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Thursday, November 6, 2008

application on simplicity...

mudah yang patut kita pilih...dan praktikkan...

1. When NASA began launching astronauts into space, they found out
thatthe astronauts' pens wouldn't work at zero gravity (ink wouldn't
flow down to the writing surface). It took them one decade and $12 million to
solve this problem. They developed a pen that worked at zero gravity, upside
down, underwater, on practically any surface including crystal, and at
temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 degrees C.
And what did the Russians do? The Russians used a pencil.

2. One of the most memorable case studies on Japanese management
techniques was the case of the empty soap box, which occurred 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 whoopee amount of time and money 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 the 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.

3. A 50 feet long trailer having 48" wheels got stuck while entering
a midtown tunnel in New York because it was approximately 2.5 feet taller
than the height of the tunnel. The fire department and the state
department of transportation spent the whole day searching for a solution, to no
Then a child, aged about 9 years, asked his father, "Why can't they
take out the air from the tyre tubes? The height will automaticallycome

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Always look for simple solutions.
And learn to focus on solutions, not on problems.
If you look at what you do not have in life, you don't have anything.
If you look at what you have in life, you have everything.

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