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    Andejrad Ich
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    Anyone have experience effectively mixing Edward de Bono thinking tools in with Six Sigma?  If so, where exactly did they seem to fit/work most usefully?

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    #122423

    Mike Carnell
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    AI,
    My SS Program Manager at BHP Base Metals was a fan of de Bono and used his stuff in a few spots. He was extremely effective.
    Good luck.

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    #122428

    New VGB
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    I was  the  first  to  recognize  a  relation?then  I  was  attacked by  sarcastic  remarks,please  see  my  post.

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    #122431

    Lomax
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    I have used the analogy brainstorming technique in the trainings and in real life six sigma :
    For example if one wants to hire BBs… brainstorm on the analogies of going out for fishing, coin collection, treasure hunt and correlate back to back to the original problem of hiring.
    Triz is another example of De Bono’s approach of lateral thinking used in six sigma
    Basically De Bono’s approach contradicts six sigma thought process. De Bono says dont go analytical on solving problems… dont analyze to find the root cause. He says fix the problem with creative solutions by experimentation and verify them using Shanin techniques (implicitly told by De Bono)
     

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    #122433

    luke skywalker
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    The most common De Bono technique I have seen is applied to creativity using his ‘6 hats’ to get folks thinking in different modes. It works well within the DFSS structure where innovation is required to develop concepts or processes to deliver on customer expectations.
    I just picked up a copy of his book at a new book store – Joseph Beth Books and it was extremely low priced. It’s worth reading.
    While De Bono’s approach of lateral thinking is similar to TRIZ, it was developed by Altschuler and is also an excellent way to get creative energy going.

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    #122435

    webegeek
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    I’d also recommend another book, called The Thinker’s Toolkit by Morgan D. Jones.  Similar in some respects to De Bono’s works, but this guy is a former analyst with the government spy groups and talks about how some of these tools were used in real world areas as well as giving some excellent examples of each tool.
    Any tool that can help solve a client problem is a good tool for a six sigma consultant. (okay, ends don’t justify means, so the tool must meet a moral standard, blah blah blah)
     

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    #122465

    BB de bono
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    An example of provocative thinking (brainstorming) – photocopier & smell, solution – a way to notify people when a photocopy breaks down is for the photocopy to send out a smell that it has broken down. Edward de Bono talked about this example at a recent seminar I attended. I think if this concept caught on and our office used this type of photocopier then the building may smell like an old pair of shoes given the number of times it stops working each week and the machines age.

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    #122466

    New VGB
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    I could  recognize the linkage in the value  concept (Brainstorming  as one  the  basic SS tools) ,for  example  De Bono emphasized  on  the “unseen  value”,he said:New ideas have indeed been  generated,but no  one  has been  able to  see the  value in  the  new  idea (as  we  can  observe  in  this  forum?)Why does  this  happen? (De BONO explained  further…):The  reason is  that  we  are trained and  tuned to  see  danger but we  are  not  trained or  tuned to  see  value.New ideas are  often full of unseen  values.Sometimes values have  to  be  detected:sudden  insight which sees  the  values in  an  idea.In  comparison see how we jump promptly,ready  to  “kill” any  new  idea (through  sarcastic  remarks….etc),just  observe  the “dialogue” in this  forum??  

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