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TRIZ Certification – why moving towards a standard training structure is a good thing

June 23rd, 2008 | Category: TRIZ tools,TRIZ Training

When I was at TRIZCON earlier this year one noticable trend was the emergence of MATRIZ certification as a standard for TRIZ training. MATRIZ (the International TRIZ Association) was founded by Genrich Altshuller (the originator of the TRIZ methodology) and he laid the foundations of the TRIZ Certification. At this point MATRIZ is the only organization that provides a comprehensive structure for certification all the way from novice to TRIZ master.
Many of the companies now rolling TRIZ out seriously (Intel, Samsung, LG, Hyundai, GE and P&G) are pushing for the MATRIZ certification approach to become an agreed training standard. For many years, TRIZ has been trained in different ways by different experts and, in my view, the adoption of this powerful technique in industry has been seriously hampered. I thinks some reasons are related to certification standards:

1. Because there¬†have been¬†no clear common guidelines indicating¬†the training time required to achieve specific levels of expertise, clients¬†have been¬†inclined to undervalue the training time and allocate¬†far less time than is really needed for the TRIZ penny to drop. The result of this can be¬†participants coming away from training saying something like¬†“it’s a good technique, it would be great for someone to come in and apply it for us, but I don’t feel anywhere near confident enough to use it myself”. There is a lot to learn in TRIZ and it takes time for the thinking shifts associated with the tools to become embedded and for users to become confident enought to use and apply the tools.

2. Without defined levels of TRIZ capability, it is hard for TRIZ trainees to know what capability level they have achieved and to have clear training targets. The MATRIZ certification requires certain assessment standards to be achieved at each training level. This really helps both participants and organisations assess progress against a standard framework.

3. Without defined levels of TRIZ capability, it is hard for organisations to search for and recruit TRIZ specialists. Whereas with 6-Sigma, if a potential recruit is a Black Belt, it is easier to assess their capabilities although even here there is some variability in standard.

So, what are the levels in MATRIZ certification?

Well, there are five levels of TRIZ certification, taking you all the way from TRIZ novice to TRIZ Master. Level 1-3 are educational levels that require knowledge and practical experience of using specific TRIZ tools. Level 4 is the first professional level. No new knowledge is necessary, but practical experience – projects, submission of 2 ARIZ projects to MATRIZ for review, publications, presentations at international conferences are needed to achieve this level. Level 5 – TRIZ Master requires development of a new TRIZ tool or application. It is granted by the Certification Board of TRIZ Masters.

Here is some more detail of the content of each level:

level 1: typically 1 week of training with an assessment test at the end. Level 1 requires knowledge and practical skills in the following topics:

– TRIZ paradigm
– TRIZ origin and approaches
– peoblem modeling and Engineering Contradictions.
– Altshuller’s Martix
– Inventive Principles
– modeling problems as Physical Contradictions
– Algorithm for Resolving Physical Contradictions (separation, Satisfaction, Bypass).
– introduction to S-F modeling and S-F Analysis
– introduction to Trends of Engineering System Evolution
– Function Analysis for Devices
– Rules of Trimming for devices

Level 2: Another week of training with a further assessment test at the end. Level 2 requires knowledge and practical experience in the following topics:

– S-F Analysis and the System of Standard Inventive Solutions (complete knowledge of all 5 classes)
– Alternative System Design: direct transfer, “mixtures”,feature transfer.
– ARIZ (average level)
– Pragmatic S-curve Analysis (indicators, recommendations for each stage)
– introduction to Function Analysis and Trimming for technological processes
– introduction to Development of Creative Imagination.

Level 3 is the final “educational” level of TRIZ training and completion of this level is rather like graduating from¬†university – lots of knowledge and some experience. Level 3 requires knowledge and practical experience in the following topics:

– ARIZ – full and comprehensive knowledge, ability to professionally use it
– Trends of Engineering System Evolution – all the details: subtrends, mechanism and analytical tools for each trend
– Failure Anticipation Analysis (a.k.a. Anticipatory Failure Determination)
– Long-Term Forecasting based on TRIZ
– Clone Problems
– SuperEffect

Level 4 (TRIZ Specialist) is the first professional level. It is given by the MATRIZ Board vote only. The candidates should have all the TRIZ knowledge (i.e. they must satisfy Level 3 requirements) and besides have an extensive experience in consulting/inventing. Here people need to show participation in conferences, have patents, projects (engineering solutions), etc. There is a special documentation package that needs to be filled and filed with the MATRIZ Board. This package should include letters of reference from 2 TRIZ Masters. Right now there are 69 TRIZ Masters.

And ultimately, there is Level 5 – TRIZ Master. The major requirements and criteria:

– Level 4
– Developments in TRIZ (a new TRIZ tool, algorithm, etc.) and dissertation on that
– there should be an academic advisor to this dissertation and two opponents (usually TRIZ Masters appointed by MATRIZ Certification Board).

There are a number of individuals appointed and accredited by MATRIZ who have the right to certify. More about how TRIZ programmes are being rolled out in leading companies in future posts.