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August 2007's TRIZ Journal

| On 06, Aug 2007

By Katie Barry, Ellen Domb and Michael S. Slocum

There are a lot of items to note in this month’s welcome letter. As ever, we share five articles that cover a variety of TRIZ topics, including a TRIZ game for children, a different way to look at su-field analysis and another interesting paper presented earlier this year at TRIZCON2007. Additionally, we have news about upcoming conferences with registration discounts for TRIZ Journal readers and a report of July’s MATRIZ conference.


If you’ll be attending any TRIZ conferences and/or trainings this year, considering sharing what you learn with the rest of The TRIZ Journal’s audience. Our discussion forums are a great opportunity to connect with TRIZ professionals worldwide.



  • The next to last lesson of Val Kraev’s popular Kraev’s Korner series focuses on methods for overcoming psychological inertia. Being able to step back from a problem and look at it with fresh eyes with specific tools is something that will be useful to anyone for problems at all levels.
  • This month’s Student Corner article is an interview about the use of TRIZ by three teenage girls from Ireland courtesy of Phil Keenan. The inventors not only learned the principles of TRIZ, but turned their knowledge into an award-winning game that teaches TRIZ to children.
  • If you’ve ever wondered how the interior of pipelines is cleaned, wonder no longer. Abram Teplitskiy, Igor Endovtsev and Igor Shpachenko join to share their experiences in create a device to do this very task in Protecting the Interior Surface of Sewage Pipelines.
  • Su-field analysis can be challenging for TRIZ beginners. Authors Xiaoming Mao, Xueqing Zhang and Simaan AbouRizk have simplied the 76 standard solutions into seven generalized solutions.
  • Our last article was presented earlier this year at TRIZCON2007. Once again, the beauty of using merely one aspect of TRIZ benefits an entire industry in Super Effects: The Synergistic Effects of TRIZ by Gunter R. Ladewig and Robert Lyn.

News



  • The MATRIZ conference in July was a great meeting and Ellen Domb wrote about it in one of her commentaries. Be sure to check out her post for details and pictures.
  • It’s not too early to start thinking about next year’s conferences. Register now for next year’s Lean Six Sigma & Process Improvement Summit, January 27-31, 2008 in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. With the return of former GE Chairman and CEO Jack Welch, the summit will focus on using innovation and advanced LSS to achieve crucial business goals. TRIZ Journal readers can take advantage of a 10 percent discount off registration fees by quoting “TRIZ.”

Don’t Forget



  • Ellen Domb will be attending – and promises to share her insights in commentaries from – the Process for Innovation conference in Chicago, August 21-22.
  • Ellen Domb will present “Accelerate Lean Six Sigma Problem Solving With TRIZ Based Creativity to Move Your Program Up a Level” at this year’s Lean Six Sigma Improvement Week, September 18-21, 2007. If you are interested in attending this Las Vegas conference, quote “TRIZ” when registering for a 10 percent discount.
  • The TRIZ Journal would not exist without your contributions. Write an article! Submission guidelines can be found here – we encourage articles for all audience levels and on all TRIZ topics.

Until September, happy TRIZ reading!


Katie Barry, Ellen Domb and Michael S. Slocum
editor@triz-journal.com