Getting Started with TRIZ

TRIZ is the Russian acronym for Theory of Inventive Problem Solving

TRIZ in its classical form was developed by the Soviet inventor and science fiction writer Genrich Altshuller and his associates. He started developing TRIZ in 1946 while working in the “Inventions Inspection” department of the Caspian Sea flotilla of the Soviet Navy. His job was to help with the initiation of invention proposals, to rectify and document them and prepare applications to the patent office. During this time he realized that a problem requires an inventive solution if there is an unresolved contradiction in the sense that improving one parameter impacts negatively on another. He later called these “technical contradictions”. – From Wikipedia

TRIZ has always seemed to be a very complicated and laborious process. I often wonder if many of us don’t pre-judge the methodology. I found once acquiring some basic skills, TRIZ is a very interesting process. However, I will admit that I could not learn it from a book. I needed guidance and regular practice to acquire the most basic proficiency. Next weeks podcast covers TRIZ, and  this video serves as a nice introduction to the podcast.

The video was basically a book trailer for this book,Trizics: Teach yourself TRIZ, how to invent, innovate and solve “impossible” technical problems systematically. Part of the book description:

TRIZICS is an organized process for the practical application of TRIZ, it incorporates TRIZ tools into a simple step-by-step framework that includes the logic of structured problem solving, leverages TRIZ tools for root cause analysis, and directs the user to select the appropriate TRIZ tool to use during the problem solving process.

Not sure I agree with the claim of the book, but I found the book one of the easiest explanations of the subject and an adequate primer for someone that would like to get started.