TRIZ (the Russian acronym for the Theory of Inventive
Problem Solving) is a unique methodology for technology forecasting and solving problems in
Classical TRIZ was developed by Genrich S. Altshuller in the former Soviet Union. Today TRIZ is used in more than 50 countries.
Applying TRIZ, companies were able to solve even simingly unsolvable problems in innovation while shortening time for problem solving process.
The power of TRIZ is based on the generalization of the ways used to solve problems in the most innovative inventions.
Discovered common steps and trends in the development of many successful products and processes provide the base for technology forecasting and road mapping of innovation.
Classical TRIZ classifies innovative problems into five classes and offers corresponding problem
solving methods for each class of problems. The methods include the algorithm for resolving
conflicts between product parameters while minimizing product changes and costs.
Problems with contradictions involved could be routinely solved any without trade-offs.
Altshuller stopped development of TRIZ in 1985 because of deterioration of his health. Today his methods are called Classical TRIZ. It includes the following methods.
- 40 Inventive Principles and the Contradiction Matrix
- Laws of Engineering System Evolution
- Algorithm for Inventive Problem Solving (ARIZ)
- Substance-Field Analysis
- 76 Standard Solutions to Inventive Problems
For more information on Classical TRIZ please read Royzen, Z. Application of TRIZ in Value Management and Quality Improvement. The SAVE Proceedings, Vol. XXVIII, Society of American Value Engineers, International Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 2-5, 1993.
Genrich S. Altshuller began in 1946 an in-depth study of the best inventions and the history of the development of successful products and technologies.
He created TRIZ, a science to invent, published 14 books and hundreds of papers.