What is Triz?

This article on teaching What is TRIZ provides an example of how to prepare a TRIZ educational courses with the crossover QMS Android mobile application for quality improvements in development and improvement of Quality Management Systems, processes, procedures and services.

The creative booster TRIZ technique encourages users to select inventive principles for solutions and then implement the right method for that improvement. The TRIZ crossover QMS (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving x Quality Management System) solution enables the application of TRIZ tools and techniques in the world of quality management. It was developed to improve the creativity of manager teams and individuals.

Your comprehensive package for learning and training the TRIZ problem solving methodology. Includes mobile app, books, PowerPoints and real world examples.


TRIZ vs Six Sigma

Valery Krasnoslobodtsev and Richard Langevin describe the difference between Six Sigma and TRIZ in the article: Applied TRIZ In High-Tech Industry. Quote “Six Sigma is efficient for finding the best trade-off solutions, TRIZ goes for overcoming contradiction. Six Sigma is efficient to find out the main factor of the problem but Six Sigma cannot answer 'How to Do' in many problems. For instance, Samsung employees indicate that Six Sigma is statistical thinking and TRIZ is inventive thinking. Many people now recognized the need of TRIZ to compliment Six Sigma.”

When reviewing What is Triz, initially one doesn't understand.

TRIZ provides the direction of the solution but doesn’t hand over a fully calculated solution. The problem owner, when presented with an answer from TRIZ still must do a certain amount of re-designing to carry out the solution. See reference [1] for details.

If you involve one’s best people,  understanding what is TRIZ turns a good engineer into an excellent one.

Requirements for TRIZ Training

According to [3] quite a comprehensive training is required to master TRIZ:

  • Presentations and introductory lectures (1-8 hours)
  • Short seminars (1-5 days)
  • Long seminars/workshops (2-4 weeks), with either a project or final exam assigned to each student
  • One- or two-year programs (4-8 hours per week) with a group or individual project
  • TRIZ courses taught within various educational institutions
  • Institutionalization of TRIZ within an organization .

According to [2] at Samsung, TRIZ provided the first good results after six months of its application on an industrial project in 2001. Samsung provided 120 hrs of educational courses to train experts in TRIZ thinking and the use of TRIZ tools and techniques.

Usually in consulting  projects, we encounter not enough time available for training. Therefor we find other ways to provide the knowledge needed by customers for successful competition of assignment (implementation of solutions prescribed by project team).

In the article “TRIZ In Two Hours For Undergraduate And Masters Level Students!”, Dr. Paul R. Filmore describes his experience on teaching What is TRIZ . This includes informing students of TRIZ benefits, presenting some basic knowledge and providing on line documentation where students can find additional information.

Your comprehensive package for learning and training the TRIZ problem solving methodology. Includes mobile app, books, PowerPoints and real world examples.


Many propose a strong belief that TRIZ is hard to learn. That it takes a lot of time and money to master it to a degree to use it for solving difficult problems.

Well it is not possible to master What is TRIZ in 2 hours. But you can light a fire, providing educational course, easy to use software tool and enough information to get started solving problems. You can accomplish this by using the articles and case studies available in TRIZ Training Kit. This comprehensive package lets you learn and train the TRIZ technique with the easy to use TRIZ crossover QMS Application.

What is TRIZ Initial Lecture

Use Transformational learning:

  • Make it appealing that the learner wants to apply and share it.
  • Keep it simple enough that the learner could easily imagine using it.
  • Make it more effective than any tool in the learner’s current tool kit.
  • Induce a mental knot in the learner. Presents a paradox that induces the learner to a ‘higher level of consciousness’. Break old habits / routines and replace them with significantly different approaches for all future occasions.

Teach the students to be able to solve following tasks:

  • formulation of contradictions
  • ideal final result
  • looking for resources
  • solving problems with application of inventive principles and contradiction matrix (in case of technical problems)
  • application of simplified problem solving algorithm
  • using trends of evolution.

