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There is an old adage that states. “Two heads are better than one.”  Many companies have had great success in putting that saying into practice and rely on the power of the group to solve tough problems.  This team oriented approach has several advantages over individual problem solvers, such as diversity of backgrounds, different functional roles within the company and different perspectives and biases.  It is in exploiting these differences where companies run into trouble.  Team dynamics, interpersonal relationships, and personalities can get in the way of truly effective team oriented problem solving.  This paper will explore the psychology of these obstacles and highlight ways to overcome them, from pre-selection and prescreening of team participants to tips on how to handle negative interactions during the problem solving event, and tips for overcoming resistance to change and new ideas.




Paul A. Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. Johnson is currently COO of Value Innovation, LLC, as a group and individual training facilitator.  Dr. Johnson has been developing top executive/professional talent in a variety of corporations, for nearly 40 years.  He earned a Ph.D. in Psychology and Education from University of Michigan and is a licensed psychologist in Michigan.  His background provides the clients with a rather unique social and psychological perspective on creative and practical problem solving.  His experience as a skilled change agent allows him to identify and optimize group dynamics, maximize team efficiency (value-creation), and identify potential pitfalls in organizational acceptance and implementation of new and creative solutions.

 

Inside TRIZ

Case Studies From A Breakthrough Innovation

Inside TRIZ
 
Photo of Darrell MannMarch 2012
 
Darrell Mann
 
Case Studies From A Breakthrough Innovation
 
"Starting in August 2004, the Hong Kong government began sponsoring a deployment of TRIZ to a cluster of eight local companies. Over the course of the next 15 months, each company was invited to assemble a team of between 5 and 8 engineers and designers each of whom would be exposed to a series of six three-day TRIZ education and utilization sessions. The aims of the program were for each company to realize new products, patents and tangible financial benefits, and to measure the extent to which TRIZ allowed companies to accelerate their rate of innovation. This paper describes a collection of some of the success stories emerging from the program."
 
 

TRIZ Features

Alexander Selutsky

TRIZ Feature

Alexander Selyutsky - a key figure in the history of TRIZ!

Alexander Selyutsky

Selyutsky Alexander Borisovich was born April 6, 1933 to an intelligent Jewish family residing in Leningrad. During the World War II the plant where his father was working was evacuated to the Urals, and the family (the parents and Alexander) moved to Chelyabinsk. Here, Alexander graduated from high school. He wanted to go to a military school, but didn’t pass vision test and entered the Chelyabinsk Polytechnic Institute. In his first year he was forced to learn boxing (because of frequent anti-Semitic attacks) and became a Komsomol activist.

After graduation, he was sent to Petrozavodsk Onega tractor plant, where he worked as a designer. He continued leading a very active social life, organized and led voluntary militia patrolling the streets of the city because the situation was very criminal. In the search for more satisfying work he became interested in patenting, completed appropriate courses and became a patent agent.

In 1960, Alexander married Dolly Naumovna Audleys, and had a daughter Alla in 1961. The same year G.S Altshuller published a book " “Learn how to invent"[1] . After reading this book in 1965 Selyutsky wrote a letter to Altshuller. This letter started their acquaintance by correspondence. Since then, Alexander became one of the most dedicated Altshuller’s disciples and an active promoter of the emerging new science.

They finally met in 1968 in Dzintary (near Riga), at the seminar organized by the Central Board of VOIR (state leading inventors’ and innovators’ society) that invited Altshuller and several of his associates. It was the first time that Alexander and others got a chance to work under the direct guidance of Altshuller and to learn from him. Later, in 1983, Alexander participated as one of the instructors in the seminar conducted by G.S. Altshuller in Moscow at the Institute for continuous education for chemical and petroleum industries.

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