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TRIZ For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-119-10747-7
352 pages
April 2016
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Use TRIZ to unlock creative problem solving

Are you new to TRIZ and looking for an easy-to-follow guide on how you can use it to enhance your company's creativity, innovation and problem-solving abilities? Look no further! Written in plain English and packed with tons of accessible and easy-to-follow instruction, TRIZ For Dummies shows you how to use this powerful toolkit to discover all the ways of solving a problem, uncover new concepts and identify previously unseen routes for new product development.

An international science that relies on the study of patterns in problems and solutions, TRIZ offers a powerful problem-solving and creativity-generating solution for companies looking to promote innovation, especially in the face of having to do more with less. Inside, you'll find out how to successfully apply this problem-solving toolkit to benefit from the experience of the whole world—not just the spontaneous and occasional creativity of individuals or groups of engineers with an organisation.

  • Learn to think like a genius with TRIZ
  • Discover the benefits of TRIZ as a tool for businesses
  • Find fun and simple exercises for putting TRIZ into practise
  • Benefit from industry examples of where TRIZ has worked—and how

With the help of TRIZ For Dummies, you'll get the skills needed to see the wood for the trees and solve complex problems with creativity, ingenuity and innovation.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with TRIZ 5

Chapter 1: Going from Zero to TRIZ 7

Chapter 2: Understanding the Fundamental TRIZ Philosophy 27

Part II: Opening Your TRIZ Toolbox 39

Chapter 3: Solving Contradictions with the 40 Inventive Principles 41

Chapter 4: Applying the Trends of Technical Evolution 61

Chapter 5: Improving Ideality by Using Resources 83

Chapter 6: Using the TRIZ Effects Database 99

Part III: Thinking Like a Genius 117

Chapter 7: Breaking Psychological Inertia with the TRIZ Creativity Tools 119

Chapter 8: Thinking in Time and Scale 137

Chapter 9: Living in Utopia (then Coming Back to Reality) 153

Chapter 10: Problem Solving and Being Creative with Others 167

Part IV: Understanding, Defining and Solving Difficult Problems with TRIZ 185

Chapter 11: Applying the TRIZ Problem‐Solving Process 187

Chapter 12: Getting to Grips with Your Problems with Function Analysis 205

Chapter 13: Solving Problems using the TRIZ Standard Solutions 223

Chapter 14: Trimming for Elegant, Low‐Cost Solutions 241

Part V: The Part of Tens 257

Chapter 15: Ten Pitfalls to Avoid 259

Chapter 16: Ten Tips for Getting Started with TRIZ 265

Part VI: Appendixes 271

Appendix A: The 40 Inventive Principles 273

Appendix B: The Contradiction Matrix 291

Appendix C: The 39 Parameters of the Contradiction Matrix 293

Appendix D: The Separation Principles 299

Appendix E: The Oxford TRIZ Standard Solutions 301

Index 311

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Author Information

Lilly Haines-Gadd runs the hugely successful TRIZ innovation and problem solving consultancy Oxford Creativity. She develops and delivers training programmes and facilitates problem solving workshops for many major organisations around the world, including Rolls-Royce, BAE SYSTEMS, Saint Gobain, Sanofi, the IET, Highways England and Oxford University.

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