The Systematic Innovative Problem Solving class teaches students how to apply structured and systematic problem-solving methods based on TRIZ to achieve practical results and breakthrough solutions for products and processes.
The Systematic Innovative Problem Solving class is based on "TRIZ" (a Russian acronym for "Theory of Inventive Problem Solving"). Students will use the PRIZ Guru platform to learn and apply some of the methods taught in the course. This structured and systematic approach leverages patterns of invention found in the world's most inventive patents. By following this process, individuals can identify true root causes and system dysfunctions, leading to breakthroughs and novel solutions for products and processes. The instructor provides feedback and guidance to students on the problems they bring to the class. As students progress through each module, they will apply what they have learned to their own problems and receive suggestions from the instructor on how to apply each method to their specific issues. It is important to note that the purpose of this class is not just to showcase what you have learned, but rather to focus on problem-solving and achieve practical results.
Overview of TRIZ Breaking through psychological inertia Basic concepts of TRIZ
Functional Analysis Cause-Effect Chain Analysis 5 Why’s Analysis X-TRIZ method (reverse TRIZ) Smart Little People Modeling “Zone of Conflict” Analysis Su-Fields and 76 Inventive Standards
Inventive Principles and Separation Principles Scientific Effects Introduction S-Curve Analysis Trends of Engineering System Evolution 9 Windows
ROI analysis with Pugh Concept Selection
Prepare for Presenting to the students' management
You are a technical manager, engineer, technician, process or product engineer, scientist, R&D professional, or anyone else focused on breakthrough problem solving and innovation within an organization.
Quality engineers in a company are interested in incorporating breakthrough problem-solving tools into their problem definition processes. These tools include Six Sigma, Lean, LSS, DFSS, or the Theory of Constraints.
Innovation managers who are interested in improving the quality of inventions and intellectual property.
Applying theory and practices to address the real problems that students bring to the training.
Active instructor feedback, suggestions, and recommendations are provided on the students' work as they apply the methods to their problems. This approach emphasizes "learning by doing.”
Follow up with the team or have individual 1-on-1 meetings the following week for post-instruction feedback (if requested by students).
Students are asked to bring a real problem from their workplace that they are responsible for addressing and resolving. It is recommended for students to come in as a team whenever possible. Students are instructed not to bring in hypothetical "Blue-Sky" problems that are not directly focused on improving and enabling the business they are working in. This is because such problems will not help the business achieve desired outcomes of profitability or necessary system improvements.
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