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"TRIZ Home Page in Japan" (2012 - 2014)
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Posted in 2014
Innovation Paper: Rethinking Innovation (The Blue LED case and Paradigm Disruptive Innovation) (Dec. 10, 2014)
Eiichi Yamaguchi (Doshisha University; currently: Kyoto Univ.) in "Recovering from Success: Innovation And Technology Management in Japan", edited by R. Cole and D. Hugh Whittaker, Oxford University Press (May 2006).
In the Japanese page: Structure of Innovation - What is Paradigm-Disruptive Innovation? (Analysis of the Blue LED Innovation), by Eiichi Yamaguchi, Doshisha Univ. ITEC Research Paper Series, Vol.4 No.13, pp.1 - 15 （2004）
Professor Eiichi Yamaguchi is the author of "FUKUSHIMA Report', posted here in Sept. 2013 . In October this year, I met him for the first time at ICSTI2014 and impressed with his presentation on innovation. So I read his book "Innovation -- Paradigm Disruptions and Fields of Resonance" (NTT Press, 2006) (in Japanese). He investigated the cases of innovation of transistors and blue LEDs and discussed about the structure of innovations. He argues that the case of LED innovation (and many others) is not the type of Christensen's Disruptive Innovation (of decreasing the performance for some other needs/purposes) but the type of Paradigm-Disruptive Innovation (by disrupting/changing the basic/physical paradigm). He discusses how such paradigm change can be achieved, and why big excellent companies often fail in front of such a paradigm change. On my request he kindly sent me his two papers, which are summaries of his book and were published in Japanese (2004) and in English (2006), and permits me to repost them here publicly.
Tonight (Dec. 10, 2014), three Japanese researchers, Professor Isamu Akasaki, Professor Hiroshi Amano, and Professor Shuji Nakamura are to be jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources". Congratulations! -- I am very happy to repost Professor Yamaguchi's paper here now, with which we can learn how the Nobel Prize awarded LED innovation was achieved and how we would be able to contribute to future innovations.
TRIZ Forum: Conference Report (30) Personal Report of The 10th TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2014 （Sept. 11-12, 2014, Tokyo） (Nov. 27, 2014)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuinn University), Nov. 24, 2014.
The 10th Japan TRIZ Symposium 2014 was held last September by Japan TRIZ Society. Being late to my regret, I am writing here my Personal Report for introducing you the event and all the presentations briefly. I think it important for us Japanese TRIZ community to inform you, TRIZ people in the world, about the activities and advancements of TRIZ in Japan.
The Symposium for 2 days had 135 participants in total (mostly from industries, and some from academia; 36% participated for the first time; from overseas: 2 invited speakers + about 3(?) participants). Invited talks: Keynote lecture by Anatoly Guin, Special Invited lecture by Shin Taguchi, and Tutorial 1. 27 Contributed presentation (including 22 oral + 5 poster presentations (including 1 from overseas)). The Symposium was organized well, obtained high-level presentations, and had increased number of participants, all showing its big success. The aspect that the contributions from overseas to presentations and participations are quite small need to be improved.
For all the presentations, slides are projected in Japanese and in English in parallel.. (The Program Committee supported the translation of most presentations into English by using machine translation software. However, the English versions need to be brushhed up further.) Japan TRIZ Society has recently posted the invited talks and 5 award-winning contributed presentations openly in their Official Web site, while all other contributed presntations in the Members-only pages.
For applying TRIZ, a number of industries have suuccessfully adapted TRIZ tools and processes so as to correspond the differences in purposes, characteristics, and fields of the problems and to match with the levels, orientations, available time, etc. of users. They also request external consultants to guide them using TRIZ tools suitable for and effective in their needs and situations. Similarly for the integral use of other methods (e.g., QFD, Taguchi method, Kepner-Tregoe method, etc.), they start using them by smoothly linking the essential parts of them. Apparently TRIZ people in Japan are increasingly interested in applying TRIZ to the problems in software, non-technology, and social fields. There are also many trials to make the TRIZ tools easy to understand and effective to use. In these many aspects, we can say that Japanese industries are advancing TRIZ usage and achieving results in the real jobs.
A vivid report was givien by a national college of technology (i.e., a school for year 15-20-22 students), but almost no report on TRIZ educaion in unversities.
Even though "innovation" is the top-level fashonable keyword in Japan and in the world, we still have not succeeded in introducing TRIZ into national policy and projects, industrial top managements, universities and academia, etc. This is the most important problem for us TRIZ community. We should think and work harder.
TRIZ Forum: Letters from Readers （Aug. - Nov., 2014）(Nov. 27,2014) Index page of "Letters from Readers"
English page: Jack Hipple (USA), Zulhasni Abdul Rahim (Malaysia), Umakant Mishra (India), Alexander Shmonov (Russia), Sarimah Misman (Malaysia), John Cook (UK), Zawiah Abdul Majid (Malaysia), Richard Langevin (USA), Ellen Domb (USA), Ravi Chandra Phani Thalupuru (India), Shahid Saleem Arshard (Australia), Igor Kholkin (USA), Joost Duflou (Belgium), David Verduyn (USA), Wolfgang Sallaberger (Austria), Nikolay & Olga Bogatyrev (UK)
I received an inquirely about the situations and possibiities of publishing Japanese Editions of TRIZ books. Mr. A. Shmonov have sent me several times so far on his work of "Computers can invent independently", but I cannot follow it yet. The four "Entrance pages" are evaluated highly. On the 16th Anniversary of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan", many people sent me messages of congratulations and encouragements. I deeply thank you all.
Japanese page: Toshihiro Hayashi, Masao Ishihama (Kanagawa I. T.), A reader, F.q. Xjo (Kinki Univ.), Yoichi Hasegawa, Katsuya Miyanishi, Yoshio Oyanagi (Kobe Univ.), Junnichi Watanabe, Tsunehisa Maekawa (Japan QC Society), Takeshi Miyamoto, Tetsu Sadahiro, Masayasu Sugata, A reader, Toru Nakagawa
The publication of "TRIZ practices and Benefits" book series are appreciated by several readers. Many readers highly evaluated the four Entrance Pages, in their reader-friendly and easy-access nature to many articles strored in the present site. Mr. T. Maekawa introduced 'What is TRIZ?' to about 300 people in the Tokyo-Yokohama region of Japan QC Association in his News Letter. Several readers communicated me to have started learning TRIZ with the articles in "TRIZ Home Page in Japan".
CrePS/TRIZ/USIT Paper: General Methodology of Creative Problem Solving & Task Achieving (CrePS): Reorganizing Various Application Cases and Their Methods in the ‘Six-Box Scheme’ (Nov. 7, 2014)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), (A) Japan TRIZ Society, 10th TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Sept. 11-12, 2014, at Waseda Univ., Tokyo; (B) Japan Creativity Society, 36th Annual Conference, Oct. 25-26, 2014, SANNO Institute of Management, Tokyo; (C) European TRIZ Association (ETRIA), 14th World TRIZ Future Conference 2014, Oct. 29-31, 2014, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
In September and late October, I presented three papers on the CrePS mehtodology at three TRIZ-related conferences mentioned above, with the same title and with some adjustment depending on the audiences and timing. My main message is: "We can establish the General methodology CrePS on the basis of TRIZ/USIT research by reorganizing a wide variety of problem solving methods in the 'Six-Box Scheme'". The on-going research activities for developing CrePS are: (1) To make course materials of CrePS case studies. We should just use case studies already published. (2) To understand different methods (including TRIZ) and to describe them in the framework of CrePS. (3) To relate CrePS to various activities in the 'Real world'. (4) To categorize various purposes of CrePS application, and to recommend concise CrePS processes for each category. (5) To proliferate the vision of CrePS. -- I wish you to share this vision and collaborate together!
In the English page , the slides presented at ETRIA TFC are posted but not the paper yet until ETRIA's public posting in Elsevier Procedia. In the Japanese page , the slides (for ETRIA TFC in Japanese translation ) and the paper (for Japan Creativity Society ) are posted. In addition, the following PDF files are also posted: Paper (for JCS ), Slides (for Japan TRIZ Sympo , for JCS , for ETRIA TFC ).
On the 16th Anniversary of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan": Toru Nakagawa (Nov. 7, 2014)
This Web site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" celebrates its 16th 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 two years ago 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. 4) 212,212 (increasing by about 14,000 for the last 1 year) to the top page in Japanese and 36,711 (increasing by about 3,300) to that in English. Four Entrance Pages have recently been installed for your easy access to articles. Readers' contributions either in English or in Japanese are heartily welcome.
Editorial: 'General Index' page has been reorganized and divided into 4 pages (Sept. 25, 2014) (Oct. 17, 2014)
Editor: Toru Nakagawa (Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin University).
The General Index provides a large number of categorization tables which contain all the articles posted in the present site for these 16 years since its start. Each article is shown by the title, the authors, and the date of posting/update, and has links accessible with one clik to its English page as well as its Japanee page. With the accumulation of articles, the General Index page has become so heavy that I have divided it into four pages. They are:
General Index (A) Parent page and Editorial: Guide to the preent site, Index of 'From the Editor' pages
General Index (B) References: References, Links, News and activities, Software tools:
General Index (C) Papers: Papers, Case studies, Technical reports, Introductory articles, Lecture materials, Documents of methodologies:
General Index (D) Forum: Reports of conferences; Book reviews; Communications, discussions, questions, opinions, feedbacks, etc.; Collabo pages:
Note that the pages from the Editor have been gathered in the Index page of Editorials in (A). The latter half of (A) is still on the way of reorganization.
Editorial: Four 'Entrance Pages' to the present site have been built to make this site friendly to different types of readers (Sept. 7; Sept. 25; Oct. 17, 2014)
Editor: Toru Nakagawa (Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin University).
The top page of this site has been renewed and four 'Entrance Pages' have been introduced. The table cells of 4 different colors are the icons to guide you to the Entrance Page suitable for you depending on your current situations and interests.
Let's enjoy 'Think & Try' !
(for Children and Highschool students)
For solving problems creatively
(for Students and the General public)
Methods of creative problem solving
(for Engineers and Researchers novice to TRIZ)
Practices and methodologies of Creative problem solving
(for Practitioners and Experts)
In each Entrance Page, I am planning to write some introduction at the top which may stay for some years, and I show a list of selected recommended articles among the articles so far posted in the present site. Every such article is introduced briefly and is accessible with one click of hyperlink icons.
