Last Updated: December 9, 2013
Editor: Toru Nakagawa
(Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin Univ.)
Last Updated: December 9, 2013
This home page serves as an open forum of information exchange for better understanding and usage of TRIZ ("Theory of Inventive Problem Solving"), especially based in Japan. Readers' contributions are very welcome, including introductory articles, papers, technical reports, case studies, news and topics, questions, comments, etc. (Established on November 1, 1998.) ==> Operation policy
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|visits since Nov. 1, 2005|
Pages written in Japanese are accessible by clicking the buttons. Best efforts are tried for two-way translation between English and Japanese, but some pages appear only in either of the languages.
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New Information [Articles posted/updated within these 6 months. marks within 3 months.]
-- TRIZ presentation: Universal Trends of Evolution in form of USE and USESoft (Alex Zakharov (USA)) (Dec. 9, 2013)
The author has shown the scheme of trends of evolution of (technical) systems in a diagram named 'Universal Trends of Evolution (USE)'. He proposes to collect various information concerning to the target system and to map them in this diagram. Using intelligent internet search, artificial intelligence software of the USE diagram, and 'scientist-robots' together, a 'Discovery machine' can be built in future, he says. The USE diagram apparently well represents the hierarchical nature of system evolution, I feel. Slides in PDF .
|-- TRIZ Paper: Now, Once again, 'There is no TRIZ that doesn't work' － As a core technology for solution － (Hajime Kasai (IDEA)) (Dec. 9, 2013)
This paper was presented at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2013 and has received the 'Best presentation for you' Award by the participants' voting. "There is no TRIZ that doesn't work" is the motto of IDEA Inc., which started as a consulting firm specialized in TRIZ in 2003, as presented by Hiroto Hayashi . Since then IDEA has been promoting TRIZ actively, and the present author Mr. Hajime Kasai alone has experienced 119 cases of applying TRIZ to real projects. The author is disclosing his application methods after classifying them according to the six types of problems, i.e., Problem solving, Performance improvement, New method identification, Cost reduction, Reduction in size and weight, and Product planning. The methodology uses various selected tools in TRIZ, and depending on the requirements uses QFD at the preceding stage and TM at the subsequent stage. The author has set up customized full processes by selecting suitable tools for the 6 types and calls them as 'solutions'. -- I noticed that this presentation coincides with my proposal of CrePS in sseveral points. Slides in PDF .
-- TRIZ/USIT/CrePS Paper: General Methodology for Creative Problem Solving and Task Achieving －Its Plan－ (Toru Nakagawa) (Dec. 9, 2013)
Presented last September, and delayed in posting here by my mistake. Abstract and presentation slides are posted. The presentation has 3 parts: (1) Beyond TRIZ, A New Target at a higher level; (2) Strategies for establishing the new target; (3) Conceptual plan of the general methodologyof creative problem solving. Emphasis is on (2), i.e., how we should and can build the general methodology CrePS. This paper provides the basis of the Vision of CrePS, on which I talked late October at JCS Conference and ETRIA TFC 2013. Slides in PDF .
-- TRIZ Forum: Letters from Readers (Nov. - Dec. 2013）(Darrell Mann (UK), S. Saleem Arshad (Australia), etc. Editor: Toru Nakagawa) (Nov. 17; Dec. 9, 2013)
Among the communications I have received recently, I am going to post here some of those suitable for open discussions.
Darrell Mann gave a comment saying: "Difficulties in the innovation are to identify a 'right' problem and to execute the ideas generated. Problem solving itself is rather easy." I responded, from my viewpoint of the Six-box Scheme of CrePS, saying: "The two difficulties raised by Darrell need to be considered in the 'Real World'. Whereas the main part of problem solving should be carried out in the 'Thinking World'. The methodologies of problem solving, including TRIZ, have not found a good framework (i.e., scheme or paradigm) and hence have been confusing. Introducing the framework of the Six-box Scheme and establishing CrePS, the problem solving methodology in the 'Thinking World' will become clear and systematic. It will certainly give the basis for innovations and contribute to much wider areas of application." There are 2 other communications related to the Southbeach Modelling software.
