TRIZ Trainings Network

At the TRIZ Summit 2019 in Minsk we discussed in more detail plans to set up an European TRIZ Trainings Network and compile an ERASMUS+ proposal to support these plans. In a discussion within the core group we decided to have web sites and communication within the core team in English.

This is a raw first draft of a proposal, subject to further changes in any place and point.

This Web page contains the current state of preparation of the project as agreed within the communication on our mailing list (with archive accessible to members).

If you are interested to join the project, please send a mail to Hans-Gert Gräbe as the main coordinator of the project proposal.

In parallel we are discussing to apply for a EC research project to set up a Research Network on Systematic Innovation (ReNSI).

The Overall Structure

Who initiates the proposal

This is a joint initiative of the universities in Leipzig (Germany) and Minsk (Belarus) that operate a bilateral ERASMUS cooperation agreement since 2006.

We discussed with the local administrations in Minsk (A. Rytov) and Leipzig (A. Vorpagel) that the best chances for such a proposal are within the Key Action 2 (1) Programme “Capacity Building in the field of higher education”. The new call is issued in October 2019. It is the last call within that program, since the programs will change due to the upcoming new legislation period of the EU parliament.

There was a similar call for 2018 (2) that we use as a raw guide to set up the required consortium and agree upon the principal goals of the proposal.

About the required structure of the proposal

Due to the special structure of the potential partners we plan to set up a multiregional project (3, see 3.5 and 3.6 - this has to be evaluated in more detail). “Eligible countries” (4) are divided into Programme Countries (i.e. Member States of the European Union and some Accociates) and Partner Countries (neighbouring the EU)

We plan to include partners from the Member States and the Regions 2 and 4. The project will be coordinated by the Leipzig University (Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science) and co-coordinated by the Belarussian State University Minsk.

Building the Consortium

Due to the ERASMUS restrictions the proposal and in order to make the coordination effort manageable we should indentify at most 10 main partners in all involved regions, so I defined the notions coordinator and key partners for resp. within the different regions.

The coordinators should

  1. represent the entire regional diversity,
  2. take over cooperation with other key partners in their respective region and
  3. take responsibility for individual work packages coordination.

The key partners support the coordinators in their work. The coordinators form the project consortium that meets the key decisions based on a previously public discussion on the project mailing list.

At the present time (03. Oct 2019) I agreed in negotiations with different persons on the following consortial structure (ML - this person subscribed to the project mailing list). The regions are listed in the order of the date of the agreement.