Entrance Page C: "Let's enjoy 'Think & Try' ! " (for Children and Highschool students)
Entrance Page S: "For solving problems creatively" (for Students and the General public)
Entrance Page E: "Methods of creative problem solving" (for Engineers and Researchers novice to TRIZ)
Entrance Page P: "Practices and methodologies of Creative problem solving" (for Practitioners and Experts)
I believe the present site has become much more friendly for you with these Entrance Pages, which guide you to the real treasury of interesting and useful articles.
Announcement: Publication Announcement of the Japanese Edition: Umakant Mishra's "Treasury of Inventive Ideas for Information Technology & Software - Classified with TRIZ Inventive Principles" (Aug. 29, 2014)
Authored by Umakant Mishra, Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa (Supervising translator), Yoshihisa Konishi, Toru Shonai, Masatoshi Hotta, and Takuo Maeda, Published by the CrePS Institute, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan, on Aug. 25, 2014.
Printed Edition: Soft cover, B5 size, 340 pages, 4000 yen + tax, Print-on-Demand at DLmarket site.
Downloading Edition: PDF, A4 size, 340 pages, 2500 yen + tax, Digital downloading at DLmarket site.
Please see the page of the Series , flyer of the series, and flyer of this volume.
This book is principally dedicated to many people involved in IT and software, as engineers, researchers, PC users, etc. The author collected about 3000 cases of IT/SW solutions from US patents and other technical sources, and interpreted the essence of their ideas to solve the individual problems, and classified the cases with the viewpoints of the essence of ideas by use of TRIZ 40 Principles. In each of 40 chapters, meaning of a Principle is explained first, and then benefits and application situations come, and finally various application cases of IT/SW technology/techniques are described in groups to clarify how the solution ideas may be generated from the Principle. Though the 40 Principles in TRIZ were established in the era of 1960s when the computers and software were not yet developed well, they have been found to very well explain or support the ideas of many inventive cases in the field of IT and software. Mishra's book is a wonderful demonstration of turning a huge complex accumulation of technical knowledge into a treasury of essence of ideas.
Five subsidiary pages are posted in Japanese. (For some of the corresponding English information, please refer to the links shown in this announcement page.)
(A) Author's Preface (Mishra, Aug. 14, 2014), Nakagawa's Prefaces ((1) Dec. 15, 2007, (2) Aug. 14, 2011, (3) Aug. 14,2014), Author's Introduction, and Profile of the Author (Aug. 29, 2014)
(B) Messages from Readers on the publication (Masao Kasahara (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Toshihiro Hayashi, Yoshio Oyanagi (Kobe Univ.), and Naomi Tsuji) communicated in Jul.- Sept. 2011 and posted now in (Aug. 29, 2014)
(C) "Current Situations and Infromation Sources of TRIZ" (in place of Postscript) (Toru Nakagawa, Aug. 14, 2011). Posted 3 years ago in (Aug. 22, 2011)
(D) (Table of Contents of the Book) Table of 40 TRIZ Principles for IT/Software and their application examples. (Umakant Mishra) (Aug. 29, 2014)
(E) Index: Index of IT/Software technologies/techniques classified and organized hierarchically (Toru Nakagawa, Aug. 15, 2011) (PDF 26pages)
See also the old pages of the translation project at the initial stage (Mar. ; Sept. 2008) and at the final stage at SKI (Aug. 2011).
Publication announcement: "TRIZ Practices and Benefits" Series (in Japanese): Vol. 3S: "Hierarchical TRIZ Algorithms (for Novices)" published; and 10% OFF Sales of the Whole Set of the Series (Jul. 28, 2014)
Annuncement by Toru Nakagawa (CrePS Institute), Jul. 28, 2014.
An introductory volume is now published as: Vol. 3S "Hierarchical TRIZ Algorithms (for Novices) -- Illustrated Course Material". Printed Edition: Soft cover, B5 size, 56 pages, full color, 1200 yen + tax, Print-on-Demand at DLmarket site. It contains: Introduction (by Nakagawa, 1 page), Author's Preface (7 pages), and Introduction part and 'Symple Version' of each chapter of the Vol. 3 book, as specified by the Author. Concise and cheap, readable with a lot of illustrations.
The whole set of the series (currently of 4 vlumes) are sold at 10% OFF.
TRIZ Forum: From Readers : Discussions on "TRIZ and Lean (and others)" (Jul. 13, 2014)
Toru Nakagawa (OGU), Yoichi Hasegawa, Osamu Kumasaka, Toshihiro Hayashi, Masao Ishihama (Kanagawa Inst. of Tech.), Tomomi Murata (Kita-Kyushu City Univ.), Naohiko Takayama (Shimadzu)
Inspired by the paper "Lean-TRIZ instead of TRIZ-Lean" by C.M. Thurnes et al (Germany), we in Japan recently have some active discussions among the readers of this site. In the Japanese page, email discussions among the seven persons are posted, while in the English page Nakagawa's messages and Takayama's Mind Map are shown. On reading the paper, Nakagawa has found a lot for us to learn, think, and act, and wrote Editor's Note (PS) in the Japanese page, which is now translated into English. Hasegawa responded to it intensively especially with a survey of the historical relationships in the development of Ford mass production system => Toyota production system (or Lean engineering) => TOC (Theory of Constraints). Hayashi discusses the differences in the purposes of Toyota production system and TRIZ problem solving methodology and argues not to discuss them like alternatives. Takayama shows the complementary relationships between TRIZ and Six sigma and suggests to clarify such relationships between TRIZ and Lean. Nakagawa briefly reported about an open lecture by Toyota CEO Chairman Mr. Takeshi Uchiyamada on "Development of PRIUS". He was the chief engineer of the PRIUS development project. The ways of developing PRIUS were utterly different from the ordinary Toyota ways of developing new cars, and almost entirely opposite of Lean engineering, he says.
Announcement: Publication Announcement of the Japanese Edition: Larry Ball's "Hierarchical TRIZ Algorithms -- Illustrated Course Material from Novices to Experts" (Jun. 30, 2014)
Authored by Larry Ball, Japanese translation by Toshio Takahara and Toru Nakagawa, Published by the CrePS Institute, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan, on Jun. 30, 2014.
Printed Edition: Soft cover, B5 size, 208 pages, full color, 4200 yen + tax, Print-on-Demand at DLmarket site.
Downloading Edition: PDF, A4 size, 208 pages, 2400 yen + tax, Digital downloading at DLmarket site.
The main body is the 160-page course materials posted in the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" in 2006-2007 in Japanese translation . In front of it, the book contains the introduction and the slides with annotation of the Keynote Lecture presented at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2007, as well as the new Preface by the author . For making the most of so many illustrations, all pages are printed in color.
This is an excellent textbook of modernized TRIZ. The author advocates that the decisions in the product development process should follow the logical pre-post relationships. The principal stages should be: Business and market needs => What system does => Identify pivotal functions => Idealize functional components => Idealize attributes of functional components. These stages form the hierarchy of decisions, and hence a consistent flow of procedures. During the processes of idealizing the functions and attributes, there appear various problems and contradictions, for which TRIZ tools can be used effectively. Especially, the author demonstrates a large number of viewpoints of separation of Physical Contradictions, beyond classical TRIZ tools. There are full of illustrations of small cases for explaining the concepts/processes. The textbook is easy to understand and enjoyable for beginners, and yet is challenging for experts.
For purchasing, please refer to the publication announcement page of the Series and access to the product page of CrePS Institute in the internet DLmarket site. See the Flyer:
TRIZ Introduction Paper: "Hierarchical TRIZ Algorithms" and Its Further Development (Jun. 30, 2014)
Larry Ball (Honeywell, USA), Jun. 15, 2014 (Japanese translation: Toru Nakagawa (OGU)), Preface for the Japanese Edition of Larry Ball's "Hierarchical TRIZ Algorithms" (Translated by Toshio Takahara and Toru Nakagawa, Published by the CrePS Institute, Jun. 30, 2014)
A 7-page Preface newly written down by the author for the Japanese Edition. "Hierarchical TRIZ Algorithms" was originally posted in the TRIZ Journal in 2005-2006 and was presented in his Keynote Lecture at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2007. The present article describes its essence reflecting his further development. He has decomposed all the TRIZ tools together with various other methods related to product development and market development, and has reorganized them into an integrated process. The guideline for the reconstruction is to clarify the input/output information of processes and to follow the logical pre/post relationships among the processes; he calls it a hierarchy of decision and finds a hierarchical algorithms for product development. There are cases when an engineer comes up with an idea of a product, draws a prototype design, and requests for the funding. Such cases fail very often, as statistics show, because he has started the project at a down stream after arbitrarily assuming the information to be decided at upper streams, the author says. The Hierarchical TRIZ Algorithms advises the transfer from 'selling what we can make' to 'making what we can sell'.
TRIZ Forum: From Readers : Letters from Readers （May - . 2014） (Jun. 30; Jul. 28, 2014)
Nikolay Bogatyrev (UK), KyeongWon Lee (Korea), Bill Fowlkes (USA), Jiang Guixing (China), Umakant Mishra (India), Tomomi Murata (Japan), Jack Hipple (USA), Olga Bogatyeva (UK), Toru Nakagawa (OGU)
[In Japanese page] Toshihiro Hayashi, Tomomi Murata, Naohiko Takayama, Kazuyasu Ikeda
Among the communications I have received recently, I am posting here some of those suitable for open discussions. Papers posted recently seem to attract much attention, e.g. 'TRIZ Activities in Korea' (K.W. Lee (Korea)), 'A New System of 111 Standards (D. Russo et al. (Italy)), 'Lean-TRIZ instead of TRIZ-Lean' (C.M. Thurnes et al. (Germany)). K. Ikeda (Sekisui Engineering, Japan) contributed a Message on the publication of the Japanese Edition of Larry Balls "Hierarchical TRIZ Algorithms.
[Added in the English page (Jul. 28, 2014)] Shahid Saleem Arshad (Australia), Georgy Severinets (Korea), James Kowalick (USA), Ellen Domb (USA)
Dr. Kowalick, Co-founder of the TRIZ Journal in 1996 and one of the TRIZ leaders in USA in 1990s, communicated with me about his years of activities using TRIZ.
TRIZ Paper: Lean-TRIZ instead of TRIZ-Lean (May 31, 2014)
Christian M. Thurnes (Univ. of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern, Germany) and Frank Zeihsel (Synnovating GmbH, Germany), 13th ETRIA TRIZ Future Conference (TFC2013), pp.789-795, Oct. 29-31, 2013, Ecole Nationale d'Arts et Metiers of Paris, France; Introduction in English: Toru Nakagawa (OGU); Japanese translation: Toru Nakagawa (OGU), May 22, 2014
The authors have clear motivation in the present work: Recently in many companies in Germany (and in Japan and all over the world) the "Lean" (or Lean engineering/management, i.e. Toyota's production/development system) has been introduced actively. Lean and TRIZ are the methodologies having the targets in common to improve and solve problems in the systems of product development and production processes, etc. In fact, however, Lean practitioners rarely use TRIZ even though they are aware of it. Is there any way to integrate/cooperate the two methodologies, or for TRIZ to play a significant role in the Lean situations? The authors presented their thoughts in the conferences and groups having both TRIZ and Lean members, and through discussions and experiments they have found a new different approach.
