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TRIZ: The Theory of Inventive Problem Solving

Create breakthrough innovations by leveraging patterns documented in the world's most inventive patents with TRIZ.

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  • Orlando, FL, USA Oct 28-30th, 2024



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The ability to interact with ASME instructors who bring real world experience, examples, and best practices to life in our learning experiences is a major reason learners choose face to face training. Networking with peers is also a valuable part of the time spent together during a course. We are excited to start offering these important courses again in person.

Schedule: ​This course commences at 8:30 AM and ends at 5:30 PM local time, each day, with breaks scheduled throughout. 

October Venue: This course will be held at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace in conjunction with ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code Week.  Please follow this link for hotel reservations.

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This course provides a basic introduction to the Inventive Problem-Solving Process known as “TRIZ” (Romanized acronym for “Theory of Inventive Problem Solving”). TRIZ is a structured, “left and right brained” methodology for developing breakthrough innovations. TRIZ was developed by way of an 85+ year study of some 4.5 million patents, from the world-wide patent database, that uncovers the hidden patterns of how humans have innovated over the past hundred plus years. Following the TRIZ methodology/algorithm allows anyone to create breakthrough and novel solutions to problems as well as develop new products and business concepts.

By participating in this course, you will learn how to successfully:

  • Define a system in terms of “functions.”
  • Identify and eliminate components of a system which have low value.
  • Move outside of your “area of expertise”, to get solution concepts from other industries.
  • Conceptualize new components that eliminate your problems. 
  • Identify and solve the system “contradictions” that are keeping you from the best solution. 
  • Identify the natural evolution systems and move them closer to an “ideal” state.

Who Should Attend

Engineers, scientists, and technical managers focused on breakthrough innovation and problem solving. Professionals interested in adding a breakthrough problem solving tool to problem definition processes such as Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma. Innovation managers interested in improving the quality of inventions and intellectual property.

Course Materials

Downloadable notes and exercises via ASME's learning management system

Course Requirement

A passing score of 80% or above on the exam at the completion of the class is required to receive your Certificate of Completion for this course. The assessment evaluates your understanding and applicable knowledge of course material.


Topics Covered

What is TRIZ?

Ideal Final Result

Function Analysis

  • Functional language
  • Component analysis
  • Interaction analysis
  • Function modeling


Function-Oriented Search

Inventive Principles Application

  • Resolving technical/engineering contradictions
  • Resolving physical contradictions

Trends of Engineering System Evolution Introduction

Class Project Reports


David W. Conley, Innomation Corp.


Certified by the International TRIZ Association, David’s contributions to the field of systematic innovation include technical, computing and business system problem solving.

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Conducted in a physical classroom or lab with an instructor and peers.  

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