In this article Joe A. Miller and Ellen Domb discuss the functionality and outcomes of two different modeling techniques when confronted with process and development problems. In order to solve a system problem it is necessary to model the system to determine the system’s functions, the relationship of those functions, and which functions are useful or harmful. Three modeling systems discussed include the problem formulator, function analysis and causal loop models. These models reach the same possible solutions but take different paths, creating different perspectives and solutions not visible with the use a singular path.
Comparing Results of Functional Modeling Methods for Agricultural Process and Implement Development Problems
In this article Dr. Ellen Domb talks about Dr. Jacklich and his inventions in the area of endodontics, also known as root canals. Using TRIZ techniques mainly ideal final result, the 40 principles, the separation principles and using scientific effects allow him to create new age endodontic tools increasing practitioner efficiency and customer satisfaction. As Dr. Jacklich demonstrates, even the use of basic TRIZ techniques can have a large positive impact on all those involved in an industry.
In this article Dr. Ellen Domb talks about the application and effectiveness of TRIZ in both technical and non-technical areas. Originally TRIZ was developed using technical patens, therefore its application has been mainly concentrated on technical areas. Even though TRIZ has not been proven and research is still being developed with respect to non-technical areas, practitioners have noted its effectiveness and continue to apply TRIZ to non-technical problems.
In this video Kate McGeown shows an innovative solution to the lighting problems in the Philippines. Lighting is a large concern in the slums of the Philippines due to high electricity costs. Using a liter water bottle, some metal roofing and some bleach, about 50-60 watts of light can be created in order to illuminate these homes.
In this article Gregory Frenklach and Michael Pomerantz discuss and show examples of how specifying the problem situation allows you effectively come to a solution. Problem situations fall under either determining what something is supposed to do or figuring out the source of an undesirable effect. After one is able to properly define the problem situation, one can successfully find a solution by applying the problem solution process discussed and demonstrated by the authors.
In this article Dr. Ellen Domb features a case study using the Titanic to effectively explain TRIZ techniques to an array of class sizes. Instructors are always looking for great ideas and simulations to more effectively get material across to their students. Using the sinking of the Titanic as an exercise creates a well known launching point with minimal preparation, but still provides a platform to quickly and effectively present and practice basic TRIZ tools and techniques
In this article Dr. Ellen Domb discusses the pharmaceutical process of technology transfer and the effects basic TRIZ can have on this process. In the pharmaceutical industry major efforts are spent reducing time spent taking a product from the drug discovery stage to the full scale commercialization stage. With the use of basic TRIZ principles improvements can be made in all development stages allowing each stage to be more efficient and the entire process to be accelerated.
In this article Gregory Frenklach discusses a method called Anticipatory Failure Determination, which allows businesses to look into future problems and prevent systems from failing. Many companies concentrate on fixing problems rather than taking action to prevent them. The Anticipatory Failure Determination method allows possible system failures to be identified and preventative actions to take place.
Usage of the Direct and Preliminary Extra-Effect Determination Methods for Diagnostic Problem Solving
When problems are identified in a system and are unsolvable though normal inventive problem solving methods they require alternative methods. These methods are called Direct and Preliminary Extra-Effect Determination and they allow intuitive solutions to be reached when normal inventive problem solving methods fail. In this article Gregory Frenklach talks about how to utilize the Direct and Preliminary Extra-Effect Determination Methods when dealing with complicated diagnostic problems with feedback.
In this article Gregory Frenklach talks about an algorithm designed to make diagnostic problems easier to solve. Every business has specific problems they encounter that create undesirable outcomes whether it’s something occurring in a system and the reason is unknown, or the function of a particular element is unknown. By looking at the problem and discerning how to create the unwanted result instead of concentrating on the cause, the problem can be identified and the correct TRIZ instrument applied to solve the issue.