Initially the authors proposed and tested the "TRIZ-Lean" approach where the TRIZ principles (e.g., Inventive principles and ideality) are explained or concretized with the ideas and examples in Lean. TRIZ practitioners accepted the approach, but Lean practitioners rarely found its significance, saying "Lean is good enough without TRIZ".
Then they found a new approach, "Lean-TRIZ", where the two methodologies are kept as they are and in the Lean prevailing situations TRIZ should be used at the Lean's blind/weak points for supporting Lean. More concretely, the problems which are recognized as 'necessary wastes (NVA)' in Lean are defined as contradictions in TRIZ and are solved with ordinary TRIZ tools. In the Lean product development process, several TRIZ tools are used. On the occasions of 'events' in Lean, TRIZ sessions or TRIZ workshops fit well to work for these purposes. The Lean-TRIZ approach has been tested and has obtained positive evaluations by Lean practitioners. In practice, the authors advise to respect the Lean philosophies such as 'Test to design' and 'Set-based concurrent development' and to perform TRIZ in relatively short subsessions. -- This paper reflects the discussions and practices in the methodological as well as practical aspects. This work shows us insightful directions for promoting TRIZ in the real world.
In the Japanese page , I posted the paper (HTML), slides (PDF), my introduction, and some of my thoughts. In the English page, only Nakagawa's introduction to the paper is posted; no links to the paper and the slides because they are not yet publicized by ETRIA.
TRIZ Paper: Freeform Innovation and Ideative Energy (May 14, 2014)
S. Saleem Arshad (Applied Innovations, Australia), Apr. 23, 2014
'Freeform Innovation' proposed here by the author is a simple and powerful process for generating creative ideas, as is explained and demonstrated with a simple example. In this concise paper of 10 pages we can understand the basic approach of FI, which has just a two-step structure, i.e., 'Active Observation' and 'Active Thinking'. The process is driven intuitively and effectively with the emphasis of improving/adding functionality. In combining and then uniting the ideas/functions of A and B, the author uses the notations like A+B and then (AB). The present paper contains some more new terms and new concepts, e.g., Ideative energy (on the user side and on the product side), Flow of ideative energy, etc. They must have a wealth of potential for further investigation and discussion.
TRIZ Paper: Understanding Secrets of Sustainability through TRIZ Philosophy (May 14, 2014)
Umakant Mishra (India), Apr. 9, 2014
This is a clearly written overview paper discussing on the 'Sustainability' in a general and conceptual level, to understand its secrets. The philosophy (not individual tools) in TRIZ has guided the understanding. Such TRIZ concepts are: Cause-effect relationships; Super-, Sub-, and Co-Systems; Resources; Contradictions; Ideality; etc. The paper is written in an abstract and conceptual level and yet very clearly to discuss the real problems to solve and goals to achieve the Sustainability. How to achieve the Sustainability still need to be investigated; I wish to read the author's forthcoming paper.
Mishra's book "TRIZ Principles for Information Technology" is going to be published soon by CrePS Institute in the Japanese Edition as Vol. 4 of "TRIZ Practices and Benefits" Series .
TRIZ Forum: From Readers : Letters from Readers （Jan. - Apr. 2014） (Apr. 30, 2014)
Anita Narayan (USA), Natalia Rubin (Russia), Ellen Domb (USA), Ravi Chandra Phani Thalupuru (India), Rinka Singh (India), Denis Cavallucci (France), David Verduyn (USA), Mahmoud Karimi (Iran), SB Khoh (Korea), Sarimah Misman (Malaysia), Isak Bukhman (USA);
[In Japanese page] Hiromasa Hibino, Tetsu Sadahiro, Toru Nakagawa, Hitoshi Kanno
Among the communications I have received recently, I am posting here some of those suitable for open discussions. Anita Narayan, a mom of a 5 year old, learns the CID Course material for 1-3 graders we posted here in 2001-2002 and has started communication with Natalia Rubina. Promotion case studies in Japanese industries and those especially in Korea (Prof. K.W. Lee' paper) attracted much interests of readers.
TRIZ Paper: Methodology: From Altshuller’s 76 Standard Solutions to a new Set of 111 Standards (Apr. 30, 2014)
Davide Russo and Stefano Duci (University of Bergamo, Italy), 13th ETRIA TRIZ Future Conference (TFC2013), pp.305 - 315, Oct. 29-31, 2013, Ecole Nationale d'Arts et Metiers of Paris, France; Introduction in English: Toru Nakagawa (OGU); Japanese translation: Toshio Takahara ( ) and Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Apr. 28, 2014
This paper deals with the Su-Field Modeling and the Inventive Standards originally developed by G. Altshuller. His methods intend to focus down the problem situation into a minimal system model of two substances and the interaction between them, and to recommend some suitable solution strategies according to the type of the problem patterns. However, for ordinary TRIZ users, his Triad representation of the Su-Field Model looks particular and the system of 76 Standards seems difficult to parse; and hence these two methods have not been used so widely. The present authors have reorganized these two methods by following Altshuller's original aims:
First, the authors adopted the commonly used concepts of functional analysis for modeling the minimal system with the two substances (Tool and Object) and the interaction (action or function) between them. Then the problem situations are classified into the cases of 'Harmful/Excessive action' and 'Insufficient/Missing action' (besides the cases of 'Measurement/Detection' and 'Incomplete minimal system'). Solution strategies for the 'Harmful/Excessive action' are expressed with 6 different verbs: 'Deflect', 'Block', 'Make unable', 'Make insensitive', 'Combine (the system)', and 'Reduce' the harmful action. Similarly for 'Insufficient/Missing action' the strategies are expressed with different 6 verbs. Such strategies are called 'Actions'. The Actions can be applied onto the elements of the minimal system in only 4 ways; they are 'Add a substance', 'Modify a substance', 'Add a Field', and 'Modify a Field'. These 4 ways are named 'Suggestions', and are described in more detail by using the information contained in the original 76 Standards. In this manner, the present authors have proposed a new, reorganized system of Standards, composed by 25 'Action-Suggestion' pairs of solution strategies.
*** The new system has a simple overall structure and easy-to-understand description of individual Standards. The present paper is excellent in reorganizing (or modernizing) the Su-Field Model and the Standards, following Altshuller's original intention. I wish that the world TRIZ community accept this new system for wider penetration.
In the English page: Introduction by Nakagawa , but no links to the paper and slides yet, waiting for ETRIA's approval.
In the Japanese page: Introduction by Nakagawa, Paper and Slides in Japanese translation.
Announcement: Publication Announcement of the Japanese Edition: Darrell Mann's "Matrix 2010: Re-updating the TRIZ Contradiction Matrix" (Apr. 17, 2014)
Toru Nakagawa (OGU and CrePS Institute), Apr. 17, 2014.
As the second volume of "TRIZ Practices and Benefits" series, we have just published the Japanese Edition of Darrell Mann's "Matrix 2010: Re-updating the TRIZ Contradiction Matrix".
'Contradiction Matrix' is known as a typical method in TRIZ, but in fact it had a peculiar history of development and evaluation. The Contradiction Matrix published today in most (i.e., except Mann's) TRIZ textbooks is the one of size 39×39. It was originally developed by G. Altshuller with tremendous paper-and-pencil efforts by the beginning of 1970s. Engineers at that time, and nowadays as well, were much attracted to it with the great vision and results. However, Altshuller himself evaluated its usefulness below his expectation, and hence he omitted this method from ARIZ (i.e., the standard process of TRIZ) in mid 70s and did not recommend it any longer to his students. When TRIZ was introduced to the Western world in 90s, basic and earlier knowledge of TRIZ was mostly brought in, and Contradiction Matrix became popular. It has been used in the old form, because updating it would need a huge work.
Darrell Mann et al started the big project of updating Contradiction Matrix in 2000; they analyzed all the US patents granted since 1985 to establish an updated Matrix with full usage of modern IT tools. Their Matrix 2003 is of size 48×48, while Matrix 2010 size 50×50. Categorization into parameters and the suggestions of applicable Principles have become easier to understand and apply. As the progress in science and technology, the contents of the Contradiction Matrix should also evolve, Mann says. I believe that we should use the updated Matrix instead of the original but old one, for appreciating and furthering the vision and philosophy of our TRIZ Father.
At the DLmarket site , the book (Soft cover B5 size, 154 pages, Print-on-Demand, 2600yen+tax) and the digital files (Downloading, 1800yen+tax) are available. See the detail page and the flyer . On request from the book purchaser, two A2-size sheets of Matrix 2010 and its parameters & principles will be delivered without charge.
TRIZ Paper: TRIZ Propagation: Effective strategy to introduce and propagate TRIZ into companies based on the bad and good experiences in Korea (Apr. 2; Apr. 9, 2014)
Kyeongwon Lee (Korea Polytechnic University (Korea) & INSA Strasbourg (France)), 13th ETRIA TRIZ Future Conference (TFC2013), pp.641-648, Oct. 29-31, 2013, Ecole Nationale d'Arts et Metiers of Paris, France; Bibliography and Japanese translation: Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Mar. 29, 2014
Korea is the country most successful in introducing, propagating and applying TRIZ in industries, among the countries in the world. In the initial stage of introducing TRIZ in Korea (ca. 1996 - 2005), TRIZ was not accepted widely because of various barriers and bad experiences, the Author says. The situation was changed by the success of practical industrial examples developed in Samsung by Russian TRIZ experts employed at TRIZ promotion department. Executives of Samsung recognized the success, and promoted to develop education and training programs and expand the application of TRIZ to real projects. Such TRIZ activities were expanded to other big industries in Korea, and were carried out with much enthusiasm as a big movement in Korean industries, he says. On the basis of 'bad' and 'good' experiences the author suggests 'Effective strategies' for introducing and propagating TRIZ in industries. PDF files of the paper and the slides in English, and the Japanese translation of the paper . [Note (TN, Apr. 9, 2014): According to ETRIA's request, I have temporarily closed the links to the original English paper and English slides, until they are posted openly by a publisher's site. My introduction in this English page and the Japanese translation version remain being posted. I am going to post several other TFC papers in a similar way.]
