What is psychological inertia? or… What is wrong with us?

Have you ever been in a situation where while discussing different solutions for a problem, you and your group is trying to solve, people finding all kind of reasons why something is impossible or extremely difficult? The arguments might sound like “It’s very difficult”, “This solution is very expensive”, “It’s not going to work!”, or even “This is a stupid idea!” I am pretty certain you have. This phenomenon, and many more, are part of Psychological Inertia. Now, let’s dive into the details.   Definition I always like to start with the plain and dry definition. Unfortunately, Cambridge dictionary does…

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What is the function of the Innovation Platform? What does it do?

The problem-solving tool is a paradoxical concept. Ask people: “Do you know that problem-solving tools speed up a problem-solving process?” A typical answer will be:  “Yes.” If you continue and ask: “Do you always use problem-solving tools?” The most common answer is: “No, I do not have time to use any tools when I solve a problem.” This is a really puzzling situation. Think about it, people don’t play chess without knowing how to play, don’t make a statistical analysis without learning math, don’t perform surgery without relevant education, etc. In the case of problem-solving, more often than not, even…

How to improve yield and reduce costs of manufacturing with PRIZ Innovation Platform

There are two most critical parameters of manufacturing – production yield and product cost. Managers task their teams to reduce the cost and improve the yield, but both parameters are strongly linked. They together look like a swing for kids. The linkage between yield and cost is very well known; nevertheless, people are trying to improve those parameters in isolation. This article discusses two significant strategy vectors: production yield improvement and product cost reduction. Traditional approach The management defines two targets: Increase production yield Reduce product cost Managers of lower-level begin to set up projects trying to achieve each target….

Project’s tasks management with PRIZ Innovation Platform

This paper is dedicated to the tasks management process. It is well known, that any problem-solving project aims to eliminate or at least decline a disadvantage. There is a huge number of disadvantages, or how some people may call it visible symptoms. For instance: High cost of a product, Low productivity of production line, Insufficient reliability of a device, Floods causing destruction, Power glitches resulting in damage to the equipment and so on. One can continue the list of potential disadvantages of any situation. And every disadvantage is going to be something different and can lead to different problems. However,…

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