Basic TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving)

Finding creative solutions to complex problems

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About Basic TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving)

A powerful problem-solving method, TRIZ relies on the study of patterns of problems and solutions to overcome barriers and derive creative solutions. Formerly used by researchers and scientists, today TRIZ is used by companies every day to generate new ideas, improve customer insight, solve problems faster, forecast technologies, track product evolution, develop intellectual property, build stronger patents, improve new product success, streamline resources, and generally save time and money.

This course is an intensive introduction to the foundational elements of TRIZ, covering such topics as the Ideal Final Result (IFR), the use of resources to maximize effectiveness within a system, and the idea of contradiction elimination as the primary driver of human progress and innovation in business.

A unique hallmark of this course is that it doesn’t teach TRIZ as a detached system or set of tools but as part of a larger problem solving context so participants understand, for instance, when one needs a TRIZ tool versus a Six Sigma tool versus a creative thinking technique.

Additionally, relative to university-based alternatives, this course has a definite applied focus, making it much more valuable to those with an imperative to solve specific problems or make product, process and business innovations in real organizations on a more pervasive scale.

Participants are encouraged to bring problems and contradictions from their organizations to class. Whether you’re from a manufacturing, service, transactional, healthcare or research environment, instructors are experienced in applying TRIZ in all of these domains and challenge participants to extract the most value from the learning experience.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain TRIZ as a problem-solving methodology.
  • Define the levels of innovation and explain their importance.
  • Understand and explain psychological inertia.
  • Identify and define problems in terms of contradictions.
  • Resolve contradictions using the contradiction matrix theory, separation principles and the system approach.
  • Create a function model of a system and use it for contradiction identification and resolution.
  • Explain and use Polovinkin’s heuristics.
  • Understand and practice a number of key TRIZ elements, such as:
    • Zones of conflict
    • Functional Analysis
    • System Constraints
    • The Ideal Final Result & Ideality
    • The Utilization of Resources


What is the price of this training and education?





What is the length?

5 consecutive days, 36 hours of instruction

How many CEUs are available?


Who is this training and education appropriate for?

Anyone with a problem they haven’t satisfactorily resolved.
Designers, engineers, R&D professionals and managers involved in product development or process-based problem solving.
Candidates enrolled in Lean Methods Group Master Black Belt development program.
Those from companies that want to accelerate problem solving and streamline the innovation process.

What other materials are included?

Are there any prerequisites?

  • A laptop computer
  • Pre-reading
  • Problems for in-class use
What is TRIZ?

TRIZ is an acronym for the Russian Teoriya Resheniya Izobretatelskikh Zadatch, or, in English, The Theory of Inventive Problem Solving. Beginning in 1946 and still evolving, TRIZ was developed by the Soviet inventor Genrich Altshuller and his colleagues. Visit The TRIZ Journal for more information.

Does this course count as one of the electives for the Master Black Belt and Lean Master programs?

Basic TRIZ is an elective course for Master Black Belt but not for Lean Master.


View the Complete Agenda

Day One
  • Foundations
    • Introduction & Agenda
    • Learning Styles
    • Introduction to TRIZ
    • Psychological Inertia
  • TRIZ Analysis Techniques
    • Ideality
    • Ideal Final Result
    • Resources
  • Simulations
Day Two
  • TRIZ Analysis Techniques
    • Nine Screens
    • Functional Analysis
  • TRIZ Database Techniques
    • Technical Contradictions
  • Simulations
Day Three
  • TRIZ Database Techniques
    • Physical Contradictions
    • Contradiction Conversion
    • Scientific Effects
    • Su-Field Modeling
  • Simulations
Day Four
  • TRIZ Database Techniques
    • Trend Analysis and Forecasting
  • Algorithm of Inventive Problem Solving (ARIZ)
  • Hands-On Inventive Problem Solving
Day Five
  • Field Trip
    • Identification of Inventive Problems
    • Discovery of Inventive Principles
  • Hands-On Inventive Problem Solving
  • Wrap-Up



I was extremely pleased with the TRIZ training and I’m eager to incorporate it in my Six Sigma program. The future of Six Sigma will be influenced and advanced through a structured objective problem-solving methodology as TRIZ demonstrates.

 Ray Daines - Director, Process Improvement, American Red Cross

One of the best weeks of training and tools (methodology) I've ever been exposed to. TRIZ is invaluable, if not in the tools, then certainly in the mindset and approach it offers to shift paradigms regarding problem-solving.  

 Thomas Deasy - Director of Engineering and Operational Excellence, Extant Aerospace