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How to Invent (almost) Anything (Spiro Business Guides) Paperback – 21 Mar 2003


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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Spiro Press (21 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904298877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904298878
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,712,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grant P on 8 Oct. 2003
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 By Grant P on 7 Oct. 2003
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"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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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
Advanced Innovator's Course 21 Dec. 2007
By KnottyFella - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
A simple, yet powerful observation method to improve our life as thinking humans. 11 Mar. 2015
By Rey Mago IV - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
After being interested in in the subject, this was a much sought after book regarding Invention and TRIZ. A comprehensive view on problem solving analysis geared to invention. It demystifies science and put it down-to-earth in what invention should be for all of us. A simple, yet powerful observation method to improve our life, as thinking humans.

I think it would be of great importance to grant invention tools and TRIZ access in Spanish and native American languages to thinking minds in the Americas. It would be a wonderful opportunity to connect the dots with the remains of long forgotten knowledge in many fields as astronomy, agriculture and medicine, among others; result of centuries of careful observation and deductive reasoning of native Americans, supressed by Europeans imposing their ways, means and views, where the existing and valuable knowledge was largely neglected.
A great book for all of us..! 11 Mar. 2015
By Rey Mago IV - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A comprehensive view on problem solving analysis geared to invention. It demystifies science and put it down-to-earth in what invention should be for all of us. A simple, yet powerful observation method to improve our life as thinking humans.

I think it would be of great importance to grant invention tools and TRIZ access in Spanish as well as in native American languages to thinking minds in the Americas. It would be a wonderful opportunity to connect the dots with the remains of long forgotten knowledge in many fields as astronomy, agriculture and medicine, among others, result of centuries of careful observation and deductive reasoning by native Americans, supressed by Europeans imposing their ways, means and views, where the existing and valuable knowledge was largely neglected.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Please buy this book! Then after you buy this book, please help make this world a better place by applying its ideas! 27 May 2014
By William A. McGhee - Published on Amazon.com
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When you buy an e-book from Amazon, to paraphrase Forest Gump, you never know what you are going to get. With this book, I was more than pleased with my purchase. Whereas there is no perfect book, and an author cannot possibly cover everything there is to know about a subject, what I consider a far value is that the author made a fair attempt and is obviously very interested in and engaged in his subject matter. Maybe you won't invent a thing after you read this book, but you can't blame the author for that. Now, where is that book that will motivate me to get motivated and stay that way........ Please, Mr. Rawlinson, make that your next book to write.
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