TRIZinActionTwoProblemsandTheirInventiveSolutions

Innovation on Demand: New Product Development Using TRIZ

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TRIZ in Action: Two Problems and Their Inventive Solutions Qualitative Analysis: MGT 520a- BC2011 May 20, 2011 Abstract This paper is based on the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (referred to by the Russian acronym TRIZ), the intent of which is to improve the effectiveness of the problem solving process and the development of concepts which can be implemented to solve them. The concepts of the TRIZ method of creative problem solving can be used in many different situations. It is used for scientific and engineering inventions and discoveries. It can also be
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utilized in business and human services situations. The place where a contradiction is found is the beginning of the definition of a problem. Creative problem solving begins with creative problem definition. In this way, TRIZ can be of assistance in coming up with solutions to problems in areas across the spectrum of human experience. TRIZ can be used to solve many types of problems. It can be utilized on engineering contradictions as well as those involving human services. Discerning the tool, action and object of the situation is the first step in using TRIZ. To effectively use TRIZ, the definition of the contradiction in terms of the features that need to be changed, or not changed, is key. Defining the feature to be improved and the feature not to be worsened is the way to start the process. The matrix, made simpler with the tool on the TRIZ 40 website, suggests which principles could be used to resolve the contradictions that compose the problem. Systematically working through each of the suggested principles, figuring out which will work and which will not becomes clear. Applying the principles to the specifics of the problem or contradiction under consideration takes some flexibility of thinking. A major issue of local concern where I live is the leaks in Delaware Aqueduct tunnels used to supply water to New York City from upstate reservoirs. These tunnels are very large. They measure from 13.5 feet to 19.5 feet in diameter. (Randall, 2001) That’s big enough to drive a truck through, which was done in the movies, if you remember Bruce Willis’ Die Hard With a Vengeance. They originate 80 miles north of New York City in the mountain towns of New York’s Hudson Valley. The leaks in these tunnels are also quite sizable. One tunnel carries up to 900 million gallons of drinking water a day to New York City, but leaks some 36 million.
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Homeowners’ wells have been experiencing significant leaks for twenty years. The leaks have been studied in depth by New York City officials, using dye tests, a robotic submarine and divers. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey analyzed data taken from 31 well monitors. When the water flow was shut off during a tunnel shutdown, well levels went down. When the
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