ICG T&C NEWSLETTER on TRIZ and Systematic Innovation, October 2006

This fall is featured by many international TRIZ events - congresses and conferences worldwide. In September, two TRIZ conferences were successfully conducted in Japan and Mexico (find links to the reports below). In October two more conferences are forthcoming: ETRIA TRIZ Future 2006 in Belgium (Kortrijk) and TRIZfest 2006 in Russia (St. Petersburg). This fact indicates growing awareness and interest in TRIZ in different parts of the globe.
Recently, just out of curiosity I applied Google "trends" tool to see which parts of the world most actively search for the words "TRIZ" and "innovation". You can see results  my xTRIZ blog. Unexpected results. But they also indicate that the world is getting "flatter" and soon there will be no barriers for instant spreading knowledge and information all around the world. And since knowledge is one of the most important issues in modern innovation, we might expect "explosion" of innovation as well. Like anything created by mankind, innovation is governed by evolution trends, which indicate that innovation will grow from chaotic and unpredictable to clearly structured and knowledge-based process in the very near future. 

I wish you great innovations,
Valeri Souchkov

Training in TRIZ and Systematic Innovation by ICG T&C:
November 7, 2006
The Netherlands
One-day introductory training in TRIZ and Systematic Innovation for Technology and Engineering
Hands-on training course for those who wish to learn how to solve inventive and innovative problems related to technology and engineering and generate new solution strategies by combining systematic methods and creativity. More details
November 24, 2006
The Netherlands
One-day training in Systematic Business Innovation and Problem Solving
Hands-on training course for those who wish to learn how to solve problems related to business and management and generate new solution strategies by combining systematic methods and creativity. More details
December 6-8, 2006
Arhem, The Netherlands
3-Day Advanced Training in TRIZ for technology and Engineering
This advanced program is developed for those who already know the basics of TRIZ and want to expand their knowledge with such TRIZ tools as Inventive Standards and ARIZ.
More details
Conferences, Symposia, Networking Events
October 9-11, 2006
ETRIA Conference TRIZ Future 2006
Annual global conference by the European TRIZ Association in Kortrijk, Belgium, October 9-11, 2006. More details
October 13-22, 2006
St. Petersburg, Russia
TRIZfest 2006
An international TRIZ conference organized by MATRIZ and St. Petersburg Polytechnical University and dedicated to the 80th anniversary of G. Altshuller.  
More details
December 1, 2006
The Netherlands

TRIZ Day: a networking event in the Netherlands
For those who are interested in TRIZ and Systematic Innovation and wishes either to know what TRIZ is or listen the latest news from the "TRIZ World" and network with colleagues to share views and experiences.
More details

As usual, we continue to update you with a selection of recommended recent papers and other web resources in the areas of TRIZ, Creativity, and Innovation.

  •  IdeLAB: The "Dutch" TRIZ Experience
    by Valeri Souchkov and Jacques Stevens
    An article was published in September issue of the TRIZ Journal. We presented a "light" xTRIZ process and illustrated the article with several real cases. The article also highlights some cultural and organizational issues which are important to avoid failure during introduction and implementation.
  • Case Studies from a Breakthrough Innovation Product Design Programme For Local Industries
    by: Darrell Mann, Joseph Poon, Matthew Driver
    For those who are interested in real TRIZ cases: the article presents a variety of innovation cases developed as a part of program in Hong Kong on disseminating TRIZ within local industries.

  • Chaos by Design: The inside story of disorder, disarray, and uncertainty at Google. And why it's all part of the plan. (They hope.)
    by Adam Lashinsky
    Article in the Fortune magazine describes how Google innovates and asks the question (which is, of course, a contradiction): "to create new and get out of the box, they need chaos, but to perform good business, they need control, therefore - can chaos be controlled?". Interesting, do they know about TRIZ at Google and Separation Principles?
  • Global Innovation Outlook
    by IBM
    A report from IBM presenting a study performed during sessions with 248 thought leaders representing 178 organizations focusing on emerging trends and opportunities.
  • Synergy Leadership in Quantum Organizations
    by: Dale S. Deardorff, Greg Williams

    "Our featured non-TRIZ article for the month is “Synergy Leadership in Quantum Organizations” from Dale Deardorff and Greg Williams, who are TRIZ practitioners (and many other things) in the aerospace and oil/gas industries. We found their non-traditional views on leadership very thought provoking" (from the TRIZ Journal)
  • The Eight Truths of Real Innovators
    by Alan Thys
    Interesting blog post, although it is difficult to agree with Truth #7, regarding radical innovation. If everyone stops doing and start buying, who will drive the progress?
  • Innovation in Finance
    Some highlights from IBM Innovation week posted in a blog format: the future of finance industry.
  • Samsung shows off future of wireless
    By Burt Herman
    Samsung demonstrates new wireless internet technologies supporting data transfers at 100 Mbits - which can be used in moving vehicles as well.
  Packaging that pays
(from Business 2.0)
"...with more than 30,000 new products expected to hit store shelves this year, creating an innovative exterior has become a crucial way to boost the bottom line". A review of top 6 packages which "stand out on shelves". Those who know TRIZ will easily recognize why these designs won. Time to apply TRIZ to package design?
  Seitz 160 Megapixel camera
First I thought it was a joke but no, it was really there - 160 Megapixel camera. It took less then three years (from previously available 30Mp cameras) to design such a device. S-Curve indicates that the main performance of digital cameras is reaching value (number of megapixels) above which the number of megapixels will not matter any more (for most users 5-6 Mp is more than enough). What will be the next principle of cameras? Or we do not need it  at all and will be happy for a long time with what we already have? 
  Single-cell camera
This is probably an answer to the question posted in the previous message (Thinking that we already found an ultimate solution which would make us happy forever is dangerous - disruptive innovation can be just around a corner). Researchers from Rice University created a new technology for capturing images which uses a single light diode instead of a complex CCD matrix. Convolution and transition to microlevel always tend to follow expansion.
  Drying hands with air blade
A new device called Dyson Airblade
tm helps to dry hands at least 2-3 times faster and consumes 83% less of energy comparing to traditional devices. A secret is that Airblade produces very thin "blade-like" stream of air (0.3mm) at very high speed which removes moisture from hands rather than evaporates it. While many people still find paper towels more convenient than hot air, perhaps the Airbladetm concept will change the situation.
  USB cell
Interesting solution - to make rechargeable batteries with direct built-in USB connector. A good example of integrated bi-system.
  Pavers that clean rain water
An excellent example of innovative thinking and using resources: the work of Australian professor Simon Beecham. He proposed to use porous pavers with composites which can clean rain water in cities.
More publications on TRIZ and Systematic Innovation can be found at http://www.xtriz.com/competence.htm
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