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The 40 Principles by Richard Kaplan Richard Kaplan

Many TRIZ books and articles have listed the 40 Principles for inventive problems, but those that I have read only describe what the Principles are and provide examples of their applications. None analyzes what there is about these Principles that make them so useful for solving difficult problems, only that they have been chosen because of the frequency of their appearance in the patent literature. This article analyzes the Principles from several viewpoints in an attempt to understand why they are so useful.

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Lessons Learned Introducing TRIZ in a Creativity and Innovation Course

Submitted by: Tim Schweizer, Ph.D.

This paper offers a brief summary of lessons learned after three iteratiTim Schwitzer.746ons introducing/integrating TRIZ into a one-semester Creativity and Innovation course. The course is housed in the Economics & Business Department at a private liberal arts college; the course is offered as a non-technical Management elective and exposes students to multiple creativity and innovation tools. The paper highlights the author’s successful and unsuccessful approaches to introducing/integrating TRIZ 

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Improved Method for Drawing Functional Diagrams on the Computer

Donald Coates Ph.D., P.E.

Making functional diagrams on the computer with MicroSoft Word Shapes or sidon coatesmilar drawing packages is desirable from a documentation standpoint and from a rapid modification standpoint when compared to drawing them manually. However making the diagrams similar to those done manually is very time consuming by the computer. This new method uses the Tool-Action-Object method as described in some popular books on TRIZ. An example comparing the manual method with the new method is given to show the advantages.

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Advice for Working with Students

By Murashkovsky Jurgis

A dJurgis.790istinctive feature is that it gives children an opportunity to get to that need solutions. Not imposed truths, but are given the opportunity themselves to reach the conclusion that it is necessary to devise a method of solving the problem. As part of the training, the children are given the task to develop the talented thinking qualities (KTM), to solve problems, the methods of the invention, as well as an integral part of the training - the solution of personal problems and concerns. As a result, teaching children to develop a KTM, can choose or create methods for solving problems and safely solve their problems faced on a daily basis.

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Combining Patent Forward Citation and TRIZ analysis
in a simple method for the identification of
Major Innovations from a Specific Technology Field

by Marques, C.F.S. and Fonseca, M.V.A.


ThMarquesl.815e present study combines patent forward citation count and TRIZ analysis in a method for the identification of the major impact inventions on the modern biotechnology, a highly dynamic, knowledge-based area, on which patents are considered a crucial instrument for intellectual property protection. The combination of patent forward citation and inventive level analyses was applied on the 0.3% most cited patents related to biotechnology applied to the human health, focusing the in vitro diagnostic reagents niche. Documents were retrieved from an online database, and analyzed by the perspective of TRIZ inventive principles, engineering parameters and inventive levels. All significant inventions on the modern biotechnology area could be identified in the selected resulting group, confirming that the proposed method was able to identify the best, valuable and innovative patents in a specific R&D area. The resulting robust patent list can provide core information on major trends, players, expiration dates and free operation niches, for example, without an overwhelming amount of documents and the need of expensive or user-unfriendly software or packages. It can also be elected as a starting list for further patentometrics initiatives. The proposed methodology can be used as basic framework to perform modest, yet pertinent studies on specific technical fields or technologies. The combination of these patent analysis information as a tool for innovation management can be also be adapted to other several knowledge areas, and help academic, corporate and government foresight and forecasting studies, for example, by increasing the innovation impact of worldwide research and dvelopment initiatives, and ultimately, industry performance.

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Breakthrough Innovation by Conflict Solving

by Zinovy Royzen

Conflicts are the most severe problems in innovation. An attempt to improve one feature or a function very often leads to deterioration of another feature or a function. The tutorial shows the most efficient ways to develop breakthrough solutions to conflicts and achieve the desired improvement without any deterioration of the conflicting features of functions.

zinovy royzenInstructor: Zinovy Royzen is a TRIZ Master certified by Genrich Altshuller, the creator of TRIZ. He is the founder and President of TRIZ Consulting, Inc., Seattle, Washington, the first U.S. Company to apply TRIZ, cofounder and 1998-2007 Director of Altshuller Institute for TRIZ Studies.

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TRIZ, The Development and Dissemination in Industries in China

by Runhua Tan

National Engineering Research Center for Technological Innovation Method and Tool

Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin, China.

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Runhua TanInnovation which is the implementation of new ideas is viewed as the key to both sustaining a competitive advantage and the lifeblood or the best hope for the growth of companies, both in China and other countries. In China now many companies proactively introduce creativity techniques and TRIZ into R&D activities to improve their innovative capabilities. The local governments, universities, companies are all together to carry out the introducing process. There are three kinds of needs for the introduction in companies which are mass-engineers to attend the process, seamless connection between the introducing process and the R&D processes and high expectation for innovation. As a national level center we have been developing both new theories and introducing techniques to meet the needs of the industries in China.

