Book Review: TRIZ in Progress
Editor | On 08, Jul 1999
Title:TRIZ in Progress:Transactions of the Ideation Research Group
Authors:Alla Zusman, Gafur Zainiev, Dana Clark, edited by VictoriaRoza
Publisher:Ideation International Inc.http://www.ideationtriz.com
Availablefrom:The TRIZ Journal Products& Services, orfrom the publisher.
TRIZ inProgress:Transactions of theIdeation Research Groupis a set of4 essays and 22 appendices.It isbased on the work by 15researchersand 4 advisors that was started in the late 1980â€™s at the Kishniev school inthe former USSR, and that continues today.Most of the authors now live in the US, and are affiliated with IdeationInternational Inc. Some of the research reports deal with the development ofIdeationâ€™s software products and consulting methods, but this is definitelynot and advertisement message disguised as a book.
Regularreaders of The TRIZ Journal are already familiar with the style of thesereports.Appendix 8 appearedas an independent essay â€œManaging Innovation Knowledgeâ€ in the April, 1999issue. and Appendix 7 appeared as â€œSystem of Operatorsâ€ in the May, 1999issue.
Thefour principle essays are
â€œRoots, structure, and theoretical baseâ€ by Alla Zusman
â€œCurrent scientific workâ€ by Dr. Gafur Zainiev
â€œEvolution of TRIZ Market, Applications, and Possible Marketsâ€ byDana Clark
â€œProblems in the Development and Marketing of TRIZâ€ by Alla Zusman
The22 appendices cover a wide range of topics. In addition to the two mentionedabove, some flavor of the appendices is given by this list:
2.Analogies for TRIZ:A comparison of TRIZ to mathematics, biology, and art.
3.Overview of Creative Methods:An essay and a table that compares 84 creativity methods,ranging from Delphi to de Bono to von Oech to many less well known, to TRIZ aspresented in the Ideation methodology.
Wavesof Mankindâ€™s Control of its Destiny:Exploresthe control of safety, information, shelter, food, labor, social processes,etc., with remarks on the parallels to the patterns of evolution seen in TRIZ.
6. Revision ofClassical TRIZ Assumptions.Thisis a fascinating essay on thedevelopmentof TRIZ and comparison TRIZ during Altshullerâ€™s active management of theprocess with TRIZ through the last 15 years.From a personal perspective, I found that several of my findings teachingâ€œAmerican-styleâ€ TRIZ replicate the authorsâ€™ findings (the highestpossible level of invention is not always best, TRIZ can be more powerful whenlinked to problem-identification methods already in use in an organization suchas QFD, SPC, QFD, etc., patents are an incomplete database for inventions, â€¦)This should probably be read with Appendix 13, TheMain Postulates of TRIZ.
12.Value Quality Engineering:This is a combination of an essay on the new trends in Value Engineeringand the relationship between VE, quality improvement, design formanufacturability, and the opportunities to apply TRIZ.This is one of the few essays that does become an advertisement forIdeationâ€™s software and training, but the concepts are well explained in theessay, and the general reader can get useful information while ignoring theadvertising.
16.Anticipatory Failure Design.This essay, together with Appendix 21 on using AFD todebug software, gives the reader step-by-step instruction in applying the AFDmethod to prevent or fix failures in products and processes.