Swap the Steps

What steps can you swap to create more value?

          In 1983, John E. Cronin was in his laboratory at IBM in Vermont when he had an idea to reorder the steps used for 25 years in making computer chips. John experimented with different orderings and ultimately re-discovered a process that had been followed by steel makers in ancient times.

Steel smiths in Damascus hundreds of years before Christ, used a process to overlay metals and improve the strength of swords. John’s discovery allows chips to be layered evenly inside a computer and makes them faster, cheaper and less power intensive.

Content courtesy of the Ah Ha! Discovery Deck, developed by John Cronin at the ipCapital Group to help inventors solve real-world problems.

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