Timeline of the Development of TRIZ and Genrich Altshuller

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    By Vladimir Petrov

    Extracted from a presentation to the Israel TRIZ Association by Vladimir Petrov in honor of World TRIZ Day, October 15, 2008.

    Genrich Saulovich Altshuller was born October 15, 1926 in Tashkent, and died September 24, 1998 in Petrozavodsk.

    The author has assembled a timeline of the major events of the development of TRIZ to celebrate World TRIZ Day and Altshuller's contributions. 

    1946• Statement and analysis of a problem by Altshuller and R.B. Shapiro
    • The basic postulates of TRIZ are formulated: all technical system develop according to objective and knowable laws, and inventive problems can be classified and solved methodically
    • Creative problem solving requires overcoming a conflict by satisfying all colliding requirements         
    1948• The concept and first invention method
    • 4000 descriptions of inventions
    1950-1954Altshuller in prison
    1956• First article about invention method
    • Two articles, "Knowledge – Power" and "The Inventor and the Rationalizer" published
    • Five articles and brochures
    1957-1958Articles, seminars
    1959Second article about invention method
    1960Article "How Scientific Discoveries Are Made" published
    1961• The first book on TRIZ, How to Learn to Invent, published
    • More than 30 seminars carried out
    1964Basics of the Method of Inventing published

    • Newspaper, "Attention, an Algorithm of Invention!" launched
    • 5000 descriptions of inventions
    • Ideal machine concept – and ways to achieve it – developed
    • Some laws of technical development
    • The forecasting opportunity of the future machines is described
    • The step-by-step algorithm for inventive problem solving (ARIZ) – 4 stages are formulated (only 18 steps): 1) choice of a problem – 5 steps, 2) the analysis of a problem – 4 steps, 3) operative stage – 5 steps and 4) synthetic stage – 4 steps
    • Thirty-one technical principles for problem solving are formulated
    • Matrix 16x16
    • Seminar program with 10 lessons

    1968• Steps to mass introduction
    • ARIZ-68, 35 principles, matrix 32x32
    • Seminar in Dzintara – The Central Board of the All-Union Society of Inventors and Rationalizers (CB AuSIR)
    • Section of Methodical Council of CB AuSIR
    1969Algorithm of Invention published
    1970Republican school and public laboratory for invention methods – Baku
    1971Algorithm of Invention, ARIZ-71, 40 principles, matrix 36x36
    • The Public Institute of Inventive Creativity (PIIC or its Russian acronym, AzOIIT) founded
    1973• Second edition of Algorithm of Invention published
    • The first variant of su-field analysis
    • The first index of the physical effects
    • First conference of teachers in Dnepropetrovsk with certification of teachers (CB AuSIR)
    1974• TRIZ lessons in the Newsletter for pupils "The Pioneer Pravda"
    • Second conference of teachers in Gorky with certification of teachers (CB AuSIR)
    • Heuristics – persecution of TRIZ
    1975• ARIZ-75 – the physical contradiction
    • System of 1-5 standards
    1976• System of 6-9 standards
    • Courses of TRIZ in institute of improvement of professional skill in the ship-building industry
    • TRIZ education in professional technical schools
    1977• ARIZ-77 – the physical contradiction and physical contradiction at a micro-level
    • System of 11 standards
    • Value engineering and TRIZ
    Inspiration on Demand published
    • Leningrad seminar
    1978• System of 18 standards
    • New system of laws
    • Method of forecasting of development of technical systems
    • Resources (the theory of applicability)

    • System of 28 standards
    • TRIZ lessons in magazine technique and science
    Creativity as an Exact Science first published

    1980• System of 54 standards
    • Seminar of teachers and researchers in Petrozavodsk
    Wings for Ikarus published
    1982• ARIZ-82, ARIZ-82B, ARIZ-82C
    • Scale of imagination
    • Persecution of TRIZ
    1983• System of 59, 60 standards
    • Chemical Effects
    • Translations of books: Creativity as an Exact Science into Polish, Wings for Ikarus into German, Algorithm of Invention into Vietnamese

    • Scientific seminar in Novosibirsk
    • System of 69 standards 
    • Subversive analysis (anticipatory failure determination)
    • And Suddenly the Inventor Appeared published

    1985• ARIZ-85C
    • System of 76 standards
    The Life Strategy of a Creative Person published
    1986To Find an Idea published
    • Founding of the Kishinev Center

    • Geometrical effects
    • The beginning of a series of books published in Petrozavodsk on creativity and technique
    • The Russian computer program Invention Machine launched

    1988Scientific seminar in Miass (Chelyabinsk)
    1989• Creation of TRIZ Association in the USSR
    Search for New Ideas published
    • Registration of the Minsk cooperative society Invention Machine Lab
    1990Article "How to Become a Heretic" published
    1993-1996• The beginning of mass development of TRIZ-pedagogic
    • Principles for journalism and advertising
    • Creation of the Invention Machine Corporation
    • How to Become a Genius published
    1998Foundation of the Altshuller Institute in the USA
    2000-2003Foundation of the European TRIZ Association (ETRIA)

     V. Zhuravleva, G. Altshuller and R. Shapiro
     in Baku 1959

     Covers of Altshuller Books












    About the Author:

    Vladimir Petrov, TRIZ Master, is a member of the board the International TRIZ Association (MATRIZ) and president of the Israeli TRIZ Association. Mr. Petrov holds two Master's degrees (automatic systems control and management of research and development). Having practiced TRIZ since 1972, Mr. Petrov has assisted in organizing TRIZ schools in many cities. Mr. Petrov conducted joint seminars with the founder of TRIZ, the late Genrich Altshuller, serving as a second teacher. Mr. Petrov solved a large number of inventive problems and conducted system development forecasts for Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corp., Boeing, Gillette, Johnson & Johnson, BMW, BOSCH, CompAir, Dietz-Motoren, Krupp Uhde, Philips Semiconductors, Karat Digital Press Israel, Hewlett-Packard Israel, Applied Materials Israel, Intel Israel and others. Mr. Petrov has authored 8 monographs, textbooks, 150+ published works on TRIZ and 48 patents - all together more than 200 publications. Contact Vladimir Petrov at vladpetr (at) netvision.net.il.

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