Developing Engineering Creativity in the Early Design Stages of Product Development Process
The aim of the paper is to outline the background and basis for the TRIZ for Early Design stage research project that is about to be launched. Based on previous research, this paper presents an overall analysis of the tools used for supporting innovativeness in product development processes and how innovativeness is taught at the Tampere University of Technology. As the outcome of the analysis, two main research objectives were found: first, there is potential for a new framework for integrating the TRIZ methodology into the early design stage, and second, there is a need for a new approach for teaching and promoting the use of TRIZ. The goal of the research project is to create a novel method for utilising TRIZ at the early design stage that can be easily applied in companies.