Tools Level 1

Tools for TRIZ Level 1

Here you will find aids and information for working on the tasks in the Level 1 courses. You are welcome to use the tools we give out for your own training as long as you refer to the copyright of TRIZ Consulting Group. If there are any problems with downloading the programs listed here or if links are no longer accessible, please send me a message!


We like to use different templates for distance learning courses to complete the assignments from the TRIZ Level 1 course . We have designed templates for the common office formats Microsoft Office and OpenOffice, as well as a PDF template for handwritten use, or use with tablet note-taking programs such as GoodNotes or Notability.
The ZIP files contain templates for the following TRIZ tools:
• Nine-Field Thinking (System Operator)
• Problem-oriented nine-field thinking
• Functional analysis with extensions (incremental, value-analytic)
• Trimming
• Feature Transfer
• Effect databases
• Technical contradiction and 40 innovation principles
• Physical contradiction
• Substance-field analysis and 76 standard solutions

Templates-MicrosoftOffice (ZIP file with multiple templates)

Templates for Handwriting (ZIP file with multiple templates)

Editors for functional analysis and cause-effect analysis

There are several free modeling software available for modeling the graphical functional analysis. We like to use the following editors for modeling:

yEd (Windows, Mac & Linux)
This is the free modeling software from yWorks in Tübingen. It is very flexible to use and can be well adapted to the needs of TRIZ.

Palettes-yEd (ZIP-File)
We have defined palettes for the yEd. You only have to integrate these into the software and can thus access prefabricated components and functions quite conveniently.

Instructions for creating functional models with the yEd (PDF)
In this PDF we describe which settings have to be made in order to be able to work comfortably with the yEd. It also describes how to integrate the palettes and how to use them to create models. Finally, we point out three useful features of the program.

designVUE (Windows & Mac)
The DesignVUE (Design Visual Understanding Enviroment) software from the Imperial Collegue of London makes it possible for functional models to be nested together. Thus, with the “Wormhole” function, it is possible to place a “wormhole” on a component that leads to another functional model. Thus, an assembly could subsequently be decomposed into its subsystems..

If you prefer to work with Microsoft Visio, we have developed shapes for this purpose. These shapes can also be easily integrated into Visio and used directly.

Effect databases

In the TRIZ Level 1 course we deal with the search for solutions using effect databases. You can directly use free effect databases on the internet. There are databases for mainly technical effects and examples and databases for bionics that can be used in the same way. The following effects databases will be presented in the course:

Oxford Creativity Effect Database
The Oxford Creativity Database is the most comprehensive database. It is limited to a purely textual description of the effects. If you want to know more about the described effect, you will be redirected to a Wikipedia page of the effect.

ProductionInspiration by AULIVE
ProductionInspiration has fewer effects, but for most effects it has a nice little animation that can inspire a solution seeker to new ideas.

MoreInspiration von AULIVE
MoreInspiration is a database of over 4900 innovations that can be searched with a simple keyword search. Here, too, one can look for inspiration to solve a problem.

At AskNature, you can find out how nature solves problems. Whole articles are linked here.

Searching through patents

Explanation for PatentInspiration
In addition to the “normal” effects databases, the course often shows how to use the PatentInspiration software to search for solutions in patents and build your own effects databases.

The Lens
The Lens serves as a public resource for global patents and scientific knowledge to make science- and technology-based problem solving more effective, efficient, and inclusive. Graphical analysis is provided.

WIPO – World Intellectual Property Organization
This is the direct link to the WIPO search page. Search in PATENTSCOPE. Only very simple graphical analysis feasible.

Espacenet – International patent search of the European Patent Office
This is the direct link to the detailed search page of the European Patent Office. After the search, filters can still be applied. Again, no graphical evaluation of the found patents.

DEPATISnet – German Patent and Trademark Office
This is the direct link to the basic search. No graphical evaluation of the patents found. Suitable mainly for prior art searches and freedom-to-operate searches.

INTERGATOR Patent Search
KI-based search solution for patents, which was mentioned to me by a participant. We haven’t tried this ourselves yet, but are interested in hearing about experiences.

Eureka is an AI-powered innovation solution platform for R&D from patsnap. Here, too, we are interested in experience reports.

Technical contradiction and 40 inventive principles

The technical contradiction is one of the best-known TRIZ tools and so it cannot be missing in the TRIZ Level 1 course, of course.

Most pages on the Internet refer to the “old”, original Altschuller contradiction table. We also present this classic TRIZ contradiction table in the course. However, our contradiction table has already gone through several revision steps to correct inconsistencies in the cells and in the translation of principles.

What is used in our courses is the update of Altschuller’s contradiction matrix published in the book Matrix 2003. The author Darrell Mann (Systematic Innovation) has allowed us to make this contradiction table available to our customers. Therefore you can download the Matrix 2003 as PDF here.

A participant of one of our courses has written us an Excel tool based on the Matrix 2003: With this it is possible both to evaluate the intersections of several technical parameters with each other and to generate a heatmap. The heatmap answers the question where in the matrix the given innovation principles occur together most frequently.

Matrix 2010
The latest update of the Matrix is the Matrix 2010, and here the author understandably wants interested parties to buy the book to go with it. You can find the book in his online store at the place linked to above.

App für iOS und Android
You can find even more examples of the 40 inventive principles in handy form in our App for mobile phones.

Additional and supplementary literature

40 Principles: Extended Edition cover image

40 Principles: Extended Edition

Author: Genrikh Altshuller
Drawings: Uri Fedoseev
Translation & Edition: Lev Shulyak & Steven Rodman
This new expanded edition of Atshuller’s 40 Principles has been redesigned and improved over previous editions. It now includes new explanatory examples for each principle by American TRIZ expert Dana W. Clarke Sr. Clarke, Sr. These new examples, in conjunction with the original illustrations, provide a much more comprehensive explanation of how each principle can be applied to innovative problem solving.

Here is the link to the book.

And Suddenly the Inventor Appeared cover image

And Suddenly the Inventor Appeared

Author: Genrikh Altshuller
Translation by: Lev Shulyak
Language: English
ISBN: 0-9640740-2-8
For us, this book is one of the basic works on TRIZ by Altschuller himself, which introduces the reader to the basic philosophy and thought approaches of the visionary. In this book, Altschuller has written his thoughts more for a youthful audience. This makes it a particularly easy introduction to the subject.

Here is the link to the book.

Matrix 2010 cover image

Matrix 2010

Author: Darrell Mann
In this work, author Darrell Mann has summarized the latest findings from ongoing patent analysis in the form of the 2010 TRIZ Contradiction Matrix. At the time of publication, over three million breakthrough solutions have been evaluated. Compared to its predecessor “Matrix 2003”, the accuracy of the proposed solutions has continued to improve and is over 90%.

Here is the link to the book.

TRIZ for Engineers: Enabling Inventive Problem Solving cover image

TRIZ for Engineers: Enabling Inventive Problem Solving

Author: Karen Gadd
Softcover: 504 pages, color
ISBN: 978-0470741887
Language: English
Karen Gadd shows very nicely different uses of the System Operator, which partly goes beyond what is taught in the course. Many love the book just because of the nice comics used to explain the TRIZ content.

Here is the link to the book.