As an “ENGINEER AT LARGE” it was the author's role to solve engineering problems when process engineers were “stumped” or showed no signs of making progress. Sometimes teams of engineers had been working on a problem for months, or a solution was needed urgently in order to keep production going. In every case, the problem was always solved quickly and without fuss, by systematically applying the structured problem solving steps described in this book. The key to success was, and is, to have the discipline to perform and complete every step sequentially.

The methodology described incorporates well known standard structured problem solving steps with some key additions. A critical addition is the introduction of TRIZ (the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) to the engineer’s problem solving arsenal. This book serves not only as a description of how to successfully and repeatedly solve engineering problems and innovate, but also as an introduction to TRIZ

“Excellent book” –

Gordon has produced another excellent book for Systematic Innovation and TRIZ users. Of particular note is that he includes an all important chapter on alternative methods of root causing problems - this is one of the key elements that every engineer / problem solver needs to have in their tool box. He manages to cover all of the really critical steps and tools that are otherwise unavailable to problem solvers from the Six Sigma and Lean schools of thought when it comes to solving tough, complex problems. –

“A handbook that should be in the top drawer of every engineer's desk. Excellent guide to TRIZ and problem-solving.”

Through the study of large numbers of patents, Genrich Altshuller created TRIZ, the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving. TRIZ is a set of tools for thinking that direct the user to inventive solutions based on the study of how innovative solutions have been created in the past. Altshuller believed that around 85% of inventive problems could be solved using the standard tools of TRIZ. However, the most difficult problems required the application of the ARIZ algorithm. ARIZ is the core algorithm of TRIZ, known as the Algorithm for the Solution of Inventive Problems. Unfortunately ARIZ is often avoided by TRIZ users because it has a reputation of being difficult to understand and apply. Typically, ARIZ is taught as a set of instructions for the user to perform and no explanation of the problem-solving mechanisms at play is provided and so the user does not understand how it works. It is the intention of this book to provide a step by step template with examples and explanations to help users better understand ARIZ to increase its frequency of use and lead to more breakthrough solutions and inventions. In this book, we use version ARIZ-85C as a basis for our exploration of ARIZ. ARIZ-85C was the last “official” version approved by Altshuller; it is the accepted standard and considered to be a masterpiece of Altshuller.

“An excellent simplification of Altshcullers Algorithm, great examples.”

**The Engineer At Large**As an “ENGINEER AT LARGE” it was the author's role to solve engineering problems when process engineers were “stumped” or showed no signs of making progress. Sometimes teams of engineers had been working on a problem for months, or a solution was needed urgently in order to keep production going. In every case, the problem was always solved quickly and without fuss, by systematically applying the structured problem solving steps described in this book. The key to success was, and is, to have the discipline to perform and complete every step sequentially.

The methodology described incorporates well known standard structured problem solving steps with some key additions. A critical addition is the introduction of TRIZ (the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) to the engineer’s problem solving arsenal. This book serves not only as a description of how to successfully and repeatedly solve engineering problems and innovate, but also as an introduction to TRIZ

“Excellent book” –

**Vladimir Petrov, TRIZ master.**Gordon has produced another excellent book for Systematic Innovation and TRIZ users. Of particular note is that he includes an all important chapter on alternative methods of root causing problems - this is one of the key elements that every engineer / problem solver needs to have in their tool box. He manages to cover all of the really critical steps and tools that are otherwise unavailable to problem solvers from the Six Sigma and Lean schools of thought when it comes to solving tough, complex problems. –

**Richard Platt**“A handbook that should be in the top drawer of every engineer's desk. Excellent guide to TRIZ and problem-solving.”

**Anish P.****ARIZ Explored**Through the study of large numbers of patents, Genrich Altshuller created TRIZ, the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving. TRIZ is a set of tools for thinking that direct the user to inventive solutions based on the study of how innovative solutions have been created in the past. Altshuller believed that around 85% of inventive problems could be solved using the standard tools of TRIZ. However, the most difficult problems required the application of the ARIZ algorithm. ARIZ is the core algorithm of TRIZ, known as the Algorithm for the Solution of Inventive Problems. Unfortunately ARIZ is often avoided by TRIZ users because it has a reputation of being difficult to understand and apply. Typically, ARIZ is taught as a set of instructions for the user to perform and no explanation of the problem-solving mechanisms at play is provided and so the user does not understand how it works. It is the intention of this book to provide a step by step template with examples and explanations to help users better understand ARIZ to increase its frequency of use and lead to more breakthrough solutions and inventions. In this book, we use version ARIZ-85C as a basis for our exploration of ARIZ. ARIZ-85C was the last “official” version approved by Altshuller; it is the accepted standard and considered to be a masterpiece of Altshuller.

**“Excellent book**” –**Vladimir Petrov, TRIZ Master**“An excellent simplification of Altshcullers Algorithm, great examples.”

**AnishP**.