TRIZ India Forum Ideal Final Result (IFR)

TRIZ India Forum is a group formed by few TRIZ enthusiastic s from different parts of India, believing a systematic and structured innovation process can help improving India's innovation capability.

So it is there Now! The TRIZ INDIA FORUM has been launched on 1st November 2007. How did it happen? Prakasan created the BLOG and it is now available for all of us to discuss TRIZ and Innovation from and for India. Why India? Why TRIZ only for Innovation?India because we believe India is the world's Innovation Tipping Point now. It is going to create multiple impacts in a decade or so and the Globe will looking at the Innovation Leadership from India, if it is not already looking at it. The simple reason why India works is the inherent complexity of India to absorb and respond to more complexity that the world is creating. India thrives in complexity and thats a fantastic situation to be in.However, India also has problems of being a constrained by many ills. The solutions lies in exploring Innovation systematically. It will only happen through a country wide initiative to take us to the stage where we define the new world that we want to inhabit.We believe that Theory of Inventive Problem Solving - the TRIZ or at least TRIZ Thinking is the vehicle to catapult India into future.We Invite all readers to join in this journey @ TRIZ INDIA FORUM.

Please drop us a mail at if you would like to be a part of this initiative..

Are we ready to do a TRIZ India Conference in India?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

TRIZ India Community on Ning

Dear Visitor,

Our vision while launching this site was to connect people across India passionate and interested in TRIZ and innovation methodologies. A free platform like this blog was an ideal start, but there was something lacking for making close interaction as in a social networking site. To fill that gap, we have launched TRIZ India community on Ning, a powerful social networking platform. Please visit and add yourself as a member and connect with others to share and learn.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Innovation Ignition Workshops - TRIZ Based

CRAFITTI CONSULTING ( is offering two days of Innovation Ignition workshops on our world-class frameworks developed and practiced to solve business and technical problems in large global organizations. These comprehensive frameworks are being offered for the first time in India in workshop settings.

Workshop 1: Lean Inventive Systems Thinking – A Framework for transformationSeptember 26, 2008 Hotel Ramanashree, Richmond Road, Bangalore, India

Workshop 2: Advanced Patent Analysis using TRIZ and other conceptsSeptember 27, 2008 Hotel Ramanashree, Richmond Road, Bangalore, India Advanced Patent Analysis using TRIZ and Other Techniques

Patents are the most comprehensive source of information and knowledge. In the rapidly globalizing world of continuous change and cutthroat competition, every enterprise searches for competitive advantage. Patent information although realized by many as highly informative are not really tapped by enterprises at large, simply as the understanding of patents as a source of information and trigger for inventing the next are still in infancy. Although there are many open tools and databases to make patent data visualization, there doesn’t seem to be enough awareness of using patents for inventing next!

Altshuller, a Russian navy patent officer after Second World War, started a systematic study of patents – his aim was to find out what makes a successful invention. Can there be an algorithm for inventing? His search led him to develop a unique methodology called Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (acronym TRIZ in Russian). In the process he also developed a methodology to analyze and study patents. Crafitti Consulting has developed on the TRIZ way of doing patent analysis and reinforced it with other techniques to build a comprehensive framework for Patent analysis. For the first time this framework is offered in India. The delegates will be exposed to

  • Understanding the level of an invention and a patent
  • Finding out the key contradictions the invention is solving
  • Looking at the claims hierarchy of the patent
  • Function Diagrams of a patent/invention
  • Pruning or Trimming as a means of inventing
  • System Complexity Estimation

These techniques will help in

  • Finding Technological Alternatives to a Patent
  • Writing Future-proof claims of a Patent
  • Understanding the evolution of an invention compared to prior art
  • Finding white space in a field to leverage

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Friday, May 9, 2008

Global TRIZ database - From Toru San

Toru San, our TRIZ colleague from Japan compiled this list of 100 global TRIZ (TRIZ100) online sites, and categorized geographically. After 7 years, we have an updated knowledge base on TRIZ. This list also put lights on the global proliferation of TRIZ thinking in a very short time.

View this list

This should be a one-stop-shop place for anyone to know more about TRIZ in their respective geo.

This is a humongous effort by Toru San and his team.

Monday, February 11, 2008

TRIZ in Google Trends

I have been playing around with google trends for last few days. Looking at TRIZ in Google Trends, following picture emerges

The sudden spike in 2006 is due to the business week article on TRIZ

Also looking at the regions from where TRIZ is being searched - gives a view of why it is more of an ASIAN phenomenon as of now...