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Solving a Hundred Year Old Problem

By Zinovy Royzen

Each year in the U.S. there are over 1,500 incidents of surgical sponges being left inside patients after surgery resulting in deterioration of the health of the patients or even their deaths. The incidents also financially impact healthcare providers by massive legal and medical cost. Application of TRIZ resulted in the development of a reliable and inexpensive solution to the problem known for more than 100 years.

zinovy royzenInstructor: Zinovy Royzen is a TRIZ Master certified by Genrich Altshuller, the creator of TRIZ. He is the founder and President of TRIZ Consulting, Inc., Seattle, Washington, the first U.S. Company to apply TRIZ, cofounder and 1998-2007 Director of Altshuller Institute for TRIZ Studies.

He is a leading TRIZ consultant, project facilitator, trainer and TRIZ developer. He has transformed the classical TRIZ theory into the most powerful and user-friendly version of modern TRIZ. He has taught thousands of engineers including several hundred engineers at Boeing.

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TRIZ-It’s All Around Us-----Part 2!

Jack Hipple, Principal

TRIZ and Engineering Training Services LLC, Tampa, FL

hipple jack Zoom2This presentation will update these examples with interesting new ones from the banking and mortgage industry, household products, industrial packaging, grocery industry, communication systems, and others. We can take one of these to illustrate several TRIZ principles. Let’s examine what has happened to the home mortgage industry. It wasn’t that long ago that the only type of mortgage available was a 30 year “conventional” fixed rate. We now have at least 5 year increments from 15 to 40. The rates are not necessarily fixed, but may vary with any number of external commercial factors. The payment itself may be related to the borrower’s income. We have mortgages in “reverse” where equity is lent back to the borrower. It is easy to see how this trend will continue down both these paths, well predicted by TRIZ lines of evolution and its inventive principles.

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GB System of Inventive Principles

By Galina Malkin, Len Kaplan, Yevgeniy Malkin, (GB, LLC)

Problem solving in classic TRIZ, as well as in the various post-classic TRIZ derivatives, is focused on finding one “successful” idea. Sometimes, that idea is accompanied by a few ideas of a “lower level” – i.e. solutions of subsequent, secondary problems.

The GB TRIZ methodology proposes a different approach to problem solving. This approach provides the following advantages:

  • A thorough analysis of the problem allows localizing it as a specific goal focused on one variable function.
  • This helps define a compact list of resources that need to be changed to achieve the desired results.
  • GB System of Inventive Principles (IPs) helps create a practically exhaustive list of possible ideas.
  • Ideas are combined into conceptual solutions, which are evaluated to create a “locally ideal” implementable plan.

The methodology is successful because the GB System of IPs is standardized for simple, uniform application. This standardization allows for many benefits, including:

  • A faster, simpler training process to use the System of IPs.
  • Easy implementation in facilitation of projects.
  • Maximum efficiency at discovering and applying the knowledge necessary for the project.
  • A comprehensive and virtually exhaustive list of possible solutions.
  • Implementable concepts.
  • Galina MalkinGalina Malkin, President, GB LLC

    1986 M.S. Biology - Simferopol State University (Tavrida University)

    Galina first encountered TRIZ at a seminar of G. Altshuller. From that point, not only did she use TRIZ in her scientific work as a molecular biologist, but she also taught TRIZ to different age groups ranging from pre-school to college students and business personnel. Her programs were used to teach pre-school students in Latvia. She worked as a biologist at the University of Michigan, Cayman Chemical, Pfizer, and Wayne State University.

    Galina co-Founded GB TRIZ, LLC in 2010 and has served as the company President since that time. She also was the lead of the 2014 Colciencias project in Bogota “Locomotora de la Innovación para Empresas.”

  • LENLen Kaplan, VP of Technology, GB LLC

    Len Kaplan was first trained in TRIZ in 1980. Since 1988, he was working as a professional TRIZ consultant. Since 1995, he worked as an innovation consultant, trainer and facilitator in Ideation International Inc., Pretium Consulting LLC and OutCompete LLC. Starting in 2010, Len has been working in South Korea for Samsung.
    Len Kaplan was implementing the GB TRIZ approaches, methods and techniques at Samsung TechWin.
    Len Kaplan has been a friend and colleague of Sergey and Galina Malkin since 1987, working together to develop a number of applications and methodologies for modern TRIZ.

  • Yevgeniy MalinYevgeniy Malkin, Training and Sales Manager, GB LLC

    2011 BBA – University of Michigan, USA

    Yevgeniy is one of the specialists at Guided Brainstorming, working on the development of training programs and materials for the GB TRIZ Practitioner and GB TRIZ Professional levels.

