If perhaps the first two posts in this series did not make it obvious, the focus and intended results of Rapidinnovation is to increase individual awareness and understanding of the conditions, circumstances and phenomenon that surround them.
The foundation of such awareness and understanding is built upon a few Principles, rather than relying on specific tools and techniques.
Developing an individual’s awareness and understanding helps effectively bring about significant changes in prevailing situations, which is the objective of any innovation. .
However, increasing an individual’s or a group’s understanding of an existing situation or phenomenon is a tricky issue that refuses to follow well defined paths.
So, in order to have a standardized approach to understanding the traditional route is to first have a theory in place, which we then try to fit onto existing situations to identify parts that cause trouble or problems. Parts of the situation that don’t match the constructs of the pre-existing theory are then considered to be problems that need to be rectified to bring about desired changes. Additionally, it also calls for labeling or classifying a given situation into some sort of problem type like ‘quality’, ‘productivity’, ‘industrial’, ‘machinery’, ‘financial’ reflecting the present tendency to classify or categorize problems into definitive silos..For example, if a problem is determined as a ‘quality’ issue the problem is observed through some of the known quality tools and methods to arrive at an understanding about the problem. Once the abnormality or deviation from the norm is identified efforts are stepped up to correct the specific finding generally ignoring other relevant connections and interdependencies that might modulate or influence a problem.