I collected the papers concerning to TRIZ activities in Korea as a bibliography. There are about 40 papers (including original papers/presentations and my own introductions to them in my Personal Reports of conferences),having direct links mostly in this Web site and some in other official sites.
TRIZ Forum: Southbeach Forum: Brief Guide of How To Use the Southbeach Modeller (in the Editor Mode) (Apr. 2, 2014)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), (Jun. 9, 2013 in Japanese ) Mar. 24, 2014 in English translation
The Southbeach Modeller is a very sophisticated and excellently designed software tool. It has so many functions, features, and options, and yet is shown on the window in a very compact way. It has a rich library of white papers, specifications, demo videos, sample outputs, and examples made by developers and users. The usage of the software is mostly intuitive. However, its users meet some difficulty for starting up. A lack of Users Manuals may be the weak point. I think NOT a Reference Manual but a brief & easy Guide is needed for the beginners of the Southbeach Modeller. Thus I wrote this Guide a year ago, for assisting the beginners to get started in using the Southbeach Modeller in the Editor Mode (i.e., for building the models). And today I am posting it in English translation.
TRIZ Education Case study: 12 Years of Lecture and Seminar Classes on 'Methods of Creative Problem Solving' (Mar. 16, 2014)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ., Professor Emeritus), Poster presentation at the 2nd Conference of Innovation Education Society, held on Mar. 10-11, 2014 at Keio University, Hiyoshi Campus, Yokohama.
'Innovation Education Society' of Japan was established last year. Its core groups were formed by 3 prestageous universities, i.e., 'i.school' of the University of Tokyo, SDM (System Design Management Course) of Keio University Graduate School, and QREC (Robert T. Huang Entrepreneurship Center) of Kyushu University. The society is going to develop and promote the methods and systems for educating the motivation, mindsets, skills and techniques, leadership etc. necessary for achieving innovation, towards undergraduate and graduate students (and young engineers and business people). The conference this year obtained over 200 participants from universities and industries, and over 40 case studies presentated with posters in parallel. Most people are interested in how to motivate and acquire skills in social and business oriented areas. I presented my 12 years of experiences of education at OGU in the field of (technical) creative problem solving, which forms the basis of 'Innovation' in most cases, I believe. 8 slides in Japanese.
TRIZ News: TRIZ News in Japan
Japan Creativity Society (JCS) is going to hold 36th Annucal Conference on Oct. 25-26, 2014. (Jul. 28, 2014)
Japan TRIZ Society (JTS) is going to hold 10th TRIZ Symposium in Japan on Sept. 11 - 12. (Mar. 16; Jul. 28, 2014)
==> Personal Report (Toru Nakagawa) (Nov. 27, 2014)
TRIZ News: TRIZ News Outside Japan
ICSI 2014 is to be held on Jul. 16-18, 2014, at San Jose, California, USA. (Mar. 16, 2014)
Korea: 5th Global TRIZ Conference 2014 in Korea (KoreaTRIZCON2014) is to be held on Jul. 8-10, 2014 at Seoul, Korea(Mar. 16, 2014)
TRIZfest-2014 Conference and related events will be held on Sept. 4 - 6, 2014 in Praha, Czech Republic. (Mar. 16, 2014)
ETRIA TRIZ Future Conference 2014 will be held on Oct. 29-31, 2014 in Lausanne, Switzerland (Mar. 16, 2014)
TRIZCON2014 is under preparation to be held around October, 2014 (Mar. 16, 2014)
TRIZCON2013 was held on Dec. 5, 2013 at Post Univ., CT, USA (Mar. 16, 2014)
Announcement: "TRIZ Practices and Benefits" Book Series Are Now Available in Print on Demand (Toru Nakagawa (OGU and CrePS Institute)) (Mar. 10, 2014)
Announcement: Publication Announcement of the Revised Japanese Edition: Darrell Mann's "Hands-On Systematic Innovation with Matrix 2010" (Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University and CrePS Institute)) (Feb. 16; Mar. 10; Apr. 17, 2014)
The book series "TRIZ Practices and Benefits" in Japanese has been restarted in publication by 'CrePS Institute' as the publisher. The original Vol. 1 of the series was our Japanese edition of Darrell Mann's excellent textbook "Hands-On Systematic Innovation" (HOSI) . It is now replaced with the revised version Vol. 1A "HOSI with Matrix 2010" in short. Using the latest Matrix in the textbook HOSI is quite natural for the author and for us readers. Thus, under the author's approval, I have revised the text at the minumum level while including Matrix 2010 in its full extent. Darrell Mann's new preface is shown in this English page. In the Japanese page, detailed information, e.g. Nakagawa's preface, table of contents, and a large number of "Notes for the Revised Japanese Edition" (Toru Nakagawa) in relation to Chapter 10. Technical Contradiction and Contradiction Matrix 2010. The new Japanese edition is now available through Print on Demand and digital downloading at DLmarket site. (Mar. 10, 2014)
Flyer of the book in PDF (Apr. 17, 2014).
Announcement: Publications of Book Series "TRIZ Practices and Benefits" by CrePS Institute (Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University and CrePS Institute)) (Feb. 16; Mar. 10, 2014)
Nakagawa published (or prepared for publication) five books from Sozo Kaihatsu Initiative, Ltd. (SKI) as the main translator (See ). After a gap of one year since SKI's quitting its business, I have decided to restart the publication of the books by starting my own sole proprietorship, CrePS Institute, as a publisher. The books will be available in the form of digital downloading of PDF files and also Print on Demand from the CrePS Institute page stored in an internet downloadiing site 'DLmarket' in Japan . (Unfortunately, printing and binding the books need to be done, if necessary, by the customers. ==> DLmarket has started its Print on Demand service since Feb. 20, 2014. Thus the book is now available in a nicely bounded print with softcover of B5 size. (Mar. 10, 2014)) The present page shows the table of publications (including those under preparation) and the guide for purchasing them.
Flyer of the book series in PDF (Apr. 17, 2014).
Editorial: Message: Start of CrePS Institute and publication of "TRIZ Practices and Benefits" book series (Editor: Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University and CrePS Institute)) (Feb. 16, 2014)
For starting the publication of TRIZ book series, it has become necessary for me to take the official business responsibility as a publisher. So I have just started 'CrePS Institute', a sole proprietorship, and have become its Director. Its activites are to be: Research, education, and proliferation activities of creative problem solving methods (e.g., TRIZ, USIT, CrePS, etc.).
TRIZ Paper: Innovation: Thinking Differently to Create Value (Jan. 26, 2014)
S. Saleem Arshad (Applied Innovations, Australia), Jan. 25, 2014
I received this paper from Dr. Arshad as his final version after several turns of communications since last autumn. He has raised a question about the real contents of the fashionable keyword "Innovation". Behind the current global trend of pursuing "Innovation", something different and more fundamental has been lost, he discusses. He shows a two-dimensional space for categorizing various studies and methods of how to achieve "Innovation" (including improvement and problem solving, etc.), where one axis is along the outcome-based vs. process-based approaches and the other axis along the conceptual knowledge vs. practical knowledge. He argues the needs of works with more process-based approaches and of more practical knowledge. -- In recent years the global TRIZ community have made various activities and progresses in TRIZ, and yet I feel we are losing the ground of TRIZ in some aspects. We need to reconsider our standing points and our directions to go. I wish you to contribute your thoughts to open discussions in the present Web site and elsewhere. PDF .
TRIZ Paper: Case study: In-house Promotion of TRIZ Use through Practice (Jan. 26, 2014)
Shigeru Hisanaga, Hiroshi Takenaka (DENSO Corporation) (English translation by the Japan TRIZ Society), Presented at 9th TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held on Sept. 5-6, 2013 at Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Tachikawa, Tokyo
This paper was presented last September at the Japan TRIZ Symposium 2013 and received the 'Award of Best Presentation for You' according to the participants voting. DENSO Corporation, as you may know, is a big company in the TOYOTA group taking charge of the electronic equipment and interiors. This paper reports that DENSO has introduced and applied TRIZ for these 10 years to about 250 projects. They suggested in conclusion: "There can be different ways for promoting TRIZ in an industry. Promotion through 'Real practices' is one of them, i.e., To apply TRIZ anyway to real job tasks, to have many experiences of small successes and failures, and through such lessons, to find new approaches and tools suitable and useful for ourselves." PDF
TRIZ Paper: Case study: 7 Solutions to extend the application of TRIZ - Including the prevention of design risk - (Jan. 26, 2014)
Takashi Ogata, Kazuhiro Fujikawa (OLYMPUS Corporation), Presented at 9th TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held on Sept. 5-6, 2013 at Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Tachikawa, Tokyo
This paper was presented last September at the Japan TRIZ Symposium 2013 and received the 'Award of Best Presentation for You' according to the participants voting. Mr. Ogata has won the Awards 3 times running since 2011!! In Olympus Corp., the authors have introduced the scientific methods like QFD, TRIZ, and Taguchi Method since 2009. From the start they tried to introduce the methods on the standpoints of engineers, so as to be quick and effective in their busy schedule, and to select and apply suitable tools depending on their purposes. At the presentation this year, they have shown 7 sequences of applying selected tools (elements in QFD, TRIZ, and TM) for different purposes. They call them '7 Solutions'. (-- In Japanese IT jargon, 'Solution' means a software system or method /process to be applied to some big user's jobs.) They describe the processes and methods in each 'Solution' and explain the basic concepts underpinning the seven Solutions. I evaluate this paper unique and valuable from the international viewpoints and hope it useful and stimulative for many readers in Japan and in the world. PDF
Editorial: Message for the New Year 2014 (Editor: Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University)) (Jan. 26, 2014) (Jan. 11, 2014)
Greetings from Japan! I posted this New Year message in Japanese on Jan. 11, but in English only now, near the end of January. You see my New Year card (in Japanese) and three enlarged photoes: aurora in Finland and opera at the Arena of Verona, Italy. The society in Japan (as well as in the world) is facing with many complex and serious problems. (Unfortunately, the current Japanese government intends to go in a wrong direction.) For addressing to such complex problems, we need to build effective methodologies of problem solving and apply them to the real practices in various places. The demands in society are so huge but our power for building tools is so limited. I would like to make our best efforts step by step in cooperation with you.