  1. Germany (Member State)
    • Leipzig University
      • Hans-Gert Gräbe (ML) - project head, coordinator for Germany
      • Further members: Sabine Lautenschläger (ML), Ken Kleemann (ML)
      • Contributions: Heritage of the GDR Inventor School movement, WUMM project on open-sourcing TRIZ related material, application of semantic technologies
      • Expected Support from the Project: Build up a regional TRIZ trainings network both for inter company trainings (togehter with local IHK) and anchoring such training in the undergraduate student education at regional universities.
    • German TRIZ Network
      • Robert Adunka - https://triz-consulting.de, Barbara Gronauer - https://triz-akademie.de/, Christian M. Thurnes (ML) - HS Kaiserslautern, Oliver Mayer (ML) - Bayern Innovativ, Andrea Badura - HS Landshut (planned as key partner), Kai Hiltmann - HS Coburg, Rainer Eidloth (ML) - Schaeffler Group
      • Contributions: See the links to the web sites above, competence center OPINNOMETH at HS Kaiserslautern, TRIZ application and training at Schaeffler Group, more to be added
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  2. Belarus (Partner Country, Region 2)
    • Belorussian State University
      • Konstantin Mulyarchik (ML) - project co-head, coordinator
      • Contributions: To be defined
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
    • Target Invention
      • Nikolay Shpakovski (ML), TRIZ Master - key partner
      • Contributions: OTSM-TRIZ, TRIZ online training system used in Belarus, Korea, China, planned use in Leipzig
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
    • EPAM Minsk
      • Andrey Kuryan - no response so far
  3. Ural Region (Partner Country, Region 4)
    • bmtriz.com
      • Anton Kozhemyako (ML) - coordinator
      • Further members: Evgeni Pokalo
      • Contributions: Altshuller Library in Chelyabinsk, Application of TRIZ in business structures, inter company TRIZ training
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  4. Moscow Region (Partner Country, Region 4)
    • Moscow
      • Elena Redkolis (ML), npk-consult.com - coordinator
      • Further members: Dima Bakhturin
      • Contributions: Application of TRIZ in business structures, inter company TRIZ training
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  5. France (Member State)
    • INSA Strasbourg
      • Denis Cavallucci (ML) - coordinator for France
      • Contributions: In 2018 we compiled an - unfortunately unsuccessful - Erasmus+ grant application CLEIADE. The plan was to cluster 14 international higher education institutions to cooperate on the teaching of Inventive Design. The operational objective was to develop new and innovative Information and Communication Technologies in Teaching (ICTT) means to teach Inventive Design based on MOOC + Serious Game + Problem Based Learning (PBL). The research unit is fully dedicated to Inventive Design Theories, methods and tools, both in teaching and in research.
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  6. Poland (Member State)
    • Warsaw
      • Jerzy Chrzaszcz (ML), Sergey Yatsunenko (Warsaw)
      • to be decided: coordinator for Poland
      • Contributions: To be added
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  7. Austria (Member State)
    • Graz
      • Jürgen Jantschgi (ML) - to be settled as coordinator for Austria
      • Contributions: To be added
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  8. Czech Republic (Member State)
    • Czech Republic
      • Pavel Jirman - yet in decision meeting
      • Contributions: To be added
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  9. Ukraina (Partner Country, Region 2)
    • Ukrainian Association TRIZ - no stable contact so far
      • Elena Gredynarova, Zaporozhye
      • Contributions: eidos TRIZ Online trainings system for children.
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined

Further interest in cooperation have signaled so far

Rough Structure of the Proposal

As explained in the 2019 guidelines (5, p. 164) “Joint Projects aim at producing outcomes that benefit principally and directly the organisations from eligible Partner Countries involved in the project. These projects typically focus on three different types of activities:

In our special situation – developing a teaching practice in modern contradiction oriented innovation methodology (as TRIZ) for a wide ranging audience reaching from students enroled in engineering courses to those in computer science or business administration in strong cooperation with practices of SME business partners – the third line is best suited for this needs.

We designed a raw draft of a possible proposal:

The big story could be based on the challenges that arise for Europe from the developments in the Asian region especially in this area (the mass-engineer-oriented training model MEOTM program (6) in China, MATRIZ has massive membership growth from this region, so there majorities are yet changing), but so far are only halfheartedly encountered by the European research strategies.

The main project directions should cover to my understanding the structures

To a lesser extent, I see a need for common curricular efforts, since many things already exist. In the proposal we should in my understanding above all focus on the visibility and networking of such offers, so on the one hand address the meta-level of the description and common digital exposition of existing offers and on the other hand on the practical exchange of students and graduates.

However, these two points should have to be evaluated in more detail against the call for tenders and, if necessary, the definition of project directions should be re-evaluated.

A strong link should be made to OER (Open Educational Resources), i.e. compile a stock of freely available (or cooperatively maintained) common material that can serve local business (both in education and training). So earn money not from IP but from Services. Note that we started with this WUMM Project already an initiative in that direction and set up a certain github based infrastructure.

One has to fit the proposal along the “political lines” pretended by the EU “that benefit principally and directly the organisations from eligible Partner Countries” (i.e. from Region 2 and 4), even if the real situation in our context is completely different and the Member States “benefit principally and directly” from our activities.

Cited publications

Hans-Gert Gräbe - Last update October 3, 2019