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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 |

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 |

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

Multi-Parameter Contradiction Problem Solving Paradigm

26/04/2018 |

Rajeev Mohan Bhatnagar


A Novel Multi-Parameter Contradiction Problem Solving Paradigm Using Least Common Multiple Algorithm (LCM) for TRIZ Contradiction Matrix

A novel least common multiple algorithm for resolving technical contradictions using TRIZ matrix is presented for resolving the multi-parameter … Read More

TRIZ webinar by Darrell Mann

24/04/2018 |

Kobus Cilliers

Systematic Innovation will be running their first webinar titled ‘TRIZ & First-Principles Innovation’ on 25 April at 14:00 BST (13:00 GMT). This free session is presented by Darrell Mann.

The main thrust of the one-hour session is a … Read More

Game Cards for TRIZ 40 Inventive Principles in service

24/04/2018 |

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 |

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 |

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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Evolving The Use Of Senses Trend

12/04/2018 |

Darrell Mann

The ‘Increasing Use Of Senses’ Trend has been a longstanding member of the family. The main reason for its inclusion is to remind users of the five basic (‘VAKOG’) human senses (Figure 1), and to think about whether … Read More

Equity (Or Not)

08/04/2018 |

Darrell Mann

We’ve been doing quite a lot of work in the public sector this year. Which means enduring lots of noble-but-woolly thinking about concepts like equity. It usually doesn’t take long for the above image to be brought into … Read More

Case Study: Cleaning School

05/04/2018 |

Darrell Mann

In theory, keeping school buildings clean is a simple problem. On the other hand, because it involves people – especially those wonderful balls of chaos called ‘pupils’ – it turns out to be complex. As in complex-adaptive-system complex. … Read More

Eudaimonism: Happiness & Meaning

03/04/2018 |

Darrell Mann

In South Korea, very graciously, I’m known as the ‘Father Of Business TRIZ’. Sadly, I’ve never managed to get the TRIZ community in that country to get beyond the idea that ‘business TRIZ’ is all about a business … Read More

Innovation Systems

01/04/2018 |

Darrell Mann

‘Successful step-change.’ That’s our usual definition of innovation. Especially if we’re trying to be succinct. ‘Successful realisation of new customer value,’ is the slightly less condensed form. Both represent innovation as an outcome.

And if innovation is an … Read More

Patent of the Month – ThermoAcoustic Engine

30/03/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Well, it’s never going to win prizes for readability, but patent of the month this month is nevertheless an elegant evolution of the thermoacoustic engine. US9,777,951 was granted to a quartet of inventors at Tokai University in Japan … Read More