Positive communications on CrePS by S.Saleem. Arshad and by Alex Zakharov. (posted: Dec. 9, 2013)
|-- TRIZ Forum: Conference Report (29) : Personal Report of The 13th ETRIA World TRIZ Future Conference (TFC 2013) (Nov. 17, 2013); (Dec. 9, 2013)|
|--- (Heikan Izumi (Waseda Univ.)) [no English version planned]
Professor Manabu Sawaguchi and his 3 graduate students participated in and presented at the ETRIA TFC 2013, held at ENSAM-Paris on Oct. 29-31, 2013. Mr. Izumi reports his impression: "The conference is participated by people both from academia and from industries; it has 41 presentations in the Scientific session and 35 in the Practitioner session. It was impressive that 20 among 140 participants are from Korea, where TRIZ is accepted and used actively. I briefly introduce 4 presentations of my interest."
|--- (Toru Nakagawa (OGU)) (Nov. 17, 2013); (Dec. 9, 2013)
The 3 days conference had 8 invited talks and 72 presentations, with about 150 participants form about 30 different countries. The official Web site of the conference is: In my Personal Report (of 5 pages in Japanese), I have listed up 37 presentations of interest with brief introduction and categorized them according to their topics. I wish to post several selected papers in English and in Japanese translation here in near future. [Personal Report is posted in English (Dec. 9, 2013)]
-- TRIZ Forum: Conference Report (28) : Personal Report of The 9th TRIZ Symposium in Japan 2013 (Toru Nakagawa) (Nov. 17, 2013) (Dec. 9, 2013)
The 2 days conference, held on Sept. 5-6, 2013 in Tokyo, had 6 invited talks (2 from overseas) and 23 presentations (1 from overseas), with about 140 participants (about 6-8 from overseas). In the official home page of Japan TRIZ Society, you can read the slides of invited talks and 5 commended presentations both in English and in Japanese . I am posting my Personal Report (of 3 pages in Japanese), introducing selected 12 presentations briefly. (Though I was not involved in the Symposium organization this year,) the Symposium was prepared and operated well, having mostly good quality presentations, and was a success (in the domestic sense). Two important issues of the present Symposium were the shrinkage in the international nature and the reducing in the presentations by Japanese major companies. [English version in near future] ==> Posted in English (Dec. 9, 2013)
-- Creativity lecture: Creative Company and Methods (Makoto Takahashi (SOKEN Research Institute)) (Nov. 17; Nov. 18, 2013)
Special Invited Talk presented at 4th Global TRIZ Conference in Korea (GTC2013), held last July in Seoul.
Dr. Takahashi has been one of the top leaders of the creativity movements in Japan since 1960s. In 1974 he started a creativity consulting firm 'SOKEN Res. Inst.' and has guided a large number of companies and municipal offices, etc. He has authored or edited about 70 books, including "The Bible of Creativity" (in Japanese) published in 2002.
In the present lecture he talks about the history and thoughts of his and Japanese creativity movements by using a variety of real cases. For instance, in the case of the reforming of Asahiyama Zoo in Asahikawa city, Hokkaido, a big success was achieved by constructing a concept of 'Making it possible to see the characteristic natural behaviors of (rather familiar) wild animals closely and naturally'. He talks about how the creative company should be managed and also suggests that various creativity methods should be used more effectively in TRIZ. -- In the Editor's Note at the end of this page, I am discussing on the overview of creativity methods, in response to Dr. Takahashi's overview.
Editorial: On the 15th Anniversary of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" (Toru Nakagawa (OGU)) (Nov. 17, 2013)
This Web site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" celebrates its 15th Anniversary on Nov. 1 together with readers in Japan and over the world. This site is to promote the understanding and real usage of TRIZ by openly publishing information and communications related to TRIZ on a not-for-profit basis. Though I have been operating this site as a volunteer, this site is not a personal site but a public forum to be composed of the contributions by readers, as you see already. Most pages are published in Japanese and in English in parallel for the purpose of mutual understanding and collaboration between Japanese and overseas TRIZ learners/practitioners. I envisage that Pubic Web Sites built in different TRIZ Communities will form A Global TRIZ Community with much reduced language barriers . Since last year I have been proposing to establish a General methodology for creative problem solving & task achieving by integrating various creativity methods including TRIZ/USIT . I am going to widen the scope of this Web site gradually in future. The number of visits since November 2005 is (on Nov. 6) 197,984 (increasing by about 18,000 for the last 1 year) to the top page in Japanese and 33,497 (increasing by about 3,400) to that in English. Readers' contributions either in English or in Japanese are heartily welcome.
