Methodical Inventing

Providing support for your inventive process

Methodical inventing refers to the systematic, target-oriented and neoteric solving of technical or technology-related economic problems. It supports the creation of innovations, i.e. novel products, procedures or services. The Russian scientist Genrikh Saulovitch Altshuller is commonly known as the “father” of methodical inventing. Having carried out numerous patent analyses, he came to the conclusion that most patents are based on a relatively small number of inventive principles. From this he developed his theory of inventive problem solving (TRIZ).

The concept of problem-focused invention, in short: the PI-concept is a conceptual advancement of TRIZ. It is built upon the framework model of the five field analysis, which distinguishes five aspects of a problem: actual state, resources, target state, goals and transformation. For each of these fields the tool layer of the PI-concept offers various effective techniques and instruments of methodical inventing, originating from or based on TRIZ.  

The PI-concept allows for a broad scope of applications. On the one hand, it may support the creation of different innovations. On the other hand, it can be utilized at multiple points in the course of an innovation process. The PI-concept is aimed at convincing solutions and an intelligent organization of the inventive process. The latter is rendered more transparent and comprehensible by means of the concept, which leads to an enhanced controllability of the inventive process as such. On the whole, the PI-concept is able to increase the effectiveness as well as the efficiency of inventive processes.  

Examples:

  • trouble shooting
  • tutorials using instruments of methodical inventing
  • workshops on methodical inventing
  • general introduction to methodical inventing

The framework model level

The five field analysis broadly outlines the five basic aspects of a problem solution which are initially independent of one another. There is no obligatory starting or end point.

You can proceed to the other levels by clicking on the respective heading.
Framework model

 

Instruments

 

Process

 

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