Business Value Innovative Thinking Symbols
|BVITS is a systematic thinking
methods for creative and breakthrough ideas on demand. By following BVITS,
users can come out with break through ideas easily. BVITS is easy to learn
but it is extensible to suit the domain of your problems or business.
BVITS is an integration of many creative and innovative thinking methods, visual and mind mapping, axiomatic design, system thinking and others for breakthrough innovative thinking. It is useful for generating new innovative ideas, problem solving, process re-engineering, new products and services, and even Business Strategies and policies.
Innovative thinking differs from just creative thinking in that the thinking must result in providing business value to the users of the methods, services or products.
BVITS is shown in the diagram below:
BVITS has 3 Key Steps and Components
BVITS can be used for ideas generation or problem solving. In this overview, we will use it for idea generations.
For the first example, we use a product for illustration. Let take a desktop computer.
First step is to identify the system and relate to its environment.
1a. System Components: CPU, Storage, Monitor, Keyboard and mouse.
1b. Environment: Printer, Power, Table, TV, Tape-Recorder, Network, Lights
We need not be exhaustive at first. BVITS is a iterative method. We can analyze the system and its environment more when we reach a jam.
System does not exists alone. It is related to its environment. The boundary and interfaces between the systems and the environment, and the components in the environment provides opportunities for new innovations or answers to the problems faced in the system. As proponents of Triz method like to say "the solution to the problems lies in its environment".
Step two is to Apply the Operator
Which operator to start with is not important. We are also encourage to combine the operators. The generate ideas through the various combinations are to challenge our mind and break our thinking inertia. Hence it is important not to throw out the ideas immediately as nonsense or impractical. It is to challenge to think of possible uses and value of the proposed ideas.
Operator + Combine
Combine is to merge two or more parts into one part while still providing the same functions as before. Other wording for combine is converge, unify or consolidate.
Operator - Take Out
Take away, minus, one or more component of the system.
Operator / Divide
Divide is to segment the system or components further and/or make it removable/pluggable
Operator x Multiply
Create multiple copies of the components and/or change some properties of copies.
Operator → outsource
Replace a component/function from the system by an object in the environment.
Operator ← Adopt
Take a function presently done the Environment and get it done by the System. This is the opposite of outsource.
Operator ζ irregularize
Make the properties of the system or its components non-uniform or irregular. Symmetry is a typical psychological inertia of our mind. Making it irregular breaks this inertia. Symmetry means unchanging with respect to certain axis or property. To break the symmetry, just create a dependency relationships between properties of the system components or the system and its environment.
Operator ~ invert
Reverse the relationships between the components of the system or its relationships with the environment. The relationship can be relative spatial, time or other physical attributes as in the Dimension described above.
Invert Operator is the most common operator taught in Creative Thinking.
Operator ∞ intensify
Change a parameter of the system or its component and increase it to the extreme value either positive or negative direction.
Operator v drop-in
Learn from the best practices of other industries, countries & cultures or living organisms and apply it to the system and its environment.
Step 3 Introducing Another Dimension
In step 2 when we apply the operator on the system & environment, we tend to think in terms of physical objects or group of people if we use BVITS for management. Dimension tells us there are more ways to look at the issue. For those familiar with Triz, this Dimension thing provides of breaking of contradictions (A Contradiction is a dilemma that requires two conflict attributes to exist at the same time. See Triz literatures for physical and technical contradictions).
When we can't say Divide an component into physically, we can divide them across the time dimension, or change its physical state of solid into say liquid or gas and so forth. We could applies the dimension together say at the beginning it is liquid and later it is solid (e.g. Concrete).
Dimension can be
Consolidating and Actualization
The Operators can be used in conjunctions to generate many ideas. The ideas can be consolidated into new innovative product.
Ideas Generator Program
The BVITS methods described here can be easily computerized. In fact, it is better for a machine to generate ideas than for us to manually go through them. It will prevent our bias and inertia from stopping the seemingly ridiculous ideas.
The program is written with the Axon Idea Processor It is included as a program in the Generator Demo Section of the Axon software.
You can try it by downloading the trial version and test it out. It is also my pleasure to introduce Axon Idea Processor to you for your other thinking work.