Posted in 2013
TRIZ Paper : Scheme of 'New Product and Service' System Creation Using TRIZ -- Search for a Creating Method of "New Product and Service" System by Analyzing "Hot Sellers and Services" Using TRIZ -- (Dec. 23, 2013)
(Business and Management TRIZ Research Subcommittee, Japan TRIZ Society) Ikuo Yoshizawa (SANNO Institute of Management), Hisataka Izawa (Sony Corp.), Fumiko Kikuchi (Pioneer Corp.), Yasuo Moriya (Fujitsu Advanced Technologies Ltd.), Osamu Ikeda (Nikon Imaging System Inc.) (English translation of slides by the Japan TRIZ Society) , Presented at 9th TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held on Sept. 5-6, 2013 at Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Tachikawa, Tokyo
This is an excellent report of the work conducted by a study group of JTS for these 4 years. In the field of business and management application of TRIZ, the authors have chosen the success of Yamato Transport Co.'s "TA-Q-BIN" (Door to Door parcel Delivery Service) business as the model of their case study. The authors studied to identify contradictions in the historical situations around the business; they also evaluated the present stage of evolution in several aspects of the business and estimated the next future stage of evolution. This is a valuable case study of applying TRIZ to business problems; the case is of special interest as a unique service business developed for these 40 years in Japan. The presentation has 50 slides with rich contents (PDF ). Six of the slides are shown in the HTML page for illustrating the work.
TRIZ Forum: Letters from Readers (Discussions) : Research focus is on problem finding and solution execution rather than problem solving / Thinking methods for problem solving are the basis we should establish now (Dec. 23, 2013)
Darrell Mann (Systematic Innovation, UK), Oct. 29, 2013; Toru Nakagawa (OGU, Japan), Nov. 5, 2013.
An email comment by Darrell Mann and my reply to him are posted here. They were posted initially in the "Letters from Readers (Nov.-Dec., 2013)" on Nov. 17 together with several other communications, but are reposted here in a separate page with titles explicit in the contexts. Mann raised an important issue on our research focus in relation to my proposal of 'General Methodology of Creative Problem-Solving/Task-Achieving' (CrePS); he says: "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." .
TRIZ Forum: Letters from Readers (Discussions) : On the integration of different methodologies for creative problem solving: Company culture and TRIZ promotion; VE and TRIZ; Goal-means system and cause-effect system; Functions and attributes; etc. (Dec. 23, 2013)
Makoto Unno (formerly Kawasaki Heavy Indus tires) & Yoichi Hasegawa (in Kanagawa), Communications from Aug. 21 to Sept. 13, 2013.
Triggered with Nakagawa's manuscript on 'General methodology for creative problem solving (CrePS)', email discussions were carried out intensively between Dr. Unno and Mr. Y. Hasegawa last August to September. Topics of the discussions are shown above in the title. The discussions are deep and stimulative, reflecting their thoughts. (English translation is not planned.)
Editorial: TRIZ Forum : Letters from Readers （English/Japanese）-- Index Page (since 2013) (Dec. 23, 2013)
To my thanks, I have been receiving emails occasionally from various readers in Japan and from overseas. Communications suitable for open discussions will be posted. This page contains index tables of "Letters from Readers" pages. You may click the links in the index tables to access individual communications posted in English and/or Japanese pages.
TRIZ presentation: Universal Trends of Evolution in form of USE and USESoft (Dec. 9, 2013)
Alex Zakharov (USA), September 12, 2013
I received this presentation from Alex Zakharov attached on his communication regarding my CrePS proposal. He 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 － (Dec. 9, 2013)
Hajime Kasai (IDEA Inc.) (English translation by the Japan TRIZ Society), Presented at 9th TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held on Sept. 5-6, 2013 at Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Tachikawa, Tokyo
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, and was presented at Japan IM Users Group Conference 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 several points. Slides in PDF .
TRIZ/USIT/CrePS Paper: General Methodology for Creative Problem Solving and Task Achieving －Its Plan－ (Dec. 9, 2013)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Presented at 9th TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held on Sept. 5-6, 2013 at Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Tachikawa, Tokyo
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: From Readers : Letters from Readers （Nov. - Dec. 2013） (Nov. 17; Dec. 9; Dec. 23, 2013)
Darrell Mann (UK); S.Alireza Kashizad (France <- Iran); Ramu Iyer (USA); David Verduyn (USA); Editor: Toru Nakagawa (OGU)
Shahid Saleem Arshad (Australia); Alex Zakharov (USA) (Dec. 9, 2013); Sarimah Misman (Malaysia) (Dec. 23, 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.S. Arshad and by A. Zakharov. (posted: Dec. 9, 2013)
Index page of "Letters from Readers" pages is built ; and discussions between Darrell Mann and Toru Nakagawa are translated into Japanese and shown in a separate page . (Dec. 23, 2013)
To clarify some confusion in Arshad comment of Nov. 28, Nakagawa inserted a brief description about the Idea generation step. (Jan. 26, 2014)
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 University) Nov. 5, 2013 (in Japanese); [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 ETRIA TFC is a conference on TRIZ held every year in Europe, with the attendance from not only Europe but also USA, Asia, and Mid East, etc. 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 (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Nov. 12, 2013 (in Japanese) ; Dec. 9, 2013 (in English)
The 3 days conference had 8 invited talks and 72 presentations, with about 150 participants form about 30 different countries. I attended and presented a paper at the conference. 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 (Nov. 17, 2013) (Dec. 9, 2013)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Nov. 7, 2013 (in Japanese); Dec. 9, 2013 (in English)
Japan TRIZ Symposium 2013 was held on Sept. 5-6, 2013 in Tokyo. The 2 days conference had 6 invited talks and 23 presentations, with about 140 participants. I attended and presented a paper at the symposium, as just one of the participants this year without getting involved in the organization. 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), introducing selected 12 presentations briefly. 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. ==> Full posting in English (Dec. 9, 2013).
Note: Presentation slides of all the contributed papers were posted publicly in the Official Web site of the Japan TRIZ Society both in Japanese and in English . (Jan. 26, 2014)
Creativity lecture: Creative Company and Methods (Nov. 17; Nov. 18, 2013)
Makoto Takahashi (SOKEN Research Institute, Japan), Special Invited Talk presented at 4th Global TRIZ Conference in Korea (GTC2013), Held on July 9-10, 2013 at Seoul Trade Exhibition& Convention, Seoul, Korea
Dr. Makoto 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 Research Institute' and is its Chairman; he has been guiding a large number of companies and municipal offices, etc. He is ex-President and ex-Chairman of the Japan Creativity Society (JCS), and is also Special-appointment Professor of Japan Graduate School of Professional Education. 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.
On the 15th Anniversary of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan": Toru Nakagawa (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) (Oct. 20, 2013)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Oct. 19, 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, and is posted here openly. 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. Outlines are posted in HTML, while detailed descriptions in Excel files.
(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).
Whenever I receive contributed manuscripts in accordance to the vision and style of the CrePS methodology, I will be happy to reflect the contributions in the present documents of the CrePS methodology.
TRIZ Forum: Letters from Readers （Aug. - Oct. , 2013） (Oct. 20, 2013)
Shahid Saleem Arshad (Australia), Shireen Al - Jaouni (Palestine), Yury Danilovsky (Russia/Korea), Ellen Domb (USA), Khairul Manami Kamarudin （UK/Malaysia), Richard Platt (USA), Umakant Mishra (India), Aug. - Oct. 2013;
Masao Ishihama (Kanagawa Inst. Tech.), Yoichi Hasegawa (in Kanagawa), Osamu Kumasaka (Sangyo Kakushin Inst.), Makoto Unno (formerly Kawasaki Heavy Industries), Toshihiro Hayashi (Hayashi Professional Engineer's Office), Shinichi Sasaki (Sendai National College), Eiichi Yamaguchi (Doshisha Univ.), Aug. - Oct. 2013;
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 respondents. Various comments and discussions were communicated in relation to the papers/articles posted in the Web site.
==> Index page of "Letters from Readers" (English/Japanese) pages has been built. (Dec. 23, 2013)
TRIZ Forum: Southbeach Forum: CrePS-SB Project for Trial Use and Evaluation of the Southbeach Notation and Modelling (Oct. 20, 2013) (Jun. 9, 2013)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Jun. 9, 2013. and Oct. 20, 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. The procedure is shown in this page.
TRIZ/USIT/CrePS Paper: General methodology for creative problem solving and task achieving (CrePS): Its vision (Oct. 3; Oct. 25, 2013)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), the 35th Conference of Japan Creativity Society, to be held on Oct. 26-27, 2013 at Nihon Institute of Medical Science, Moroyama-machi, Saitama (in Japanese);
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University),13th ETRIA TRIZ Future Conference (TFC2013), to be held on Oct. 29-31, 2013, Ecole Nationale d'Arts et Metiers of Paris, Paris, France (in English);
This page posts a full paper on the 'General methodology of Creative Problem Solving and Task Achieving (CrePS)', which I have been advocating these days, with the focus on its vision. The Japanese paper for JCS Conference is addressed to the audience who are working for creativity education, practical applications of problem solving techniques, etc. (with few people familiar with TRIZ), and hence it emphasizes on the needs of unifying various creative problem solving methods into a general methodology. On the other hand, the English paper for ETRIA TFC is addressed to TRIZ specialists/practitioners and thus it is introduced by emphasizing the significance of establishing a general methodology of creative problem solving across the border of TRIZ.
The bodies of the two papers are essentially the same. 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.
The full papers in English (HTML and PDF ) and in Japanese (HTML and PDF ) are posted. A table of pages on the relevant topic is also 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 (Oct. 3, 2013)
Internet casting on USTREAM, "Inventor Nagaya's Talk Show on Innovation of Education", Guest: Toru Nakagawa (OGU), Sept. 27, 2013, 19:15- JST. Video Archives: USTREAM http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/39283391 ; YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxpQNTiRzBQ
Mr. Kenichi Nagaya is an inventor and entrepreneur at his emerging company Netman, which is working for the innovation of education with the emphasis of IT and communications. Nakagawa was invited as a guest of his Talk Show on USTREAM internet casting. It was a live show for 30 minutes on evening Sept. 27, 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 .
Forum: Southbeach Forum: Trial Use Report (1): Report of 3-month trial use of Southbeach Modeller (Oct. 3, 2013)
Morimasa Okada （YorkMart Co.）, Sept. 18, 2013.
This is 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. Thus it is pretty useful for constructing new functionality of the stores and business. ... Examples: Three of the models I made 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 (Oct. 3, 2013)
Eiichi Yamaguchi (Doshisha Univ.), Presented at the 3rd International Symposium on Innovation Strategy (ISIS2012), held on Sept. 11, 2012, at University of Cambridge, UK
This page is Prof. Yamaguchi's Fukushima Report in English in a more readable form than the page posted a week ago. PPT slides and the narration notes of Prof. Yamaguchi's English presentation at ISIS2012 are posted. The core points of the talk is the same as those of Report (1).
