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TRIZ for Engineers: Enabling Inventive Problem Solving
 
 

TRIZ for Engineers: Enabling Inventive Problem Solving [Kindle Edition]

Karen Gadd , Clive Goddard
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TRIZ is a brilliant toolkit for nurturing engineering creativity and innovation. This accessible, colourful and practical guide has been developed from problem-solving workshops run by Oxford Creativity, one of the world's top TRIZ training organizations started by Gadd in 1998. Gadd has successfully introduced TRIZ to many major organisations such as Airbus, Sellafield Sites, Saint-Gobain, DCA, Doosan Babcock, Kraft, Qinetiq, Trelleborg, Rolls Royce and BAE Systems, working on diverse major projects including next generation submarines, chocolate packaging, nuclear clean-up, sustainability and cost reduction.

Engineering companies are increasingly recognising and acting upon the need to encourage successful, practical and systematic innovation at every stage of the engineering process including product development and design. TRIZ enables greater clarity of thought and taps into the creativity innate in all of us, transforming random, ineffective brainstorming into targeted, audited, creative sessions focussed on the problem at hand and unlocking the engineers' knowledge and genius to identify all the relevant solutions.

For good design engineers and technical directors across all industries, as well as students of engineering, entrepreneurship and innovation, TRIZ for Engineers will help unlock and realise the potential of TRIZ. The individual tools are straightforward, the problem-solving process is systematic and repeatable, and the results will speak for themselves.
This highly innovative book:

  • Satisfies the need for concise, clearly presented information together with practical advice on TRIZ and problem solving algorithms
  • Employs explanatory techniques, processes and examples that have been used to train thousands of engineers to use TRIZ successfully
  • Contains real, relevant and recent case studies from major blue chip companies
  • Is illustrated throughout with specially commissioned full-colour cartoons that illustrate the various concepts and techniques and bring the theory to life
  • Turns good engineers into great engineers.

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TRIZ for Engineers: Enabling Inventive Problem Solving Karen Gadd, Oxford Creativity "Karen Gadd has introduced this exciting modern approach to innovation to many companies.. I am very pleased that she has now captured the essence of TRIZ in this well–written and very readable book, with its colourful and amusing illustrations, making TRIZ accessible to an even wider audience."––Richard Parker, FREng, Director of Research and Technology, Rolls–Royce Group TRIZ is a brilliant toolkit for nurturing engineering creativity and innovation. This accessible, colourful and practical guide has been developed from problem–solving workshops run by Oxford Creativity, one of the world′s top TRIZ training organizations started by Gadd in 1998. Gadd has successfully introduced TRIZ to many major organisations such as Airbus, Sellafield Sites, Saint–Gobain, DCA, Doosan Babcock, Kraft, Qinetiq, Trelleborg, Rolls Royce and BAE Systems, working on diverse major projects including next generation submarines, chocolate packaging, nuclear clean–up, sustainability and cost reduction. Engineering companies are increasingly recognising and acting upon the need to encourage successful, practical and systematic innovation at every stage of the engineering process including product development and design. TRIZ enables greater clarity of thought and taps into the creativity innate in all of us, transforming random, ineffective brainstorming into targeted, audited, creative sessions focussed on the problem at hand and unlocking the engineers′ knowledge and genius to identify all the relevant solutions. For good design engineers and technical directors across all industries, as well as students of engineering, entrepreneurship and innovation, TRIZ for Engineers will help unlock and realise the potential of TRIZ. The individual tools are straightforward, the problem–solving process is systematic and repeatable, and the results will speak for themselves. This highly innovative book: Satisfies the need for concise, clearly presented information together with practical advice on TRIZ and problem solving algorithms Employs explanatory techniques, processes and examples that have been used to train thousands of engineers to use TRIZ successfully Contains real, relevant and recent case studies from major blue chip companies Is illustrated throughout with specially commissioned full–colour cartoons that illustrate the various concepts and techniques and bring the theory to life Turns good engineers into great engineers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 20570 KB
  • Print Length: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (4 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HF2GVO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #225,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars TRIZ for Engineers 14 April 2011
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TRIZ for Engineers. Wiley, 2011. Karen Gadd.

TRIZ (the theory of inventive problem solving) represents a short-cut to previous experience in problem solving. TRIZ has many champions including Karen Gadd. An on-going challenge to TRIZ, despite its champions' efforts, is that although many people have gone through training courses a good proportion of these same people don't use the tools of TRIZ and as a result are not able to develop their skills in TRIZ. Karen has spent many years facilitating TRIZ sessions and training up a host of people in the use of TRIZ. This experience has been revealed in her book, TRIZ for Engineers.

