ASITiada: from TRIZ to 'Hierarchical TRIZ Algorithms' in four steps
Y. B. Karasik
Thought Guiding Systems Corp.,
Authors of TRIZ-journal venerate number 40. Articles on 40 principles loom big in the journal.
However, slowly but steadily a mini-cult emerges: the veneration of number 4.
First Roni Horowitz wrote a paper
"From TRIZ to ASIT in four steps".
Now Larry Ball writes how he arrived at
his "Hierarchical TRIZ Algorithms"
from TRIZ in four steps:
The first step:
He found somewhere an incorrect version of ARIZ which required technical contradictions
to be formulated first and then proceed to physical contradictions. (Interestingly, what version was that ?
ARIZ-71, for example, required physical contradictions to be formulated first,
then resolved, and if the solution is not ideal then proceed to formulating technical contradictions.
Could it be that Altshuller changed the logic in the later versions, or Mr. Ball simply took something else for ARIZ ?)
Anyway, soon thereafter he acquired an early version of the Invention Machine software which formulated physical and
technical contradictions in the correct order. (Larry Ball erroneously credits the correct logic
to the Invention Machine.) The basic knowledge of TRIZ was thereby acquired
and the stage was set for his own "improvements".
- The second step: In 2003 Larry Ball debuts with convertion of TRIZ into "Breakthrough Thinking".
- The third step: In 2004 "Breakthrough Thinking" changes its name to "Breakthrough Inventing".
- The fourth step: And finally in 2005 "Breakthrough Inventing" was renamed into "Hierarchical TRIZ algorithms" !
If this is a trend, then I predict the appearance of other "4-steps" articles in the journal.
In fact, one has already appeared.
It is the
article by Toru Nakagawa
in the same May issue of TRIZ-journal which I would title "From TRIZ to JUSIT in four steps". Indeed:
But I better review his article
- Step 1: From TRIZ to SIT (by Genady Filkovsky);
- Step 2: From SIT to ASIT (by Roni Horowitz);
- Step 3: From ASIT to USIT (by Ed Sikafus);
- Step 4: From USIT to JUSIT - the Japanese version of USIT (by Toru Nakagawa).