-- CrePS Documents: General methodology for creative problem solving and task achieving (CrePS) : Systematized Documents (Technological Areas) (Toru Nakagawa (OGU)) (Oct. 20, 2013)
This page intends to be the document of systematized description of the 'General methodology for creative problem solving and task achieving (CrePS)' . It is described in a hierarchical tabular format and in an accumulative manner. The full contents of the CrePS methodology will be shown in a way easy to view and read in tables arranged in a hierarchical system. I wish that the descriptions are carried out by a (large) number of contributing authors with many (countless) times of revisions. Starting the first step is most useful to show the direction, I suppose. Thus I posted the present page in Japanese (outline and further descriptions) and in English (outline only, at moment).
The CrePS methodology/documents are composed of the following 3 parts.
(A) Initial Part: in the Real World, Box-1 ==> Box-2. Outline, Outline (Japanese), Description (Excel) , Description (Japanese, Excel).
(B) Main Part: in the Thinking World, Box-2 ==> Box-3 ==> Box-4 ==> Box-5. Outline, Outline (Japanese), Description (Excel) , Description (Japanese, Excel).
(C) Succeeding Part: in the Real World, Box-5 ==> Box-6. Outline, Outline (Japanese), Description (Excel) , Description (Japanese, Excel).
-- TRIZ Forum: Letters from Readers （Aug. - Oct. , 2013） (Oct. 20, 2013)
Shahid Saleem Arshad (Australia), Shireen Al - Jaouni (Palestine), Yury Danilovsky (Korea), Ellen Domb (USA), Khairul Manami Kamarudin （UK), Richard Platt (USA), Umakant Mishra (India);
Masao Ishihama (Kanagawa I. T.), Yoichi Hasegawa (in Kanagawa), Osamu Kumasaka (Sangyo Kakushinn Inst.), Makoto Unno (formerly Kawasaki Heavy Industries), Toshihiro Hayashi, Shinichi Sasaki (Sendai National College), Eiichi Yamaguchi (Doshisha Univ.);
To my thanks, I have been receiving emails occasionally from various readers in Japan and from overseas. Some of those communications are posted under the permissions of the responders. Various comments and discussions were communicated in relation to the papers/articles posted in the Web site.
-- TRIZ Forum: Southbeach Forum: CrePS-SB Project for Trial Use and Evaluation of the Southbeach Notation and Modelling (T. Nakagawa) (Oct. 20, 2013) (Jun. 9, 2013)
For the purpose of encouraging the trial use and evaluation of the Southbeach Modelling, I started the "CrePS-SB Project" in Japan in June 2013 and it is now open to the users outside of Japan. For reducing the cost barrier for the trial of making models with the software tool, I have arranged, under the permission of the Southbeach Solution Co., to offer free '3-month Editor mode license' to any voluntary users who are willing to share their experiences. A brief note by a month and a report useful for other people will be requested to the members.
-- TRIZ/USIT/CrePS Paper: General methodology for creative problem solving and task achieving (CrePS): Its vision (Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.)) (Oct. 3; Oct. 25, 2013)
Two papers of the same title: (a) In Japanese to be presented at the 35th Conference of Japan Creativity Society (JCS), on Oct. 26-27, 2013 in Saitama; (b) in English to be presented at 13th ETRIA TRIZ Future Conference (TFC2013), on Oct. 29-31, 2013, in Paris. They are full papers describing on the general methodology CrePS with the focus on its vision. The Japanese paper is addressed to non-TRIZ audience with an emphasis on the needs of unifying various creative problem solving methods into a general methodology, while the English paper to TRIZ specialists/practitioners putting stress on the significance of establishing a general methodology of creative problem solving across the border of TRIZ.
