TRIZ problem solving

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TRIZ Problem Solving Template - TRIZ Method

What is TRIZ problem solving?

Though you’ve likely taken many steps to ensure your project goes smoothly, problems can still arise. That’s where TRIZ—also called the theory of inventive problem solving—can help.

Rather than relying on intuition to solve problems, TRIZ takes a defined, data-driven approach to solving common issues. This problem-solving technique helps you discover solutions by taking you through the process of identifying the general issue you’re facing, and then narrowing it down to a more specific issue. By relying on previously discovered solutions to more general problems, you can solve issues quickly and systematically.

Benefits of using the TRIZ problem solving technique

It may seem that the problem your team is facing is completely unique, but that’s not actually true: all problems fit into specific categories, as demonstrated by using TRIZ. When you use this problem-solving technique, you’ll:

  • Discover patterns of problems by finding overarching problem themes. Even the strangest problem fits under one of the 40 TRIZ principles. Once you’ve found the theme, you can apply the solution.
  • Quickly clear roadblocks. If your project loses momentum, it can become completely derailed. TRIZ helps you solve problems faster to get your project back on track.
  • Generate ideas. Familiarity with the 40 different TRIZ principles may help your team innovate quicker and avoid brainstorming dead ends.

How to use the TRIZ problem solving template in Lucidspark

  1. First, define your specific problem by adding sticky notes. This can be done collaboratively with your team using chat, comments, emojis, and even the timer.
  2. Then, find the general problem that your specific problem falls under. Here, you can apply the specific problem to one of the 40 general problems in TRIZ. If it’s unclear which TRIZ principle your problem falls under, use the Voting feature with your team to decide.
  3. Solve the general problem based on the principle you’ve identified.
  4. Apply and adapt the general solution to solve your specific problem .

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Bryan Stallings

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As Chief Evangelist at Lucid Software and Certified Scrum Trainer, Bryan Stallings has coached thousands of individuals and teams in Agile and Scrum techniques.

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