When I was younger my father used to say: “Guido, you can’t be creative if you think that you have to create, ideas come when you don’t think to them” and after some time, my answer to that sentence is: “he was wrong”.
This book has been written by Ed Catmull on things I can strongly remember is the fact that creativity isn’t something just for a single genius but it can be also a feature of the group.
Triz is the “theory of the resolution of invention-related tasks” which means that if you have to find a solution to a problem, you can do that using related tasks.
- Start with your problem, like for example can’t be able to breath
- World’s conceptual problems, ask yourself why something doesn’t work, like why the vacuum cleaner can’t work
- World’s conceptual solutions, the answer is because there is something that blocks the correct functionality
- Your solution there is something in my lugs
2 years ago I was completely in love with a Netflix’s series: “Doctor House” and I loved his triz exercises also useful to solve a medical problem
This is another technique in which you have to make yourself 3 main questions.
- What can I substitute?
What might you use instead?
What can be done instead?
For example, I have a rubber which can be used as a bone for a dog
- Whan can I combine
What methods can be combined?
What can be mixed?
What can be synthesized?
What function can be combined?
For example, I have a way to create books and a way to create a webcam, what can happen if I put them together? The answer is nothing
- What can I adapt?
What might be changed?
What else is like this?
What ideas from other disciplines can be emulated?
For example, I have this what can I learn from this computer to adapt to biology? The answer is I can study the elaboration process of it and find a solution for my brain
- What can I magnify or modify?
What can be made larger?
What can be made longer?
What can be made smaller?
Can the sound be altered?
For example, I have this extension cord, what can happen if I make it longer and if I make it shorter? The answer is, if I am really short and the input and the output are different, I can create an adapter
- What can I put to the other use?
What else can it be used for?
I have this book, how can I use it well? Can I put it on my face, can I clean my hands…
- What can I eliminate?
What can be omitted?
Can it be divided?
Can it be separated?
What is unnecessary?
I have this agenda. The first page is useless and I eliminate it
- What can I arrange?
What is negative?
Can the role be reversed?
For example, can I take a charger and transform it again in steal or in other materials?
Now there is the big invention, I have this calendar and I can eliminate the papers I don’t use anymore, link them together and create a folding fan, that’s it