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TRIZ: The Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (On Demand)

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Learn TRIZ: the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving with ASME. Leverage this approach to innovation to help you discover breakthrough solutions to problems.

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This Self Study course is designed to be taken at your convenience and on your own schedule. You have 365 days from the time of purchase to finish the course.

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This On Demand course features recordings of Live Virtual Classroom sessions taught by ASME’s expert instructor. Engage in a multimedia experience utilizing real-world examples to examine a basic approach to the creative problem-solving process known as “TRIZ” (the Russian acronym for “Theory of Inventive Problem Solving”). TRIZ is a structured, “left-brained” approach to breakthrough innovation using patterns of invention documented in the most creative of the world’s patents. This course walks through an overall algorithm, which when followed, allows anyone to provide breakthrough and creative solutions to problems as well as new product and business concepts.

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

  • Identify patterns of invention and describe how to use breakthrough ideas from parallel universe technology areas
  • Explain the basic TRIZ problem solving algorithm and its basic tools including Ideal Final Result, resource identification and use, contradiction resolution, 40 inventive principles and the TRIZ contradiction table
  • Explain how to use TRIZ for failure prediction and analysis
  • Explain how to use TRIZ for business and organizational problem solving
  • Describe TRIZ Lines of Evolution and how to use them for strategic planning, new product development, and forecasting
  • Explain how to integrate TRIZ with other enterprise tools and assessments
  • Describe how to integrate TRIZ effectively within your organization

Who Should Attend?

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

Course Materials (included with the purchase of the course):
Downloadable notes and exercises via ASME's learning management system.

Supplemental Course Materials (not included with course, purchase separately)
A copy of the book, The Ideal Result: What It Is and How to Achieve It, written by the instructor. This is recommended reading, but it is not included with the course. It is available in both print and digital formats.

Course Requirement
A passing score of 75% 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

  • Approaches to creativity and innovation
  • Patterns of invention and psychological inertia
  • TRIZ algorithm (ARIZ)
  • Ideal Final Result concept
    • Case studies and examples
  • Resource identification, use, and conversion
  • Use of “negative” resources
  • 40 Inventive Principles
  • The TRIZ Contradiction Table and its updates
    • Case studies and examples
  • Using the TRIZ contradiction table
    • Case studies and examples 
  • Using TRIZ for business problems
  • TRIZ in “reverse” for failure analysis and prediction
    • Case studies, group projects, and examples
  • TRIZ Lines and Patterns of Invention and Evolution
  • Cause and effect modeling tools for problem definition
  • The TRIZ “9-Box” Approach to Strategic Planning
    • Case Study
    • Final case studies and use of tools by participants
  • Report Outs
  • Implementing TRIZ, and using TRIZ with other tools
    • Six Sigma, DFSS, CPS, DeBono, QFD, brainstorming
  • Exam
Course Developer

Jack Hipple

Principal, TRIZ and Engineering Training

Jack Hipple is a certified TRIZ practitioner and TRIZ trainer for ASME. He holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University and has 30 years of industrial innovation.

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