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Knowledge Based Tools for Software Supported Innovation and Problem Solving
Boris Zlotin, Alla Zusman, Ron Fulbright
The need to provide certain support in utilizing TRIZ was first recognized by the TRIZ founder Genrich Altshuller who in the mid-1960s built an electromechanical version of the Contradiction Table with the Innovation Principles. In the mid-1980s, the emergence of personal computers allowed for the computerization of selected instruments of Classical TRIZ (principles, standards, effects) conducted under the leadership of Valery Tsourikov. Since 1989 two of the authors have led Kishinev TRIZ School and later Ideation International (USA) in developing and implementing their own approach to TRIZ computerization. This approach included the following steps:
1. Identifying all needs related to problem solving and innovation and development of a comprehensive set of applications that will address these needs
2. Development of computer-compatible processes for each application
3. Collection, refinement and structuring knowledge bases for each application.
This approach resulted in development of the Ideation Office of Innovation, including the following applications supported by the family of TRIZ-based software (TRIZSoft®):
  • Inventive Problem Solving (IPS) – solving difficult problems and improvements in existing technical systems related to design, research and development, manufacturing, safety, reliability, and quality assurance.
  • Anticipatory Failure Determination (AFD) – pro-active process for analyzing, predicting and eliminating failures in systems, products, and processes.
  • Directed Evolution® (DE) – predicting next generations of products, services and technologies via inventing and developing a comprehensive set of scenarios describing future generations of a system.
  • Evaluation and Enhancement of Intellectual Property (IP) related to proprietary technologies, inventions, patents and patent portfolios.
The paper is describing several knowledge bases of different level of complexity to support Inventive Problem Solving application that could be utilized with or without the software.

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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."

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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