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
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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