Iran / South Korea /Taiwan / Viet Nam /India /Brazil /Japan/ Mexico /Thailand /Austria


Tehran, Iran /Seoul, South Korea /Bangalore, India /Curitiba, Brazil /Taipei, Taiwan / Monterrey, Mexico /Chiyoda, Japan /Mumbai, India /Tokyo, Japan /Osaka, Japan


Korean /Vietnamese /Portuguese /Japanese /Thai /Chinese /German/Dutch /Italian /French

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

TRIZ India Conference

I see the curiosity building here; many are talking about TRIZ now, and many are working on it, and also started publicizing themselves.. I'm confident that this is going to grow now.

As a TRIZnik, when I start searching around for the TRIZ development across the world, I see India is still lagging behind. Forget developed countries, small countries like Estonia, many Middle East countries, and several Asian countries, (Forget Korea and Taiwan, but there are countries like Vietnam and Thailand) all are racing ahead. A formal and established TRIZ collaborative forum is already in place and they do their own conference, meetings, seminar, discussing the scope of TRIZ in their context, building the Body of Knowledge etc... It is too sad to see that this is not happening in India. I still don't get why, but I believe this is the time, otherwise we will be left behind.

I would like everyone out there to think about doing something. I propose we do a TRIZ India Conference to start with, bring all interested and curious people around here and discuss what we need to do and work together.

TRIZ may bring innovations, but we can't keep it ourselves about the innovative solutions as a competitive edge of my/our company.. The world is changing, the new world is collaborative world, and that's what would bring next innovation..

We have a poll above, do post your thoughts.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Cross Post: : Solving problems in India's retail growth..A possible TRIZ study?

Kerala Government banned multinational companies retail entry to the state.
People attack Reliance Fresh (A retail arm started by Reliance) outlet in North India..
Maharashtra state government is planning to ban retail stores..

Other side of the coin...

Bharti-Walmart joint venture acquire floor space to setup their retail shop..
Mahindra and Mahindra joins retail bandwagon...

These are the news captured my attention in last several weeks. As I started analyzing this situation systematically, there seems to be an interesting contradiction coming out from the overall problem. Considering the nature of this, many will consider this as a “Wicked problem”. However, if we can see a inherent contradiction in this, TRIZ is a way to go according to me. Before defining the contradiction, let us apply IFR.

Looking this particular problem, what stands out is the number of stake holders involved in..

- Government of India – Doing good by opening up the foreign investments in retail

- Consumers – End customer so attached to the “mall culture” now

- Companies – Successful rate of growth, growing economy, purchasing power of individuals – There lies the gold mine..

- Finally, what we see as the problem element (from the above news clipping) – The poor old “kinarawala” shop owners (Owners of small shops besides the foot path)

Let us try defining the problem using Ideal Final Result briefly..

Each stake holders has their own ideal final result

- Government – Attracting foreign investment

- Consumers – Cheap, one-stop-shop, experience of shopping etc..

- Companies – Of course money..

- The small shop owners – better day-by-day living

If I start thinking about the ideality, what really popping out here is the change in consumer mindset; they would like to experience the swanky shopping mall, getting their goods cheaper, and not just shopping, but a “shoppertainment”. This is an opportunity for the big companies, since the purchasing power of consumers are growing, and the current infrastructure growth in this area (new shops, facilities) is not so good, investment is this sector is like entering to a gold mine. Between, there are the traditional shop owners living their lives for several years completely depending on the consumers shopping needs.

It looks like the consumers will have to reside in the super-system of our problem.

Look at this issue from the retail investor’s (big companies) perspective. They know the consumers are not completely satisfied with these small shop owners, and they enjoy shopping malls, cheap, quality services etc. They also want to make money from the untapped potential market.

From the small shop owner’s side: They can not influence the consumer behavior. They will also have difficulties in protesting against the government for a long time. They do know that they have the problems providing the consumer one-stop-shop, mall atmosphere.

Having analyzed the problem from retail investors and small shop owner’s angle, we can assume the solutions can come out from the government. As a growing economy, for encouraging investments, government can not put a hold on the issue of displacement of several small shop owners. At the same time, people elected the government, and it is their duty to protect the people, where the small shop owners are among them. There comes a physical contradiction: Allow investment in the retail area Vs does not allow them to setup the shops.

Before getting into the solution space using principles, we can expand the IFR asking more questions favorable to “Allow investment question” so that we have better solution space created.

- What is stopping government (or what is the obstacle government should solve)

o SOHO’s are displaced, and they protest against the entry of big companies

- Why is it stopping?

o The SOHO’s are displaced because they are not able to satisfy the need of growing consumers, better facilities like the big retailers.

From the “Does not allow investment…”

- What is stopping government to not to allow investment

o Economy is growing, purchasing power of consumer is growing, not enough infrastructure etc..

Now, having got this physical contradiction, let us ask some questions as;

Where do we (as a government) want to allow investment in retail?

- Where maximum potential in terms of consumers spending money

Where do we want them not to allow to investment in retail?

- Where maximum displacement will happen w.r.t the SOHO’s.

When do we want the investment to be allowed?

