Review of March 2003 issue of TRIZ-journal

Altshuller taught that TRIZ is not a universal theory of creativity. That it is even not applicable to all areas of engineering. For example, he urged to conduct analysis of patents in electrical, electronic, and computer engineering in order to discover new inventive principles relevant to these fields (because 40 princliples were discovered while analysing patents mostly in mechanical, electro-mechanical, civil, and to a degree chemical engineering). He taught that only after creating many special theories of creativity, relevant to specific fields, one can start pondering about their unification in a general theory of creativity.

The latter never happened. Moreover, multitudes of new TRIZniks ignore Alshuller's advice and stubbornly try to apply 40 principles in areas where they are not applicable. The so called TRIZ-journal features one of such TRIZnik lately. He is Gennady Retseptor. With the astonishing ignorance Retseptor writes:"It was found that 40 principles are applicable not only for every technical field including architecture, computer software, microelectronics, food poduction, but also for non-technical spheres - biology, agriculture, business, management, marketing, social-relation, pedagogy, etc" [1].

Being a computer scientist and a software engineer, I can assure Mr. Retseptor that 40 principles are not applicable to software engineering. Moreover, it was supposed to be a topic of my Ph.D. research at Moscow State University to find relevant principles. If the principles were of any use in software engineering, then there would have been no need in the research.

All so called "examples" of 40 principles from software engineering, microelectronics, quality management, etc. presented in the TRIZ-journal by different authors have as much sense as the following examples from painting:

40 Principles in Painting

Principle 1: Segmentation.

Principle 2: Taking out.

Principle 3: Local quality.

Surprisigngly enough, most of G. Retseptors' examples, are still valid here:

Principle 4: Asymmetry.

The complete list of examples as well as examples on 40 principles in music composition, therapy, dieting, sex, diving, etc. will be published in our journal as separate articles soon.

If G. Retseptor does not like the comparison, let him think about in what respect his examples are any different.

The rest of the issue of the TRIZ-journal falls into the following categories:

R E F E R E N C E S :

  1. Gennady Retseptor, "40 Inventive Principles in Quality Management", The TRIZ-journal, March 2003.
  2. Hugo Sanchez, "Proyecto TRIZ in Nicaragua", the TRIZ-journal, March 2003.
  3. "SUPPORT - Sustainable Innovation Tools Project", The TRIZ-journal, March 2003.
  4. Thomas W. Ruhe, "Anticipating Failures with Substance-Field Inversion - A TRIZ Methods Case Study", The TRIZ-journal, March 2003.
  5. Pentti Soderlin, "Thoughts on Substance-Field Models and 76 Standards - Do we need all of the Standards? ", The TRIZ-journal, March 2003.
  6. Ellen Dumb, Ph.D., "Titanic TRIZ: A Universal Case Study", The TRIZ-journal, March 2003.
  7. Darrell Mann, "Ideality and 'Self-X' - Part 2: Meals, Wheels, and Carpet Slippers - Technical Case Studies", The TRIZ-journal, March 2003.