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These skills are building blocks which can be put together in different ways to perform inventive Jobs.
One boy sits on the shoulders of another boy to get into a movie theatre. They need to be OLD to get in, but they are YOUNG. When elements in a system need to have a "knob" turned to two very different settings, we call this a contradiction. These YOUNG boys try to resolve this contradiction by looking OLD. Good luck! The skill of Resolving Contradictions is foundational to inventive problem solving. It will give you the confidence to tackle tough problems. You will see that there are many ways to cook an egg and that contradiction resolutions are all around us. It is not magic, but a practical and proven approach to resolving problems. (2014 pdf)
Working with Functions is a core skill of inventive problem solving. It is required for many of the inventive skills and jobs. 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. (2012 pdf)
Idealizing Harmful Functions describes approaches to remove harmful functions by removing elements and by turning harmful functions into useful functions. This is different from Neutralizing Harmful Functions which involves the addition of functions which is less ideal and used as a last resort. (2013 pdf)
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. Discovering Why Targeted Objects are Required is a powerful technique used in solving problems and simplifying systems. (2012 pdf)
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. (2013 pdf)
The following jobs are common jobs done by product developers.
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 are 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. (2015 pdf)
Once we have chosen the target market, it is time to create a product that will meet their unique needs. In Creating Offerings, 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. (2015 pdf)
Whether we have a offering 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. Reducing Offering Burdens 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. (2015 pdf)
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 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. (2013 pdf)