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Last week at our annual administrative retreat, we learned about Systematic Innovation and the 40 Inventive Principles. Our speaker was Darrell Mann, a former engineer who is now a professor, speaker, and founder of Systemic Innovation, Inc., working with companies around the world helping them innovate.
Mann explained that back in the 1940s during the Cold War, the Russians analyzed patents from the United States in an effort to determine whether there was a pattern to invention. The program was called TRIZ, which translates to the "theory of the resolution of invention-related tasks" as detailed in Wikipedia. TRIZ researchers discovered that problem solving and innovation does actually fit a pattern and the thinking involved to create the innovation fits into one of forty possible patterns.
Some of the forty principles are used more frequently than others, and Mann explained that four of the methods solve 80% of the problems. So starting with a focus on these techniques can help us get to a solution sooner. The top four Inventive Principles are:
#2 Take Out
#13 Other Way Round
#25 Self Service
Mann's company has a software program that allows you to select the attributes of the problem for which you are solving and the program identifies the top principles that will most likely solve your problem. He bases this on a database of past solutions that have yielded millions of data points.
|Breaking down walls to get to the solution Source|
According to Mann, 98% of all innovations fail. By identifying the biggest problems and tackling them head on using one or more of the Inventive Principles, our likelihood for success increases. "Run towards problems and you will find the real issue to be solved." Great advice for business, education, and life!