- When there is an enough opportunities (Growing economy, purchasing power, consumer demand, need etc)

When do we want the investment not be allowed?

- When the SOHO’s can satisfy the need of consumers, give the taxes etc back to the government

Well, the process described here needs further elaboration using 9-Windows, more IFR process and resources. I’m doing them in my mind…

Now having got a bigger dimension to the problem, we can perhaps jump into the solution space using TRIZ principles. What we need to keep in mind is about the parties involved in the physical contradiction for solutions. Remember, we need solution without compromising any..

As a physical contradiction, we have the following category:

Segmentation in space – Principles provide here are, segmentation, taking out, local quality, another dimension, other way around, curvature, nested doll, flexible shells/thin films, asymmetry, intermediary, copying

Segmentation in time – This set of principles should be considered as an improvement steps for solutions generated by the above principle set.


Ok. Without using TRIZ principles, I’m sure you all have generated several solutions by now. If you have, then map them back to any principles if you can, otherwise read on..

I’m not trying to describe solutions using each principle here, but here are something interesting from my view.

Taking out : Take out the “kinarawala” shops. Well, take out means, not just taking out, but take out them and do something good for them as well.

Nested Doll: Put “Kinarawala” shops to big malls.. (I’m excited with this solution from practical point of view..)Using segmentation along with this, a big retail company can provide facilities inside their mall for the SOHO's to sell their goods..

Another dimension: Use the “Kinarawalas” expertise in dealing consumers inside the mall. Use them as sales people

Other solutions I have in my mind is perhaps from a consumer point of view, and I do not know the implementability.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Cross Post : Resources again...This time for service innovation?

One of my earlier posting talked about using “resources” for developing innovative products. This week BusinessWeek article showcased an emerging trend (that’s what they call it), Cloud Computing!! Interestingly, the article talks about Google, Yahoo etc letting to open up their huge computing power and storage space to the world. Analogy is “it's the computing equivalent of the evolution in electricity a century ago when farms and businesses shut down their own generators and bought power instead from efficient industrial utilities”.

Amazon has pioneered in this and even making money out of it. Now that Google, Microsoft, Yahoo coming to market this may even get commoditized. I wouldn’t surprise to see Intel and AMD manufacture high–end processors only for handful of companies across the world, setting up huge data center and we would buy computing power from them..! Anyway, that’s futuristic. It could even be “Other way” around; each one of our personal computer, mobile phone work as a part of Google data center (Remember SETI!)

From the TRIZ angle, I see the concept of using “Existing, cheap/low cost/underutilized/free resources” is a definite opportunity for innovation. We have resources all around us, but we don’t know; we have resources inside our system, but we don’t consider that for other activities which they are not originally intended for. At times even the harmful elements in the system are resources for solving our problems. Then the question boils down to; how do we identify them?

  • Draw a 9 Window, and identify your system-present
  • List everything you can think about in your sub-system present
  • Look everything in your super-system present
  • Identify resources unused, not effectively used, cheap/low cost. Even “people emotions” are resources!
  • Think about the future – What do you going to do with these resources in the future? Can you use them for something else?

Thursday, December 20, 2007

TRIZCON 2008 and Indian Connection!!

Finally all (most of the) the TRIZCON 2008 abstracts are out.. Check out here

35 abstracts in total, and interesting to see the Asian connection, especially Indian..!! There are 15 papers coming only from Asia; India, China, Taiwan and Korea. What is more interesting is about 6 papers only from India!

I'm very happy to see Karthik and Prashant's papers as well. I look forward to see them at TRIZCON 2008. And another good news, and I'm so proud of is that Navneet is taking one tutorial!!

Another interesting observation; NO paper from Japan!! Even the regular and one of the most passionate TRIZnik from Japan, Toru san, is also missing in the list. It looks like they are more successful in running the Japan TRIZ conference started last year. It looks like western world is going to miss the practitioners TRIZ success.

I'm very happy to see the number of papers from MindTree this time. The first year after I joined we presented one paper (From my VP), and last year 3 and this year 4. I hope to get more in future, not just for TRIZCON, but other TRIZ conferences across the world.

It is however disappointing to see the number of quality papers coming down (from the abstracts). Comparing to ETRIA and Japan TRIZ conference, TRIZCON is yet to evolve bringing quality paper. I do see some progress from last year though..

Good to see Amir Roggel is speaking this time, as a key note speaker. Perhaps the best TRIZ facilitator in a corporate environment. Over 1000 people have been trained under his leadership at Intel. I'm glad to be associated with him for a new Industry TRIZ Learning initiative by him.

I look forward to the completion of mine and my colleagues papers. I'm grateful working with them, without them many of my achievements couldn't have reached here. I also thank my friends and other TRIZnik's around me, the friends some of whom I have never met, but working with them by co-authoring some papers.

