Next Steps in Reduction of TRIZ Entry Barriers
by Galina Malkin, Sergey Malkin, Gregory Frenklach, and Donald Coates
Five years of use in industry and education has lead to development of an improved version of the Guided Brainstorming Toolkit™ TRIZ Methodology. The process was streamlined from six steps to four. This allows integration with other methods like value engineering, 6-Sigma, and Solutions Engine Methodology to name a few. In the new method directions of vision, functioning, and resources were expanded from three to five to align with increasing application complexity. In addition the number of basic inventive principles was reduced from 60 to 30. The more universal set of inventive principles can be applied to each of the opportunities: improve function, counteract function, and resolve contradiction. The texts of the inventive principles as well as the examples were improved for better understanding. The changes should make the method particularly friendly to beginning TRIZ users to solve well defined problems, should enhance the growth of TRIZ, and should motivate some into more advanced TRIZ methods for more complex problem solving. The enhancements were incorporated in new software to further aid the newcomers.