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Usability Associates
Rochester, NY
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Visteon Corp.
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Human factors and ergonomics is the area of science relating to the relationship between workers, their work place environment, and the equipment used to perform their jobs. This can be as simple as how a person interacts with a PC or as complex as how an automobile assembly worker inserts seats into a car on an assembly line. There are some inherent contradictions involved in the design of such equipment such as displaying of needed information and the mental overload created by the display of too much information. There is the concern about making a pill bottle easily accessible to elderly arthritics and totally inaccessible to young children. These types of contradictions will increase as our population increases and the needs of an elderly population differ from that of a more agile younger population.

TRIZ uses the resolution of contradictions as a key problem solving principle. The various tools and principles used in TRIZ to resolve contradictions can be grouped in many different ways. Two of the most common are separation principles and more specific inventive principles, frequently referred to as “40 Principles”. There have been a number of 40 Principles lists developed over the years, demonstrating the robustness of the original basics of TRIZ: the resolution of design and engineering contradictions. These have included "40 Principles for Architecture", 40 Principles for Food Processing, “40 Principles for Chemical Engineering”, and others. All of these have grouped examples of the application of the TRIZ 40 Principles to a different area of business or technology and continue to demonstrate the robustness of these basic principles as a starting point for simple problem solving. It is possible to group the 40 Principles of TRIZ underneath the broader “separation principles” related to time, space, condition, and parts/whole or system/super-system1. The TRIZ 40 Principles are normally considered when a system is considered to have two different parameters in conflict with each other while the separation principles are normally considered when the contradiction can be condensed into one parameter in conflict with itself. Either approach can yield new thoughts about how to redesign products to improve the human interface.

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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."

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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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