Like many others I love to look at possible intersections, overlaps and combinations with other methods. Let’s take a look at Design Thinking. Has become quite popular over the last years!
Well, let’s see. How und where could you use TRIZ and the Biognosis Tools within the Design Thinking process? Here’s a suggestion, food for thought so to say:
That’s a basic process model. When you start out, it’s about getting a feeling for your customers’ needs. What is needed, what is wanted?
If you are into eco-friendly design, think about nature as your customer here, too.
You can use TRIZ tools to help you with the empathize, define and ideate steps. They are very good for analysing, asking the right questions and for getting solution suggestions.
And yes, the ideation part is where the Biognosis Tools work perfectly!
Prototype and test early, to learn and consciously make room for adaptions – and allow yourself to play the game more than once.
Now this is very “biological” as it bears resemblance to evolution. And there is the “try & error” element. The process in itself is quite … organic … that way!
If you are going for sensible and sustainable design – that’s not too bad a method combination imho.
TRIZ resource & article » triz-journal.com
Approach by Biomimicry Institute » biomimicry.org
Design Thinking Bootleg » Stanford University
Workshop offer, in German » triz-akademie.de