Most people think that creativity and intelligence are the same things; this is not true. Bright people know that intelligence and creativity are two different things. Research has shown that once you get beyond an I.Q. of about 120, which is just a little above average, intelligence and creativity are not related. That means that even if you’re no more intelligent than most people, you still have the potential to wield extraordinary creative powers.
ARIZ is a method of problem-solving by redefining and restructuring the problem. The method is less popular than other methods in TRIZ. Still, you can use it to solve complex problems that are difficult to solve using different methods of TRIZ.
What is ARIZ, and what are its steps?
To understand ARIZ, we need to make sure you first understand the basics of TRIZ. TRIZ is an acronym that stands for “Theory of Inventive Problem Solving”. It is a method used to solve complex problems. The word “theory” here refers to the approach or philosophy rather than a collection of facts and formulas.
The main difference between TRIZ and other problem-solving methods is that TRIZ is a whole-brain approach. Instead of breaking the problem down into tiny pieces and solving one piece at a time, TRIZ asks you first to consider the big picture and then translate all of the issues at once (by definition, every solution is an answer). To accomplish this, you need to be able to look at the whole situation from an entirely new perspective. TRIZ accomplishes this by providing several tools that help you generate solutions with different points of view.
In summary, the main steps to using ARIZ are:
- Keep physical resources in mind when defining the problem
- Consider what you want to achieve
- State the problem in several different ways, with various levels of detail
- Define an objective that meets your requirement and consider how it might look when realized
- List all of the issues you see by processing the problem in steps 1 through 4
- Define the central part of the goal, considering what you want to achieve
- Set up a plan of action that leads to steps 6 and 7 in order
- As you work on solving each step, rethink it in light of what you’ve already done and change it as necessary
- Repeat the process until you reach a satisfactory result.
How can ARIZ be used to solve complex product development problems?
ARIZ is most commonly used in product development. for example, a typical problem might be, “How can I build a better greenhouse?”
The first step may be to think about all of your available physical resources, such as wood, glass panes, metal wire screen, and rubber tubing. Then you might start thinking about what you want to achieve and list all the problems you can see: There’s not enough light, not enough ventilation, and it is too hard to keep the temperature right. Then you would define an objective that meets your requirement and think about how it might look when realized: I want a greenhouse that allows me to control the temperature quickly and has plenty of light.
Based on this, you might come up with a plan to achieve your objective: Use two pieces of metal wire screen on the roof instead of one large sheet, which would make it easier to control the temperature by increasing or decreasing airflow. You could also use plastic tubing cut at an angle along each sidewall inside the greenhouse. The tubing would keep the light from being blocked and provide a way to disperse water if needed. Finally, you could attach a drip irrigation system that releases water based on time or temperature into each tube.
You can also see that ARIZ is a natural complement to TRIZ as it often addresses the problem of finding an ideal solution. When you follow the steps based on your level of knowledge and confidence, you have a simple and elegant solution.
What are the benefits of using the ARIZ method?
ARIZ helps you find a solution by providing a step-by-step process to follow. It also allows you to think outside the box.
Where should ARIZ be used?
ARIZ can be used wherever other practical problem-solving methods, such as product development or innovation projects. For example, many companies use it as part of their new product development methodology.
Does ARIZ have limitations?
ARIZ is less popular than other TRIZ methods because it requires more intellectual effort and may be challenging to use with complex problems.
What are the advantages of ARIZ over other problem-solving methods?
It helps you find an ideal solution by getting your brain working in different ways, which might lead you to a new idea. It is also beneficial because it gives you a systematic approach to the problem that helps you avoid missing anything.
ARIZ is a less popular problem-solving method than other methods used in TRIZ. The steps are challenging to follow and require more intellectual effort. Still, you can use them to solve complex problems that other methods in TRIZ cannot.
ARIZ is a tool for thinking in alternative directions to solve non-standard or complicated problems.