Review of the February 2003 issue of the TRIZ-journal

13 years ago, in February of 1990, I arrived in Moscow's Sheremetevo airport to leave USSR forever. While approaching the airport's entrance door, I habitually extended my hand preparing to push the door. However, before my hand reached it, the door surprisingly opened by itself. I stopped in disbelief. For a moment I was expecting for somebody to come out, who pulled the door from the other side. But nobody appeared. The door stayed politely open all the time I stayed in the front of it, puzzled by the incident. After a few seconds of hesitation, I decided to enter. As soon as I entered and looked over my shoulder, the door surprisingly closed by itself.

Having calmed down a bit, I recalled IFR and got immediately excited about this new embodiment of the principle of ideality. The excitement was so strong that I wanted to share it with somebody. But there was no TRIZ-journal at that time.

Today I would have sent an article about this to the journal. It publishes such news. Its February issue, for instance, presents an excitement by Mr. Landhuis about the embodiment of the principle of ideality in a "keg" of ribbon [1].

I suggest him to take a look into a window and get excited about the cars in the street moving without horses. Or, even better, take a look into a washroom and find a plenty of IFR there. We will be waiting for your excited letters describing your findings.

Another peculiar article in the current issue of the TRIZ-journal is one by Dana Clarke [2]. How would you regard somebody who applied special relativity, general relativity, quantum theory, the unified field theory, S-matrix, and super-symmetry to . . . explaining the invention of a corkscrew? Not especially highly, I guess. Then why should you think better of Dana Clarke who wrote: "the article demonstrates how several key principles of TRIZ - ideality, contradictions, system approach thinking, and patterns of evolution (including resource utilization, uneven development of systems, increasing dynamics, increased controllability, increasing complexity followed by simplification, matching and mismatching of system elements, transition to the micro-level, increased use of field, and decreased human involvement) might have been used to invent the corkscrew" ?

Darrell Mann this month presented yet another article on his "discovery" that the complexity of a system initially increases and then decreases [3]. How long will it take him to notice that the complexity of a system generally fluctuates in the course of time ? It increases and then decreases, then increases again and then decreases again, and so on, but never reaches zero, as he assumes. Even when a system becomes redundant or obsolete, its complexity is still not zero.

Besides being a poor observer, Darrell Mann recently demonstrated a propensity to borrowing somebody else's ideas. In December 2002 Anti TRIZ-journal presented an article on the ideal TRIZ and the ideal contradiction matrix [4]. A month later, in January of 2003, Darrell Mann posted an article of his own at titled ... "The ideal contradiction matrix"! No reference to the original idea published in Anti TRIZ-journal was provided. Not nice, not nice, Mr. Mann.

R E F E R E N C E S:

  1. Kevin Landhuis, "Christmas TRIZ - Ideality - A True Story", The TRIZ-journal, February 2003.
  2. Dana W. Clarke, "Evolving the Corkscrew: A TRIZ-based Hypothesis", The TRIZ-journal, February 2003.
  3. Darrell Mann, "Ideality and 'Self-X' - Part 1: Things That Do Things For Themselves", The TRIZ-journal, February 2003.
  4. Y. B. Karasik, "What is the ideal TRIZ ?", Anti TRIZ-journal, Vol. 1, No. 11.