This month TRIZ-journal published an inspiring article by Martin Hyatt , which, inter alia, claims
that everything in the world can be modelled with the help of metaphors. For example,
creative thinking, due to Mr. Hyatt,
can be characterized by the following metaphors:
- Creative thinking as perceiving;
- Creative thinking as moving;
- Creative thinking as object manipulation.
I decided to follow this novel approach and search for metaphors that best characterize TRIZ-journal itself. Here are the ones that seem to be most relevant.
Indeed, who of the authors of TRIZ endorsed it ? Nobody.
Articles which would ended up in a garbage basket of any serious journal, are published in TRIZ-journal.
It rejects articles critical of the views of established "TRIZ"-mafiosi.
Nobody can get educated in TRIZ by reading TRIZ-journal. I receive complaints to this effect from various people on a regular basis.
Indeed what of the real TRIZ does it publish?
Of Dr. Darrell Mann.
It changes tiny slabs of thought by endless streams of words.
This is a corollary metaphor. It follows from all the above ones.
(A more elaborate review of Dr. Hyatt's metaphorical approach will be published in a separate article. The rest of the October issue does not deserve attention but we, nevertheless, post some critical notes on new ideas of Dr. Mann as well.)