I have just spent the last two days reading the book from cover to cover. It is an engaging read. My interest stemmed from having been a TRIZ toolkit fan, user and creativity facilitator for several years. Karen has produced an excellent book on the subject and has used over 160 cartoons to illustrate many of the principles that are used in TRIZ to assist in problem solving. The cartoons really help in providing a temporary diversion of attention that helps to enforce the points being made while also being interesting and encouraging a thirst to find out more about the toolkit that is TRIZ.

As well as the excellent use of cartoons, I was also struck by the value of the bad solutions park to encourage a group to get going in an ideas session and feel comfortable in getting ideas out into the open. Karen also emphasises the need to satisfy multiple criteria in the development of a solution (delivering both the primary and secondary benefits) .

I have very few criticisms - some of the images and tables are too small, but the author has a web site that does provide access to a number of these and it is not a major issue.
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I liked TRIZ for Engineers. As a practicing engineer for 20 years, and as a student of TRIZ for five years, I have read a wide range of text on classical TRIZ and higher levels of TRIZ approaches used in inventive problem solving. The book presents real engineering problems in short form scenarios and through case studies that include detailed notes on how to use a range of TRIZ tools to generate solutions. The example problems are engineering based, but less industrial focused, so the examples have a wide application to the engineering market and technologist new to the basic TRIZ concepts.

The book offers problem solving maps and algorithms that illustrate how the TRIZ tools presented in the chapters can combine to form larger algorithms. The solution maps present through out the chapters flow through the early phases of developing a problem statement, identifying which TRIZ tools fit the problem scenario and onward to developing and applying solutions. The book also offers color figures and tables, which compliment the text as it illustrates how TRIZ is used to model systems and analyze functions. Thematic cartoons are included, as the author notes to bring some levity to the educational process. In my opinion, the cartoons present a physical contradiction as a reader, as they both add and distract from the text and the more formal diagrams and figures.

The author emphasizes that TRIZ is a set of tools, which can offer more than one solution to a problem and that all solutions have some level of merit based on the users needs. This perspective is well supported in the book's classical TRIZ modeling examples.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TRIZ Whiz 13 April 2011
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TRIZ does not fall into the Keep It Simple Stupid set of management consultancy methodologies. TRIZ isn't that complicated either, but it does require study. This book, written by an enthusiast, but also a practitioner, is meant for those who want a good look at the TRIZ engine before buying. Karen Gadd isn't selling her own "apply-to-everything" toolkit, rather she's helping to explain something that worked well both inside one of the worst innovation environments, the former Soviet Union, and some of the best, e.g. Rolls Royce. This book sits on the path between knowing TRIZ exists and then getting stuck in to some formal training. It's also a great read. For some the cartoons might grate, but for me they worked, helping me realise that TRIZ is actually great fun - making a better world by thinking creatively in a structured way.Clean Business Cuisine: Now and Z/Yen
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Karen Gadd is an excellent teacher of TRIZ and a truly lovely person. She has proved with this book that she is also a talented author.

TRIZ "The Theory of Inventive Problem Solving" is in its first iteration, a toolkit for developing solutions to engineering problems. Its principles can be adapted to other areas of endeavour.

This book contains more TRIZ material in a more accessible style than any other TRIZ book I have encountered-and that is no small number. There are now two "Must Have" TRIZ books- this, and "And Suddenly the Inventor Appeared" which has, to be fair, always been there.

Karen's style is informal, and highly informative, light years away from the many unreadable dry as dust texts you will find, although there are other fine books out there. On an information per £ basis, this knocks all other TRIZ books into a cocked hat.

When you "get" TRIZ, it is something of a lightbulb moment. However you use the TRIZ methods, it will greatly improve your creativity. The style of this book should endear it to a wider audience, and its style should, for a practising Engineer, make it more appealing to your boss, helping to promulgate this valuable toolset still further.

There is much in the library of TRIZ books that is highly academic, and not necessarily what a practising engineer needs. At the end of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull", Fletcher is trying to exaplin the idea of the "Great Gull" to a group of student flyers. The response is "this doesn't sound like a rule for a loop."; well, the rule for a loop is probably what the Engineer wants- it's certainly what I want, and in this book, I believe you can find the rule for your loop quite readily.

In Karen's book, like her training courses, she takes the TRIZ theories, and gives them to you in ways you can apply immediately.

Highly recommended.
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