Lean and TRIZ: From the Problems to Creative and Sustainable Solutions

Anabela Carvalho Alves, Paulo Sousa, Helena Navas

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Lean Thinking philosophy pursuit continuous improvement and continuous innovation towards economic and eco-sustainable growth by new solutions. Such solutions involve eco-efficient products (goods and/or services) and cleaner production to produce them. Nevertheless, sometimes, there are technical contradictions that inhibited companies to achieve good solutions. TRIZ is a methodology capable to solve such contradictions and Lean could use it. Lean and TRIZ are on the road to achieve sustainable development goals, directly, the Goal 12, responsible consumption and production. This paper presents some case studies where this alliance is recognized and credited. These case studies were collected and synthetized by: type of work developed, company/sector, main TRIZ and Lean principles and tools used, problem(s) to solve and products/solutions designed. Building on the results, the authors systematized that Lean and TRIZ impact the design of creative solutions. Many of such solutions were developed in students’ master dissertations that reveals the importance of teaching Lean allied with TRIZ.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th European Lean Educator Conference, ELEC 2019
EditorsMonica Rossi, Matteo Rossini, Sergio Terzi
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-41429-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-41428-3
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event6th European Lean Educator Conference, ELEC 2019 - Milan, Italy
Duration: 11 Nov 201913 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389


Conference6th European Lean Educator Conference, ELEC 2019


  • Case studies
  • Lean Thinking
  • TRIZ


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