Hope to see you all at TRIZCON 2008..!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

TRIZ- Systematic Innovation - From Prashant

Don't Pour One More Please.... Our Glass is full....

Hello everybody, I am Prashant. I am trying my best to grasp TRIZ with a child's inquisitiveness. These days everyone talks about WHY part of Innovation but no one really talks about HOW part of it. My conviction tells me that TRIZ provides an answer to that HOW part.

Taking TRIZ to people is not an easy task, as most people believe that creativity and Innovation capability belongs to genius individuals and therefore they have apprehensions about venturing into this territory. Many people whom world knows as genius were like you & me, the only quality they had in them was their ability to quickly unlearn & ask questions challenging the status-quo. (Ideal Final Result)

Another major risk that they perceive is systematic innovation may be a time consuming process and may not be congruent with the expectations of free, perfect & now world.

Every organization has proponents of various approaches like SIX SIGMA, Lean, TOC, TPM etc. They try their best to influence top management to bless them & their approach and recognize it as an Organizational approach. My tryst with such approaches made me realize that at one point in time, one requires applying his brain and needs to do some serious thinking to get real breakthrough solutions for quantum improvements. In my opinion all these approaches fell short in thinking part. Ground reality is that people are really tired to pursue these approaches as they don't fully owe them and view them as someone else's aspiration which they need to blindly follow & execute. Few organizations drag with these things as they don't want to appear backward in this globalised world. On backdrop of all this if you approach people with TRIZ, their initial reaction is not very encouraging. We need to change this and adapt ingenious ways to propagate this wonderful Innovation Science.

I will conclude this discussion with a small story; when PARSIS came to India, they landed in the west coast & requested LOCAL king for a shelter. King was not willing as it meant an additional burden to his Kingdom and that too also of an outsider. To convey his decision he sent a glass full of milk indicating that he can not accommodate them. PARSIS put a spoonful of sugar in it and returned the glass to the king. The message was very clear that their community ( TRIZ approach in our case) will get well mixed with locals ( Existing Initiatives) adding value to their endeavours.( Much desired SWEETNESS). The moral of the story is that we need to integrate TRIZ with each of the contemporary approaches so well that it creates a unique value a TRIZ Value. I am sure TRIZ has power to enhance Innovation Quotient of an individual and also that of an organization. which is also the need of the hour.

Chak De......

Monday, December 17, 2007

Integrating TRIZ with Other methods

The holistic viewpoint is to create a generic framework by integrating techniques and methods to solve problem. TRIZ definitely is central - however - it has inherent gaps that other methods can fill up. I have been working on such integrated frameworks and just review some of my previous papers published - may be of interest

Robust Inventive Software Design (DSM 2005 Conference) (reproduced below)

Title: Robust Inventive Software Design (RISD) - A Framework Combining Design Structure Matrix (DSM), Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and TRIZ
Authors: Bhushan, Navneet

Continuously increasing complexity in the modern day software systems call for radically different measures to ensure high levels of software productivity. Coupled with increasing distance between user requirements of what they really need versus what they want, is creating major challenges that current approaches to software design are finding exceedingly difficult to meet. Further the problems of software design are compounded due to non-physical nature of software systems, where intuition, experience and judgment of experts plays more important role than quantitative and measurable metrics of the traditional engineering world.
This paper addresses these challenges through a proposed framework combining the Design Structure Matrix (DSM), Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem solving). TRIZ concept of ideality, functionality and contradictions elimination is used to come up with inventive solutions to business problems. These solutions flow through the expert judgments of multiple stakeholders captured through AHP to compute the real value being delivered to the customers of the software product. Based on this analysis, solutions are broken down in subsystems or software elements whose complexity is computed through the DSM. To compute this complexity the fundamental principle of software design which states minimized module coupling and maximized module cohesion, is used to measure the ideal software system delivering the functionality. The complexity measure of proposed alternatives designs is compared with the complexity of the ideal software system to choose the best design alternative. Further the DSM is used to choose integration test cases for testing the design.
The RISD framework proposed in this paper has in built processes for inventive or idea generation along with incorporating expert judgment in a systematic manner and analyzing the complexity of the proposed designs to create robust software systems with minimum complexity.

The presentation can be downloaded from : the conference web site

Set-Based Concurrent Engineering (SBCE) and TRIZ - A Framework for Global Product Development
Navneet Bhushan

Continuously increasing complexity in the modern day systems call for radically different approaches to ensure high levels of functionality, quality and performance in new product development. Increasing globalization indicates that the world will witness more of Global Product Development (GPD). Further the problems of new product developers are compounded due to great amount of software that is embedded in many products. The non-physical nature of software systems, where intuition, experience and judgment of experts plays more important role than quantitative and measurable metrics of the traditional engineering world, increases the complexity for the global product developers.

The pdf can be downloaded from Altshuller Institute Site here