They assert that by introducing the 'Six-Box Scheme' as a new paradigm, various approaches of creative problem solving, including TRIZ, can be integrated smoothly into a unified system, i.e., a general methodology, of rich techniques of creative problem solving. The methodology consists of three major parts: (a) Initial part (from Box-1 to Box-2): in the 'Real World' we should grasp a problem and make a clear focus on it. (b) Main part (from Box-2 through Box-5): in the 'Thinking World' we should analyze the problem, understand the present system, make images of ideal systems, generate ideas for new systems, and then build them up into conceptual solutions. (c) Succeeding part (from Box-5 to Box-6): in the 'Real World', we should implement the conceptual solutions into specific real solutions in our new products/services. The papers describe the contents of them in tables.
We, together with you, can establish such a general methodology, and by handing it out to many different people in the country and in the world, it can be applied to various problems in different fields in the whole country and in the whole world to obtain creative and peaceful solutions. -- This is the vision and message of these papers.
Paper in English (HTML and PDF ) and in Japanese (HTML and PDF ). A table of relevant CrePS pages is shown .
Presentation slides are posted in English (ETRIA TFC2013) (HTML and PDF ) and in Japanese (JCS Conf.) (HTML and PDF ). (Oct. 25, 2013)
|-- Introductory Video on TRIZ/USIT/CrePS: Let's Master How to Think for Creative Problem Solving (Toru Nakagawa) (Oct. 3, 2013)
Nakagawa was invited to the Internet casting on USTREAM, "Inventor Nagaya's Talk Show on Innovation of Education", Sept. 27, 2013, 19:15- JST. Mr. Kenichi Nagaya is an inventor and entrepreneur and is working for the innovation of education with the emphasis of IT and communications. It was a live show for 30 minutes and is archived in both USTREAM and YouTube. I am trying to introduce how to think creatively in problem solving towards common people. I talked on the conventional approaches, TRIZ contribution, a simple example of using USIT, and the general method in the Six-Box Scheme. The 15 slides I used are posted for supporting the videos. USTREAM video , YouTube video .
-- Southbeach Forum: Trial Use Report (1): Report of 3-month trial use of Southbeach Modeller (Morimasa Okada （YorkMart Co.)) (Oct. 3, 2013)
The first report of 3-month free trial use of the Southbeach Modeller in the CrePS-SB Project. He reports:
"Purpose: To make models of the functions of a supermarket for the purpose of visualizing how to reform the conceptual design of deploying supermarkets and how to develop new business models. Impressions: Even though the problem situations are vague and complex, the software tool supports us to build the model of our vision intuitively and smoothly. ... Examples: Three models are disclosed here. (1) Conceptual design of a smaller-scale supermarket to be deployed in downtowns and residence areas. (2) Model of retail functional units, (3) Model of roles of Visionary, Knowledgeable, and Implementing persons in the case of problem solving in retail functions. ... I wish to accelerate the evolution of supermarkets by using this Southbeach Modeller. With a Japanese edition of the software tool, it would be much easier to use."
-- Forum: Fukushima nuclear accident: FUKUSHIMA Report (2): The actual reason why this accident could not have been avoided (Eiichi Yamaguchi (Doshisha Univ.)) (Oct. 3, 2013)
Prof. Yamaguchi's Fukushima Report in English presented at the 3rd International Symposium on Innovation Strategy (ISIS2012), on Sept. 11, 2012, at Univ. of Cambridge, UK. PPT slides and the narration notes are posted in a readable form, while the core points of the talk is the same as those of Report (1).
-- Forum: Fukushima nuclear accident: FUKUSHIMA Report: Criminal error in TEPCO management of technology" (Eiichi Yamaguchi, Morinosuke Kawaguchi (Fukushima Project Committee),
'Core problem in the TEPCO nuclear plant accident -- Similarity with the JR West train accident at Amagasaki' (Eiichi Yamaguchi (Doshisha Univ.)) (Sept. 20, 2013)
On the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in March 2011, reports were published by four major mutually-independent investigation committees ('Jikocho'); they were 'Minkan (i.e., voluntary)', 'TEPCO', 'Diet organized', and 'Government'. Since there are so many different aspects to discuss and various facts are not disclosed well yet, the four major Jikochos have different views of the problem. The 'FUKUSHIMA Project' is the fifth, so-to-speak 'Grass-root' Jikocho and published their report in January 2012. It says: "The final cooling system, RCIC and HPCI of No.3 and RCIC of No.2 Nuclear Reactor were correctly operated (for 35 hours for No.3, and for 70 hours for No.2) even without AC power even though Tsunami had destroyed the emergency power system. Therefore, if TEPCO opened the vent and injected the sea water during the controllable dimension, the reactors would never be out of control. However, in reality, the management of TEPCO kept refusing the sea water injection. Thus, the root cause of this accident is NOT the technology BUT the technology management of the TEPCO management." News Release (Nov. 2011) of 8 slides in English; while a talk article of 10 pages and a presentation of 33 slides in Japanese.
