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Matt May - ELS

  1. 1. MATTHEW E. MAY May 5, 008 ELEGANT SOLUTIONS Innovation At Every Level
  2. 2. 1,000,000
  3. 3. Elegance is chess, not checkers.
  4. 4. Innovation… must be defined for the everyman
  5. 5. Beware the Temptations
  6. 6. SAKICHI TOYODA (1867-1930)
  7. 7. PERFECTION “ 18”
  8. 8. INGENUITY Change the work.
  9. 9. FIT Respect “the box”
  10. 10. There is nothing new here These principles are universal They must become discipline
  11. 11. Let Learning Lead
  12. 12. Learn to See
  13. 13. Design for Today
  14. 14. Think in Pictures
  15. 15. Capture the Intangible
  16. 16. Make Kaizen Mandatory
  17. 18. To be an innovative organization, you have to ask for innovation. You assemble a group of talented people who are eager to do new things and put them in an environment where innovation is expected. It’s that simple… Paul Cook (Raychem)
  18. 19. Warming Up
  19. 20. How can you hold 100 tons of water suspended in air without any visible means of support?
  20. 21. Move one stick to make a correct equation: XI + V = XI
  21. 22. Draw the following figure in one motion without lifting your pen/pencil off the paper:
  22. 23. Identify the pattern in the following letters: A E F H I K L M N T V W X Y Z B C D G J O P Q R S U
  23. 24. What appears to be the problem… What appears to be the solution… What appears to be impossible… Isn’t
  24. 31. HERE’S YOUR PROBLEM! (based on a real case) <ul><li>It’s 1990, before DVDs an auto-rewind VCRs. The corner video store has a problem: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>33% of customers don’t rewind; big source of dissatisfaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incentives, penalties, reminders, rewinders don’t budge the number </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Your goals: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100% customer rewind accountability (no store burden) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No additional burden on customer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low-no cost (pennies on the tape) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Your best idea in 10 minutes! </li></ul>
  25. 32. What happened ?
  26. 33. Leaping to solutions
  27. 34. Who Am I? A new chief executive, one of the youngest in his nation’s history, is being sworn into office on a cold, cloudy day in January. He was raised as a Catholic. He rose to his new position in part because of his vibrant charisma. He will play a crucial role in a military crisis facing his nation. His name will become legendary.
  28. 35. Blindspots
  29. 36. Blindspots are Real!
  30. 37. Filling In
  31. 38. Magic
  32. 39. SATISFICING
  33. 40. Blindspots, etc. Bed Rest Awake Tired Dream Wake Snooze Blanket Pillow Doze Slumber Snore Nap Peace Yawn Drowsy
  34. 41. Blindspots, etc. Which of these words was not on the list? Bed Wake Gasoline Sleep Doze
  35. 42. Magic
  36. 43. Run the Numbers
  37. 44. Not invented here
  38. 45. XI + I = X
  39. 46. Master the Tension
  40. 47. Down grading
  41. 48. COMPLICATING
  42. 49. Leverage the Limits
  43. 50. Keep it lean …
  44. 51. … because there’s nothing elegant about excess.
  45. 52. Stifling
  46. 53. Beating the sins with I.D.E.A. loops
  47. 54. I nvestigate
  48. 55. D esign
  49. 56. E xecute
  50. 57. A djust
  51. 59. There’s a way to do it better. Find it. Thomas Edison
  52. 60. [email_address]

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