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How to Invent (Almost) Anything by [Straker, David, Rawlinson, Graham]
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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.

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“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

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  • Language: English
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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.
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HASH(0xa1a98e94) out of 5 stars THE INNOVATOR'S ALMANAC Dec 5 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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa16d36c0) out of 5 stars Advanced Innovator's Course Dec 21 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.
HASH(0xa1c19b70) out of 5 stars A simple, yet powerful observation method to improve our life as thinking humans. March 11 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.
HASH(0xa547451c) out of 5 stars A great book for all of us..! March 11 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.
HASH(0xa16eadb0) out of 5 stars Great bang for your buckl April 20 2015
By Ant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Really liked how he presents the TRIZ steps, and talks about the creative process, the psychology and more. For the price it is well worth it and definitely helps people like me who can be overwhelmed and get stuck in "analysis parallesis".
Would recommend.