    He maintains and develops the GB TRIZ company website. Yevgeniy is also responsible for communication with clients and coordinating projects.

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Philosophy of Theory of Technical Systems Evolution

Viesturs Tamuzs, Yuliy Murashkovsky


Viesturs Tamuzs.859The history of ideas contains multiple examples of significant scientific discoveries being made by a method of trial and error. That is to say, these discoveries in their nature remain random, not planned, events. The work of G. Altshuller on the Theory of Technical Systems Evolution (TESE) has enabled to make revolutionary changes in the perception of the process of invention by introducing the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ). TESE and TRIZ describe in detail a directed and goal-oriented procedure of invention towards increasing the degree of system’s ideality by thus avoiding randomness.

In addition, we believe that the growth of philosophical knowledge and of new theoretical frameworks within the tradition originating from Aristotle and Socrates has dissipated. We expect that the theories of TESE, TRIZ and SFT will soon find wide-ranging philosophical application and success as it has in revolutionizing the process of technical discoveries.

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Theory of Talented Thinking (TTT)

by Yuliy Samoilovich Murashkovsky

Theory of Talented Thinking (TTT) is an extension of the concepts of TRIZ, related to thinking.

The basis of TTT is a system of 19 thought procedures. Some of them are new for TRIZ.

Several tens of thousands examples of high (3-5) level changes from the history of development of technical, artistic systems and systems of scientific notions were selected to identify the procedures of TTT.

Procedures of TTT are based on studying the regularity of notion development. In TTT, the system of these patterns is extended in comparison with TRIZ.

TRIZ has several prediction mechanisms, but they are almost never used in practice of application of TRIZ. TTT is aimed not only at solving arisen problems, but also mainly at non-linear prediction in various fields of activity.

A fundamentally new paradigm is being developed within TTT – Talented Education and Upbringing (TEU). It utilizes both existing and new research results. There are also classes on the technique of conducting research.

The practice of teaching different age groups shows that TEU does not coincide with traditional system of education and upbringing. Therefore, a system of independent TTT education and a corresponding system of upbringing is being developed and tested in practice on the basis of both existing (TCPD by G.S. Altshuller, work of V.G. Berezina, system of B.P. Nikitin) and original developments (M.E. Novicka, Y.Y. Murashkovsky).

Yuliy SaMarrofsky.861moilovich Murashkovsky

TRIZ master, Master of Chemistry, professor of RISEBA and Baltic International Academy (Riga).

Born 07.07.1952 in Luhansk, Ukrainian SSR. Practices TRIZ since 1974. Conducts independent research since 1979. Published two books, several manuals for teachers, and a number of articles. Some of the materials can be found on



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by Alla Nesterenko and Terekhova G.V

This aAlla Nesterenko.883rticle proves the expediency of using the tools of the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (in Russian - TRIZ) and the General Theory of Powerful Thinking (in Russian – OTSM) to address the challenges of inventive abilities development in the subjects of education. As the solution, the authors provide specific educational environment named "TRIZ-inventor" implemented in the additional education program for primary school pupils. The developed program provides for the formation of creative educational resources-based environment in the course of mastering the methods of inventive problem solving. Elements of the educational environment named "City of inventors" allow teachers, students, parents, and psychologists master the tools for transforming objects and situations using the research and methodology complexes such as "Training room", "Entertainment park", "Museum of inventions", "Laboratory of inventors", and "Center for the inventions evaluation". The use of the program results in generating a learning environment that ensures the development of skills for creation and evaluation of authorial products of creative activity of those involved in education, increasing the level of their efficiency.

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Selyutskiy A.B. Altshuller's Inventions

The life sAlexander Selyuntskytory of the author of TRIZ, Henry Altshuller, is a vivid example of a biography of a creative personality, consistently and courageously moving towards its goal. Milestones of this biography can be traced to the Altshuller’s inventions. The history of each inventive idea can tell us a lot about the author's personality, about his dreams and goals. On inventions, Altshuller checked the methodology he was creating and later - the theory. The brightest of its tools were embodied in practice into concrete examples of inventive solutions. Altshuller also made many social inventions concerning the training of his followers, the organization of the TRIZ community.

This article presents some vivid moments of the biography of G. Altshuller through the history of his inventions.

