Reflections on TRIZ And Its Application In My Life

Innovation on Demand: New Product Development Using TRIZ

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Reflections on TRIZ And Its Application In My Life Qualitative Analysis: MGT 520a- BC2011 June 26, 2011 The basic ideas of TRIZ include treating every thing as a system that evolves and building a catalog of solutions that have worked. Based on this catalog, laws of evolution can be written that apply to any area. These laws can then be applied within any sphere. (Fey, & Rivin, 2005) The evolutionary paradigms of TRIZ prove that the way systems change over time is not
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arbitrary, but follows certain patterns. The curve representing the life of a system within the space where it is evolving delineates the laws in a way that is like an equation. Forecasting the way a system will change in the future is possible, if you know how it is actually constructed in the present. Two TRIZ concepts, the Ideal Final Result and the Law of Increasing Ideality, can be applied to my work. All of the evolutionary laws lead to what’s called the Ideal Final Result. Thinking about this Ideal Final Result first can stop individuals from focusing on the problem and start them working towards the solution. Using this method leads to a solution that doesn’t have any of the mechanisms or constraints from the original contradiction. This is like the idea of "re- engineering" where processes are "blown-up" and revamped. It is supposed to lead to an ideal end-state with no strings attached from the current issue. Since the result is ideal, it will invariably lead to a positive end result. The idea of the Ideal Final Result works best on well- defined problems that have a clear vision of what an ideal solution would be. It can help solve problems by encouraging "outside of the box” thinking. This part of the TRIZ thought process takes away barriers, whether real or perceived, and demonstrates alternate approaches to find solutions. The starting point is the idea of the perfect solution, so limitations that seem to be a part of the issue are not even considered. It discourages settling for less than ideal solutions and makes breakthrough solutions possible. The Ideal Final Result promotes using breakthrough thinking by letting those working on the problem envision an ideal solution that uses the benefits of the current system and at the same time dismisses any of its deficits. Spotlighting the Ideal Final Result makes settling for sub-optimal solutions unreasonable and unacceptable. 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. According to John Cooke on Cocatylyst.com, “An ideal technological system is a system which does not itself exist as a physical entity but the function that it delivers is still fully
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