The Engineers' Innovation Toolkit

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Most engineers nowadays receive a mono-disciplinary education: Mechanical engineering, Electrical engineering etc. Contradictory, the products they have to design are ever more multidisciplinary and integrated. This requires a different mindset. This paper discusses four tools that fit in the engineers’ toolkit to approach these multidisciplinary problems: TRIZ, Systematic Inventive Thinking, Quality Function Deployment and FunKey Architecting. The tools are discussed and rated on four scales: difficulty of problems, complexity of problems, design phase and learning effort. From the characterization a set of heuristics is derived that help in choosing the appropriate tool from the toolkit. It is concluded that the four tools largely complement each other and should therefore be part of every engineer's toolkit.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationTriz-Future Conference '08 Synthesis of innovation
EditorsT.H.J. Vaneker, D. Lutters
Place of PublicationEnschede, the Netherlands
PublisherUniversity of Twente
ISBN (Print)9789036527491
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2008
EventTRIZ Future Conference 2008: Synthesis of innovation - University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Nov 20087 Nov 2008

Publication series

NameProcedia Engineering
ISSN (Print)1877-7058


ConferenceTRIZ Future Conference 2008


  • METIS-255326
  • IR-83694

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