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Seeing Tomorrow Today:
Knowing your customers’ needs before they are aware of them

by Victor Fey

2-hour Advanced Tutorial

FEY.887One of the most vital applications of TRIZ is helping businesses identify and prioritize the best innovation opportunities. Innovation is not a goal – it’s a tool to achieve a specific business objective, but it’s effective only if it satisfies a need or creates a new one. Predicting, as well as shaping, future customer needs is imperative for business success in the increasingly competitive marketplace. Conventional TRIZ tools used for product and technology forecasting – primarily, lines of evolution and S-curve analysis – do not explicitly address the need dynamics. TRIZ can predict the next stage in the product’s evolution (e.g., its increased flexibility), but it does not answer the question, “Why would the market need this innovation?”

This practical tutorial will teach you new product forecasting tools of TRIZ that take into account need dynamics. These tools allow for more reliable identification and prioritization of the best innovation opportunities, both short- and long-term. Specific guidelines on the use of need dynamics for the development of new products and services will be provided.



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Achievements and future development of TRIZ Innovation Curriculum for Adolescents in Shanghai

by  Li Huangye

Ai Mai Yun Chuang (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd, Beijing, 100101, China


Li.901As one of the most developed cities in China, Shanghai has established the best conventional education system in the country. In PISA2012 (Program for International Student Assessment), which assessed the capabilities of middle school students from 64 countries and regions, the mathematical, reading and scientific capabilities of Shanghai junior middle school students ranked the highest. In this context, we started to offer an innovative curriculum at several middle schools in Shanghai from 2012. This curriculum is designed according to the physiological characteristics, knowledge structure and cognitive level of students of two age groups, one from the 3rd to the 6th grades (8-12 years old) and the other from the 9th to the 11th grades (15-17 years old). Aiming at maximizing students’ innovation ability, the curriculum comprises three parts: creative works appreciation, innovation knowledge teaching and group discussion. During the past 5 years, we have been offering the innovative curriculum to middle school students in Shanghai. Positive results have been achieved: The curriculum has broadened students’ knowledge base and improved their innovative thinking ability while bringing fun to them. Meanwhile, continuous improvements are being made to the curriculum so that better results can be achieved.

Keywords: TRIZ, innovation education, creativity, adolescents innovation


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Exile of the Six-winged Seraph

Len Kaplan, (GB LLC)


len kaplanInstitutionalization of creative (innovative) system within any large company is hindered by creative thinking. Only specific conditions and specific environment enables the creative thinking. Alas, these conditions are incompatible with company processes and policies.

How to resolve this contradiction? Exclude creative thinking from development of creative solutions to complex problems. Is it possible? If yes, under which conditions?

People usually mix these two concepts:

  • Creative thinking: search for new solutions because none of the known solutions work, and
  • Creative result: solution that is feasible and “unexpected” to the experts.

Due to this mix, people assume that development of creative solutions requires creative thinking. Let’s separate these issues, focus on the creative result.

The creative result is a system comprising modifications of resources involved in problem situation. Systemic Transition 1-c suggests: the system possesses the feature C, while its elements possess the opposite feature anti-C.

The key features of creative solution are:

  1. It’s unexpected, unobvious, unfamiliar to the experts
  2. It eliminates the problem completely

Then, the features of elements of creative solution are as follows:

  1. They are expected, obvious, familiar to the experts
  2. None of them can eliminate the problem completely

Client’s experts solving their own problem reveal modifications of resources, and then combine these modifications into the solutions. They extract the latent knowledge from their minds rather than generate “ideas.” This work does not require “creative” thinking.

Now, the task is reorganizing the TRIZ approach so that it could support such facilitation of cross-functional teams of clients’ experts.

Keywords: creativity, innovation, problem solving, TRIZ

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All moduleIsak Bukhman 2017.925s of TRIZ more or less develop our creative imagination and lower our tendency toward Psychological Inertia. However, this is not enough for TRIZ specialist preparation. In the 70s, it became clear that a special Creative Imagination Development (CID) course was needed.

Genrich Altshuller and Pesach Amnuel created the first CID course in the late 70s. From that time, the CID course became one of the most effective parts of TRIZ, acting as a lubricant for creative thinking.

I started to use the CID course in my TRIZ training during early 80s. I found that TRIZ training went more slowly and projects were not as successful if the CID course was not used.

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CPE is thIsak Bukhman 2017.925e intelligent network of next generation which combines many innovative ideas and technologies in order to revolutionize the process of education and obtaining of knowledge. CPE allows identifying talents in children at a very early stage and then uniquely developing these talents in a guided collaborative environment. CPE offers new ways for obtaining, utilizing and sharing knowledge through participation in public-private projects, unique Master-Member relationship, building knowledge base, and all these activities are carried out in the natural atmosphere similar to social networking and network gaming activities. CPE talks about the role of a human being in modern society and offers the way to achieve happiness through consistent creative personal development as a recipe for solving most urgent world problems, overcoming challenges faced by humanity and propelling humans to the new heights.