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Inventive Problem Solving with TRIZ

Using innovative principles and strategies, TRIZ can lead you to elegant solutions and away from unsatisfying, and potentially flawed, compromises.

Engineers from companies such as Intel, Honeywell and GE have found that by applying the TRIZ method, difficult, long-standing problems can be quickly solved.


TRIZ (treeze) is the Russian acronym for the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving. Developed in the USSR in the 1940s, the method has grown in popularity over the past decade in the USA.

You learn to:
1. Identify underlying conflicts, trade-offs and contradictions within several example problems
2. Utilize "Separation" strategies to completely solve several example problems
3. Identify and eliminate low value components of a system
4. Predict the evolution of a system or product and move it closer to an "ideal" state

Who Should Attend:
Engineers, researchers, scientists, managers and technical leaders within:
" New Product Development
" Research & Development
" Engineering
" Manufacturing
" Marketing
" Supplier Management
Extensive knowledge or experience in any particular area is not required.

TRIZ in Action

With TRIZ you do not have to compromise to resolve contradictions. TRIZ offers many proven strategies for overcoming such situations.

Imagine you need something to be hot and cold, heavy and light, sharp and dull, and fast and slow. Tradition tells you that satisfying all these requirements is impossible. The "solution" has been to find the right temperature, most acceptable weight, optimum sharpness, etc. You don't find solutions; you find compromises.

Say you need to drive piles to support a bridge. To minimize costs you want this job done quickly, but you want the best support possible. Piles with sharp points go in fast. Piles with flat ends provide the most stability.

Your ideal pile is sharp and flat.

The standard response to this challenge is to define acceptable trade-offs in terms of sharpness and stability. The result is that you compromise and ultimately use piles that have neither of the two ideal qualities you wanted.

TRIZ offers many concepts for completely satisfying both requirements! For example, using the strategy of "separate gradually," you drive thin, sharp piles in a tight cluster to form a "solid" column. The job is done quickly, and the many sharp piles form a flat, stable end.

Another TRIZ approach uses the strategy of "separation in time." Drive a sharp pile, pull it out, and quickly drive a flat pile into the same hole.

Problem solved - no compromises.

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Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Develop simple, effective, low-cost solutions to the most difficult problems
  • Have the confidence to innovate just-in-time
  • Speed up time-to-solution by at least 10x, with 10x as many "elegant" solutions to chose from when making selections.

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Dates and locations to be announced.
Fee: $990
CEUs: 1.8
Email us with your interest, contact:
Murali Vedula,, 414-227-3121


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