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Jack Hipple

I really enjoyed Tom's wonderful description of dealing with problems. As a long time TRIZ giek, I find these problems echo the approach we have used for some time in problem solving, but they provide some new words to describe!

"Pissed-Offedness" is another definition for a contradiction that looks unresolvable to some people. The solution to the buzzer problem is an example of the basic Ideal Final Result concept in TRIZ: Something performs its function and doesn't exist. One of the ways of getting there is the tool of "trimming". Arbitrarily remove a component of a system and ask how its function can be performed with the elements left. (Think toothpaste in handles of toothbrushes, cleaning solutions in handles of mops, restroom entry designs without doors, CNN reporting without their own reporters, etc.). The Dyson vacuum is another similar example.

Passion - Passion drives most non-profit companies, so why not
organizations?

Amen, brothers and sisters! Wonder if anyone has correlated the lack of passion with the percentage of MBTI ESTJ types in corporate leadership today? In my consulting work, I continue to type innovators(usually ex-corporate innovators) and see no exceptions to the results of previous studies of ex-innovators from an industry study that shows they have are always "N's" and also have high Kirton KAI profiles of 120 or higher, while the organization around them is 80-90.

Pals - Never go it alone. If you want to go out on the limb, be
sure to have someone holding on to you so that you don't fall. One of our big ego problems is the belief that our problem is special and unique and that no one could have possibly have solved it before. I've been doing problem solving using patterns of invention from the inventive literature and in 7 years, have never seen this to be a fact.

Persistence - Most ideas will get shot down before a person finish speaking, but those who prevail will not give up on an idea. There were two sisters who invented a product called Ghostline, this is a poster board with faint lines so that you can write straight on the paper, but it looks as if no lines exist.

Amen, again. But I can't help noting again that the principle used in this new product is the primary TRIZ inventive principle: Something performs its function and doesn't exist.

I realize that some of this is heavily TRIZ biased, but the reason I am so passionate about this type of thinking is that I cannot stand to see time and money wasted generating problem solution ideas that already exist.

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