Objectives and scope
The course provides theoretical and practical skills about the most recent methodologies for systematic innovation of products and processes with a specific focus on inventive problem solving techniques.
More in details, it covers a range of techniques and tools supporting technical creativity such as Brainstorming, TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving), Biologically-Inspired Design, Value Analysis, etc.
Attendees will be involved in individual and collaborative creative sessions, and will experience the support provided by Computer-Aided Innovation (CAI) tools and ICT technologies enhancing creativity.
Detailed description of topics
Product development cycle and innovation. Technical creativity, features and assessment criteria.
Psychological methods supporting technical creativity: brainstorming, synectics, six thinking hats.
Elements of Systematic Design: Function-Behaviour-Structure, EMS function modelling, Conceptual Design phases.
Cognitive aspects of designing.
Introduction and fundamentals of TRIZ, Theory of Inventive Problem Solving. Reference models of TRIZ: problem solving process (Hill model, Tongs model, Funnel model); representation of technical systems, problems and solutions (ENV model, Function model, Su-Field model, Contradiction model); reference models for robust thinking (System Operator). Instruments for developing conceptual solutions: System of Inventive Standards; pointers to physical, chemical and geometrical effects. Instruments for overcoming contradictions: Analysis of Contradictions, 40 Inventive Principles, Separation principles, ARIZ.
Bio-Inspired Design: aims and scopes, methods to search for bio-inspired solutions and their transfer into technical implementations. Reference models: SAPPhIRE, DANE, Biomimicry thinking, UNO-BID.
Value Analysis: Value Engineering techniques for product analysis. Process Value Analysis (PVA).