-- TRIZ (Business) Paper: Strategies for Small Businesses: "The Mind of the OutCompete Strategist: Dozen Business Strategies to Win Against All Odds" (Len Kaplan (South Korea)) (Sept. 20, 2013)
The author wrote down this article newly for this Web site as a summary of his book published in 2009. He discusses on possible strategies for an emerging small business which is going to get serious attack from business giants just after the first 'success' of the small business. The author advises for small businesses to make well prepared beforehand and escape from such an attack by going away with different products or to different markets. The strategies, as the author emphasizes, are counter-intuitive and look very difficult to perform. But, for that same reason, they are the only ways for small businesses to survive and grow in the competing business situations. The article is shown in HTML and in PDF in English, while in the Japanese page only a brief introduction is posted.
-- TRIZ/USIT/CrePS Paper: For Establishing A General Methodology of Creative Problem-Solving / Task-Achieving (Toru Nakagawa) (Aug. 28, 2013)
This page posts the presentation slides of my Special Invited Talk presented last July at Global TRIZ Conference 2013 in Korea. (Participation report of GTC2013 in Japanese ). The contents of this talk is the up-to-date reorganized version of what I have been talking/writing since last year. Part 1: Why a new target? Part 2: How can we evolve from TRIZ to the new target? (Conventional approaches for creative problem solving; Reconsidering TRIZ; Approach with USIT; Six-box scheme; General methodology of creative problem-solving / task-achieving (CrePS)). Concluding remarks. For making the 45 minutes lecture as comprehensive as possible, I made 35 slides. They are posted in PDF and in images in HTML .
-- TRIZ Forum: TRIZ Conference Report (27): Participation Report of 4th Global TRIZ Conference (GTC2013) in Korea (Jul. 9-10, 2013, Seoul) (Toru Nakagawa) (Aug. 4, 2013)
Being invited for a Special Invited Talk at GTC2013, I visited Korea for the first time. Keynote Lectures were given by Dr. Simon Litvin (USA) and Ms. Karen Gadd (UK), and Special Invited talks were given by Dr. Makoto Takahashi (Japan, former President of Japan Creativity Society) and me. About 230 participants from 9 countries other than Korea; 39 contributed papers were presented. It is remarkable that nearly 10 Russian TRIZ experts working (or used to work) for Korean industries attended at the Conference. This year, in response to the organizers' encouragement, many presentations on real TRIZ applications were given by industries including Samsung and POSCO. Presentations were also given on improvement and further development of the TRIZ methodology and on TRIZ education and TRIZ-based education. The Conference was active and well organized with much fruits.
I realized that Korea has already passed the early stage where Russian TRIZ experts who are employed in Korean big industries had much influences, and now has a large number of Korean TRIZ leaders and practitioners, who are actively working in industries, in academia, and in consulting firms.
-- TRIZ Forum: Paper: A Review of Japanese References on Scientists’ Responsibility (Kana Okawa (JAIST, PhD Student) (Aug. 4, 2013)
-- TRIZ Paper: A Note on Movement and Contradiction in Technology and Institution (Toshio Takahara) (Aug. 4, 2013)
Toshio Takahara's latest paper in 20 pages in Japanese and in 14 pages in English. His works for these 10 years on the "Theory of Resolving Differences" (i.e., theory of problem solving and task achieving) are documented in two collections ( in 2008 and in 2013 ) in this Web site.
'Technology' means an assemblage of technical means, which intermediate human interactions towards the nature, and the processes of generating, utilizing and operating it. And 'Institution' means an assemblage of common ideas, which intermediate human interactions towards the community, and the processes of generating,utilizing, and operating it. For the purpose of understanding these consistently, the author considers about everything perceivable (i.e. 'Objects', including things and ideas and interactions) and their relations and changes (i.e., 'Movement', in Takahara's terminology). In the present paper he especially discusses on and extends the concepts of 'contradictions' and 'dialectic'. Paper in Japanese , and also in English .
