Remarks on the review of Geoff Tenant book by Brian Campbell et al.

Y. B. Karasik,
Thought Guiding Systems Corp.,
Ottawa, Canada.

A Russian saying has it:"A fisherman sees a fellow fisherman from afar." Not surprisingly, therefore, that Brian Campbell and primarily Michael Slocum and Ellen Domb fished Geoff Tenant out of the internet pretty easily.

It has to be said, however, that Geoff Tenant is a fisherman of a much higher caliber. Even Brian, Michael, and Ellen are surprised at his unceremonius associating of Altshuller with some dubious events, phrases, and views without providing any reference.

On my part, I was also surprised at some his revelations:

  1. "Genrich Altshuller, who was a patent officer for the Russian Navy since 1946 onwards." This is a new version of the old tale. Onwards until when ? Until his death ?
  2. "Altshuller spent a period of his life in the labour camps of Russia during political upheavals, but even then he took an opportunity to continue working with likeminded collegues who were similarly incarcerated." Which upheavals ? When then ? In the labour camp ? Is Geoff Tenant crazy ? Does he really think that anybody could work on TRIZ in the labour camp ?
  3. "The relative scarcity of material on TRIZ can be explained by the slow release of his early material, by the interest of the Russian authorities in potentially classifying his works." No comments. Sheer nonsense.

Brian Campbell, Michael Slocum, and Ellen Domb seemed to wish and cajole a more skillful colleague by buying his "book". The future will show if this works.

R E F E R E N C E:

1. "TRIZ for Six Sigma an E-book by Geoff Tennant (Reviewed by: Brian Campbell, Dr. Michael Slocum, Dr. Ellen Domb), The July 2003 issue of the TRIZ-journal.