Innovation Tool: DTC Operator

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Dimension Time Cost Operator (DTC) – A TRIZ tool for for seeing problems differently exploring ideas of extremes in size, time and cost. The DTC Operator can work to release Psychological Inertia.

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Innovation Tool: DTC Operator

  1. 1. DTC (Dimensions; Time; Cost) Operator Process tool for Innovation
  2. 2. Dimension Time Cost Operator (DTC) –A TRIZ tool for seeing problems differently.Exploring ideas of extremes in size, time and cost.The DTC Operator can work to releasePsychological InertiaAKA Mental / Organizational Stuckness
  3. 3. PSYCHOLOGICAL INERTIA. The psychological meaning of the word "inertia" implies an indisposition to change – a certain "stuckness" due to human programming. It represents theinevitability of behaving in a certain way – the way that has been indelibly inscribed somewhere in the brain. It also represents the impossibility – as long as a person is guided by his habits – of ever behaving in a better way. – Kowalick
  4. 4. Routine causes ofpsychological inertia; Having a fixed vision (or model) of the solution or root cause. False assumptions (trusting the data). Language that is a strong carrier of psychological inertia. Specific terminology carries psychological inertia. Experience, expertise and reliance upon previous results. Limited knowledge, hidden resources or mechanisms. Inflexibility (model worship; trying to prove a specific theory, stubbornness). Using the same strategy. Keep thinking the same way and you will continue to get the same result. Rushing to a solution – incomplete thinking.
  5. 5. The DTC Operator Algorithm Define the problem: Name the system or the part of the system of interest. Consider ideas created by DTC extremes:
  6. 6. Dimensions:If dimensions wereextremely large whatwould success look like,how would that happen, inwhat way could thatsystem be developed?List ideas/solutions:If dimensions wereextremely small (almostgone) what would successlook like, how would thathappen, in what wayscould that system bedeveloped?List ideas/solutions:
  7. 7. Time:If time were extremely long what would success look like, howwould that happen, in what ways could that system bedeveloped? (i.e. Days, Years, Decades instead of seconds orminutes) OR If speed were extremely slow what would successlook like, how would that happen, in what ways could thatsystem be developed?List ideas/solutions:If time were extremely small what would success look like, howwould that happen, in what ways could that system bedeveloped? (i.e. nanoseconds instead of seconds) OR If speedwere extremely fast what would success look like, how wouldthat happen, in what ways could that system be developed?List ideas/solutions:
  8. 8. Cost:(Not just in terms of dollars but costs in terms of downsides, harmful effects, etc…)If there was no limit on cost how could the problem be solved, in whatways could that system be developed?List ideas/solutions:If costs were extremely limited what would success look like, how wouldthat happen, in what ways could that system be developed?List ideas/solutions:
  9. 9. The DTC Operator Algorithm Define the problem: Name the system or the part of the system of interest. Consider ideas created by DTC extremes:Example of DTC Operator TRIZ Innovation, usedto solve a Managerial Leadership TrainingProblem.
  10. 10. Create-LearningInnovation ProgramsAbout the ProgramsOrganizations that wish to remain competitive in the businessenvironment must develop their capacity to generate creative ideasand then use their talent well to transfer these ideas into innovativepractices. This leads to new processes and improved methods for thebest use of existing resources, and increases the ability to solve problemsand implement solutions that enhance the organization. In addition tobroadening their personal capacity for creativity and innovation, leadersare better able to implement innovative ideas into their existing business model.Using a mixture of creative problem solving and brain based leadership models the participantswill find solutions to existing organizational situations and develop the steps to incorporate theseinnovations into their work.Program times, length, and focus are customized and developed to best serve your needs.Outcomes of Create-Learning Innovation Programs:•Develop a culture of innovation that engages team member creativity and energy•Challenge old ways of thinking and design new paradigms to drive greater success•Use existing resources to their greatest capacity•Share information amongst and between functions to reduce redundant work and speedproductivityContact: mike@create-learning.com +1.716.629.3678 www.create-learning.com
  11. 11. Images in order of appearancehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/kurtbudiarto/7150324143/http://www.flickr.com/photos/derekgavey/5069358550/http://www.flickr.com/photos/a_siegel/8133716733/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Necker_cube.svghttp://www.flickr.com/photos/dhilung/3311130707/http://www.flickr.com/photos/76657755@N04/7408506410/http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdhancock/3948724485/

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