note to self – it’s TRIZ

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRIZ

Many years ago, I read an article about this engineering approach that came out of Russia that I found fascinating – at the 50k view, it took engineering problems and tried to restate them a little abstracted from their specifics, isolating it to a specific contradiction, and then look around (for instance, in existing patent databases) for ways of solving the abstracted problem, then reapplying the approach back to their specific problem.

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If that’s too simple and understandable, there are more PM-type versions of TRIZ explanation, too.  I’m pretty sure you need some of those 3D glasses (and some changes in brain chemistry) to really grok this one:

 

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Every few years it pops back into my brain and I spend about 20 minutes trying to figure out what that approach was called and eventually get around to it, but I figured if I wrote about it once, then when I want to remember it in the future, hopefully I’ll remember faster 🙂

Here’s some examples of applying TRIZ, FWIW, hopefully to help make it a bit more concrete.

Hope everyone is having a Happy Halloween!

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