UCLA Extension

Designing and Manufacturing Better Products Faster Using the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ)

5-Day Short Course

Reduction of Time-to-Market has become imperative in competition, and the technology to generate breakthrough concepts and ideas has become the real key to success. What technology do you use to generate breakthrough concepts and ideas? What methods do you use to solve conflicts, and avoiding a trade-off by satisfying both of the conflicting requirements? How reliable is your road mapping of innovation? How do decision-makers solve their long-term planning dilemmas?

Complete Details

If you are interested in developing better products or manufacturing processes faster, this five-day workshop is for you. Led by Zinovy Royzen, a leading TRIZ Master, the course offers the most complete TRIZ training and includes his advanced TRIZ development.

The Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ)
TRIZ (the Russian acronym for the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) is a unique knowledge-based technology for generating new concepts. The power of TRIZ is based on utilizing trends of the evolution of successful products, ways to overcome psychological barriers, and generalization of the ways used to solve problems in the most innovative inventions. TRIZ involves a systematic analysis of a problem to be solved and the application of a series of guidelines for the generation of solution alternatives.

Designing Better Concepts Faster
TRIZ has revealed and described the common trends in the evolution of many successful products. These trends provide an understanding of product development, point to opportunities to accelerate the product development cycle, and provide a reliable technological base for road mapping of improvements of a current product or replacement of it with a next-generation product. The trends of evolution also provide you with an advantage in formulating the best opportunities for improving your system.

TRIZ-Tools: Difficult Problems Solved Routinely
TRIZ analysis of an innovative situation has integrated system approach, function analysis, and TRIZ function modeling. In problem formulation and problem solving, TRIZ aims to maximize utilization of the resources of the product or process, its supersystem, and environment.

TRIZ classifies innovative problems and offers corresponding problem-solving methods for each class of problems. The methods include algorithms for resolving conflicts between product parameters while minimizing product changes and costs. Even the most difficult problems with contradictions involved could be routinely solved.

TRIZ methodology provides advantages in systematic innovation in order to develop better products at a lower cost and in less time.

In this course, participants learn how to:

  • Analyze a product or a process
  • Define problems that are worth solving
  • Solve conflicts without any trade-off
  • Develop breakthrough concepts
  • Systematize the process of idea generation
  • Develop the new generation of a product or a process
  • Accelerate the evolution of their products and processes
  • Increase effectiveness of their creative work and results dramatically

Topics include:

  • Basic concepts of TRIZ
  • Analysis of a situation and problem formulation
  • Ideal ways (the best directions to design the ideal product or process)
  • Solving a class of problems called an Insufficient Function
  • Solving a class of problems called a Conflict
  • Solving a class of problems called a Harmful or Unwanted Function
  • Solving a class of problems called Measurement
  • Solving a class of problems for Revealing the Causes of a Failure
  • Accelerated development of the new generation of products and processes by applying technological forecast
  • Combined application of TRIZ methods
  • Solving participants’ real-life problems
  • Implementation of TRIZ

Course Materials

The text, Designing and Manufacturing Better Products Faster Using TRIZ, Zinovy Royzen (TRIZ Consulting, Inc., 2006), is distributed on the first day of the course.

Coordinator and Lecturer

Zinovy Royzen, MS, is the founder and president of TRIZ Consulting, Inc., Seattle, Washington. He is a TRIZ Master certified by Genrich Altshuller, the creator of TRIZ. Mr. Royzen cofounded and is a former director of Altshuller Institute for TRIZ Studies. He is a leading TRIZ consultant, project facilitator, trainer, and developer.

Mr. Royzen has led workshops and provided consultation to organizations including The Boeing Company, Eastman-Kodak, Ford Motor Company, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Hewlett-Packard, Illinois Tool Works, Kimberly-Clark, LG Electronics, Lucent Technologies, National Semiconductor, NASA, Philips Semiconductors, Rolls-Royce, Samsung, Siemens, Thermo King Corporation, and Xerox. He holds 29 patents. Mr. Royzen holds a MS in mechanical engineering, has authored key TRIZ papers, and has conducted courses for UCLA Extension since 1997.

