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 3M’s 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 There’s 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
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
The first photos made with a 3D-printed telescope are here and they're not as fuzzy as you might expect. A team from the University of Sheffield beat NASA to the goal. The photos of the Moon were made with a reflecting telescope that cost the research team £100 to make (about $161 US).
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
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