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What is a Good Book on TRIZ?

What is a Good Book on TRIZ?

| On 01, Jan 2010

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Posted by: Yoram Solomon
Posted on: Thursday, 20th March 2008

I'm looking for a good book about TRIZ.  Not just an introduction, but also the philosophical approach.

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Posted by: Ellen Domb
Posted on: Thursday, 20th March 2008

The TRIZ Journal has reviewed all the TRIZ books in English (as far as we know)–go to the archive section and try “book review” in the search engine.  

I'll be very interested in what replies you get via this forum–authors promoting their own books or readers telling you their favorites?  (But, I'm an author…)

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Posted by: A Jangbrand
Posted on: Friday, 21st March 2008

Hmmmm. What Ellen suggests is a good idea; to browse through the reviews of books. Some of my favourite TRIZ books are:

Hands on – Systematic Innovation (Darrell Mann)
Innovation on Demand (Fey & Rivin)
Simplified TRIZ (Rantanen & Domb)
Systematic Innovation (Terninko, Zusman & Zlotin)

and also “And suddenly the inventor appeared” by Altshuller himself.

The books above emphasizes on different aspects of TRIZ. And as such I think they do a great job. Anyone else out there with book recommendations?

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Posted by: abder atbi
Posted on: Saturday, 22nd March 2008

Hard question because there's always more than ONE book. Here's my short list:

Engineering of Creativity: introduction to TRIZ methodology of inventive problem solving. By Semyon D Savransky. It's a very good book for people that want a solid theoretical base. Could seem heavy reading at times but it's a good place to start.

Triz: The right Solution at the right time by Yuri Salamatov. It's a good complement to the previous book, light reading with a lot of practical example, thing that I find very rare in the TRIZ literature.

and last but not least “InSourcing innovation” by Dr Michael Slocum. It's a very light read, not too technical. But It's on my list because it's the best book you could give your boss if you want to bring TRIZ to your organization. It explains what TRIZ is and how it fits in the big picture in very concise manner.

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Posted by: Yoram Solomon
Posted on: Saturday, 22nd March 2008


Thank you so much for the recommendations.  It seems I will be in the market for a few of them…


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Posted by: Andrei Golidze
Posted on: Saturday, 22nd March 2008

What would make a book on TRIZ good?  The answer would probably depend on your criteria.  If you are looking for an inspirational text, then all books by Altshuller are indispensable (even the badly translated “Creativity as an Exact Science”).  If you are in search of a managerial book,  then pick up “Insourcing Innovation” by David Silverstein and Michael Slocum.  If you would like to understand the basics of TRIZ and how it fits into the general framework of new technology development, then turn to “Effective Innovation” by Don Clausing and Victor Fey.  If you need an authoritative textbook on modern TRIZ (numerous step-by-step analyzed examples and exercises), then there is nothing better than “Innovation on Demand” by Victor Fey and Eugene Rivin.

Andrei Golidze

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Posted by: Prakash
Posted on: Monday, 24th March 2008

The following books helped me:

Suddenly an inventor appearedHands On systematic Innovation (business & Technical)Innovation On DemandImprove Your thinking (Substance-Field theory) by Belski

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Posted by: S. Foster
Posted on: Monday, 31st March 2008

Is the Altshuller book more a theoretical discussion or a how-to? I'm interested in the best of both — just trying to figure out which that is — from someone who's read it.

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Posted by: Yatin Ubhaykar
Posted on: Tuesday, 1st April 2008

Engineering for creativity – the best technical info on Triz available..not for the novice though..

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Posted by: A Jangbrand
Posted on: Friday, 4th April 2008

“And suddenly the inventor appeared” is a “how to” and also some “discussions”.

It contains lots of technical and engineering oriented problems. And a way to solve those using inventive principles. To really understand the full beauty of all problems and solutions I guess you need a high-level engineering background. Every problem is presented and you as a reader is challenged. (If you need help there are hints in the back of the book….some hints are more helpful than other….)

Between the problems the author discusses and shows different parts of the TRIZ framework, tools and methodology.

From my perspective I value this book mostly for all the great examples of problem solving. (Although I must admit that my engineering knowledge is probably too weak to understand all problems and solution fully.)  

But also since the author is Mr Althshuller himself. It is interesting to read something directly from the source. (Yes, I know that I probably should read the book in russian to see what he really wrote…)  And his discussions introducing TRIZ are great stuff as well.

(There are some Reviews at for the book that might help you even more….)

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Posted by: Jack Hipple
Posted on: Monday, 21st April 2008

This answer comes from the perspective of doing the TRIZ training for the AICHE and ASME, as well as numerous corporate consulting sessions where I am asked to recommend books. I always suggest people start with “And Suddenly the Inventor Appeared” by Altshuller. Though I know this book is not loved by everyone, I think it is important as one starts a TRIZ education to get inside the head of the person who originally conceived this approach to problem solving. The second book is “Hands On Systematic Innovation” by Darrell Mann of Systematic Innovation in England (recently updated 2nd edition). This is the book I use and distribute to students in the AICHE/ASME classes. One could fault the “flow” of this book in that it is not in sequence with how TRIZ analysis is normally done (for example, IFR is a very late chapter in the book, not in an early chapter). However it has a focused chapter on each different TRIZ tool, which makes it an excellent reference source. It also has numerous excellent teaching examples. After that, there are additional books by Ellen Domb (“Simplified TRIZ”), Sevron Savransky, and Yuri Salamatov. Victor Fey also has a book. The Salamatov book is full of examples and excellent for the ARIZ algorithm. There are additional ones, of course, but these are my recommendations. Which of these comes next is a function of the learning obective.

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Posted by: Joe Marotta
Posted on: Tuesday, 29th April 2008

A lot of people have already recommended “Hands On Systematic Innovation”, and I'd just like to second that.  These books are extremely readable and great for use as references when actually practicing TRIZ.