Daily Schedule

Day 1

Objectives of the Workshop

  • Do you need to reduce Time-to-Market?
  • Why the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving

Basic Concepts of TRIZ

  • Level of inventions
  • Trends in the evolution of successful systems
  • The product manager’s dilemma
  • System conflicts and physical contradictions
  • Ideal system
  • New product development using TRIZ

The TRIZ Flow Chart

  • Analysis of a situation and problem formulation
  • Six classes of problems in innovation and corresponding TRIZ problem-solving methods
  • Concept evaluation using TRIZ

Analysis of a Situation, Function Modeling, and Problem Formulation

  • Initial situation
  • A system, its structure, supersystem, and environment
  • Function analysis
  • What is Substance-Field Analysis?
  • Tool-Object-Product (TOP) function modeling
  • Function diagram of a system
  • Problem formulation
  • Problems that are worth solving
  • Case studies

Ideal Ways (The Best Directions to Design the Ideal Product)

  • Ideal Way 1: Eliminate the function of an item involved in a problem
  • Ideal Way 2: Substitute an item involved in a problem
  • Ideal Way 3: Make an item itself eliminate its disadvantage
  • Problem formulation
  • Utilization of the resources of a system, supersystem, and environment
  • Case studies

Development of the New Generation of Products and Processes by Solving a Class of Problems Called an “Insufficient Function”

  • Tool-Object-Product (TOP) model of an insufficient function
  • Techniques to build models of the simplest sufficient functions
  • Case studies

Applying TRIZ to Participants’ Problems

Group Discussion

Day 2

Development of the New Generation of Products and Processes by Solving a Class of Problems Called a “Conflict”

  • Tool-Object-Product (TOP) models of conflicts
  • TRIZ conflict-solving method

Algorithm for Conflict Solving

  • Algorithm for Inventive Problem Solving (ARIZ)
    —Step 1: Formulation of the versions of the conflict
    —Step 2: Formulation of the extreme versions of the conflict
    —Step 3: Building the model of the problem to solve
    —Step 4: Formulation of the physical contradiction and the ideal final result
    —Step 5: Physical contradiction separation
    —Step 6: Utilization of the resources
    —Step 7: What to do if the problem has not been solved
    —Case studies

Five Techniques for Physical Contradiction Separation

  • Case studies

Special Ways to Introduce New Resources without Causing Subsequent Problems

  • Case studies

40 Inventive Principles and Contradiction Matrix

  • Case studies

Applying TRIZ to Participants’ Problems

Group Discussion

Day 3

Development of the New Generation of Products and Processes by Solving a Class of Problems Called a “Harmful or Unwanted Function”

  • Tool-Object-Product (TOP) model of a harmful or unwanted function
  • Six techniques for direct elimination of a harmful or unwanted action
  • Techniques for indirect elimination of a harmful or unwanted action
  • Three techniques for elimination of the consequences of a harmful action
  • Techniques to turn a harmful action into a useful action
  • Case studies

Development of the New Generation of Products and Processes by Combined Application of TRIZ Methods

Applying TRIZ to Participants’ Problems

Group Discussion

Day 4

Development of the New Generation of Products and Processes by Solving a Class of Problems Called “Measurement Function”

  • Techniques for elimination the need for measurement
  • Techniques for building the simplest models of a sufficient measurement function
  • Techniques for selection the best object for measurement or detection
  • Case studies

Development of the New Generation of Products and Processes by Solving a Class of Problems Called “Revealing the Cause of a Failure”

  • Conventional techniques for revealing the causes of a failure
  • TRIZ technique for revealing the causes of a failure
  • TRIZ technique for the causes of the potential failures
  • Combined application of TRIZ Methods
  • Case studies

Applying TRIZ to Participants’ Problems

Day 5

Accelerated Development of the New Generation of Products and Processes by Applying Technological Forecast

  • Conventional technological forecast
  • Technological forecast using trends of the evolution of the successful products
  • Avoiding common mistakes in technological forecast
  • Combined application of TRIZ methods
  • Case studies

Concept Evaluation

Combined Application of TRIZ Methods

Group Discussion

For more information contact the Short Course Program Office:
shortcourses@uclaextension.edu | (310) 825-3344 | fax (310) 206-2815

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