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Introduction

TRIZ is acronym for Russian word "Teoriya Resheniya Izobretatelskikh Zadach", which means Theory of Inventive Problem Solving. It started in Soviet Union but later spread to USA and other countries. TRIZ is one of the most profound inventions of 20th century, which is now used by thousands of organizations around the world for innovative problem solving.

The TRIZ Approach

TRIZ was originally developed by Genrich Altshuller, a Russian Patent scientist (later known as father of TRIZ). Genrich S. Altshuller was born in the former Soviet Union in 1927. He became a mechanical engineer, served in the Soviet Navy as a patent expert in the 1940s. While helping inventors to apply for patents he screened over 200,000 patents and found the secret of all inventions, TRIZ.

TRIZ Tools and Techniques

The TRIZ approach is what makes TRIZ different from other methods of problem solving. The fundamental of TRIZ is that "the problem we are facing now, has been faced by many people at different times at different places, and most likely been solved in different ways". The TRIZ approach is "find your solution from those solutions".

Many TRIZ learners ask about the differece between TRIZ tools and TRIZ techniques. Let us take a simple example, while finding and solving contradictions is a TRIZ technique, the contradiction matrix is a TRIZ tool. However, in practice "TRIZ tool" and "TRIZ technique" are often used synonymously and we will not differentiate them unless so required.

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