NOVELTY METRICS IN ENGINEERING DESIGN EXPERIMENTS
The KAI inventory is a broadly researched tool to measure the adaptive-innovative problem solving style of individuals. A key component that distinguishes adaptors from innovators is their tendency to produce a narrower number of novel ideas. In a design experiment, both the problem-solving style of designers, and the novelty of their outcomes were measured. The latter was done with the KAI inventory, and the former with an analytical method assessing novelty of solutions with respect to the current paradigm. Surprisingly, there was no match between the results. A complementary new method to measure the non-obviousness of solutions is proposed here. There is a match between this new method and the KAI inventory. Implications are discussed.