A ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS USING PRIZ INNOVATION PLATFORM

Root cause analysis (RCA) is a practical problem-solving tool. Once a root cause found we can concentrate on the solution that is related to the found root cause. A definition of a Root Cause is extremely important for the problem-solving process. We should clearly define and understand what a Root Cause is. Otherwise, RCA becomes completely useless, besides a problem will not be solved. What is Root Cause? Everyone remembers a traditional definition:  ROOT CAUSE IS A FUNDAMENTAL REASON FOR THE OCCURRENCE OF THE PROBLEM. This definition is very popular and clear, but we have to take into account the…

HOW TO SOLVE PROBLEMS USING 40 INVENTIVE PRINCIPLES

Let’s play a game. Please follow me step-by-step. First step: Try to invent something. Just suggest an idea, any new idea. Not an easy task, right? You don’t know what to invent. You don’t know what you should think about. I will try to help you to invent with another query. Second step: Try to invent something for your kitchen. Oh, that sounds better. You can propose changing the backsplash,  relocate the fridge or the microwave and so on. Why such query sounds more helpful? Because this query focuses your thinking on your kitchen. I can help you even more:…

What is the problem?

We have already discussed the definition of a problem statement in our previous post “How to define a problem statement?” Since we received a lot of comments and questions regarding the difference between failure and problem, we decided to repeat the explanation and add a clear example. Here, we want to emphasize that failure can cause a number of problems. In addition, each problem may be different for different people. Do not confuse failure with a problem. A problem can be solved while failure cannot be fixed. A single failure can cause a number of problems. Let take a power…

How to define a problem statement?

Imagine yourself a situation when your son is approaching you seeking for a help with his assignment in physics class. As a great dad, you do your best and help him with the exercise. The next day he receives a high grade and everyone is happy. One week after he comes to you asking for help again, now with a different exercise, and obviously you help him again. This continues week after week, you learn physics and your son gains popularity with his teachers and jealous classmates. But, a question raises, is the high grade considered the desired result in…

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