Dr. Ed N. Sickafus Memorial Archives

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Dr. Ed N. Sickafus (1931 - 2018)

Archives in "TRIZ Home Page in Japan",
compiled by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.)

Posted : Mar. 22, 2020

 

Editor's Note (Toru Nakagawa, Feb. 26, 2020)

This is the Top Index page of Dr. Ed N. Sickafus Memorial Archives in the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Web site.


Mar. 10, 1999 (Photo by Toru)
 

For the purpose of keeping Late Dr. Ed Sickafus' work widely known in the world, the Dr. Ed Sickafus Memorial Archives is built and opened publicly inside this "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Web site. 
Dr. Sickafus originally developed USIT (Unified Structured Inventive Thinking) and continued to extend it further to build concise and effective methods for creative problem solving in his own approaches. I learned from him a lot since our first meeting in 1998, and introduced USIT into Japan. Integration of USIT and TRIZ has driven into the new paradigm, named Six-Box Scheme, for the general methodology of creative problem solving. USIT has obtained many followers in Japan who used it in their problem solving jobs. In the present Web site, many papers and communications by Dr. Sickafus have been posted both in English and in Japanese translation.

Lately Dr. Sickafus, overcoming the logical and structured nature of USIT, spent his much efforts for building 'methods of solving problems more freely and effectively for professional technologists', 'methods of generating innovative solution concepts without constrained by logic and structures', 'methods of triggering with metaphors for the effective use of subconscious problem solving capability', etc.  He presented such new approaches in his keynote lectures at Japan TRIZ Symposium in 2006 and at ICSI 2015 conference in San Jose.  Both of his keynotes were posted in our Web site in English and in Japanese translation.  However, we have not understood well his new approaches yet; I recognized this point through my compilation work of the present Memorial Archives.  The books, papers, articles, communications, etc which Dr. Sickafus has left for us all contain valuable insights from which we can learn a lot, I believe. -- Dr. Ed Sickafus is one of my 'Teachers in Life'. 

 

This page shows the structure for accessing the Archived documents.

(1) Memorial Page  

(2) Historical Indexes to Papers, Case Studies, and Communications On USIT and Its Further Extension by Dr. Ed Sickafus and His Followers Especially in Japan   

(3)  Sickafus' Books, Overviews, Tutorials, etc.  

(4)  Sickafus' Papers and Presentations.  

(5) Sickafus' U-SIT Web Site (www.u-sit.net)  

(6)  Sickafus' WordPress Blog site (edsickafus.wordpress.com )  

(7)  Sickafus' "U-SIT and Think NewsLetters"  

(8)  Sickafus' Communications and Miscellaneous Articles  

(9)  Comments on Sickafus' Works by Others  

(10)  Communications from Readers  

 

Pages/files posted earlier in this site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" are shown with hyperlinks without moving them to the Archive folders. 
Pages/files newly publicized in this site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" are stored in the Archive folders and are marked with  .  
Pages/files uploaded in Sickafus' sites (USIT Web site and WordPress Blog site) and those publicized in conferences/journals sites are restored in this Archives, as much as possible, for thorough recording purposes.
I am grateful to Dr. Ed Sickafus, his deceased family, and conferences and journals  for their kind permissions of posting various documents in this Memorial Archives.

If you have records of any significant articles and communications with Dr. Ed Sickafus, please contribute them to this Memorial Archives.   

 

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Sickafus Memorial Archive  Index page

(1) Memorial page

(2) Historical index (A) Papers

(2) Historical index (B) Case studies

(2) Historical index (C) Communications

(3) Sickafus' Books

(4) Sickafus' Papers, Presentations

(5) Sickafus' USIT site

(6) Sickafus' WordPress site (A) Top

(6) Sickafus' WordPress site (B) Blog

(7) Sickafus' USIT NewsLetters

(8) Sickafus' Communications, Miscellaneous Articles

(9) Comments by others

(10) From Readers 

USIT Overview (2001)

Brief USIT Tutorial (2015)

Japanese Archives Index page

 


 

  (1) Memorial Page     (Oct. 31, 2019)

Passing away announcement (Heritage Newspaper); 
Communications between Toru Nakagawa and the deceased family;
Our last email communications with Dr. Ed Sickafus;
Messages in Memory of Late Dr. Ed Sickafus.

 

  (2) Historical Indexes to Papers, Case Studies, and Communications On USIT and Its Further Extension by Dr. Ed Sickafus and His Followers Especially in Japan  

Historical Indexes are shown in 3 big tables categorized and tabulated in the following way.  Pages and files are shown with titles (in short), authors, links to English and Japanese pages, and date of posting.  Time line is shown clearly.

