Monday, May 12, 2014


Video Review: Pegasus flies with TRIZ wings.

Regular readers of this blog are familiar with Olga and Nikolay Bogatyrev, since they are frequent popular speakers at the conferences that we review.   I was delighted when I saw a recent note that they have produced a video series called Pegasus, and asked them to let me review it for our readers.

Details:  To order see   7 topics on 2 DVDs, in either PAL or NTSC format, each about an hour and a half,   price £175 includes the 2 DVDs and Contradiction Matrix and supporting material.  

A review is a somewhat old-fashioned “technology” for deciding whether to buy a new book or to view a new performance, since you can now preview the actual material yourselves.    To see a preview of the discussion of innovation go to   and for a preview of problem definition see   These two episodes are typical of the material on DVD 1, which has 6 topics.   DVD 2 is the classical TRIZ 40 principles, presented as an “alphabet” from which you create the “words” of the innovation needed to resolve a particular problem.   This is a very useful way of presenting 40 principles, and other TRIZ teachers will be interested in the examples (mostly classical device-oriented examples) and the format of presentation.

The topics are presented as “films” not as “lessons” –the goal of the Pegasus  project is to give the viewer some TRIZ-based experience and familiarity and vocabulary, so that the viewer can decide how to proceed with learning TRIZ, via courses or books or on-line learning.  


The 6 topics on DVD 1 are

1: Inventive Mind

2: Core of a Challenge

3: Ideal Final Result

4: Context

5: Resources

6: Contradictions and Resolutions


All of the topics are accessible to TRIZ beginners, but I think that experienced TRIZ practioners and TRIZ teachers will be a significant audience for the Pegasus videos.   Section 5 on resources features a way of classifying and organizing the resources that are available in the problem and surrounding the problem that makes it very easy to identify how to use each resource to solve the problem or to improve the ideality of the system.     Olga’s demonstration of the evolution of coffee cups as an example of the use of voids was both charming and thought-provoking.


Pegasus  has a wide variety of presentation methods—video on the grounds and in the laboratories at the University of Bath in the UK, animation, brief lectures, and table-top demonstrations—and a variety of voices of narrators, with short lectures by Olga and Nikolay.  The entire production is very professional, although the British spellings and pronunciations will take a bit of getting used to for US viewers.  


I recommend Pegasus to my readers and colleagues who are looking for new ideas about how to teach TRIZ.  Many of you will find creative ways to incorporate Pegasus into your programs—think of the experience of reading a new TRIZ book and suddenly finding that you understand some topic in a whole new way!   We should be grateful to Olga and Nikolay Bogatyrev for doing the work to create these films and provide such stimulation to the TRIZ teaching and TRIZ practioner communities.

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