Innovation is an important skill that is much needed in the new economy. With competition becoming increasingly intense, innovation is no longer a “nice-to-have” skill but a “must-have”. There is a way to learn innovation in a systematic approach. The approach is known as the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ), a Russian methodology discovered about 66 years ago but kept a secret for a long time.
In the e-KLESF 2021 webinar “Solving Complex Problem with TRIZ”, Certified TRIZ instructor Prof Ts Dr Yip Mum Wai from Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) Faculty of Engineering and Technology shared his thoughts about this methodology. The webinar was held via Zoom and Facebook Live on 24 October 2021.
In his talk, Prof Yip first explained the inventive principle and said, “To learn about 40 inventive principles, you need to know TRIZ. Before we get to TRIZ, let’s take a look at innovation. Many people assume that creating new ideas is the beginning of the innovation process, but that is not true. The innovation process starts with a problem or possibly a goal.”
He mentioned that innovation is risky, explaining that the success rate of innovation is low because there is no tool for innovation. “It’s about increasing the efficiency of the innovation process to lower the risk and increase the success,” he said.
He then introduced the TRIZ methodology and talked about the history and key discoveries of TRIZ. He also provided some examples and explained that problems and solutions were repeated across industries and sciences. He mentioned that the father of TRIZ Genrich Altschuller screened 200,000 patents in order to find out what kind of contradictions were resolved by each invention and the way it was achieved. “After that, he synthesized down 40,000 patents and developed a set of 40 inventive principles,” he explained. He continued to talk about the 40 inventive principles and explained the use of each principle in solving actual problems in real life.
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