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How to Invent (Almost) Anything [Kindle Edition]

Graham Rawlinson , David Straker , Heledd Straker
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‘How to Invent (Almost) Anything’ is comprehensive guide to innovation and inventing of all kinds. Written in simple language, it demystifies how to be creative, how to evaluate, select and develop ideas right through to implementation.

Whether you are working alone or in teams, the book introduces a wide range of tools for thinking about ideas as well as the knowledge of the best solution routes, which have been researched with care by world experts in science and engineering.

The book has been produced by two good friends who have been involved in innovation and creativity for many years. Graham is a psychologist who became an innovation consultant and David is an engineer who became a psychologist. Both are successful authors who have written across a range of subjects, from mathematics to management. There experiences include innovating, facilitating and managing idea creation and development for blue-chip companies like Coca-Cola and Hewlett Packard, as well as being judges at UK and other International Invention and Innovation Shows.

Years in the making, the book was initially printed privately and successfully sold for a high price, but the economies of the internet are now being passed on to you in this great value Kindle edition.

Quotes:

“I found the book both light-hearted and profound. It deals with complex subjects with clarity and converts the complex into understandable fundamentals I can readily use as tools to see a problem in a different light."

-- George Prince (Founder of Synectics Inc., a USA and World Creativity and Innovation Consultancy, for which Graham used to work):


"An exciting integration of the art of scientific analysis and the science of creativity."

-- Vincent Nolan, former Chairman, Synectics Ltd., author of Open to Change (1981), The Innovators Handbook (1989) and, with Martin Brooks, The Changemakers Toolkit (1996):


“This is a very important book. It sums up the essence of inventiveness in a way that all others have failed to thus far.”

-- Jeffrey Hyman, Director, The Innovation Exchange, Rank Hovis McDougall:

“If you really want to invent something, whatever it is, then read this book!”

-- Paul Birch, Innovation Consultant and former Corporate Jester for British Airways:


Contents
Toolbox 1: Logical
1 Analytical Invention

Part A: Simple Science
2 Simple Science
3 A Simple Science Lens
4 Applied Simple Science

Toolbox 2: Scientific
5 Basic TRIZ
6 The TRIZ 7-step process

Part B: Psychobabble
7 How the Brain Works
8 The Motivating Fire
9 Managing in a Complex World

Toolbox 3: Psychological
10 Getting Past the Blocks
11 Stimulating Ideas

Part C: Putting it all together
Toolbox 4: Holistic
12 The TAO Process

About the Author

Graham Rawlinson is a Chartered Psychologist and Innovation Consultant who has worked with large blue-chip companies including BAe, ICI, Siemens and Coca-Cola. He is author of a mathematics textbook which has been selling for 23 years and 13 Television Programmes.

David Straker is Business Innovation Consultant and Program Manager for Agilent Technologies. He is the author of four books, including A Toolbook for Quality Improvement and Problem Solving (Prentice Hall) and Problem Solving with Post-it-Notes (Gower).


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2505 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050O85RG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toolboxes for personal creativity. 8 Oct 2003
By Grant P
Format:Paperback
"How to Invent (Almost) Anything" is a book written for business use which can be used equally well to help identify and resolve personal issues.
For those involved with, or interested in becoming involved with, innovation, creativity and invention this book is a 'must have'. In fact most of us are involved with innovation in some parts of our lives and this book offers insights that can help to find improvements in everything we may wish to improve whether they are devices, processes or relationships.
It is easy to read, simple to understand and yet contains a host of good ideas that can be chosen individually or used in the structured approach method which will appeal to those who like a step by step guide.
Many of the examples are about everyday innovative solutions that can be applied to product or process improvement equally. Best of all you don't need to have any existing expertise to understand the subject matter.
For those more technically minded, there are some serious challenges to your thinking.
Well written, comprehensive, readable with easily accessible content - "How to Invent (Almost) Anything" deserves a wide audience.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making creative solutions easier to find. 7 Oct 2003
By Grant P
Format:Paperback
"How to Invent (Almost) Anything" is a book written for business use which can be used equally well to help identify and resolve personal issues.
For those involved with, or interested in becoming involved with, innovation, creativity and invention this book is a 'must have'. In fact most of us are involved with innovation in some parts of our lives and this book offers insights that can help to find improvement in everything we may wish to improve.
It is easy to read, simple to understand and yet contains a host of good ideas that can be chosen individually as well as a structured approach which will appeal to those who like a step by step guide.
Many of the examples are about everyday innovative solutions that can be applied to product or process improvement equally. Best of all you don't need to have any existing expertise to understand the subject matter.

For those more technically minded, there are some serious challenges to your thinking.
Well written, comprehensive, readable with easily accessible content - "How to Invent (Almost) Anything" deserves a wide audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE INNOVATOR'S ALMANAC 5 Dec 2003
By Frank Landamore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
'How To Invent (Almost) Anything' is said by some to be based around TRIZ, the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving developed by Russian patent officer, Genrich Altshuller, who noticed similarities in invented solutions from different fields when analysing over 200,000 patents. But in fact this title goes much wider than that.
What the authors have done is explain to the poor benighted heathen (me) just what it takes to accurately identify, itemise and assess the resources and functionality of any creative act, product or 'solution'. Which ain't easy.
David Straker - who's started out as an electronic engineer - and Graham Rawlinson - psychologist and innovation consultant - have broken this book down into four 'toolboxes': logical, scientific, psychological and holistic. By adopting this device they have created a structural framework within which all things can be explained, developed, adapted, exposed or applied - IF you work at it.
If you don't, of course, they can't - it's as simple as that.
But this book is fun, as well. What was it Einstein said: Imagination is more important than knowledge?
The authors start off with the former and lead you kicking and screaming to the latter.
Wonderful.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Advanced Innovator's Course 21 Dec 2007
By KnottyFella - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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This book is all about the process of Inventive Problem Solving. It has a great Seven-Step TRIZ process, as well as sections (they call them `ToolBoxes') on Psychology, Logic and a Holistic section to bring it all together.

I have taught university classes on Creative Problem Solving and Innovation. This is the best book I have found on the subject.

If you need to increase your problem solving skills, this is well worth the price.
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