Taking a step away from conventional TRIZ literature, this paper not only explores the benefits of the methodology, but also the challenges of its practical application.
TRIZ (the theory of inventive problem solving), provides a systematic approach for finding solutions to technical problems and innovating technical systems. Rising from Russia in the 1960s, it has spread to over 35 countries – it is now taught in Universities and is used by organisations for spurring new product development.
This work discusses the results of a survey, in which information was collected from people who have tried with varying levels of success to understand and apply TRIZ.
Respondents identified that the methodology provides a structure for thinking and brainstorming enabling ideas to be developed more quickly.
Meanwhile, the challenges cited ranged from its complexity to underlying organisational and cultural issues. It is argued that the benefits of TRIZ, in driving innovative ideas and solutions, are prominent despite its negatives.
Organisations seeking to remain competitive are urged to consider this methodology and (if they have the means and patience to understand it) to incorporate TRIZ into their innovation strategy and processes.
Read the full paper:
A review of TRIZ, and its benefits and challenges in practice, Imoh M.Ilevbare, David Probert and Robert Phaal, Technovation, 2013
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