TIPS - Theory of inventive problem solving

TIPS methodology and GFI (Goldfire Innovation) knowledge system is used for analyzing and solving technical problems / innovation.

What is TIPS?

TIPS emerged gradually from 1946 by patents studying and by generalization of successful solutions. It was found that a strong solution (solution of higher levels of innovation and ingenuity orders) are achieved by a relatively small number of objectively applied, observed, aquired and repeatable processes to solve.

Knowing these problem-solving processes increases efficiency in studying techniques and innovation processes in practice. TIPS methodology guides the user from ambiguous problem situations through detailed analysis of the correct formulation of innovative jobs and job type, the proposals of alternative solutions and finally to their verification.

Methodologies mainly used two complementary methods: analytical method FNA and synthetic (RESEARCH) method ARIZ. In recent years user of TIPS is supported by a unique software Goldfire.

Analytical method: A feature-cost analysis - FNA (advanced value analysis) help investigators to answer the question "what" and "why" should be upgraded. It helps the user to:

  • Find the essence (cause) of the problem in a technical system (Product or process)
  • Identify the key elements of the assessment of functional significance of the problem and cost elements
  • Choose the right innovation award - relevant to the objective and respectful patterns of technology development,
  • Formulate correctly (specifically) enter innovation: the "what" and "why" has to be improved in the system.


It is known that the right innovative assignments and its correctly derived inventive tasks are more than half of the successful solution. The biggest losses arise when teams of experts draw good solutions (answers) for poorly formulated tasks (questions). The methodology clearly directed task to a defined objective.

Synthetic Method: Algorithm for solving inventive tasks - ARIZ (algorithmic procedure type) helps investigators look for answers to many questions "how" can and should be solved tasks, in accordance with the experience (with recommendations)

Problem solving steps within ARIZ help the user reformulate the assignment into inventive tasks:

  • Formulate technical and physical contradictions - formulate models of conflict of matter and energy,
  • Formulate key technical function, which is necessary to perform better than ever

and then draw inspiration and finding concepts (ideas, thoughts, proposals) solutions - contradictions - models - features, with the support of numerous recommendations in the form of: - heuristics separation - patterns - phenomena or effects of the natural sciences , all supplemented with analogous examples use in the patented prior art.

ARIZ does not replace, but encourages and inspires thinking!

What is a knowledge-based system GFI?

GFI is software support of FNA and ARIZ methods. What GFI provides users and implementers of technical problems:

  • Supports the creation of the task in the analysis phase and the search for new solutions in the process of synthesis products and processes,
  • Reduces the total cost of applying the systems approach already in the early stages of innovation object
  • Helps businesses create, share and mine of knowledge electronically available databases of patents / www,
  • Analyzing patents and competition to track trends in competition and in the field,
  • Integrates users to the information and knowledge society (composed only one who knows ... a little.)
  • Supports systematic and creative work of researchers of innovation.

  TIPS and GFI are trans disciplinary solving tools