Courses

Design Thinking

The students get under the skin of the user/customer and solve problems for them. The approach is based on an age old theory (more than 2000 years old) postulated by Lord Buddha. The students learn thinking tools from the design world, the TRIZ/ARIZ world, Indian arts, metaphors and the patent database. Finally, they utilize some tools from six thinking hats and Mr. David Snowden. They learn the course interactively through silence, videos, stories, inane jokes and interesting assignments.

Creativity and Innovation

This course uses the ARIZ/TRIZ thinking methodology (You could say that this course is an offspring of the design thinking course). The students bring in problems that they have been working on and I guide them to use ARIZ/TRIZ in detail. The student brings in problems that they have already understood and are fairly certain about the problem to solve using the concepts in the course.

Technology Forecasting

If design thinking is for the NOW, technology forecasting is design thinking for the future. The student uses a methodology called FORMAT - http://handbook.format-project.eu, a result of a European Union funded (~$3 million) project. The student hones their skill to think of a future timeframe of more than 10 years. They will consider the potential of the current technology, but also the alternatives and how strong or weak is their technology of interest in comparison to the alternatives. Imagination, intuition, analytics and data crunching go hand in hand in this course. While the predictions from the exercise is not as important as the questions of forecast taken up at the first stage of the FORMAT methodology. This methodology has 4 stages - FOR(mulate) a project, M(odel) the system, A(ct) to churn out the predictions, T(ransfer) what you learnt in the process.

Intrapreneurship - A workout

Intrapreneurship is a conundrum of sorts, since it is making an entrepreneur out of an employee taking the risks of an entrepreneur with the friendly resources of a company. How did Mindtree achieve this in 2008-9? I introduce the participants to the company profile. I excite them with the remarkable history of a very different kind of company. How and why did they launch 5*50? Why is 5*50 a very different sort of program? How did the program bring out innovation and the creative entrepreneurial spirit of the company? The students assume the role of innovation managers of companies of their choice to design and present an intrapreneurship program.

Client Speak

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From my blog

I write occasionally about a few things that are dear to me - writing about life, teaching tools and techniques, and learning about technology. I plan to write more about health and writing in general as well. Stay tuned. Please do subscribe to my blog if you like what you read.

How to Be Smarter About the Innovation Trends of the World? Deadline Tomorrow

on 2018-04-05

Can inventing be taught or is it in your genes? The perennial question that hounds a lot of us. G. Altshuller and his colleagues set out to prove that the art of inventing could be taught. So what's up in the world of inventing and invention after they set out with this job? What are some of the hot trends in this field? Here is a great opportunity for you to find out.

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Books and Stuff Podcast - Episode 1 - Deep Work How to Focus in a Distracted World

on 2018-03-28

Welcome to the Books and Stuff Podcast Series.

Krishna likes to read books, but Bala doesn't.

Bala likes to write, but Krishna doesn't.

They both love to talk!

So, Bala and Krishna decided to talk about what Krishna reads.

And thus the idea of recording their chatter was born.

The two friends will discuss books they love.

This series of podcasts is for busy people. People who'd love to learn about a book without having to read one. And maybe the podcast will inspire them to get their hands on a book that interests them.

Feel free to leave your recommendations via social media or in the comments section below.

Enjoy the Books and Stuff Podcast!

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TRIZ India Podcast Murali Interviews Darrell Mann

By murali on 2018-03-14

Murali Loganathan, a research scholar at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India had a tete-a-tete podcast recording with Darrell Mann, CEO and Technical Director of Systematic Innovation Ltd. Enjoy!

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How to Visualize Your System in Four Simple Steps

on 2018-02-28

It was the winter of 2010. Mr. Murphy had a whale of a time with us fledgling professors at one of the premium centres of technology in the country. IIT Madras.

Murphy's laws proved right.

Everything went wrong - the promised projector was out, our taxi had a flat tyre, my fellow professor's laptop wouldn't boot up, the students showed up on time for the class.

All disasters.

In spite of all these setbacks, Prakash (my co-professor) and I had a blast with the students. The students presented a few socially relevant problems that they were going to work on. My rest of the post will talk about one such case where visual representation helped us assimilate what the students initially attempted to explain through words. In the process, you can learn a thing or two about representing a system visually.

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