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Inventive Problem Solving with TRIZ


Get hands-on, no-nonsense experience in developing simple, inexpensive solutions to seemingly impossible problems without compromises. You'll combine concepts from today’s thought leaders with a systematic approach to developing elegant ideas that have a high-probability of becoming “innovations."


Attendees will understand through hands-on experiences:

  • Innovation doesn’t have to depend on randomness, luck, experience or “soft creativity” techniques
  • What TRIZ is and when to use it, e.g. when incremental improvement is not enough
  • It is possible to move systematically from problems or unmet needs to elegant solutions
  • Elegant solutions to seemingly impossible problems can generate high-probability innovations
  • A rigorous method for understanding causes more effectively than common techniques such as RCCA, 5-Whys, Fishbone Diagrams, etc.
  • How to go beyond the idea of “root cause” and one solution, to identifying numerous ways to solve a problem
  • Many brilliant, experienced people solve problems with compromise solutions, but you can learn how to avoid compromises

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Who Should Attend

  • Engineers & Scientists
  • All Types of Managers
  • Students & Educators
  • Black Belts and Lean Experts
  • Inventors
  • IP Attorneys
  • R&D Professionals
  • Administrators

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Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Useful for:

    • Technical & Non-Technical Problems
    • Business Models
    • Quality & Reliability
    • Public Policy
    • Organizational Development
    • Manufacturing & Logistics
    • New Product Development
    • Environmental & Sustainability

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Course Outline/Topics

Topics Covered:

1) What if everything you thought you knew about innovation is wrong?

    a) Common, unproductive notions of “innovation”

    b) New strategies from current thought leaders

    c) Innovation vs. invention vs. creativity

2) What is a good solution?

    a) Effects of high-level education

    b) Expectations of each other in the business world

    c) You’re the judge – are these good solutions?

    d) Implications of “raising the bar”

3) Ideal Solutions

    a) Value Analysis

         i) Harmful functions

         ii) Useful functions

         iii) Cost

    b) Complexity vs. simplicity

    c) Compromises and trade-offs

4) TRIZ – The Theory of Inventive Problem Solving

    a) Lessons from the former USSR

    b) Levels of invention

    c) Inventive principles and strategies

    d) Database of scientific effects

    e) Trends of evolution

5) An algorithm for systematic innovation

    a) Identifying market opportunities

         i) Disruptions

         ii) Blue oceans

         iii) Beyond VOC & QFD

         iv) Outcome-driven innovation

    b) Understanding functions

         i) Function analysis

         ii) Systematic simplification

    c) Understanding problems

         i) Physics-based causal analysis

         ii) Alternative solution paths

         iii) Uncovering contradictions

    d) Eliminating contradictions to create innovations

    e) Predicting the evolution of a function or product

6) Effective learning, usage and implementation

    a) Lessons learned in learning strategies

    b) Appropriate circumstances

    c) Lessons learned in implementation strategies

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This program can be applied toward the:

Dates and locations to be announced.
Fee: $890
CEUs: 1.4
Email us with your interest, contact:
Murali Vedula,, 414-227-3121


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