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    Anonymous
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    Dear All

    Have any one resolved tough inventive problems using six sigma? Is it possible? If not possible what methodology we shall use for solving inventive problems?

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    #199865

    Norbert Feher
    Participant

    Hello,

    Did You hear about Triz method beside Design for Six Sigma?
    It is about standardization of the innovation process:

    Specific problem -> general problem -> general solution -> specific solution.

    Please have a look at these links:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRIZ

    https://www.triz.co.uk/what

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    #199873

    Katie Barry
    Member

    @tkjosephtk Did you look at our innovation section? https://www.isixsigma.com/methodology/innovation-methodology/

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    #199894

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    @tkjosephtk Joseph ask yourself a very simple question “Do I honestly believe I can take a person who has no creativity, teach them a tool and they will become creative.” If your answer to that is yes please call me because I have some real estate in Arizona I don’t own but would like to sell you.

    You want creativity hire creative people and put tem in an environment that nurtures creativity.

    Just my opinion.

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    #199925

    Joanne Wilkinson
    Participant

    Hi,

    In a development department, the majority of the ‘inventive problems’ that we have to solve are translational issues – how do we make that great idea we had into a reality?

    We still need to come up with the great ideas and a lot of them are still ‘in the shower’ epiphanies.

    But when we get down to the nuts and bolts engineering, we can use the tools that are part of the DfSS toolbox, things like DFMEAs, TRIZ, Design for Assembly, Brainstorming, concept selection.
    The most important part though, is to define a good functional tree at each level of the project so that we understand what problems we are trying to solve for. By having this, the engineers can relate their design back to the requirements so that we get the right thing.

    Jo

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    #199928

    Nik
    Participant

    Lean Six Sigma is designed to be a process based problem solving process and is not ideal for creating new products. We have a small Innovation team that specializes in various tools, including some of those mentioned above. Now they do use some of the Lean Six Sigma tools to help with evaluating business cases, quantifying opportunities, evaluating the effectiveness of the new design. But be weary of anyone who sells Lean Six Sigma as a “cure all.”

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    #200883

    Shamshul othman
    Participant

    You should try dfss or qfd, but the creative part will be translating voc of focus group and convert them into great products. Dfss is for design while lean or six sigma is for optimization. Rgds

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    #200904

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    Wow, @bagan, I’m sure the original poster has just been breathlessly waiting for the past nine months for your reply. And it was filled with such profound wisdom, well worth the wait.

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    #200905

    MBBinWI
    Participant

    Since this posting has been dredged back up, here are some thoughts that might actually provide some value.

    1. There are at least 2 types of innovation. One is finding a new way to solve an existing problem. The other is identifying a problem that was not being solved and providing a solution.

    2. Typically innovation methods work well for the first type. When you know the issues that are being addressed there are several approaches that will help to derive new solutions.

    3. The second type is more problematic. Most people cannot see beyond what currently exists. Those who can see the unseen problem, and envision solutions to that problem are the great inventors of history. Often their initial creation is mocked and ridiculed as unnecessary by those incapable of understanding the issues. There are no “methods” to this type of innovation, it is something that is inherent in one’s ability to see that which others cannot. You often are considered “eccentric” or “weird” because you don’t fit the typical mold. This is why you often see the most creative types – those who think “outside the box” – portrayed as awkward nerds on TV and movies. Because they are that way. Not all who are that way are great innovators, but nearly all great innovators are that way. If you find those individuals, embrace them and keep them, and listen to them, for they will point the way to the greatest potential riches.

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    #200906

    Chris Seider
    Participant

    Many of the tools in the Lean Six Sigma toolset could be used in the stage gate process (or product design, production, roll out). Capability analysis is just one example.

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