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Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ, pronounced as treez) provides a powerful mechanism to strengthen the thinking skills of the practitioner.

Over successive decades TRIZ has matured to provide a robust platform for practitioners to generate elegant solutions to problems, predict potential failure points, direct the evolution of products and manage intellectual property. TRIZ concepts have been demonstrated equally effective for skilling kids.

Yet after years of existence and ample case studies the vast sea of humanity seems to be indifferent to the existence of TRIZ.

Could it be part of a bigger conspiracy to keep TRIZ a secret similar to what is alleged to have been done for the aliens that visit planet earth or is it that the TRIZ’niks employ a language that masses cannot relate to?

The TRIZ community is encountering multiple contradictions in its journey of evolution.

For example, if we make the language simple then the man on the street will understand but it will dilute the power of the methodology and vice versa.

Can we apply the principles of TRIZ to resolve the underlying contradictions to make the concepts of TRIZ a universally adopted practice?




Aditya is the Practice Manager for Innovation Practice at QAI Global Services and working on expanding the service delivery capabilities for the practice. Aditya has a cross-functional work experience of over 12 years in the areas of Process Improvement, Process and Product design, and Project Management using principles and practices of Innovation, Lean, and Six Sigma. Aditya has facilitated over 200 projects spanning different industry segments and has trained more than 1000 people on areas related to Innovation, Lean, and Six sigma. He is the author of several articles on topics related to Innovation, Lean, and Six sigma, that have been published in magazines such as ASQ Quality Progress, ASQ Six Sigma Forum, Altshuller Institute, TRIZ Journal, IDG Outsourcing and OUTSOURCING and is on the book review panel of Pearson Vue (owners of Addison Wesley, Penguin brands).

Aditya is President of TRIZ Association of Asia and is one of the two in South Asia to be Certified MATRIZ Level 3, ITRIZ-IPS, AFD trainer and authorized by MATRIZ (International Association of TRIZ) to certify others on MATRIZ Level 1.

He is full member of American Society of Quality (ASQ) and member of Altshuller Institute, USA.

Inside TRIZ

Case Studies From A Breakthrough Innovation

Inside TRIZ
 
Photo of Darrell MannMarch 2012
 
Darrell Mann
 
Case Studies From A Breakthrough Innovation
 
"Starting in August 2004, the Hong Kong government began sponsoring a deployment of TRIZ to a cluster of eight local companies. Over the course of the next 15 months, each company was invited to assemble a team of between 5 and 8 engineers and designers each of whom would be exposed to a series of six three-day TRIZ education and utilization sessions. The aims of the program were for each company to realize new products, patents and tangible financial benefits, and to measure the extent to which TRIZ allowed companies to accelerate their rate of innovation. This paper describes a collection of some of the success stories emerging from the program."
 
 

TRIZ Features

Alexander Selutsky

TRIZ Feature

Alexander Selyutsky - a key figure in the history of TRIZ!

Alexander Selyutsky

Selyutsky Alexander Borisovich was born April 6, 1933 to an intelligent Jewish family residing in Leningrad. During the World War II the plant where his father was working was evacuated to the Urals, and the family (the parents and Alexander) moved to Chelyabinsk. Here, Alexander graduated from high school. He wanted to go to a military school, but didn’t pass vision test and entered the Chelyabinsk Polytechnic Institute. In his first year he was forced to learn boxing (because of frequent anti-Semitic attacks) and became a Komsomol activist.

After graduation, he was sent to Petrozavodsk Onega tractor plant, where he worked as a designer. He continued leading a very active social life, organized and led voluntary militia patrolling the streets of the city because the situation was very criminal. In the search for more satisfying work he became interested in patenting, completed appropriate courses and became a patent agent.

In 1960, Alexander married Dolly Naumovna Audleys, and had a daughter Alla in 1961. The same year G.S Altshuller published a book " “Learn how to invent"[1] . After reading this book in 1965 Selyutsky wrote a letter to Altshuller. This letter started their acquaintance by correspondence. Since then, Alexander became one of the most dedicated Altshuller’s disciples and an active promoter of the emerging new science.

They finally met in 1968 in Dzintary (near Riga), at the seminar organized by the Central Board of VOIR (state leading inventors’ and innovators’ society) that invited Altshuller and several of his associates. It was the first time that Alexander and others got a chance to work under the direct guidance of Altshuller and to learn from him. Later, in 1983, Alexander participated as one of the instructors in the seminar conducted by G.S. Altshuller in Moscow at the Institute for continuous education for chemical and petroleum industries.

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