’re at. They’re busy innovating too.

Some people can’t be safe enough; others love the thrill of putting yourself in danger:

 

Or ... Read More

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First Principle Incentives In Academia

Darrell Mann

Back in August, we introduced a case study on ‘Perverse Incentives in Academia’ (Issue 185). The point of that article was to try and help those caught in the problem to escape from the usual either/or pendulum-swing solutions ... Read More

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Re-launch of The TRIZ Journal

Ellen Domb

I experienced great joy today when I read that the TRIZ Journal is being re-launched, under Darrell Mann’s ownership.  I hope that the TRIZ Community will join me in thanking Darrell for taking on this responsibility.  I look ... Read More

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