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How Innovation is Like Foraging for Blackberries

I have just spent a lovely lunch hour foraging for blackberries in the hedgerows near our office. I gave foraging for blackberries a go for the first time yesterday, without much success – discussing it with my father, he suggested … Continue reading

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Acoustical Properties of Facilitation

My colleague Ron and I finished a brilliant workshop recently, teaching Facilitating TRIZ. This workshop is intended to give people trained in TRIZ the ability to practice leading others in the use of TRIZ tools in short exercises – we … Continue reading

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Never be stumped for resources

The use of resources is an important theme in Triz. It’s useful to develop a habit (perhaps an obsession) of always looking to use existing and/or available resources to solve a problem rather than introducing anything new. One definition of … Continue reading

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Being there and not being there

One of the moist brutal – and therefore most helpful – physical contradictions we can tackle is one of existence and non-existence. We often find (having vigorously waved the magic wand of ideal outcome) that what we really, really want … Continue reading

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Beyond Brainstorming: Encouraging Team Innovation

I just had an interesting conversation with a client: he asked me how you get a team to move beyond brainstorming. Oxford Creativity have a rule in our innovation sessions, that we always create a “Solution Park” in which we … Continue reading

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Learning from my customers: Innovating TRIZ & the 40 Principles

I just had a lovely telephone call with a customer: Kent had attended our public 5 day TRIZ workshop in Oxford in July and I gave him to ring to find out how things were going. He was glad I … Continue reading

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Inventive Principles and the Olympic Cauldron

It was good to see a number of Inventive Principles at work in the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony on Friday night.  Segmentation, Dynamics and Merging (among others) enabled the design to solve a number of physical contradictions: There … Continue reading

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