Forum: Fukushima nuclear accident: FUKUSHIMA Report (1): Criminal error in TEPCO management of technology and damages given to "Brand Japan" (Sept. 20, 2013)
Eiichi Yamaguchi (Doshisha Univ.) and Morinosuke Kawaguchi (Arthur D. Little (Japan), Inc.) (Fukushima Project Committee), News Release, Nov. 2011
In the Japanese page: 'Core problem in the TEPCO nuclear plant accident -- Similarity with the JR West train accident at Amagasaki', by Eiichi Yamaguchi (Doshisha Univ.), Talk on Feb. 26, 2013; published in "Bulletin of YMCA, The University of Tokyo", Aug. 6, 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." In the Japanese page, I am posting the 10-page article and 33-slide presentation by Prof. Yamaguchi.
Another English presentation by Prof. Yamaguchi is posted in in an more readable form. (Oct. 3, 2013)
TRIZ (Business) Paper: Strategies for Small Businesses: "The Mind of the OutCompete Strategist: Dozen Business Strategies to Win Against All Odds" (Sept. 20, 2013)
Len Kaplan (in South Korea), July 13, 2013.
The author was working as a TRIZ specialist for a TRIZ vendor in US for many years and then moved to South Korea about 4 years ago. He 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. Each chapter of the book discusses the 12 strategies one by one, with the descriptions of executive summary, business dilemma, sketch of strategy, (one or two) black case studies, and (one or two) white case studies. 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 (Aug. 22, 2013)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Presented at 4th Global TRIZ Conference in Korea, Special Invited Talk, Held on July 9-10, 2013 at Seoul Trade Exhibition& Convention, Seoul, Korea
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 including 10 slides marked with ☆Skip which were talked just briefly. Slides 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) (Aug. 4, 2013)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Aug. 1, 2013. [In Japanese only.]
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 (Aug. 4, 2013)
Kana Okawa (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), PhD Student), Presented at 3rd Forum on Knowledge Co-Creation, Held on March 2-3, 2013 at JAIST Tokyo Office, Tokyo; Published in "Forum on Knowledge Co-Creation" on Jul. 26, 2013, URL: http://www.jaist.ac.jp/fokcs/papers/S_paper_Okawa.pdf
After the March 11 Disaster in Japan due to the M9.0 earthquake, tsunami, and the nuclear power plant accident in 2011, Ms. Kana Okawa started this study. She wanted to reconsider "What scientists, and myself, should do?". She collected books and papers (written in Japanese) which contain the keywords such as 'scientists', 'responsibility', 'ethics', etc. in their titles or abstracts. Reading over 140 such references she wrote this review paper.
Attending at her presentation I was much impressed with her intensive work and her serious attitude. I wish the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" may be of some help for her work to be known to wider audience in Japan (and possibly in the world in future). In Japanese: Paper in HTML and in PDF , Slides in HTML and in PDF . In English: Abstract in HTML.
TRIZ Paper: A Note on Movement and Contradiction in Technology and Institution (Aug. 4, 2013)
Toshio TAKAHARA ( ); Paper originally published in "TRIZ Home Page in Japan", August 4, 2013; Received on Nov. 22, 2012
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 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 (Jun. 22, 2013)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Presented at 3rd Forum on Knowledge Co-Creation (FoKCs), Held on March 2-3, 2013 at JAIST Tokyo Office, Tokyo
On the topic related to the present paper, I already gave several talks/papers among the TRIZ communities, e.g. at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2012, ETRIA TRIZ Future Conference 2012 and in this site. But this was the first chance of giving a presentation to wider, mostly non-TRIZ audience. In response to my 2-page extended Abstract to the Forum, I received an review comment saying: " 'General methodologies for creative problem solving and task achieving' for which the present author is pursuing do exist, we should say. ..." So I tried to respond to this 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)
Advance 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 will be held on Oct. 28-31, 2013 in Paris, France. 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 (Jun. 9; Aug. 4; Oct. 3, 2013)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Jun. 9, 2013.
This page intends to be a discussion forum on Southbeach Modelling, including its visual language , software tool (Southbeach Modeller), modelling methods, and their applications. I believe it worthwhile to introduce the Southbeach Modelling widely and to try to use it in various cases of problem solving and group decision making. 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 who are trying to use the software: The first message is from Mr. Morimasa Okada, who wants to visualize the situations of his supermarket for the purpose of developing the stores. (Aug. 4, 2013)
Morihisa Okada has contributed his report of 3-month trial use; it contains 3 models made with SB Modeller. (Oct. 3, 2013)
Editorial: Southbeach Trial & Evaluation Project in Japan: "CrePS-SB Project" (Jun. 9, 2013)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), 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. Especially 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. A brief note by a month and a report useful for other people will be requested to the members. The procedure is shown in this page.
==> CrePS-SB Project is now open to voluntary people outside of Japan (Oct. 20, 2013)
Forum: Easy Use of Southbeach Modeller (Jun. 9, 2013)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Jun. 9, 2013.
This page intends to accumulate notes on how to use Southbeach Modeller.
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. I was much impressed with 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.
TRIZ Paper: Red, Green, and Blue - Situational Improvement Using Southbeach (Jun. 9, 2013)
Howard Smith (CSC European Group, UK), BPTrends (Business Process Trends), Jan. 4, 2011; White Paper, Southbeach Solutions Ltd., UK; Introduction and Japanese translation: Toru Nakagawa (OGU), Jun. 6, 2013
The present paper describes the basic language implemented in the Southbeach Modeller and also the philosophy and application of the modelling method. 'Situation' (in the title) means the present world of interest containing various problems, targets, and contradictions. For representing it, the author uses diagrams with boxes and arrows. Boxes represent things and facts while arrows the relationships between the boxes. Red shows something harmful (such as problems), while green something useful (such as solutions). The situation can be represented with diagrams made in various perspectives and then analyzed.
I was most impressed with the present paper in the point that the modelling method allows to represent different and conflicting views and opinions with the diagrams and to guide the group of different people toward alignment for improving the situation. The author explains such a process convincingly (or 'logically') by using a number of examples. He talks about contradictions and problem solving in common cases in the business field instead of technological field. I feel his explanations fresh and insightful, and are easy and convincing for people in non-technological fields. The present modelling method/tool can be used universally with a large range of methods and techniques for problem solving and group decision making.
The original English version is reposted here in PDF , and my Japanese translation version in HTML .
TRIZ Software Tool: Overview of Southbeach Modeller 3.0 : A General Purpose Software for Building Thinking Models (May 29, 2013)
Southbeach Solutions Ltd., White Paper (2013), http://www.southbeachinc.com/papers/Southbeach Overview.pdf; Introduction and Japanese translation: Toru Nakagawa (OGU), May 27, 2013
Here is a software tool developed recently in UK, under the influence of TRIZ tool for Cause-Effect diagrams and being extended much further for building various types of thinking models in an easy and generalized manner. The developers had the motive of improving the ways of business process innovation by introducing modern TRIZ. They made a basic plan around 2006, established their model description language 'Southbeach Notation' in 2008, and have been implementing it into a software tool. In 2011, Howard Smith published a paper describing the possibilities of how such an easy modelling tool can support idea generation and communication in human and technology problems. They have just released the Modeller 3.0 and published its Overview. Their Web site discloses a rich library of documents including many application examples. I suppose that the present tool is rich in descriptive power, general purpose usage, functionality, and also handy and inexpensive. I am impressed with their idea of "Just like Spread Sheets for numbers, Modelling Sheets for ideas". Under the permission by SB, I have translated their Overview slides into Japanese and am posting them in HTML and in PDF .
Promotion Case Study: Establishing TRIZ in a global company (May 29; Aug. 4, 2013)
Pauline Marsh (BAE Systems, UK), Karen Gadd (Oxford Creativity, UK),ETRIA TRIZ Future 2012 Conference, Held on Oct. 24-26, 2012, at Lisbon, Portugal; Proceedings, pp. 553-566; Japanese translation: Toru Nakagawa (OGU), May 22, 2013
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 BAE promoters initially organized and participated the TRIZ workshops for themselves, and at some important occasions they checked the real outcomes of the method and of the trainings. 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. Their workshops are always fun and enthusiastic, they say. The authors repeatedly write that 'Individual TRIZ tools are simple and straightforward, and they stimulate your thinking'. They strove to persuade engineering managers for making TRIZ available to the whole engineers in the divisions; they have found that challenging real difficult problems to solve with TRIZ is most effective for convincing the managers. 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)
Introductory article: TRIZ Application 5: Application of TRIZ to Risk Management for Avoiding Unexpected Dangers (May 19, 2013)
Teruyuki Kamimura (Ideation Japan Inc.), "Standardization and Quality Control", Vol. 66, No. 2, pp. 50-54 (2013).
The last article in the TRIZ Special Issue of the JSA's monthly journal . After the March 11 Japan Disaster due to the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant accident, we have realized the importance of risk management. We had big weak points not only in our attitudes but also in the conventional methods of risk foreseeing and management. Since many years ago TRIZ has developed the subversion analysis method for foreseeing risks, where failures of a system are found to occur by trying to 'invent' the ways of causing failures. Anticipatory Failure Determination (AFD) developed at Ideation International is described well in this article. HTML and PDF in Japanese.
Introductory article: TRIZ Application 4: Strategic Application of TRIZ for Constructing Intellectual Properties for Winning in Business (May 19, 2013)
Kimihiko Hasegawa (Ideation Japan Inc.), "Standardization and Quality Control", Vol. 66, No. 2, pp. 45-49 (2013).
The 7th article in the TRIZ Special Issue of the JSA's monthly journal . This article describes the strategic importance of constructing IP properly. It describes how one can think of the circumventing other's patents, and then how one should build patents which cannot be walked around. HTML and PDF in Japanese.
Introductory article: TRIZ Application 3: Integral Use of TRIZ and VE for Creating New Values -- Development of Comfortable Toilet Spaces in Railway Cars (May 19, 2013)
Keiji Inoue (East Japan Railway), "Standardization and Quality Control", Vol. 66, No. 2, pp. 37-44 (2013).
The 6th article in the TRIZ Special Issue of the JSA's monthly journal . This work was originally presented in Nov. 2003 at Japan VE Association Conference, and its slides were posted in this site on Jan. 28, 2004 . The author's group were engaged in developing a new design of toilet spaces in Shinkansen. Their design has already been realized in new cars of Bullet trains of JR East (covering Tokyo and northern part of Honshu). I actually got on such a train a year ago and was amazed with its nice design of the toilet space, much different from the typical ones in the Bullet trains running between Tokyo and Osaka. The author's group was using VE for a long time and introduced TRIZ newly for the purpose of foreseeing the future. The paper describes their integral use of VE and TRIZ; an excellent case study report on both the process and the resultant information. HTML and PDF in Japanese.
