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What is TRIZ?

TRIZ is a premier disruptive technology for innovation that can be used throughout many industries and sciences. Elements of TRIZ can be effectively used by a wide range of people -- from children to adults. The genesis of TRIZ is derived from empirical data, patents. The documentation of how inventive people solved inventive problems.

As can be learned from his biography, Genrick Altshuller analyzed thousands of worldwide patents from the leading engineering fields. He then analyzed solutions that were, in his judgment, most effective. This work provided the first understanding of the trends, or patterns, of evolution for technical systems. It also laid the foundation for the development of an analytical approach to solving inventive problems, later becoming the foundation for TRIZ, his theory of inventive problem solving, with its axiom:


The evolution of all technical systems is governed by objective laws.


These laws reveal that, during the evolution of a technical system, improvement of any part of that system having already reached its pinnacle of functional performance will lead to conflict with another part. This conflict will lead to the eventual improvement of the less evolved part. This continuing, self-sustaining process pushes the system ever closer to its ideal state. Understanding this evolutionary process allows us to forecast future trends in the development of a technical system. Over the past 40 years, TRIZ has developed into a set of practical tools for inventing and solving technical problems of varying complexity. Today, we can identify several basic TRIZ tools as well as other methods and techniques that combine to makeup what is known as Systematic Innovation. Students and followers of Altshuller developed these additional techniques over the past 15 years. This section provides a short introduction to some basic TRIZ tools. It is here for two reasons:


First, it is important for new readers to first learn TRIZ terminology and its meaning so that they may effectively utilize TRIZ tools and concepts to solve problems.

Second, it is important for the reader to be familiar with the philosophy underlying TRIZ tools and techniques in order to be able to fully apply them.