TRIZ is a proven methodology that is used to solve engineering problems, create new products and improve existing ones. It is based on a matrix or database of known solutions to overcome contradictions (i.e., make a static object longer without making it heavier).
The entire matrix can be fairly complex to read. That’s why a firm called SolidCreativity has launched TRIZ40, a convenient Web “front end” to the TRIZ principles that makes them easier to utilize, especially if you’re new to this rigorous problem-solving methodology. You simply select the “improving feature” (in our example above, the length of a static object) and the “worsening feature” (the weight of a stationary object), and then view a list of TRIZ principles that you may be able to apply to your current challenge.
This site also contains a one-page global view of the entire TRIZ matrix, plus a commented list of all 40 principles and the contractions they may be used to solve.
For experienced TRIZ practitioners and “newbies” alike, this looks like a valuable, time-saving resource.