TRIZ News: Nakagawa's Activities (Reports and Plans) (May 8; Aug. 28,; 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).
Editorial: Collaboration Pages with the Promoters of TRIZ and Related Areas: Aims and Call for Contributions (May 10, 2013)
Three years ago we started 'Collabo Pages' in Japanese . Since they may be productive also under international cooperation, I am now posting the descriptions of the aims of the pages and call for your contributions. Collabo pages accept contributions of (relatively brief) introductions/communications by different TRIZ promoters in Japan and in the world more-or-less regularly. This may be a new way of cooperation for proliferating TRIZ, much stronger than simple mutual links. [This page was prepared for posting on Dec. 24, 2010, but missed. Recognizing this mistake now, I am posting it here as a part of 'To-Do-List for TRIZ'.]
Editorial: To-Do-List for TRIZ (May 8; May 10, 2013)
A list of items which we should better do (with this Web site) for understanding and penetrating TRIZ is revised after 4 years of interval (in Japanese). (a) Revision of the list of TRIZ references and the list of TRIZ links (in Japan and in the world), (b) Introductory pages (or sub-sites) friendly to TRIZ novices, younger people, and children, (c) Collaborative pages with various TRIZ promoters, (d) Japanese translation of important overseas papers/articles, (e) English translation of important Japanese papers/articles, etc. Publication of books and training activities are also important for me to do. I wish the readers to cooperate with me in these activities. [The page is posted also in English . (May 10, 2013)]
Introductory article: TRIZ Application 2: Easy Practice of Applying TRIZ -- Concepts and Application of USIT (Unified Structured Inventive Thinking) (May 8, 2013)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University, Professor Emeritus), "Standardization and Quality Control", Vol. 66, No. 2, pp. 31-36 (2013)
This is the 5th paper in the Special Issue , following three overview papers and one TRIZ application paper. Since TRIZ has very rich contents of knowledge and techniques, different ways of practices and application have been proposed. Among them, I have been recommending USIT as a compact and well-designed process, easy to understand and to apply. USIT was originally developed by Ed Sickafus, and was further extended in Japan. In the present article I explain USIT on the basis of my current understanding of it as the new paradigm of creative problem solving. Two case studies demonstrate the USIT process; one is the improvement of a filter for separating plasma from blood, while the other is developing a new type of 'Mom's bicycle for safely carrying two children'. You can see the concepts and ways of thinking in USIT in this concise 6 page article, I hope.
Japanese pages in HTML and in PDF , and English translation page in HTML .
Introductory article: TRIZ Application 1: Innovative Solution to Technological Problems by Effective Use of TRIZ (May 8, 2013)
Setsuo Arita (Hitachi), Kazushi Tsuwako (HGST), "Standardization and Quality Control", Vol. 66, No. 2, pp. 25-30 (2013)
The 4th article in the TRIZ Special Issue of the JSA's monthly journal . Hitachi Group companies have been most active and successful in Japan to apply TRIZ in their real projects, of over 4500 cases since 1997. An application case is demonstrated here; for recovering the damage on the coded surface of a hard disk they got an TRIZ solution of smashing out the extrusion with the HDD head itself. Another case presented by Dr. Hong-Wook Lee (Hundai-Kia Motors, Korea) at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010 is also introduced here for illustrating a process of circumventing others' patents on variable-ratio engines and developing an new scheme step by step. HTML and PDF in Japanese.
USIT Lectures: USIT News Letters and Mini Lectures (No. 19 to No. 28) (Apr. 6, 2013)
Ed Sickafus (Ntelleck, USA), published from Jun. 21, 2004 to Oct. 4, 2004; Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Mar. 27 to Apr. 4, 2013.
Dr. Ed Sickafus is the original developer of USIT, and he published USIT News Letters in 79 issues from Nov. 2003 to Mar. 2009 for sharing his thoughts. Now I translated 10 issues (from No. 19 to No. 28) into Japanese and posted them in the Japanese page in HTML. Under the permission by the author, the original News Letters in English are also posted here in PDF for the 10 issues. The Mini Lectures in the News Letters are excellent introduction not only to USIT but also to problem solving methodologies in general, being full of deep insights and dynamic way of thinking.
(19) Causes = Effects ? (Jun. 21, 2004) (Apr. 6, 2013)
(20) USIT - an Alternative Method for Solving Engineering-Design Problems: Bar Hopping Problem (Aug. 9, 2004) (Apr. 6, 2013)
(21) ibid: How to Invent (Aug. 17, 2004) (Apr. 6, 2013)
(22) ibid: ibid: Drinking Vessel Problem; Q&A on Transduction (Aug. 20, 2004) (Apr. 6, 2013)
(23) ibid: ibid: ibid: Constructing the CAF Table (Aug. 30, 2004) (Apr. 6, 2013)
(24) ibid: ibid: ibid: Inventing New Concepts with the CAF Table (Sept. 9, 2004) (Apr. 6, 2013)
(25) ibid: ibid: ibid: Discussion on the CAF Table (Sept. 15, 2004) (Apr. 6, 2013)
(26) ibid: ibid: ibid: Inventing New Concepts; Discussion on Summarizing Solution Concepts (Sept. 20, 2004) (Apr. 6, 2013)
(27) ibid: ibid: Discussion on Post-USIT Evaluation Process (Sept. 27, 2004) (Apr. 6, 2013)
(28) ibid: ibid: Discussion on the Essence of USIT Procedure (Oct. 4, 2004) (Apr. 6, 2013)
TRIZ Promotion: Malaysia TRIZ and its strategies (Apr. 6, 2013)
TS Yeoh (MyTRIZ President; Intel Malaysia), Keynote Speech presented at Malaysia TRIZ Conference 2012 on November 7, 2012, at Penang, Malaysia; Annotation and Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University)
Dr. TS Yeoh talked about their strategies of proliferating TRIZ in Malaysia. MyTRIZ (Malaysia TRIZ Innovation Association) was formed in 2010 and then the crucial foundation of the movement was built in the form of MOU signed by the three parties: Ministry of Higher Education (governing universities), Multimedia Development Corporation (promoting ICT as a government agency), and Intel Malaysia (well experienced in TRIZ). They agreed to cooperate in proliferating TRIZ among the nation, and to set their initial target to train university lecturers. Universities set up the training opportunities and Intel sends its TRIZ experts as trainers without charge. They have trained 1057 lecturers already as the MATRIZ Level 1 practitioners. His slide conclude with the statements: "Collaboration worked! Implementation progressing well. Ride momentum and stay focused." -- I have posted the original slides in PDF and brief annotation by Nakagawa in English. Japanese page contains slides in Japanese translation and full annotation by Nakagawa.
Introductory article: TRIZ -- Recent Approaches and Activities in Japan and in the World (Mar. 22, 2013)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University, Professor Emeritus), "Standardization and Quality Control", Vol. 66, No. 2, pp. 17 - 24 (2013)
The 3rd article in the TRIZ Special Issue of the JSA's monthly journal . The proceeding articles are on the Role of TRIZ (by Hayashi) and on the Basics of TRIZ (by Sawaguchi) . The present paper describes my perspective views on different approaches and activities of TRIZ in Japan and in the world since 1990s, i.e. after TRIZ was introduced into the western world. Evolution of TRIZ in its methodological contents is described first from the global viewpoints. Then I explain various activities of penetrating TRIZ in different countries in the world and in Japan. Japanese pages: . In the English translation page, the paper is enhanced with a number of links to references .
Introductory article: What is TRIZ -- Its Basic Concepts and Principal Tools (Mar. 22, 2013)
Manabu Sawaguchi (Waseda University), "Standardization and Quality Control", Vol. 66, No. 2, pp. 7 - 16 (2013)
The 2nd article in the TRIZ Special Issue of the JSA's monthly journal. Professor Sawaguchi introduces basic concepts of TRIZ and principal tools, in the scope of classical TRIZ (and some of its revised forms). He shows a lot of small examples for illustrating the concepts. HTML and PDF .
TRIZ papers: "Theory of Resolving Differences (2)", The Second Collection of Papers Written by Toshio Takahara (2008-2012) (Annotated Bibliography and 13 Papers) (Mar. 7, 2013)
Toshio Takahara, Jan. 24, 2013.
This page is a collection of all the papers/presentations published by Toshio Takahara from 2008 to 2012 in the area related to TRIZ. It contains an annotated bibliography written by the author and links to individual papers in PDF. This is the second collection of Takahara's papers, while the first collection (of papers 2003 - 2007) was posted in 2008. 'Differences' refer to those between the desired situation and the present situation, and hence 'Resolving Differences' implies both problem solving and task achievement.
The second collection contains 5 papers presented at Japan TRIZ Symposia and 8 papers presented at 3 other academic conferences. A list of papers is shown below; links to the HTML pages posted earlier are shown, but links to PDF files are omitted. Takahara summarizes "From 2008 to 2012, I have worked on the topics of (1) Radical thinking for enumeration, (2) Basic concepts of movement and contradiction, and (3) Way of life. All these topics are interrelated." The author had a heart surgery a year ago and even while the process of recovery he wrote a few papers. We wish him health and happiness.
