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Articles Archives - The Triz Journal

# Landscapes

27/05/2018 |

Darrell Mann

A few months ago we introduced the concept of #-shaped people (Issue 183, June). The main idea was to start a discussion about the sorts of skills that the world needs in our post-truth, ‘had-enough-of-experts’ times. The world, … Read More

The Fence Paradox

24/05/2018 |

Darrell Mann

The Fence Paradox: the safer the (human-built) world tries to make itself, the more dangerous it becomes. It’s a tough problem that seems to be getting tougher. It’s a problem that, when mapped into Systematic Innovation terms, looks … Read More

Divergence, Iteration & Operational Excellence

22/05/2018 |

Darrell Mann

The Operational Excellence world abhors waste. Consequently, everyone working within such an environment is trained to sniff it out and eliminate it. When people have their waste-radars switched-on they can be pretty relentless when it comes to finding … Read More

Generational Cycles – Mid-Life Crises

20/05/2018 |

Darrell Mann

I know not everyone reads this part of the ezine. It nevertheless follows the same philosophy as all the other parts of our research activity. And that includes the idea of constantly challenging what we find rather than … Read More

The Right Leader?

17/05/2018 | 1

Darrell Mann

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end… but not necessarily in that order. – Jean-Luc Godard (Film Director)

Who makes the best leader?

If you had to choose between JFK, Jack Welch, … Read More

Not Promoter Score

15/05/2018 |

Darrell Mann

If you ever need to see evidence of how the Operational Excellence world optimizes itself into a cul-de-sac from which it can never seemingly return, you need look no further than the world of the Net Promoter Score … Read More

Patent of the Month – Target Neutralization

13/05/2018 |

Darrell Mann

I love obvious. Sometimes a solution can look so obvious, you have doubts that it is real. Then you notice that the owner is Lockheed, so you realise, hmm, maybe there’s something interesting happening here. The solution in … Read More

Getting The Best Out Of The Contradiction Matrix

10/05/2018 | 2

Darrell Mann

In light of the publication of the new version of the Contradiction Matrix for Business & Management problems, it felt like a good time to review different ways of using the various different Contradiction Matrix tools. We’ve had … Read More

Glass Half-Full And Half Empty

06/05/2018 |

Darrell Mann

After a while it can get quite wearing. Either-or questions. Are you a glass-half-full person or a glass half empty person? Yes.

It depends. Right? But for some reason we love to put people in pigeon-holes. Anyone that … Read More

Command-And-Control Versus Self-Organising

05/05/2018 |

Darrell Mann

One of the most frequent questions we receive regarding the TrenDNA book is, ‘why are you predicting the demise of command-and-control organisations?’ The prediction appears counter-intuitive, especially, perhaps, in light of the current economic and political turbulence which … Read More

Managing The (4H) Unknowns

03/05/2018 |

Darrell Mann

A few years ago, I had the dubious fortune of working on a research project looking at laminar-flow wings for aircraft. The basic idea – the brainchild of a group of long-time bored aerodynamicists – was that if … Read More

Who Moved My TRIZ?

30/04/2018 | 1

Darrell Mann

Once upon a time there was a land where everyone kept losing their keys. That’s everyone as in everyone. People lost their keys all the time. No matter what they did to try and make sure they didn’t … Read More

Physical Contradictions & 27 Windows

29/04/2018 | 1

Darrell Mann

The physical contradiction aspects of the TRIZ method have become something of an orphan relative to other parts of the toolkit. Other tools have had lots of care and attention devoted to their upkeep and evolution in a … Read More

Game Cards for TRIZ 40 Inventive Principles in service

24/04/2018 | 2

Nadhmi Gazem, Azizah A.Rahman, Ketan Varia



There are different creative methods for generating new ideas such as brainstorming, soliciting ideas from employees and customers, user-lead research, and learning about competitors. A well-known methodology to systematically and inventively solve … Read More

Rethinking The ‘Robust Design’ Trend

22/04/2018 |

Darrell Mann

It’s not often these days that we get to add a new stage to one of the Trends Of Evolution. It’s even rarer that we find ourselves in the position of needing to re-name one of the Trends. … Read More

Perfect Tolerances

19/04/2018 |

Darrell Mann

“In the landscape of extinction, precision is next to godliness.” Samuel Beckett

This one seems to keep coming back to haunt me. Time, I thought, to try and stem the seemingly unstoppable tide.

Manufacturing tolerances, high … Read More

Spot The Innovation

17/04/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Something a bit different this month. How many innovations can you spot in this collage?

Answer: 2.

This conclusion is based on our conventional definition of innovation as ‘successful step-change’. Let’s see how each of the attempts … Read More

Generational Cycles – Beyond The ‘Pseudo-Science’

17/04/2018 | 2

Darrell Mann

Time, this month, to have a deeper look at the ‘pseudo-science’ arguing article mentioned in last month’s Generation article. We love anything that challenges existing theories. But only if it adds something to the story, as opposed to … Read More

ABC-M, SCARF And Self-Esteem As A System

15/04/2018 | 2

Darrell Mann

In any organization, there are people that we manage, and people who manage us. Getting the most out of the people we manage – in a nice way – is the secret of good management. And sometimes, we … Read More

German TRIZ Resources

12/04/2018 |


Robert Adunka

TRIZ information in Germany:

The information page on TRIZ in Germany: (News, information on seminars and the method)

TRIZ consultants:

TRIZ-Akademie (Barbara Gronauer, Horst Nähler): TRIZ Consulting Group GmbH (Robert Adunka): Tom Spike:

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