Functional Modeling with PRIZ Innovation Platform

Functional modeling is probably the most powerful problem-solving tool available for us as engineers. The tool is applicable to both sudden, unpredictable deviations (AKA excursions) and for solving chronic problems. The power of Functional Modeling Functional modeling benefits us in a number of things. Here, however, we want to highlight just some of them. Learn and understand how a system operates Define and rank functionality of all system components Define and rank the problematic level of the components   Solve problems and improve the functionality of the system: Enhance the functionality of the system by modifying the components having high…

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About Cellphone Future with 9 Windows & Function Model

The evolution of technical systems is governed by objective laws. This means that a modern cell phone, for example, looks and operates as it does not because of the creativity of the designer. Of course, Jony Ive is extremely talented and his work changed our world, he and his team didn’t have any other options but to create the iPhone the way they did. In this post, we will explain how can we predict the cellphone future with 9 Windows. The direction of system evolution The main direction of evolution is to satisfy customer needs. So, what is the main…

Innovate and solve problems to keep your business alive

Read the news, blog posts, many articles, from companies and investors; the whole world is talking about innovations. Why do we need Innovation, and how does it impact a business anyway? In this article, we analyzed a business’s functional structure and shown that consistent (not occasional) Innovation & Problem-solving must be in place to ensure business success.  Business Functional Model We have already shown an example of Functional Modeling in our blogs “Take a customer’s function away to satisfy the customer“, and “A problem solver is the main roadblock in problem solving processes“. Functional Modeling is an analytical tool built…

Take a customer’s function away to satisfy the customer.

As we mentioned in our previous blog “What does a customer need?”: The best product or service is something that prevents a customer from his current activity. The most important questions are: What is your customer doing? Why is he doing this? To answer these questions and the analysis of the data will bring us to a clear definition of our customer needs. Since this investigation is problem-solving, creative thinking tools should be used. Let’s describe as an example of how Functional Modeling (one of the effective creative thinking tools) helps us to define customer needs. Below briefly listed the…