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Individual Creativity Exercise

TRIZ

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Brief description of creativity technique

TRIZ, also known as the theory of inventive problem solving, is a technique that fosters invention for project teams who have become stuck while trying to solve a business challenge. It provides data on similar past projects that can help teams find a new path forward.
 

TRIZ (pronounced “trees”) started in Russia. It involves a technique for problem solving created by observing the commonalities in solutions discovered in the past. Created by Genrich Altshuller in the former Soviet Union, the Six Sigma technique recognizes that certain patterns emerge whenever inventions are made.

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Exercise for skills at the level of:

Individual

Leadership

Team

Organization

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Learning objectives of the exercise

One of the most significant contributions of TRIZ was that it identified strategies and patterns for resolving contradictions: both very generic like resolving contradictions in time and space, and more specific, like "Cοnsider doing the opposite action instead of an intended one". The high degree of abstraction makes major discoveries and principles of TRIZ domain- independent with respect to creative problem solving. Even the current system of generic principles and patterns of TRIZ can be applied to almost every man-made system created to add a certain value. Today TRIZ is used in business, software architectures, marketing, advertising, and pedagogy.

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Skills developed/enhanced by the exercise

Adaptability

Communication

Collaboration

Curiosity

Initiative

Leadership

Problem-solving

Self-discipline

Tolerance of ambiguity, uncertainty and complexity

Others, please specify

Attentiveness

Confidence

Critical Thinking

Divergent thinking skills

Inventiveness

Negotiating skills

Resilience

Strategic thinking

Visualisation

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Duration

In person: 5+ hours

 

Online: 5+ hours

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How many people are needed?

10-12 people

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Materials required

In person: PowerPoint, template, paper + pen/pencil

 

Online: PowerPoint, template, paper + pen/pencil

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Instructions for conducting the exercise

Step 1: Explain the TRIZ method and the 40 Inventive principles. Distribute the list of 39 parameters and 40 principles.

 

Step 2: Present the Problem in a Single Slide: You can start by presenting a problem in the form of a single slide. 

 

Step 3: Divide students in teams in order to work on the same problem. Depending on the number of teams, each group can work on a selected number of principles

 

Step 4: Have each team present their findings 

 

Step 5: Combine suggested solutions 

 

Step 6: Discuss the different approaches and different solutions 

 

Step 7: Add a Summary to Conclude the Presentation with a “prototype” solution

 

Step 8: discussion of student-generated solutions

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Case study from desk research

Designing an Ideal Desk a inventing with TRIZ case study
 

Improving the opening of the Bitesize Pouch at Mars