Artikel dibawah ini diperoleh dari milis dan ternyata sudah banyak ada di dunia maya dikutip oleh banyak orang. Meskipun demikian, terus terang baru sekarang saya bisa membacanya. Oleh karena itu, rasanya masih relevan ditampilkan di blog ini untuk menjadi bahan pemikiran engineer tentang arti sebuah kreativitas.
Ingat engineer adalah profesi yang mengggabungkan antara sain dan seni, selain itu selalu berorientasi pada hasil.
Bandingkan dengan profesi dosen, yang berorientasi pada proses. Jadi kalau ngakunya dosen sekaligus engineer maka kedua-dua orientasi tersebut harus ada, yaitu proses dan hasil, sekaligus. Ok !
Tentang kreativitas, kadang-kadang perlu keberanian untuk berbeda dari prosedur baku yang sudah ada. Jika menuai kesuksesan maka orang lain akan menyebutnya kreatif, dapat hadiah. 🙂
Jika gagal, orang menyebutnya tidak taat asas atau melakukan penyimpangan prosedur, dapat teguran. 😦
The Difference between Focusing on Problems and Focusing on Solutions
When NASA began the launch of astronauts into space, they found out that the pens wouldn’t work at zero gravity (ink won’t flow down to the writing surface).
To solve this problem, it took them one decade and $12 million. They developed a pen that worked at zero gravity, upside down, underwater, in practically any surface including crystal and in a temperature range from below freezing to over 300 degrees C.
And what did the Russians do…??
They used a Pencil !!!
One of the most memorable case studies on Japanese management was the case of the empty soap box, which happened in one of Japan ‘s biggest cosmetics companies. The company received a complaint that a consumer had bought a soap box that was empty. Immediately the authorities isolated the problem to the assembly line, which transported all the packaged boxes of soap to the delivery department.
For some reason, one soap box went through the assembly line empty. Management asked its engineers to solve the problem. Post-haste, the engineers worked hard to devise an X-ray machine with high-resolution monitors manned by two people to watch all the soap boxes that passed through the line to make sure they were not empty. No doubt, they worked hard and they worked fast but they spent a whoopee amount to do so.
But when a rank-and-file employee in a small company was posed with the same problem, he did not get into complications of X-rays, etc., but instead came out with another solution. He bought a strong industrial electric fan and pointed it at the assembly line.
He switched the fan on, and as each soap box passed the fan, it simply blew the empty boxes out of the line.
Think LEAN.. Be CREATIVE !!!