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Re: [ba-ohs-talk] More TRIZ

At 11:10 AM 3/7/2002 -0800, you wrote:
>There's a PDF on breakthrough thinking at this site:
>Malcolm Dean
>Los Angeles    (01)

Surfing that web site, I found this link:
http://www.triz-journal.com/archives/2001/05/c/index.htm    (02)

It is a book review of _Directed Evolution: Philosophy, Theory, and 
Practice_  by Boris Zlotin and Alla Zusman, edited by Victoria Roza.
103 pages, $70, from www.ideationtriz.com    (03)

 From the review:
"The model of Alvin Toffler’s book The Third Wave, is used to view human 
history in terms of agricultural, industrial, and informational “waves” of 
civilization. Transitions between waves are diffuse, with characteristics 
of the predecessor and future waves intermingled. A basic premise of 
Directed Evolution is that many decisions have to be made to manage or 
control paths of technology evolution, and that in the present (third) 
wave, the necessary information for making those decisions is frequently 
lacking. In the past, creativity has been the act of making good decisions 
in the absence of complete information. Certain gifted individuals in 
business, the arts, and sciences, were seen as creative, since they 
frequently made good decisions based on their intuitive understanding of 
the situation. TRIZ provides the structure for creativity based on the 
knowledge of the patterns of evolution, and enhances everyone’s ability to 
contribute to creative progress.
The five stages of directed evolution are
Collection of historical data
Directed evolution diagnostics (which includes comparison of the historical 
data to the patterns and lines of evolution, developing the lines for this 
situation, finding missing steps and extrapolating to future steps.)
Synthesis of ideas
Decision making
Supporting the process evolution
Steps and sub-steps for each stage are explained. Although many of the 
Ideation International software tools are mentioned in the descriptions of 
the work of each stage, Directed Evolution shows how each concept can be 
applied without software. The explanation of the problem formulation 
method, for example, which is used in Stage 1 of directed evolution, is 
presented in Appendix 3. The Problem Formulator™ is a key part of 
Ideation’s software system, used in the Workbench, Anticipatory Failure 
Determination, Knowledge Wizard, and other products. This explanation 
generously makes it possible for anyone to use the formulator method with 
or without the software (although the software certainly makes it faster!)"    (04)