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Systematic Innovation's Successes in Healthcare; Jugad Technology

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Real Innovation Insights  -  January 22, 2008  -  Vol. 2 #54  -  ISSN: 1936-0746
Practical Advice for Systematic Innovation and Creativity

In This Issue

Systematic Innovation's Successes in Healthcare

Systematic innovation is being applied to many industries with great results. Unique approaches are producing important resolutions and solving difficult problems. Two healthcare case studies address the wide fields of applicability for strategic and systematic innovation - the first focuses on problem solving for a biotech company and the second addresses emergency room delays in a hospital.

New Course Teaches Execs to Lead Innovation as CIOs

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Next class: Feb 25-26 in Denver. Visit BMG online for details.

New Innovation Job Openings

Innovation Consultant new!
Confidential, United States-Chicago

Product Manager
Anderson Power Products | Sterling, Massachusetts

Product Manager
FairPoint Communications, Inc. | Portland, Maine

Product Developer/Merchandiser
Colibri, Inc. | Providence, Rhode Island

VP, Product Management
Spherion | Northern, New Jersey

Director, Product Innovation
Aerotek | Cincinnati, Ohio

Brand Manager
V & V Supremo Foods Inc. | Chicago, Illinois

Product Development Engineer
Martin Engineering | Neponset, Illinois

Director, Innovation and New Product Development
Reliant Energy | Houston, Texas

Product Manager
Cypress Communications | Atlanta, Georgia

Director, Product Management
CIBER, Inc. | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Recent Innovation Discussions

Managerial Creatology
"For me this is more a post to cover the bases - as pointed out, it does not go into details, more a clear way of warming up within a theme.."

Creatology and Total Innovation Management
"Since creatology and total innovation management are new and growing topics, there are few references..."

FYI - Inventor of Blogger and Twitter
"...'Radical constraints ... can lead to breakthroughs in simplicity and entirely new things.'"

The Latest News & Press Releases

New Management Book Has Roadmap To Control An Entire Enterprise And Predict Bottom Line Results

  • CoDev 2008 to Feature Special Presentation From NineSigma Open Innovation Expert
  • Sex, Science & Profits: How People Evolved to Make Money by Terence Kealey
  • Fostering a Culture of Innovation within British Education: Futurelab's Ideas Incubator
  • New Management Book Has Roadmap To Control An Entire Enterprise And Predict Bottom Line Results
  • Ladders of Innovation

Upcoming Conferences & Training Events

  • Driving Strategic Innovation - Lausanne, Switzerland [Jan 27]
  • Introductory TRIZ Training for Technology and Engineering - Utrecht, Netherlands [Feb 2]
  • The 2008 Summit on Lean Six Sigma for Service and Transactional Environments - Virginia [Feb 20]
  • TRIZ/Systematic Innovation Certification Workshop - Level 2 - Bristol, United Kingdom [Feb 28]
  • de Bono's Value Scanning with Six Value Medals Tools: Train-the-Trainers - Texas [Mar 3]
  • Hands On TRIZ - Iowa [Mar 4]
  • 2nd Annual Service Innovation Design & Development Conference - California [Mar 31]
  • de Bono's Focus on Facilitation - Arizona [Apr 8]
  • The R&D Management Conference 2008 - Ottawa, Canada [Jun 18]
  • PLM Road Map 2008 - Michigan [Sep 23]

Commentary Focus: Jugad Technology

To go to India, I was supposed to travel from Chicago to Newark, and then catch the international flight to Delhi. Chicago is known for surprising weather conditions; my flight to Newark was delayed beyond catching the international flight to Delhi. Seeing the opportunity to participate in a business event evaporating in the freezing conditions, I asked the customer service supervisor to find a way to get me to Delhi. Being a frequent traveler, I should not have expected anything beyond a standard answer...

It turned out the agent happened to be from the Indian subcontinent. He was glad to help me get to Delhi, and promised he would apply the "Jugad." I have heard this word before in Hindi, but never gave any significance to it. Now that it was going to help me, I paid attention. Jugad really means a combinatorial play acted out by street-smart people to quickly solve a problem.

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