Skills

The most important skill that inventors and problem solvers need is Skill #1 Resolving Contradictions. We recommend that you start with this one.

  

Skill #1 Resolving Contradictions

The skill to resolve contradictions is a core skill of inventive problem solving.  It will give you the confidence to tackle tough problems, knowing that you can overwhelm it with the many methods that are shown in this book.

Resolving Contradictions will show you that there are many ways to cook an egg and that the resolution of contradictions are around us everywhere.  It is not magic, but a practical and proven approach to resolving problems.

  

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Skill #2 Working with Functions

The skill to work with functions is a core skill of inventive problem solving.  It is required for all of the jobs that are described below.

A functional language is presented along with rules to help you avoid the pitfalls. A step-by-step approach is given to describe real systems with functions. Confusing functions are also explained with examples and sample problems.  

  

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Skill #3 Idealizing Useful Functions

If you have learned to work with functions then you are ready to understand how to remove, replace and add elements to a system in the most ideal way possible.  

This book describes a decision centric approach to working with useful functions. This skill is fundamental to solving problems and simplifying systems. This is a companion skill to idealizing informing functions and idealizing and neutralizing harmful functions.  

  

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Skill #4 Idealizing Informing Functions

Informing functions include measuring and detecting functions.  While these are technically useful functions, they need to be handled a little differently.

As in idealizing useful functions, idealizing informing functions will help the innovator to create, simplify and repair systems.

  

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Skill #5 Idealizing Harmful Functions

When you build a good system you also build a bad system.  Harmful functions act in the background.  This book describes approaches to remove harmful functions by removing elements and by turning harmful functions into useful functions.

  

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Skill #6 Discovering Cause

Causal Analysis is a fundamental skill which allows the problem solver to focus the problem solving effort.  Many forms of causal analysis can un-focused a team on potential causes that may not be related to the real causes of a problem.  

This book shows a methodology which allows for a branching chain of causes.  Additionally, it allows the problem solver to find offending functions and contradictions which lead to the problem. 

 

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Skill #7 Discovering Why Targeted Objects are Required

System objects are often required in the system in order to compensate for other parts that are not doing their job or are causing harmful functions.  If we can understand why these parts exist and resolve the deeper problem in a different way than was originally designed then we can often remove system elements and burdens.  This is a powerful technique for simplifying systems.

  

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Skill #8 Identifying and Mobilizing Function Resources

Once we know the objects which our system will use, we must control how well the system operates by "turning the knobs to the right setting".  This means that we need to identify and mobilize the parameters that control how well the functions are performed. 

  

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Skill #9 Neutralizing Harmful Functions

Neutralizing Harmful Functions is about adding functions to a system to reduce the effects of harmful functions.  While adding functions and their attending objects may not be the most ideal way to handle harmful functions, this may be required to resolve a problem. If we have to do this, we must add in the most ideal ways possible. This book helps us to understand some of the more ideal ways to add functions to systems.

  

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Jobs

The above skills can be used to perform the following jobs. The most common job that inventors and problem solvers do is Job is # 5 Resolving Problems.  We recommend that you start with this one.

  

Job # 1 Discovering Markets

Discovering Markets is about identifying what others cannot see.  There are willing markets anxious to consume but unfulfilled. If you have read "Blue Ocean Strategy", you will understand that competing in existing markets fills the waters with the blood of competition. Yet, there is a whole ocean of markets where the sharks do not roam.

A growth market is a group of people who are trying to get a job done but is blocked or hampered from getting the job done in the way that they would like.

The strategies contained in this book are designed to point you to new markets, market segments or to simply elarge your brand.

  

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Job # 2 Creating Products

Once we have chosen the target market, it is time to create a product that will meet their unique needs.  In this book, we pull together many of the skills to understand market needs, determine the requirements that will delight the target market then design and prototype the product.

  

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Job # 3 Designing & Prototyping

Now that we have decided the features that will delight the market, we must create something which will deliver these features.  Prototyping the offering is the next job.  

An algorithm is provided for designing, prototyping and protecting your ideas.

As the prototyping progresses, you are more able to receive feedback from the target market and continue the process of refining the product features started in Job #1 Deciding Features

  

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Job # 4 Simplifying

Whether we have a product or service which is newly created or a legacy offering that needs to be overhauled, all offerings carry unnecessary burdens to the target market and to the business.  

This book provides an algorithm for identifying these burdens and then removing them, thus simplifying the offering.  A simple product with a simple user interface can have a major impact on both the market and the business.  It costs less and simplifies the life of the customer.  This is a must-have book for innovators and system architects.

  

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Job # 5 Resolving Problems

Resolving problems is the most common job of inventors, engineers and researchers.  This book provides a straight-forward algorithm for solving highly constrained, confusing and tangled problems. 

A method of causal analysis is presented which illuminates the interactions, object attributes and contradictions that make the problem hard.

Methods are then given to simplify the product or service while while resolving the problem.

These methods work particularly well with team problem solving.

Learning and applying these skills will give a solid foundation for all the other jobs that innovators do.  We recommend that you read this book first.

  

May 2013 Edition 95 Pages  14,578 Downloads (2/1/15)

  

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Job #6 Selling or Licensing Your Offering

If your interest is product development, but you don't want the hassle of running your own business, a good option is to license or sell your patents.  This book gives a concise step-by-step approach to creating small income streams from your patents.

  

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