-- TRIZ/USIT Paper: For Establishing General Methodology of Creative Problem Solving & Task Achieving (Toru Nakagawa) (Jun. 22, 2013)
Presented at 3rd Forum on Knowledge Co-Creation (FoKCs) on March 2, 2013 in Tokyo. This was the first chance for me to give a presentation on this topic to wider, mostly non-TRIZ audience. In response to my 2-page extended abstract, I received an reviewer's comment saying: " 'General methodologies for creative problem solving and task achieving' you are pursuing for do exist, we should say. ..." So I tried to respond to the comment as much as possible in my present paper and presentation. My main points are:
'A general methodology' of creative problem solving is not established yet. Even though there are a large range of individual techniques and approaches, we need a good framework to integrate them. Such a general methodology should be a super system holding various individual methods (techniques, tools, approaches, etc.) and integrating them in a systematic manner with some framework. For such a framework, I propose to overcome the conventional 'Four-Box Abstraction Scheme' (which is used not only in TRIZ but also very widely in science and technology) and to introduce the 'Six-Box Scheme' which was found in USIT. Using the Six-Box Scheme as the basic framework, we will be able to build a general methodology for creative problem solving.
In the Japanese page the paper in HTML and in PDF and the slides in HTML and in PDF, while in the English page only the slides in HTML and in PDF.
-- TRIZ News: 9th TRIZ Symposium in Japan 2013 (Sept. 5-6, Tokyo) Advanced Agenda and Call for Participation (Jun. 22; Aug. 4, 2013)
Advanced Agenda, Abstracts of all the presenters, and Call for Participation have been posted in the JTS site . Second Advance Agenda (with very minor revision) (Aug. 4, 2013).
==> Personal Report (Toru Nakagawa) (Nov. 17, 2013)
--TRIZ News: TRIZ News Outside Japan
-- ETRIA TFC 2013 in Paris (Oct. 29-31, 2013): Agenda is posted (Feb. 25; Sept. 20, 2013)
==> Personal Report (Toru Nakagawa) , Participation report (Heikan Izumi) (Nov. 17, 2013)
-- Korea: 4th Global TRIZ Conference 2013 in Korea (Jul. 9-11, Seoul): Agenda is posted (Jun. 22, 2013)
==> Participation Report (Toru Nakagawa) (Aug. 4; Aug. 28, 2013)
-- Taiwan: ICSI-CAI 2013 (Jun. 27-29, Hsinchu): Agenda is posted (Jun. 22, 2013)
-- TRIZfest-2013 Conference and related events will be held on Jul. 31 - Aug. 3 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Feb. 25; Aug 4, 2013)
-- Editorial: Southbeach Forum on Southbeach Notation and Modelling: A Forum for Introduction, Communication, and Evaluation (Toru Nakagawa) (Jun. 9; Aug. 4; Oct. 3, 2013)
A discussion forum on Southbeach Modelling, including its visual language , software tool (Southbeach Modeller), modelling methods, and their applications. This page will post introductory information from the developer and various communications and reports from users, including myself.
Starting to post the messages from the users: The first message is from Mr. Morimasa Okada, who wants to visualize the situations of his supermarkets. (Aug. 4, 2013)
Morimasa Okada's Report of the trial use of the Southbeach Modeller is posted in a separate page . (Oct. 3, 2013)
-- Editorial: Southbeach Trial & Evaluation Project in Japan: "CrePS-SB Project" (Toru Nakagawa) (Jun. 9, 2013)
For the purpose of encouraging the trial use and evaluation of the Southbeach Modelling, I started the "CrePS-SB Project" in Japan. For reducing the cost barrier for the trial of making models with the software tool, I have arranged to offer free '3-month Editor mode license' to a group of volunteers.
==> CrePS-SB Project is now open to voluntary people outside of Japan (Oct. 20, 2013)
-- Forum: Easy Use of Southbeach Modeller (Toru Nakagawa) (Jun. 9, 2013)
When I translated Howard Smith's White paper into Japanese, I myself drew the 27 diagrams in Japanese with the use of Modeller while looking at the printed English versionｓ. The drawing work was done in less than a day, thanks to the software tool in its easiness to learn and convenience to use. I have posted a note on how to use the Modeller for beginners .
