The concept of the use of resources is a key concept in TRIZ, since solutions to inventive problems that use resources from problem system or the immediate environment (or minor modifications of those resources) of the problem are inherently higher ideality than those that require additional energy or materials added to the system to generate the solution. Application of modern teaching methods to the concept of the use of resources demonstrates that there are two distinct phases in teaching and learning about the use of resources: how to identify the available candidate resources, and how to use the resources for problem solving. The teaching methods will be demonstrated with examples from services and products in several areas.
E Ellen Domb, Ph.D., is the editor of The TRIZ Journal, http://www.triz-journal.com , and the principal TRIZ consultant for the PQR Group in Upland, CA, USA. TRIZ is Dr. Domb’s 6th career: she has been a physics professor, an aerospace engineer, an engineering manager, a product line general manager, and a strategic planning/quality improvement consultant.