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Quantifying the TRIZ Levels of Invention

Inside TRIZ

 Quantifying the TRIZ Levels of Invention –

A tool to estimate the strength and life of a Patent 

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Introduction

TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) classifies inventions into five novelty levels (For example see [1]). At level 1 are slight modifications of the existing systems. Typically they are localized within a single sub-system. At level 2 are those inventions that resolve a system conflict or contradiction (called a technical contradiction between two parameters of a system), using usually inventive solution or inventive principle used to solve similar problems in other systems. This is what resulted in the most used TRIZ tool of contradiction matrix and 40 inventive principles. In fact, since 77% of inventions were at level 1 or level 2, TRIZ in popular press and by many consultants/trainers have been reduced to exploring and explaining contradiction matrix and 40 inventive principles. However, it is the deeper understanding that leads to level 3 and above inventions where TRIZ can be very powerful. At level 3, the inventions change one subsystem or resolve the system conflicts in a fundamental way. TRIZ found that about 19% inventions were at level 3. At level 4, the invention gives birth to new systems using interdisciplinary approaches. Less than 4% inventions were found to be at this level. The level 5 inventions are closer to a recently discovered scientific phenomenon. They start a new engineering discipline and have long range impact on the technological development of human race. For example, [2] considers, agriculture, money, hammer, wheel, pump, lasers, etc. as level 5 inventions.

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“CASE STUDY: APPLYING TRIZ IN A NON-TECHNICAL SETTING FOR A FUEL-CELL START-UP

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Case Study: Applying Triz in a non-technical setting for a fuel-cell start-up

 

By Jean-Francois Denault

1.    ABSTRACT

Denault head shotTRIZ is a systematic tool used to generate creativity and solve technical problems, but there is little litterature of its use in non-technical situations. This brings up the question: How can TRIZ be used to generate creativty and solve a non-technical problem?

The objective of this experiment was to use TRIZ in a non-technical setting. As such, the article is very exploratory in nature. Working with a private company, we identified and defined a non-technical problem, and experimented with TRIZ to generate creativity in an attempt to solve the problem.


KEYWORDS: Creativity, Brainstorming, TRIZ, Problem Solving


Other authors have explored TRIZ in a non-technical perspective, they have mostly done so from a theoretical perspective. For example, Mann (1999) and Terninko (2001) did excellent work in developing examples of applications of Triz principles in non-technical settings. With this article, I wish to add to existing literature by developing a case study solving a tangible problem.

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THE REAL WORLD: TRIZ in Two Hours for Undergraduate and Masters Level Students!

TRIZ Feature

THE REAL WORLD: TRIZ in Two Hours for Undergraduate and Masters Level Students!

Dr. Paul R. Filmore

School of Computing, Communications & Electronics

University of Plymouth, UK

 

The reality of overloaded university syllabi is very limited time for introducing challenging and comprehensive concepts like TRIZ. This paper shares e

xperience and knowledge, based on five years of ‘teaching’ TRIZ in the UK. Key areas covered are:-

  • Creating a need in the student to learn more e.g., demonstrate that TRIZ has more potential than student’s other present problem solving strategies
  • Using an interesting learning case study; researched by the author with Michelin (USA): the Tweel
  • Reporting the use of a computer assessment based on the lecture and self study. The assessment focuses students to access an electronic TRIZ book, electronic resources and the internet, to self study greater understanding of TRIZ (NB this is one way to get around limited timetabled lecture time). Results from student perceptions of their understanding of TRIZ and of experiencing a rich learning environment, are also examined.

Results from undergraduate and MSc student cohorts who have undertaken a TRIZ learning experience designed around the above, demonstrate a high appreciation of the potential of TRIZ and a measurable level of understanding.

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Development of the Creativity and Formula of the Nontechnical Systems' Transformation Algorithm

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Nikita ChislovDevelopment of the Creativity and Formula of the

Nontechnical Systems' Transformation Algorithm

by Eugene Chikov and Nikita Chikov

The article considers potential of caricature in the development of the creative thinking and reveals the structural model of the caricature creating process; it compares logical operations while solving inventive problems in techniques (Su-Field analysis) and while getting the new result within the context of the nontechnical system. This article also offers the formula of the nontechnical systems' transformation algorithm (solving of the nontechnical creative problem), which is common for all nontechnical systems.

 Key words: Su-field analysis, nontechnical systems' transformation algorithm, creative thinking development

 "The potential of trial-and-error approach is exhausted... That is why creation of the algorithms for solving technical, scientific and other tasks is not only possible, but also necessary. ARIZ will be followed by algorithms for solving the scientific and other tasks. The development of General Theory of Creative Problem Solving will inevitably be started some day. But now we are at the very beginning of our way." 

G. Altshuller, A. Selutzkiy "Wings for Ikarus"

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Development of the Creativity and Formula of the Nontechnical Systems' Transformation Algorithm (2)

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Nikita ChislovDevelopment of the Creativity and Formula of the

Nontechnical Systems' Transformation Algorithm

by Eugene Chikov and Nikita Chikov

The article considers potential of caricature in the development of the creative thinking and reveals the structural model of the caricature creating process; it compares logical operations while solving inventive problems in techniques (Su-Field analysis) and while getting the new result within the context of the nontechnical system. This article also offers the formula of the nontechnical systems' transformation algorithm (solving of the nontechnical creative problem), which is common for all nontechnical systems.

 Key words: Su-field analysis, nontechnical systems' transformation algorithm, creative thinking development

 "The potential of trial-and-error approach is exhausted... That is why creation of the algorithms for solving technical, scientific and other tasks is not only possible, but also necessary. ARIZ will be followed by algorithms for solving the scientific and other tasks. The development of General Theory of Creative Problem Solving will inevitably be started some day. But now we are at the very beginning of our way." 

G. Altshuller, A. Selutzkiy "Wings for Ikarus"

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Law of Increasing Intelligence of Technical Systems

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navneet bhushan

Navneet Bhushan

Law of Increasing Intelligence of Technical Systems

We discovered that human beings by collectively evolving their technical systems, are trying to make each technical system as close to a human being as possible - or at least a model of human being and its environment based on the current understanding of the world (for example, understanding of laws of physics and chemistry in making an automobile) and the current understanding of the system called the human being. As man understands the world around it as well as its body and its mind, it wants to create an "ideal man" or at least an idealized human of all technical systems it is creating. This is an unexpected discovery and may take the readers used to classical TRIZ, sometime to accept it.


Navneet Bhushan is a founder and director of CRAFITTI Consulting, an innovation consulting and research firm focused on co-crafting innovation in global enterprises. In his paper, Navneet makes some challenging conclusions about where and how ideal systems are evolving to.

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