40 Inventive Principles with Applications in Universe Operations Management

G. L. Filkovsky,
Nomura Securities International,
New York, USA

This month's (December 2003) TRIZ Journal article, "40 Inventive Principles with Applications in Service Operations Management", is another attempt to be in line with the effort of extending TRIZ applications and to (mis)interpret 40 Inventive Principles, which is considered to be one of the most accessible and useful TRIZ tools (accessible and useful for misinterpretations - certainly!). The authors of the article correctly conclude that their effort was not entirely successful, but they incorrectly blame this on some specifics of their subject matter rather than on their own lack of imagination and interpretation skills.

Nevertheless, I decided to cover another - much more important - subject matter, before somebody else does. Why to waste time on insignificant areas, such as business, quality management, etc.? Let's go straight to the source of all sources, creation of all creations: the Book of Genesis. There are so many wonderful examples there, that for this article I'll restrict myself by the first two chapters only:

Principle 1. Segmentation
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." [1:1]

Principle 2. Taking out
"And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night..." [1:14]

Principle 3. Local quality
"And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament..." [1:7]

Principle 4. Asymmetry
"And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night..." [1:16]

Principle 5. Merging
"And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place ..." [1:9]

Principle 6. Universality
"And God said, Let us make man ... and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth" [1:26]

Principle 7. "Nested doll"
"... the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself..." [1:11]

Principle 8. Anti-weight
"And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." [1:2]

Principle 9. Preliminary anti-action
"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." [2:17]

Principle 10. Preliminary action
"And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs..." [2:21]

Principle 11. Beforehand cushioning
"And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat." [1:29]

Principle 12. Equipotentiality
"Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat..." [2:16]

Principle 13. The other way round
"... she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man." [2:23]

Principle 14. Spheroidality
"... that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah..." [2:11]

Principle 15. Dynamics
"And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature" [1:20]

Principle 16. Partial or excessive actions
"Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth." [1:22]

Principle 17. Another dimension
"And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth" [1:17]

Principle 18. Mechanical vibration
"And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone." [2:12]

Principle 19. Periodic action
"And the evening and the morning were the fourth day." [1:19]

Principle 20. Continuity of useful action
"... and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years..." [1:14]

Principle 21. Skipping
"... and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.' [2:2]

Principle 22. "Blessing in disguise" or "Turn Lemons into Lemonade"
"... male and female created he them.' [1:27]

Principle 23. Feedback
"... and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof." [1:19]

Principle 24. 'Intermediary'
"... made he a woman, and brought her unto the man." [2:22]

Principle 25. Self-service
"And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good..." [1:31]

Principle 26. Copying
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness..." [1:26]

Principle 27. Cheap short-living objects
"... every winged fowl after his kind..." [1:21]

Principle 28. Mechanics substitution
"... and man became a living soul." [2:7]

Principle 29. Pneumatics and hydraulics
"And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted..." [2:10]

Principle 30. Flexible shells and thin films
"... and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof..." [2:21]

Principle 31. Porous materials
"... and let the dry land appear..." [1:9]

Principle 32. Color changes
"God divided the light from the darkness" [1:4]

Principle 33. Homogeneity
"This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh..." [2:23]

Principle 34. Discarding and recovering
"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." [2:24]

Principle 35. Parameter changes
"And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed." [2:8]

Principle 36. Phase transitions
"... there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground." [2:6]

Principle 37. Thermal expansion
"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." [1:3]

Principle 38. Strong oxidants
"... and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life..." [2:7]

Principle 39. Inert atmosphere
"... for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth..." [2:5]

Principle 40. Composite materials
"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground...." [2:7]

P.S. Considering Him being the First, I'd recommend to make an exception and to add God to the list of TRIZ Masters.