Learning objective

After reading the component, you will become familiar not only with the TRIZ method and the main elements of it, but you will also learn how to use it in your organization. It is very important for managers and owners of firms to remember that same problems and solutions are repeating across industries and sciences, so, why not adapt already studied patterns of inventions to your firm. In this module you will be introduced to a five steps approach to TRIZ and you will be given practical examples of how you could implement some short-term solutions to technical problems. It will take approx 40 minutes to read the module and at least 60 minutes to practice it at your organization.


While Humanity exists, it will always be faced with problems! But the success of a firm is based on how quickly solutions to technical problems are found! Will you be faster than your competitors? Do you have a desire to conduct your business in innovative approach without wasting time “reinventing the wheel”?

Someone once said: „Wouldn’t it be more logical to learn from success?! It would be even better to condense the experience gathered from the best solutions into concrete rules and to develop a methodology with complete models or even as a practical theory.” This person’s name was Genrikh Saulovich Altshuller (1926-1998) - Soviet engineer and researcher.1

TRIZ is an international science of creativity that relies on the study of the patterns of problems and solutions, not on spontaneous and intuitive creativity of individuals or groups.2 

In the course of analysing thousands of successful innovations, G.S. Altshuller discovered that while the evolution of technology is apparently comprised of haphazard steps, in the long run it follows repeatable patterns. These patterns can be applied to the systematic development of technologies – both to solving product design and production problems, and to the development of next-generation technologies and products.3

Using TRIZ to discover the next set of winning innovations is the most beneficial application of this methodology, as such innovations may present the greatest business opportunity for any company.4

Let’s go to next sections, where detailed explanation and the practical example will guide you.

1 Michael A.Orloff (2005). Inventive Thinking through TRIZ – A practical Guide (the 2nd edition), p.2
4 Ibid

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