In constructing a learning experience around TRIZ, use the following key areas which lay the foundations for TRIZ tools.

  1. TRIZ history.
  2. Thinking outside the box and in a box implementation.
  3. Overcoming psychological inertia.
  4. Incremental Quality improvement vs. quantum leap improvement.
  5. Examples of good TRIZ solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.
  6. Introduce TRIZ theory in such a way that students can feel that they can adopt it and that when they try using the tools, they work i.e., approachable and non-threatening!

Prepare the What is TRIZ lecture in a way to create a need in the student. A need to learn more about TRIZ by himself with the aid of additional training material. Convince the students of the unique benefits and importance of the TRIZ methodology for designing or improving QMS, processes or services.

By knowing what is TRIZ, you can design your own procedures with the superior benefits of the QMS and/or services. Your designed procedures align to the needs of your company. You use less resources thus creating advantage over competition. Using the TRIZ tools the goal can be achieved faster, easier and with fewer resources.

Your comprehensive package for learning and training the TRIZ problem solving methodology. Includes mobile app, books, PowerPoints and real world examples.


The Case Study

Select a case study for presentation to the students. Choose a case study  to show how to solve a real problem:

  • Explain why the problem was chosen and why the solution is innovative and worthy of attention.
  • Show the benefits and how it opens the doors for totally new applications.
  • Make it the right level for the audience i.e., they can appreciate, be involved and comment on it.
  • Show it clearly appears to the student as an innovation jump/ breakthrough in thinking.
  • Make it easily relate-able. Introduce a number of TRIZ tools
  • Provide support that  ‘experts’ endorse it as a breakthrough technique.

Case  studies are the most important part of the lecture because they enable students to participate in solving a given problem. With the TRIZ kit, they get to use the TRIZ crossover QMS application on their smart-phones during the lecture. They follow the presenter’s instructions. Thus receive the necessary hands on experience needed for further studies.

According to Dr. Paul R. Filmore, you should demonstrate that TRIZ has more potential than student’s other present problem solving strategies.

TRIZ Crossover QMS Application

The “TRIZ crossover QMS” application included within the TRIZ kit has both an educational and problem-solving power. You can use it to foster TRIZ thinking and to accelerate the problem-solving process.

It is easy to navigate. Students can use it to follow the teacher during the presentation of case studies. This way students become familiar with the use of the application and with TRIZ thinking as demonstrated by the teacher.

Other benefits of using the application stated by [3]

  • Provides step-by-step guidance through the problem-solving process
  • Speeds up the education process
  • Saves time and eliminates the frustration due to the necessity of selecting the appropriate TRIZ tool to address each particular problem

Self Study

As mentioned before, to master What is TRIZ, it takes more than listening to a two hours lecture. In fact it takes several months of study training materials, theoretical background of TRIZ and a lot of case studies (starting with very simple and proceeding to more complex ones).

A great resources for self study is the TRIZ Training Kit.


[1] Brian Campbell, If TRIZ is such a good idea, why isn't everyone using it?, http://www.triz-journal.com/triz-good-idea-isnt-everyone-using/

[2] Valery Krasnoslobodtsev, Richard Langevin, Applied TRIZ In High-Tech Industry, http://www.triz-journal.com/applied-triz-high-tech-industry/

[3] Boris Zlotin and Alla Zusman, Establishing the TRIZ Market, http://www.ideationtriz.com/paper_Establishing_TRIZ_Market.asp

[4] Dr. Paul R. Filmore, The Real World: TRIZ In Two Hours For Undergraduate And Masters Level Students! ,http://www.triz-journal.com/real-world-triz-two-hours-undergraduate-masters-level-students/

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Article written by Andrej Trebar of CREATIV PLUS D.O.O V for Quality Assurance Solutions. Article edited and posted by Quality Assurance Solutions

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