TRIZBeginningwiththeConclusion

Innovation on Demand: New Product Development Using TRIZ

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TRIZ: Beginning with the Conclusion Qualitative Analysis April 29, 2011
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Abstract TRIZ, or the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving, shows the patterns that exist in the evolution of technology. The evolution of technological systems is not aimless. The study of a multitude of inventions and the way they were conceived led to the development of a series of paradigms that all innovation follows. These are called the laws of system evolution. Knowing the laws of the system allows prediction of the system’s future. Part of this prediction involves deciding ahead of time what the best possible outcome will be and working towards that. That outcome is the Ideal Final Result. Starting with the perfect result in mind encourages surpassing obstacles to that result. Genrikh Altshuller’s The Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ,) states that, although the way technology evolves is made up of seemingly random steps, it does actually follow definable patterns. TRIZ treats all products, technologies and manufacturing processes as what it calls “technological systems.” It states that “the evolution of technological systems is not random, but is governed by certain laws.” (Fey, & Rivin, 2005) TRIZ technological laws of system evolution work like equations that describe the life curve of the system in the space in which it is evolving. Knowing how the system is set up in the present moment allows forecasting of the ways it will change in the future. The laws of system evolution are: The law of Increasing Degree of Ideality The Law of Non-Uniform Evolution of Subsystems
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The Law of Transition to a Higher-Level System The Law of Increasing Dynamism The Law of Transition to Micro-Level The Law of Completeness The Law of Shortening Energy Flow Path The Law of Increasing Substance-Field Interactions The Law of Harmonization of Rhythms Knowing these laws helps an individual to work with the way an issue will flow. It assists in avoiding obstructions so that an Ideal Final Result can be achieved. This Ideal final Result is the archetype of the perfect outcome for a problem. Starting with the idea that the solution at the end of your process will be the best possible conclusion encourages looking past constraints that, under other circumstances, would seem impossible to get past. The Law of Increasing Degree of Ideality states that the capabilities of products will keep increasing, while their prices keep decreasing. Those companies whose systems have the higher benefit to cost ratio, or degree of ideality, will be able to dominate the market into the future. One example of this law can be found in the photography industry. In this industry, they reduced the resources and time required by the process to their bare bones. The steps were first pared down by a change in technology when the instant camera came out. The process of developing film negatives and printing photos was cut back to the single step used by the Land camera, later
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