Hunting for Resources when Applying TRIZ

By Lilly Haines-Gadd

Part of TRIZ For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Triz is a treasure trove of resources. But how do you know where you need to look? When you want to hunt for resources, try the following places:

  • Super-system & the environment: Sunlight, wind, weather, pressure, energy, temperature, any fields such as gravity, magnetism, smell, sound, and so on.

  • System features: Size, shape, colour, transparency, weight, roughness, density, porosity, and so on.

  • Sub-system and component resources: Use raw (as found), combine together, or modify.

  • Harms and waste: Any outputs you don’t want, problems, causes of problems, waste of useful materials.

  • Knowledge, experience, feelings: What knowledge and experience do you have? What attitudes, beliefs, feelings might be happening? Who are the users/customers of the system?