After wrestling with Six Sigma principles for just about every company activity under former CEO James McNerney, 3M is largely abandoning it in research and development. Our features and podcasts below tell the story of that journey.
3M Shelves Six Sigma in R&D After wrestling with Six Sigma principles for just about every company activity under former CEO James McNerney, 3M is largely abandoning it in research and development. This story looks at that journey. Full Story A Culture of Innovation at 3M 3M staff vice president of research Larry Wendling speaks with DN editor-in-chief John Dodge about 3Mís culture of innovation. Full Story TRIZ, DFSS, Brainstorming: Which Methodology is Best? As brainstorming alternatives, the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) are in the spotlight as controversial methodologies for innovation. What do you think is the best way to come up
with technological and commercial innovation? Read More
Reader Views on TRIZ Thereís as many opinions about applying strict methodologies to R&D as
there are researchers and engineers. Few do not have at least a fairly strong opinion about the subject. Read these reader responses to DN Editor-in-Chief John Dodge's column on TRIZ (pronounced treez), and then make some of
your own. Read More
Everyone has had the experience of trying to scrape the last of the peanut butter or mayonnaise from the bottom of a glass jar without getting your hand sticky. Inventor Ron Jidmar thinks he has a solution to all of that nonsense with a flexible jar design that can be squeezed with one hand to lift contents from the bottom to the top of a jar or container, leaving the other hand free to scoop the contents out cleanly.
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