Karen Gadd

Karen Gadd
As the founder of Oxford Creativity, Karen has been teaching TRIZ for twenty years in companies such as ABB, Airbus, BAE Systems, Bentley, Borealis, BNFL and many more. Karen has selected and trained all the Oxford Creativity workshop leaders and developed all the Oxford Creativity materials. She is also the author of the world renowned book, 'TRIZ for Engineers: Enabling Inventive Problem Solving'.
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Recent Posts

5 Ways COVID-19 has Changed how we Teach TRIZ


Posted by Karen Gadd on 19 Jan 2021 In OxfordTRIZLive, Pandemic, Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Pandemic has greatly changed all of our lives, for both the better and the worse, over the past year. Certainly Oxford Creativity is a very different, and we hope much better,  organisation than it was 12 months ago. Here are five ways the past year has changed the we teach TRIZ.

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Ideality Check - Which Covid Vaccine Scores Highest?


Posted by Karen Gadd on 15 Dec 2020 In Research, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Ideality

There are three coronavirus vaccines that are currently in the process of being launched and made available to as many people as possible, as soon as possible. All of which claim to have about 90% effectiveness in preventing coronavirus, from early data clinical trials. We will need many vaccine options, but which one comes out best according to TRIZ? 

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Invention is not by chance, but by design...


Posted by Karen Gadd on 21 Aug 2020 In

Hero Inventors knew how to invent – learn to emulate their certainty with TRIZ

Globally and historically, invention, innovation and uncovering new knowledge are wrongly portrayed as random and subject to lucky chance. This represents over two thousand years of fake news (I blame Archimedes).

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Defend against the new global colonialism


TRIZ – the Lodestar/Compass/GPS for Invention & IP success to build & keep your territory

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Pandemic Productivity


Newton was in lock down when his theory of gravity / laws of physics became clear to him – he had been sent back to his family home from Cambridge because of a plague outbreak. It was thought that the overworked postgraduate needed the break from teaching and research to allow time and peace to do their work on his brain and thoughts.

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Engineer’s efficient wooing & winning of wife using Oxford TRIZ


Thinking clearly and coherently is one of the most important skills TRIZ delivers. This applies in all situations even when your brain may not be the organ driving your behaviour – when your heart takes over then you need TRIZ logic and clarity even more than before.

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I’m still standing in The Rapid Innovation Zone - my new TRIZ acronym


Posted by Karen Gadd on 15 Jan 2020 In TRIZ, Problem Solving, Patent development

The Rapid Innovation Zone

(TRIZ = Teoriya Resheniya Izobretatelskikh Zadatch)

This is my new knee – normally I don’t share pictures of my body with anyone, especially after my 5 year old granddaughter recently grabbed my upper arm and exclaimed: “Granny you don’t fit your skin anymore", but working mostly with engineers, I thought they may find this new bit of me interesting...

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How to Realise An Architect's Visionary Design - using the Power of TRIZ


Posted by Karen Gadd on 30 May 2019 In Architecture, TRIZ, Thinking in Time and Space

A few years ago, I visited Barcelona as a guest of Dassault Systèmes to see how their Computer Aided Design (CAD), engineering tools and TRIZ have helped realise the artistic visions of Architects both present and past to the great benefit of Spanish architecture¹.

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Using TRIZ to Mobilise the Mothership for Gender Equality


Posted by Karen Gadd on 9 Apr 2019 In

Gender equality matters and I hoped that I knew what to do when asked to help answer to the question ‘Why is it so hard to get more women in IT?’. All I had to do was Trust TRIZ* and work with people who have the right, relevant knowledge but no clear answers yet.

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