TRIZ Introductory :

A Brief History of TRIZ
Valeri Souchkov (ICG Training & Consulting, Netherlands)
May 2008, Posted in the Web Site of CGI Training & Consulting
Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Oct. 8, 2008

Posted in the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" on Nov. 16, 2008
under the permission by the original Author

The original web page was revised in Jul. 2015 (with the same URL).
Japanese transltion is not available yet. (TN, Nov. 6, 2022).

[Posted on Nov. 16, 2008]  Updated:  Nov. 6, 2022 

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Editor's Note (Toru Nakagawa, Nov. 15, 2008)

In early October I found  this fine article of "A Brief History of TRIZ" written by Valery Souchkov in his Web site.  Since I found it so useful for understanding TRIZ through its history, I asked the Author to allow me to translate it into Japanese for posting in my Web site.  I translated it into Japanese in two days and am now, after 5 weeks, posting it in the Japanese page of my Web site .

I would like to highly recommend the article to the readers of my English pages, by quoting the introduction part and making a link to the original site:

Valeri Souchkov, May 2008

Sooner or later, almost everyone who seriously studies TRIZ and Systematic Innovation, starts wondering about a history of TRIZ: why there are so many TRIZ tools, what followed what, and how TRIZ has been evolving. Since a modern version of TRIZ has been developed by a really massive effort undertaken by many people during more than 50 years, it would be too difficult to mention every person who contributed to TRIZ and even all the tools which were proposed to be included to TRIZ. Nevertheless, such extensive historical studies are already being conducted by Vladimir Petrov [26,32] who presents evolution of several major TRIZ techniques in every detail (currently this work is being done in Russian).

This article is not supposed to give a comprehensive overview of TRIZ evolution; instead it focuses on underlining most important dates and events which resulted in major TRIZ improvements and development of new TRIZ tools and techniques. Information for this article was taken from personal observations and communication [49], TRIZ literature, and V. Petrov’s work on the history of ARIZ [32].

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ICG Training & Consulting, Netherlands: URL:

Valeri Souchkov:    email:

I would like to express my special thanks to Valeri Souchkov for his promotion of TRIZ in technologies and business & management in industries.  I remember that Valeri Souchkov contributed much to our Japanese TRIZ community for understanding TRIZ through his works, even though he has never visited Japan yet.  The followings are two of such works you can see in my Web site:

(a) "Four Views on TRIZ", by Valeri Souchkov (Insytec B.V), The TRIZ Journal, March 1999; Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa, posted in "TRIZ Home Page in Japan", Mar. 29, 1999.

(b) "TRIZ: The Right Solution at the Right Time", written by Yuri Salamatov, edited by Valeri Souchkov, published by Insytec, the Netherlands, 1999 (English Edition); Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa and Mithubishi Research Institute, published by Nikkei BP, Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 17, 2000; see the introduction & documents on this book in "TRIZ Home Page in Japan", Nov. 22, 2000. 


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