In this article Gregory Frenklach describes and gives examples of a new problem solving method called Multi-level Problem Solving. This method utilizes multi-level analysis which allows the problem to be broken down to its roots, and each aspect of the problem dealt with individually. With this core idea practitioners can utilize Multi-level Problem Solving to gain new perspectives and come to new and useful solutions.
In this article Gregory Frenklach discusses the creation of problem solving methodologies based on TRIZ tools and based in differnet areas of human activities through a process called feature transfer. In fields with attached human attributes such as management, advertising and marketing, problem solving methods must be developed to effectively find solutions. Building these TRIZ-like methodologies for fields involving human activities is difficult, but feature transfer along with multi-level and object chain analysis make this process simpler.
In this article Dr. Ellen Domb and Darrell Mann discuss the concept of Mass Customization and whether or not it reproduces the same solutions produced by the Contradiction Matrix, adds anything to TRIZ methods or tools, or has anything to gain from TRIZ. The concept of Mass Customization is concerned with the mass production of customizable goods and services. When comparing B Joseph Pine II’s Mass Customization concept with the methods and tools of TRIZ there were many similarities and even some instances where one out performs the other.
In this article Dr. Ellen Domb discusses an application of TRIZ called strategic TRIZ. Strategic TRIZ is a use of TRIZ targeted toward more long term strategic changes in organizations and technologies rather than the usual technical application. With the use of strategic TRIZ through methods such as technology forecasting businesses are able to manage long term strategic initiatives with a better understanding of what’s coming in the future.
In this article Gregory Frenklach provides an algorithm utilizing TRIZ tools to solve problems. TRIZ is an instrument developed to aid practitioners in understanding problems, developing creative ideas with the use of tools, and ultimately solving those problems with those provided tools. The provided TRIZ based algorithm utilizes seven steps, three main steps and four additional ones to help when difficulties arise, to develop a comprehensive and useful solution when problem solving.
In this article Joe Miller, Dr. Ellen Domb, Ellen MacGran and Dr. John Terninko discuss a case study where the 76 Standard Solutions are applied to the problem of solving world hunger. This case study in involves the distribution stage of world hunger, and in particular different issues that can be solved to improve distribution percentages. First, distribution problems were identified through the use of Su-Field modeling or other functional analysis approachs. Then, these problems were aligned with the 76 Standard Solutions, in turn providing a solution is to the issue and a step toward solving world hunger.
In this article Karrell Mann and Dr. Ellen Domb discuss e-companies and how the use of TRIZ techniques helps them solve contradictions in turn allowing them to become successful. Because you are an e-company you have a lot of competition for clients and they are only one click away. Contradictions, especially consumer based, are a high priority because consumer satisfaction is such an important aspect of being a successful e-company. If a company were to develop themselves with a TRIZ based foundation they would gain the tools to successfully solve contradictions, and have ability to become a successful e-company.
In this article Joe Miller and Dr. Ellen Domb discuss the importance of time in a system and how to utilize different time dependent models to solve system problems. It’s important to view all aspects of the problem to make sure there is a full understanding of the system, and time is a necessary characteristic to take into consideration. Utilizing time dependent models, such as Casual Loop modeling, creates a more complete understanding of the system allowing for a higher level solution to be reached.
In this article George Byrne, Dave Lubowe and Amy Blitz discuss Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma as not only an operations improvement tool, but also as a major innovation effort. Many companies in the past have utilized Lean Six Sigma as an operational improvement tool, but have never thought of applying these methods as an innovation tool. Instead of using Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma as process improvement or cost reduction tools companies are using them to focus on their organizational structure with the goal to be more innovative and succeeding.
In this article Gregory Fenklach explains an algorithmic approach to solving problems using Altshuller’s matrix. The classical TRIZ approach, solving a problem through contradiction matrix analysis, can at times be cumbersome and may provide misleading suggestions. With the presented 7 step algorithmic approach, problem solvers will be able to identify useful parameters easier and provide useful solutions.