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)
Michael Patra describes on the page how to make the settings in the yEd and how to integrate the palettes:

Paletten-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.

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.

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

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

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:
Explanation for PatentInspiration

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 this place:

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