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What is TRIZ?

Process Maturity versus TRIZ Methodology
Process Maturity versus TRIZ Methodology
  • TRIZ is a Russian acronym for ‘Theory of Inventive Problem Solving’ (Teoriya Resheniya Izobretatel'skih Zadach)
  • It covers a range of connected methodologies, based around creative tools which guide the generation of inventive solutions to problems
  • The TRIZ methodology was invented by Genrich Altshuller, who was a Russian inventor, and patent investigator. He investigated 40,000 patents and found that all of these could be explained by just 40 inventive principles (hundreds of thousands of patents have been examined since with the same result).
  • Altshuller also created TRIZ methodologies to predict engineering systems evolution and ‘systems for talented thinking’
  • The most widely used methodology is Altshuller’s contradiction matrix, with 40 inventive principles. The high-level steps are:
  • Define specific problem
  • Convert into standard problem
  • Generate standard solutions
  • Convert into specific solutions
  • TRIZ solutions tend to be radical and as such are usually applied during the concept phase of development programmes, or will start new development programmes

Why we get results

  • We have substantial experience deploying Altshuller's contradiction matrix, with 40 inventive principles.   Additionally, we can provide support on all TRIZ methodologies to TRIZ master level, through our associates and partners.
  • We can help you specify the best approach for your business (see Diagnostics for more details), or simply provide whatever consultancy, training and coaching you require
  • We’re practical and pragmatic - our focus is always on getting results (we’re practitioners - not just trainers!)
  • We tailor our services and approach to meet your needs (please see methodology deployment requirements diagram below)

There are three main Methodology Deployment options

There are three main Methodology Deployment options

There are three basic levels to deploy any methodology:

  • At a basic level a methodology can be used to solve a specific problem
  • Methodologies can also be deployed strategically to resolve strategic issues across the business.  Generally, this involves developing capability within the business to achieve this
  • Often, businesses decide to apply a uniform approach to business improvement across their entire business.  This, ‘total immersion’ approach, involves developing a 'critical mass' of capability within the company, with support structures to ensure that it is self-sustaining
  • We can help you, whatever deployment model you choose - please contact us to discuss your requirements

Capability Development

The level of capability development is an important factor in Strategic and 'Total Immersion' deployments

Stages of Capability Development: Training; doing supported by coaching; Community infra-structure development

Stages of Capability Development: Training; doing supported by coaching; Community infra-structure development
  • Training provides knowledge, but real understanding is only developed by doing
  • We offer a range of coaching services, to guide capability development and ensure that results are achieved
  • Beyond having people that can do, you’ll need your own, sustainable, support structure to ensure the continued growth and success of your capability - we’ll help you create, or develop, your infra-structure to achieve this

Training, Coaching & Support

Besides full deployments, we also offer the individual components, to support and supplement existing programmes:

  • TRIZ training: bespoke and 'off-the-shelf', from awareness and champions training, through to detailed courses for practitioners and train-the-trainer courses
  • TRIZ coaching:  a range bespoke of support options to ensure that both personal capability and business results are achieved.  These range from providing a full-time support team to remote support options, as appropriate
  • TRIZ community infra-structure: Bespoke services to design, develop and install appropriate capability support and development infra-structure

TRIZ is a tool for thinking, but not instead of thinking

Genrich Altshuller

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Next Steps

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