(A) Papers:   Papers,  Presentations, Reports, Introductory articles, Lectures  

Papers (by Dr. Ed Sickafus
     and some other international authors)
Papers (by Toru Nakagawa) 

Papers (by Japanese authors)

(B) Case Studies :  Case study papers, Reports, Promotion activities

Case studies (by Dr. Ed Sickafus) Case studies (by Toru Nakagawa) Case studies (by authors in Japan)

(C) Communications:  Communications, Discussions, Questions, Comments, Conference reports, etc.

Communications (by Dr. Ed Sickafus)

Communications (by Toru Nakagawa)

Communications (in Japan)

Communications (International)

  

  (3)  Sickafus' Books, Overviews, Tutorials, etc.

USIT Textbook:  "Unified Structured Inventive Thinking: How to Invent" (1997; 488 pages) 

USIT Overview (eBook): "Unified Structured Inventive Thinking - An Overview"   (2001, 48 pages)    

Book HSTP:  "Heuristics for Solving Technical Problems - Theory, Derivation, Application", ( 2004, 113 pages)  

HI Textbook: "Heuristic Innovation:  Engaging both brain hemispheres in rapidly solving technical problems for multiple solution concepts" (2006, 260 pages)  

Brief USIT Tutorial:  "A Brief Tutorial on Unified Structured Inventive Thinking" (ICSI Tutorial, 2015, 48 pages)  

 

  (4)  Sickafus' Papers and Presentations 

About 10 papers and presentations are listed with links to the English texts and (sometimes) Japanese versions.

 

  (5) Sickafus' USIT Web site (www.u-sit.net)

The USIT site was originally built in 1999, was damaged by mal hacking, and rebuilt in 2007.  It was suffered later from mal hacking for many times, he said.  But fortunately the USIT site is still accessible at present (Feb. 2020) with the URL shown above.

Its structure is reproduced in a compact manner in this Archive, and its pages and articles/documents are made accessible inside this Archive.

 

  (6)  Sickafus' WordPress Blog site (edsickafus.wordpress.net )

After suffering from mal hacking on the USIT Web site, Dr Sickafus started to rebuild his Blog site in the WordPress service on the cloud in Jul. 2015.  But he stopped building it by Nov. 2015, leaving an uncompleted site.

The structure is reproduced in this Archive and main pages and articles are made accessible (sometimes even in uncompleted form) in this Archive.

 

  (7)  Sickafus' "U-SIT and Think NewsLetters"

Dr. Sickafus wrote and sent his USIT NewsLetters (named "U-SIT and Think NewsLetters") to his subscribers.  It started on Nov. 15, 2003 and continued till Mar. 20, 2009 (No. 79).  Mini Lectures of case studies are interesting. He wrote the NewsLetters without fixed schedule, energetically in 2003 - 2006.

We made Japanese translation of the Mini Lectures and posted the Japanese version in "TRIZ Home Page in Japan", for No. 1 - 10 (in 2004) and for No. 11 - 28 (in 2013).  Original English versions were posted in our site in 2013 (for No. 1 - 28). 

All the NewsLetters (No. 1 through No. 79) in English are publicly posted for the first time in this Archive in PDF.  Japanese versions are also accessible for No. 1 - 28.

 

  (8)  Sickafus' Communications and Miscellaneous Articles  

Communications between Dr. Sickafus and Toru (and some others) are recorded here. 
There are also misceraneous articles in relation to these communications.

 

  (9)  Comments on Sickafus' Works by Others  

This page intends to collect and record various reviews, comments, discussions, etc. written by other people (besides Dr. Sickafus and Toru Nakagawa) (and responses to them by Dr. Sickafus or by myself), as far as suitable for public disclosure.

 

  (10)  Communications from Readers 

Readers communications from now on will be shown in the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" and made accessible from this page in the Archive.

 

 

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Sickafus Memorial Archive  Index page

(1) Memorial page

(2) Historical index (A) Papers

(2) Historical index (B) Case studies

(2) Historical index (C) Communications

(3) Sickafus' Books

(4) Sickafus' Papers, Presentations

(5) Sickafus' USIT site

(6) Sickafus' WordPress site (A) Top

(6) Sickafus' WordPress site (B) Blog

(7) Sickafus' USIT NewsLetters

(8) Sickafus' Communications, Miscellaneous Articles

(9) Comments by others

(10) From Readers 

USIT Overview (2001)

Brief USIT Tutorial (2015)

Japanese Archives Index page

 

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  Last updated on Mar. 22, 2020.   Access point:  Editor: nakagawa@ogu.ac.jp