What is TRIZ? It’s a Russian acronym for “Theory of Inventive Problem-Solving”, a powerful problem-solving tool. The tool has been forged from studying thousands of patents and has been built specifically for problem-solving. The question is why haven’t you heard of it? The answer is straight-forward, the tool is relatively new as compared to other methods such as theory of constraints, Six Sigma, lean Sigma and others. TRIZ was invented by Genrikh Altshuller to produce a theory which defines generalizable patterns in the nature of inventive solutions.
It is an algorithmic approach towards systematic innovation. But the question is why haven’t organizations adopted it and why is it unknown to the world? Most of the methods that were invented by Japanese are pretty much known to the world and have already become a standard practice in all the organizations.
However, TRIZ is a tool which stands as an asset for any organization. Companies and organizations do not want to let their competitors know that they use these methods as the brains of their innovation. Though TRIZ has been gaining popularity in the past decade, thanks to the world’s largest users of TRIZ, Samsung Electronics, General Electric and Procter & Gamble.