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Lower Abstraction Level of TRIZ Inventive Principles Improves Ideation Productivity of Engineering Students

Abstract : The 40 Altshuller Inventive Principles with numerous sub-principles remain over decades the most frequently applied tool of the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving TRIZ for systematic idea generation. However, their application often requires a concentrated, creative and abstract way of thinking that can be fairly challenging for the newcomers to TRIZ. This paper describes an approach to reduce the abstraction level of inventive sub-principles and presents the results of the idea generation experiment conducted with three groups of undergraduate and graduate students from different years of study in mechanical and process engineering. The students were asked to generate and to record their individual ideas for three design problems using a pre-defined set of classical and modified sub-principles within 10 min. The overall outcomes of the experiment support the assumption that the less abstract wording of the modified sub-principles leads to higher number of ideas. The distribution of ideas between the fields of MATCHEM-IBD (Mechanical, Acoustic, Thermal, Chemical, Electrical, Magnetic, Intermolecular, Biological and Data processing) differs significantly between groups using modified and abstract sub-principles.
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Pavel Livotov, Arun Chandra Sekaran, - Mas’udah. Lower Abstraction Level of TRIZ Inventive Principles Improves Ideation Productivity of Engineering Students. 19th International TRIZ Future Conference (TFC), Oct 2019, Marrakesh, Morocco. pp.526-538, ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-32497-1_41⟩. ⟨hal-02905548⟩

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