Has Engineering Taken on a Trade Type Stigmatization?

Are you an Engineer at a Lean Manufacturer? Take a moment and offer a comment on LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/2zlhSPY In this day of innovation, design, etc. it seems to me that the role of engineering has taken on practically a trade type nomenclature. What attracted many of us to this discipline is the desire to create things. Are Read More …

Can Lean help Engineering be Sexy Again?

In this day of innovation, design, etc. it seems to me that the role of engineering has taken on practically a trade type nomenclature. What attracted many of us to this discipline is the desire to create things. Are engineers still considered at the cutting edge, innovative and entrepreneurial? I have used Lean Product Development as Read More …

Failure as an Art Form

Stefana Saxton serves as a Business Excellence Innovation Leader for Business Excellence (BEx®) at Black & Veatch where she works with internal and external clients to identify, prioritize, and execute mission critical business improvements and innovations that add value to the company, its business partners, and clients globally. Stefana has worked with clients in healthcare, Read More …

Exploring Lean Talent Development

Last week I introduce the Lean Talent Development Process Matrix and during the week I received some great feedback via the LinkedIn threads. If you view my LinkedIn profile, you can join in on the discussions the threads are easy to find. In one of the discussions, Jim Merritt mentions that he looked at Lean as an Read More …

TRIZ for Business Solutions

Victor Fey, a TRIZ Master and a close associate of Genrikh Altshuller, the founder of TRIZ, has over 35 years’ experience in TRIZ research, training, and application. Since The TRIZ Group’s inception in 1995, Victor has collected more than two decades of consulting experience serving the Global 1000. In this innovation consulting capacity, Victor’s work has Read More …

TRIZ for Breakthrough Thinking (Video)

Recently, I have intended several of the workshop offered by Oxford Creativity and found them presented well and at a good pace. I am finding the principles of TRIZ to coincide very well with current day practices of innovation. It is striking similar to some of the other processes in innovation like the JOBS-to-be-Done work of Tony Ulwick. Both Read More …