Many engineering experts consider the step of situation analysis that helps to comprehend What is wrong and Why as the most important step of engineering problem solving. TRIZ experts usually use questionnaires early in their projects to effectively familiarise themselves with problematic situations.
A set of educational materials for self-learning of the Situation Analysis heuristic contain the Situation Analysis heuristic Video, the Situation Analysis heuristic Solution Template, the Situation Analysis heuristic Cheat Sheet and the Situation Analysis heuristic Web Tool. All these resources are already available and can be found by clicking on the ‘Materials for self-learning’ link below.
A Power Point file for the teachers can be found by clicking on the ‘Teaching materials‘ link below.
The reader may try utilising the Situation Analysis (SA) Template by answering its 11 questions. Please be aware that the process of filling in the SA template is not linear and a user must not rush. Sometimes a later question may suggest to a user to return to an earlier one and to adjust the answer to it. Sometimes answering a question may require additional information on the problematic situation. In essence, the SA template facilitates problem comprehension and problem reframing.