-- Promotion Case Study: Establishing TRIZ in a global company (Pauline Marsh (BAE Systems, UK), Karen Gadd (Oxford Creativity, UK)) (Japanese translation: Toru Nakagawa) (May 29; Aug. 4, 2013)
Presented at ETRIA TFC 2012 last October in Lisbon, Portugal. This is the first and detailed report of the 14 year experiences of establishing TRIZ in a global company, BAE Systems, in UK. TRIZ has been introduced and promoted steadily since 1998 and are used company-widely. Selecting proper methods (including TRIZ) and proper instructors, incorporating the courses in the already established HR programs, promoters within BAE made TRIZ available to any individuals and teams as they needed. The consultants at Oxford Creativity operated workshops for practical problem solving; they are regular 5-day courses designed to be taken as five 1-day courses as well. In the workshops, they first gather initial ideas from everybody by a brainstorming, openly discuss good and bad points of the ideas, and set them all aside with the labeling of 'BAD solutions' for the purpose of exploring for BEST solutions with TRIZ. The authors repeatedly write that 'Individual TRIZ tools are simple and straightforward, and they stimulate your thinking'. The present paper is full of lessons based on their experiences. English paper in PDF , and Japanese translation in HTML . (English slides are to be posted here in July.) --> English slides are posted in PDF (8.2 MB) (Aug. 4, 2013)
- TRIZ News: Nakagawa's Activities (Reports and Plans) (May 8; Sept. 20, 2013)
Nakagawa's activities (especially conferences, seminars, trainings, etc.) are briefly described in Japanese. I conducted a 2-day TRIZ/USIT training seminar for SME engineers last February at Hokuriku Polytechnic College. Lectures on the first-day morning, USIT practice on 3 problems in parallel in the afternoon, and on the second day USIT practice again on 3 different problems. -- Plans of presenting at GTC2013 (in Korea, Jul. 9-11, 2013), Japan TRIZ Symposium (Sept. 5-6, 2013), Japan Creativity Society Meeting (Oct. 26-27, 2013), and ETRIA TFC2013 (in Paris, Oct. 29-31, 2013). (Posted: Aug. 28, 2013)-- Internet video show in USTREAM (Sept. 27, 2013). (Sept. 20, 2013)
General Index [Categorized table of all articles (in English/Japanese) accessible with a single click.]
[Kept always up to date. (Checked and improved on Jan. 9, 2013)]
|Category|| Brief explanation
Classified in their categories, and arranged in the chronological order (the latest at the top) in each (sub-) category. Individual articles can be accessed with a click.
|New Information||Brief introduction to all the articles in the historical order, the latest at the top.|
|Introduction to TRIZ||What is TRIZ? Introductory articles for new readers of TRIZ.|
|TRIZ References||TRIZ textbooks, WWW references, and bibliography|
|TRIZ Links||TRIZ sites in Japan and in the World; selected/extensive lists|
|TRIZ News and Activities||[News and activities in Japan and in the World]:
Nakagawa's activities ; Activities in Japan (Japan TRIZ Society, (former) Japan TRIZ CB); Activities overseas (Russia, USA, Europe, Asia, etc.)
|TRIZ Software Tools||TRIZ Software tools and their usage|
|TRIZ Papers and Technical Reports||[Articles in Japan and in the world; contributions from readers, and articles by Nakagawa]:
Papers ; Case-Studies (application & promotion); Presentations, Research/Technical reports ; Introductory and review articles .
|TRIZ Lectures and Course Materials; Articles in TRIZ Related Areas||[Articles in Japan and in the world; contributions from readers, and articles by Nakagawa]:
Classics in TRIZ; Course materials and textbooks ; Lecture notes in TRIZ ; Lecture notes in relevant areas; Introductory articles in relevant areas.
|CrePS Methodology||[General methodology for creative problem solving and task achieving (CrePS)]
Systematized Documents of CrePS
|TRIZ Forum||Conference/seminar reports; Book reviews ; Communications, discussions, questions, comments, etc.; Collabo pages|
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