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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

40 Inventive Principles in Quality Management

By: Gennady Retseptor
gennadyr@avx.co.il
AVX Israel Ltd. 972-2-5720128. All rights reserved.

The founder of TRIZ, Genrich Altshuller, discovered forty patterns of inventive solutions, known as 40 Inventive Principles, extracting them from technical patents.
It was found further that 40 Principles are applicable not only for every technical field, including architecture, computer software, microelectronics, food production, but also for non-technical spheres - biology, agriculture, business, management, marketing, social relations, pedagogy, etc. [1-10]. All referenced examples demonstrate that 40 Principles are fundamental, universal and powerful instruments of human creativity. Apparently, the examples of 40 Principles may be found in
communication, mass media, literature, art, sport, medicine, justice, military, diplomacy, politics, and other spheres of mankind activity.
As one of the most effective problem solving techniques, TRIZ by definition inheres in the scope of Quality Management.
The author collected numerous examples which demonstrate how extensively 40 Principles are used in the Quality Management area,
including fields of quality standards, quality control, quality assurance, reliability, customer focus, supplier selection, project management, improvement teams, and so on. In some cases, the inversion of Principles was found helpful.

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