This unique and effective C4D and Oxford Creativity collaborative workshop is for creative leaders to become effective and self-sufficient in Practical Innovating and TRIZ problem solving in the minimum possible time. Read more Read less

The Oxford Creativity hallmark is for quick and efficient learning and matching the right tools to the right tasks. Our very participative cartoon illustrated workshops and highly developed unique worksheets and exercises offer efficient and fast learning to enable real issues to be immediately addressed with practical, systematic, hands-on innovation. To support and extend the instructor led learning we also offer a full range of learning platforms including innovation webinars, e-learning and Innovation Culture Change Programmes which have enabled us to work, teach, problem solve and communicate live with many teams in different parts of the world – and can extend your TRIZ experience beyond this initial workshop.

h4dquo;TRIZ is the world’s largest study of creativity and innovation ever undertaken”

h4 Dave Knott Chief of R&T and Implementation - Design Systems Engineering- Rolls-Royce.

Although less known than many other techniques, TRIZ is becoming famous as the most powerful, effective, systematic and only direct route to innovation – in all its forms including consumer-led innovation, technology-led innovation, patent-oriented innovation.

At a glance

  • Duration3 days
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost£1,250

Course structure

This is a 3-day short course, hosted within the Centre for Design – C4D's strength and uniqueness is in its ability to deliver "informed creativity". By combining creative design practices with systematic applied research.

What you will learn

Oxford Creativity has all the TRIZ elements you will need: TRIZ materials which work for training and problem solving. Excellent trainers and solid experience. An outstanding track record in making TRIZ work in small, medium and large companies. There is perfect synergy between a flexible company like ourselves and meeting the needs of our clients. Oxford Creativity delivers effective, good TRIZ which is memorable, useful and full of humour.

Our signature approach: We actively engage with our TRIZ participants, encouraging them by making the learning of TRIZ an enjoyable yet challenging experience that will broaden their outlook on problem solving and help them in their practice.

We work hard to make our workshops intense, humorous and enjoyable because this not only keeps participants interested, but also has been shown to encourage creative and innovative thinking. Participants get the most out of the workshops and work most effectively when they are in a good mood.

Most people describe our workshops as unusual in that they are enormous fun but very useful to them in their day jobs. Although they are quite hard work most engineers appreciate and expect this; We encourage participants to approach TRIZ primarily as a thinking tool helping us get the most out of own brain power, education and experience.

Clarity of thought together with the TRIZ problem solving tools, is what gets the stunning results which we achieve every time. We do not use any TRIZ software for solving problems (as it gets in the way of the clarity of thought needed for TRIZ problem solving) We’re experts at what we do – we only do TRIZ! And we get the most out of people.

Core content

Day 1: Fast Track TRIZ:  40 Principles, Thinking in Time and Scale and the Trends of Technical Evolution. An introduction to and overview of the TRIZ tools, the TRIZ problem solving process and the fundamentals of creative problem solving and innovative thinking.

Learn and use the TRIZ tools for solving technical and physical contradictions (40 Inventive Principles, Separation Principles, 39 Parameters and the TRIZ matrix), and learn how to solve problems cleverly by using what we have: our Resources. You learn the TRIZ creativity tools of Ideal Outcome, X-factor and Ideality, and learn how to use the TRIZ tools in combination to solve problems.

Day 3: Function Analysis, Standard Solutions and the Creativity ToolsLearn the full tool-kit of TRIZ Creativity Tools for breaking psychological inertia and generating creative ideas. Learn the powerful tool for mapping engineering systems, understanding systems and solving problems.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for all creative individual, innovators, managers, professionals, and leaders looking to find solutions to difficult problems.



Associated staff includes Dr Leon Williams (academic coordinator) and Laura Brady (administrator) along with two trainers from Oxford Creativity (Karen Gadd; Lilly Haines-Gadd; Neil Sherry; Andrew Martin; Andrea Mica; Professor Ted Smith)

* Further trainers details and CV can be requested

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road 
MK43 0AL

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