session 5 & 6( TRIZ 40 principles + Mining interfaces)

TRIZ 40 principles:

TRIZ includes a practical methodology, a knowledge base, and model-based technology for generating innovative solutions for problem-solving.

The research has produced three primary findings:

  1. problems and solutions are repeated across industries and sciences
  2. patterns of technical evolution are also repeated across industries and sciences
  3. the innovations used scientific effects outside the field in which they were developed


What I learned in class:

During the group discussion, we were told to create or innovate certain attributes of the products, combining into one product with different kinds of attributes.As a group .each of us provides with different products. One of the products I suggest was an electronic projector, black board.Combine the ideas of a kindle and projector.How did this idea come to me?i notice that most of the time the lecture couldn’t find the marker or the marker run out of ink, it is a waste of time and resources. why not replace the white board with” kindle like a white board”?but why kindle not iPad like devices?Because battery life of the kindle can last for months once charge, not like iPad or laptop.Combining the idea of projector , we do not need to waste time to find the USB cable (what happen is that, what if the cable is damaged?) , and set up projector settings, all u have to do is , switch on the wifi or Bluetooth , it will automatically connect to the laptop and then it will project it out.Combining these 2 ideas definitely will reduce time and resources wastage.

What I use in the TRIZ 40 principles:

Principle 1. Segmentation

Principle 5. Merging

Principle 6. Universality

Principle 25. Self-service

Principle 26. Copying

Principle 20. Continuity of useful action

Principle 15. Dynamics

These few guidelines, help me in problem-solving on to creative or design a product, also letting my group mates have a deep understanding of my product.


It is very important to be curious about the world and learn from many differents area of expertise. We can, therefore, create new ideas and innovate new things by using the skills set that we learned. By learning from the different expertise we are able to think and look at things in different perspectives, this helps us generate new ideas.

Example, when art meets engineering, we are able to create a unique art piece which is the form of a machine. We are looking an art in few more perspective with the help of mechanical engineering rather than art alone. These helps us to create/think more ideas with the help different expertise.






Six Thinking Hats is a system designed by Edward de Bono which describes a tool for group discussion and individual thinking involving six colored hats.Different color of the hat representing different functions.” class,  six thinking hat” helps the group to plan thinking processes in a detailed and cohesive way, by doing so to think together more effectively.class the teacher told us to create a green project/campaign for Murdoch  University through group discussion.So  6 student in a group representing the 6 thinking hat, however, the color of the hat for some student is the same.I name 6 students ,A,B,C,D,E,F(me).Once we got the idea, everyone is throwing their point of views, each us name few possible project/campaign that can carry out.

Student A-pickup rubbish around the camps

Student B-More recycle bins

Student C-Junk for Prize campaign

Student D-Personal water bottles

Student E-No smoke day

Student F-Replace Aircon with fans for around 1hr

After a deep discussion with the group, student D suggest that we should select no smoke day as a campaign to carry out. However, was rejected by student C. Student C said it will not work as he is a smoker himself plus lots of people in schools are smokers too, they will definitely felt uncomfortable about this idea. What about replaced aircon with fans for around 1 hr.Few of us thought that it was a good idea, only Student B  dislike the idea, based on what he had researched and calculated,  it is very expensive to replaced every aircon in the class with fan and also quite a lot of manpower to do this in a short time frame. After sometime, Student A and studentF(me) went to do some researched on available ideas, we come out with student C ‘s idea. Student D did not like the idea, so we state the facts on how this campaign can benefit us until Student A had no reason not to accept it.

After we accept the idea, we need to make this idea more attractive for the student to participate.Student A asks each student to name 1 junk to bring to school.

Student A-Bringing your textbook and notes

Student B-Clothes

Student C-Recycle

Student D-Receive a star every 1kg

Student E-WaterBottles

Student F-The more the stars, the bigger the merchandise(Murdoch T-shirt)


We conclude the benefits that can bring to school and students:

-Satisfactory feeling to those who participate

-Earning Stars

-Put your unwanted things into good use

-Increase the reputation of Murdoch University

Throwback: Hard to encourage Student.

From this group discussion, i understand that each color of the hat is a very unique and important role. When comes to some situations more than 1 student have the same color of the hat, it is either good or bad for the team depending on the color of the hat.

Pro: come out with many ideas

con: Team conflict

In conclusion, thinking hat will help:

Avoid the easy but mediocre decisions by knowing how to dig deeper

Increase productivity and even more important — be more effective

Make creative solutions the norm

Maximize and organize each person’s thoughts and ideas

Get to the right solution quickly and with a shared vision