Sunday, April 10, 2011
TRIZ for Engineers: New book from Karen Gadd
Herb Roberts has written the first review on Amazon, reprinted here. Thanks, Herb! (I had seen early drafts of the book and encouraged Karen at several steps, and I even appear in one of the cartoons, so I didn't want to do the review myself!) I really appreciate a thorough review from a TRIZ practioner.
I liked TRIZ for Engineers. As a practicing engineer for 20 years, and as a student of TRIZ for five years, I have read a wide range of text on classical TRIZ and higher levels of TRIZ approaches used in inventive problem solving. The book presents real engineering problems in short form scenarios and through case studies that include detailed notes on how to use a range of TRIZ tools to generate solutions. The example problems are engineering based, but less industrial focused, so the examples have a wide application to the engineering market and technologist new to the basic TRIZ concepts
The book offers problem solving maps and algorithms that illustrate how the TRIZ tools presented in the chapters can combine to form larger algorithms. The solution maps present through out the chapters flow through the early phases of developing a problem statement, identifying which TRIZ tools fit the problem scenario and onward to developing and applying solutions. The book also offers color figures and tables, which compliment the text as it illustrates how TRIZ is used to model systems and analyze functions. Thematic cartoons are included, as the author notes to bring some levity to the educational process. In my opinion, the cartoons present a physical contradiction as a reader, as they both add and distract from the text and the more formal diagrams and figures.
Any more comments from other readers?
It is cheap for people arround the world to do in such a way.