(This page describes the essence of ASIT from the perspective of its original contribution to our discovery of the Fractal Phenomenon and the development of Systemic Thinking - and doesn't even attempt to do justice to ASIT in its entirety. For a detailed overview of ASIT, go to http://www.triz40.com/aff_TRIZ_to_ASIT.htm, buy the online course at http://www.start2think.com/ or google "ASIT").
Advanced Systematic Inventive Thinking is a simplified derivative of TRIZ, developed by Roni Horowitz. Roni found TRIZ extremely powerful, but difficult for non-experts to use and implement and so set about developing a simpler, easier-to-use version of it.
If you read his account of how ASIT evolved at http://www.triz40.com/aff_TRIZ_to_ASIT.htm you'll notice how similar to systemic thinking Roni's journey was!
ASIT reduces TRIZ to two primary principles and five idea-provoking tools:
- The Two ASIT Principles
- The Closed World Condition: For solutions to be truly creative, they shouldn't require the introduction of anything new, but make use of what's already there. This exacting requirement is the most important principle of ASIT.
- Achieving Qualitative Change: To truly solve a contradiction, one needs to ensure that the effect of the main problem factor is reduced or, even better, reversed.
- The Five ASIT Idea-Provoking Tools
- Unification: Find a new use to an existing component.
- Multiplication: Introduce a slightly modified copy of an existing component.
- Division: Divide a component up in some way.
- Breaking Symmetry: Turn a symmetrical situation into an asymmetrical one.
- Object Removal: Remove a component and assign its function another existing component.
Even using these two principles and five techniques in the summarised form we've listed them above will deliver instant benefit to any creative problem-solving exercise. A comprehensive application of ASIT will have an even quicker and better impact.
Contribution to the development of Systemic Thinking
ASIT was still evolving when the Fractal Phenomenon and Systemic Thinking were being discovered, but Roni Horowitz's insights into TRIZ and parallel mission, contributed to Gary and Lynne's thinking. (Gary and Lynne started out seeking to simplify TOC and, in the process came across TRIZ, while Roni set out to simplify TRIZ and came across TOC in the process.)
The five ASIT Idea-Provoking Tools and two ASIT Principles are extremely useful in the generation of solution ideas: in Systemic Thinking, one deliberately looks for the repeating pattern across the ideas, whereas in ASIT, the combination and integration of these ideas is more intuitive and less deliberate.
Click here for an Overview of Systems Dynamics, developed by Jay Forrester.