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Posts ByKobus Cilliers, Author at The Triz Journal

Playing TRIZ (Volume 2) – More Games and Cases Fostering Inventiveness

13/10/2020 |

Christian M. Thurnes, Claudia Hentschel, Frank Zeihsel

Invention is sometimes said to come to an end, even more to a bad end – no way! The moment, invention is thought as something finite, the end point of mankind would be … Read More

TRIZ University Takes Off

18/08/2020 |


As increasing numbers of people worldwide are living under lockdown, one of the world’s leading academics in TRIZ and Systematic Innovation has launched an online training course for businesses and individuals across the globe. You can find it at … Read More

Oxford Creativity achieves global sales on lockdown learning, helping to problem solve pandemic

29/04/2020 |

Last week, Oxford Creativity, an innovation training and problem-solving company smashed their targets and sold out places for their first online learning course helping Global technical teams work together. Delegates tuned in from all around the globe including Malaysia, France, … Read More

Short Thort

29/04/2020 |

Darrell Mann

“The time we need in order to heal our wounds and finally manifest our deepest dreams is only as long as the gap between two thoughts. These are thoughts in polarity, such as separation and unity, … Read More

Biology – Sea Urchin Spines

29/04/2020 |

Darrell Mann

For the first time, a team of Australian engineers has modelled the microscopic mechanics of a sea urchin’s spine, gaining insight into how these unusual creatures withstand impacts in their aquatic environment.

The skeleton of the purple-spined sea … Read More

Generational Cycles – Woodstocks

26/04/2020 |

Darrell Mann

We are stardust We are golden And we’ve got to get ourselves Back to the garden

The Woodstock festival of 1969 was a defining moment in the coming-of-age of the Baby Boomer generation in the US. … Read More

Investments – No-Drill Dentistry

22/04/2020 |

Darrell Mann

The best solutions fix the problem ‘by themselves’. Great for the customer; not so great for the company looking to monetize their great new self- solution. Or the investor… unless they manage to find a novel service innovation … Read More

Case Study: I Want A List, I Don’t Want A List

19/04/2020 |

Darrell Mann

I admit it, I’m a list-demon. I have a quadruple-hierarchy list structure: a day list, a month list, a year list and an ‘important, but doesn’t fit anywhere yet’ list. The system has evolved over the course of … Read More

TRIZ for a post-pandemic world – Webinar

15/04/2020 |

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

TRIZ for a post-pandemic world

Use TRIZ strategies to remove trial-and-error form problem solving processes so you can find better, faster and more resilient solutions.


Use TRIZ strategies to remove trial-and-error form problem solving … Read More

Wow In Music – I’m Not In Love

15/04/2020 |

Darrell Mann

There aren’t many songs that get hour-long documentaries written about them 10cc’s 1975 hit ‘I’m Not In Love’ is one of them. It became a worldwide smash, not only topping the UK charts but also reaching number two … Read More

Patent of the Month – Self-Replicating Materials

12/04/2020 |

Darrell Mann

Here’s one we first started tracking back in 2012. Most ‘self-‘ solutions are interesting. This one seemed to offer up more than most. The ultimate factory! Now, as of December 8, the patent has been granted. US9,206,471 was … Read More

Innovation of an agricultural system to harvest and sow simultaneously using TRIZ

09/04/2020 |

Jaime Cuauhtémoc Negrete


At present, in Mexico the food is not enough that its inhabitants demand and there are large sectors that do not have adequate access to them. Among other things, this situation contributes to the degradation of … Read More

Best of The Month – The Place Of Prejudice

08/04/2020 |

Darrell Mann

Here’s one we missed last year. Strange that we did, given the highly paradescent title. Prejudice is always a bad thing, right? How could it possibly have ‘a place’ anywhere?

Even the scantest of internet searches will immediately … Read More

Rethinking R&D Strategy

05/04/2020 |

Darrell Mann

“Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” Wernher von Braun

Look at most R&D strategies and one of the most likely things you will see is how incremental and focused on … Read More

Not So Funny – 3D Stupid

01/04/2020 |

Darrell Mann

The 3D-printing revolution is in full swing. We can now 3D-print just about anything. Including a few things we probably shouldn’t.

For some reason food seems to be an early target:

I think my favourite is Mobius-Bacon…

Read More

Biology – Long-Distance Spider Travel

29/03/2020 |

Darrell Mann

On October 31, 1832, a young naturalist named Charles Darwin walked onto the deck of the HMS Beagle and realized that the ship had been boarded by thousands of intruders. Tiny red spiders, each a millimeter wide, were … Read More

Short Thort – Peter J Ratcliffe

26/03/2020 |

Darrell Mann

Professor Peter J Ratcliffe won the Nobel Prize this month for discovering the mechanisms that our cells use to detect and respond to low oxygen levels, known as ‘hypoxia’. This is a rejection letter he received when he … Read More

Investments – 3D-Printed Heart

25/03/2020 |

Darrell Mann

BIOLIFE4D, a Chicago-based company, has created a small 3D-printed human heart. The heart has the same inner-workings as a full-sized heart and was entirely 3D-printed. BIOLIFE4D’s 3D-printed human heart was created using cells from cardiac muscle, which are … Read More

Generational Cycles – Wednesday Addams

22/03/2020 |

Darrell Mann

Twenty-six years after their last big-screen outing, the Addams Family is back in theatres this month. And yes, still creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky (now also digitally animated). The family, created by the cartoonist Charles Addams, has been … Read More

Wow In Music – Tiny Dancer

18/03/2020 |

Darrell Mann

In the 12 October edition of the Guardian newspaper there was a big section in which various celebrities had posed questions for Elton John to answer. I’m not sure how the newspaper’s editors managed it, but one of … Read More