 "The General Picture of TRIZ From the Viewpoint of Changing Objects― A Method of Resolving Differences Based on the Concepts of Functions and Process Objects Part 3―", Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008. (Posted: Mar. 10, 2009)
 "A Trial Study of Changing Two Objects - Reconsidering Object Part 7 -", Forum on Information Technology (FIT) 2008
 "TRIZ as the Way of Life?", Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009. (Posted: Sept. 23, 2010)
 "Dependency of Dialectic Logic on Granularity and Density", FIT 2009
 "The Ideal of TRIZ ―TRIZ as the Way of Life? Part 2―", Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010. (Posted: Sept. 25, 2011)
 "Radical Thinking for Structure of Opposites and Enumeration in TRIZ and the Way of Life", FIT 2010
 "Specifying Object and Change of Judgment by Radical Thinking for Enumeration", Conference of Institutes Associated with Electronics and Information in Tyugoku District (CGK) 2010
 "A Preparatory Study for Resolution of Contradiction of Unity―For the Way of Life－", Japan TRIZ Symposium 2011
 "Re-structuring Dialectical Logic", FIT 2011
 "Logic of the Birth of Barter ― For Restructuring Dialectical Logic by Expanded Contradiction Model―", General Conference of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers 2012
 "How to Manage Granularity, Enumeration, Relation and Movement", FIT 2012
 "Radical Thinking for Enumeration and Contradiction", Japan TRIZ Symposium 2012
 "Types of Constraint Satisfaction in Contradiction", CGK 2012
TRIZ News: TRIZ Related News and Activities in Japan (Feb. 25, 2013)
- Japanese Standards Association (JSA): TRIZ Special Issue of monthly journal "Standardization and Quality Control". => (Feb. 25, 2013)
- Japan TRIZ Society (JTS): Started its new leadership. (Feb. 25, 2013)
- Japan TRIZ Society (JTS): 9th TRIZ Symposium in Japan on Sept. 5-6. (Feb. 25, 2013)
- Japan Creativity Society (JCS): 35th Annual Conference on Oct. 26-27. (Feb. 25, 2013)
TRIZ News: TRIZ Related Conferences in the World (Plan, 2013) (Feb. 25, 2013)
- Taiwan: ICSI-CAI 2013 (Joint International Conference of Systematic Innovation and Computer-Aided Innovation) is to be held on Jun. 27-29, at Hsinchu, Taiwan. (Feb. 25, 2013); Agenda is now posted (Jun. 12, 2013)
- Korea: 4th Global TRIZ Conference 2013 in Korea (KoreaTRIZCON2013) is to be held by KATA, on Jul. 9-11, 2013 in Seoul. (Feb. 25, 2013); Agenda is now posted (Jun. 12, 2013)
- TRIZfest-2013 Conference and related events will be held on Jul. 31 - Aug. 3 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Feb. 25, 2013)
- ETRIA TFC 2013 will be held on Oct. 29-31, 2013 in Paris, France (Feb. 25, 2013)
Introductory article: The Role of TRIZ -- Techniques of Problem-Solving and Task-Achieving in the Design and Development Processes (Feb. 20, 2013)
Toshihiro Hayashi (Hayashi Professional Engineer Office), "Standardization and Quality Control", Vol. 66, No. 2, pp. 2 - 6 (2013)
The first article in the TRIZ Special Issue of JSA's monthly journal . Hayashi describes the position and roles of TRIZ: In the processes of designing and developing products and services in technology, we should use not only methods and knowledge in the subject fields but also various techniques commonly useful in any field. TRIZ is one of such universal 'Design & development process engineering techniques', especially for solving problems and achieving tasks in technological fields. The paper is posted in HTML and in PDF in Japanese.
Introductory articles: Solving Problems and Achieving Tasks with TRIZ!! Perspectives and Applications of TRIZ (Feb. 20; Mar. 22; May 19, 2013)
Toshihiro Hayashi, Manabu Sawaguchi, Toru Nakagawa, Setsuo Arita, Kazushi Tsuwako, Keiji Inoue, Kimihiko Hasegawa, and Teruyuki Kamimura (Japan TRIZ Society, NPO), "Standardization and Quality Control" (Japanese Standards Association), Vol. 66, No. 2, pp. 2-54 (2013), Special Issue on TRIZ
The Japanese Standards Association (JSA) published a month ago its monthly magazine as a Special Issue on TRIZ, containing 8 TRIZ papers in 53 pages. JSA is a semi-official organization for promoting standardization, e.g. ISO and JIS (Japanese Industrial Standards), and QC. On the request by JSA, we the Board Members of Japan TRIZ Society wrote down a set of introductory papers under the leadership by Hayashi (Chairperson of the Board, at that time). Under the permission by JSA, some of the articles will be posted here in Japanese (and possibly in English translation). [Under the permission by JSA and all the authors, all the 8 papers will be posted in this site. Thanks. (Mar. 22, 2013) Posting finished. (May 19, 2013)]
From the Editor: Site Search in the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" (Feb. 20, 2013)
Toru Nakagawa (Editor; Osaka Gakuin University, Professor Emeritus)
Since this site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" has accumulated a large number of articles (ca. 19,000 files according to Google), I have set up the Site Search function. You may call the Site Search page from the Top page. The function is supported by Google's Custom Search Engine; it is free, convenient, and powerful. Thanks to Google. In the English Search page, the search covers all the files under the directory http://www.osaka-gu.ac.jp/php/nakagawa/TRIZ/eTRIZ/ . (In the Japanese search page, we have two search engines, one for Japanese pages and the other for English pages.) Looking for articles, four alternative means are now available; they are: New Information in the Top page (posted within 6 months), New Information page (all the articles in the chronological order), General Index page (categorized tables), and Site Search page.
USIT Lectures: USIT News Letters and Mini Lectures (Jan. 30, 2013)
Ed Sickafus (Ntelleck, USA), Published in 79 issues from Nov. 15, 2003 to Mar. 20, 2009.
Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa (OGU) restarted: No. 11 to 18 posted on Jan. 30, 2013.
Original English Editions are also posted here in PDF in parallel to the Japanese Editions.
Dr. Ed Sickafus is the original developer of USIT (Unified Structured Inventive Thinking). Though he retired Ford Motor Company in 2000, he has been active in developing his theories further and in sharing his thoughts and experiences. He started his 'U-SIT and Think News Letter' since November 2003, sometimes weekly and some other times irregularly. The column of 'Mini Lecture' describes his thoughts and applications of USIT to familiar problems; they are very interesting and enjoyable to read, containing insights. We posted the Japanese translation versions from No. 1 to No. 10 in 2004. After 9 years of interruption, I restarted to posting the Japanese edition step by step. Dr. Sickafus has kindly permitted me to post the original English Editions in PDF in this Web site.
The Mini Lectures deal with the USIT problem solving with the case of 'Messy newsprint problem':
(1) 'Messy Newspaper Print Problem' - Well defined problem (Nov. 15, 2003) (Jan. 8, 2004)
(2) Ibid - Minimum set of objects (Nov. 25,2003) (Jan. 8, 2004)
(3) Ibid - Plausible root causes (1) (Dec. 2, 2003) (Jan. 28, 2004)
(4) Ibid - Plausible root causes (2) (Dec. 9, 2003) (Jan. 28, 2004)
(5) Ibid - Completion of well defined problem (Dec. 15, 2003) (Mar. 3, 2004)
(6) Ibid - Listing up intuitive solutions (Dec. 22, 2003) (Mar. 3, 2004)
(7) Ibid - Problem analysis - Close world diagram (Jan. 5, 2004) (Jul. 13, 2004)
(8) Ibid - Problem analysis - Qualitative change graph (Jan. 12, 2004) (Jul. 13, 2004)
(9) Ibid - Problem analysis - QC graph (2) (Jan. 19, 2004) (Jul. 13, 2004)
(10) Ibid - Problem analysis - QC graph (3) (Jan. 26, 2004) (Jul. 13, 2004)
(11) Ibid - Uniqueness (Apr. 4, 2004) (Jan. 30, 2013)
(12) Ibid - Q&A (T. Nakagawa) Problem selection (Apr. 8, 2004) (Jan. 30, 2013)
(13) Ibid - Solution technique - Pluralization (1) (Apr. 19, 2004) (Jan. 30, 2013)
(14) Ibid - Solution technique - Pluralization (2) (Apr. 26, 2004) (Jan. 30, 2013)
(15) Ibid - Solution technique - Dimensionality (May 2, 2004) (Jan. 30, 2013)
(16) Ibid - Solution technique - Distribution (May 11, 2004) (Jan. 30, 2013)
(17) Ibid - Solution technique - Transduction (May 17, 2004) (Jan. 30, 2013)
(18) Ibid - Solution technique - Generification (May 23, 2004) (Jan. 30, 2013)
From the Editor: General Index of this site has been revised (Jan. 9, 2013)
Toru Nakagawa (Editor, Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Jan. 9, 2013
The present site has a powerful feature that all the articles accumulated for over 14 years are kept active with easy access. The General Index page is the key tool for the purpose. All the articles are classified into their categories and arranged in the chronological order (the latest at the top) in each (sub)category, and are accessible by one click to the individual pages. In the revision this time, the overall structure is kept as before without change but the categorization is slightly revised and is shown more clearly with the color coding of the table and in a consistent formatting. There are a number of articles which are added from missing, enhanced in the reference, moved to more appropriate subcategories, etc. The index is quite large, of 37 printed pages in English and of 30 in Japanese, and yet useful and handy for accessing articles you want.
[For example, see some old articles, such as 'Report of A Personal Trip to TRIZ Mother Countries (Russia & Belarus, Aug. 1999)' (TN, Aug. 23, 1999), 'Experiences with My Teacher G. S. Altshuller' (Phan Dung, May 8, 2001), and 'Tech Optimizer 2.5 -- Mechanism, usage and methodology learning (TN, Feb. 25, 1999). These articles are posted both in English and in Japanese.]
From the Editor: Message for the New Year 2013 (Jan. 9, 2013)
Toru Nakagawa (Editor, Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Jan. 9, 2013
Greetings from Japan for a Happy New Year 2013! I have resigned by the end of last December from the Board and Management Members of the Japan TRIZ Society, NPO. But I still have a strong will to "develop TRIZ/USIT further and make it useful for solving problems and achieving tasks in many and different issues in Japan and in the World", and continue to be active as the Editor of the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" as before. I wish to make this home page a 'Public site' really useful for learners and practitioners of TRIZ/USIT in collaboration with many authors and readers in Japan and in the World.
Posted in 2012
TRIZ / USIT Documents: TRIZ and USIT Solution Generation Methods -- Cross References (Dec. 22, 2012)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Dec. 19, 2012 (Posted: Dec. 22, 2012)
The present page and a set of its subsequent pages represent the cross references between the solution generation methods in TRIZ (including 40 Inventive Principles, 76 Inventive Standards, and Trends of System Evolution) and those in USIT (Sickfus' 21 Heuristics, and the USIT Operators we developed). Correspondences from individual TRIZ methods to USIT sub-operators and also from individual USIT sub-operators to TRIZ methods can be read in these pages. They are useful as the cross references in the both directions TRIZ <---> USIT. These documents were originally developed during our work for reorganizing the whole TRIZ solution generation methods into the USIT Operators, as presented in ETRIA TFC 2002 in Nov. 2002 .
Among them, the TRIZ --> USIT reference pages (i.e., the (0) - (4) pages shown bellow) were once posted on Apr. 3, 2003, but were withdrawn on Apr. 8, 2003 because of my mishandling of the copyrights of TRIZ references. After over 9 years, I am re-uploading them today with a revision of reference descriptions under the permissions by the relevant authors. I would like to express my sincere apologies for my mishandling and also my thanks for giving me permissions of posting to the relevant authors: Ms. Larisa & Yuna Komarcheva (the copyright owners of Mr. Genrich Altshuller's works), Dr. Yuri Salamatov, Mr. Darrell Mann, and Dr. Ed. Sickafus.
The cross-reference pages are composed of the following pages in HTML:
(0) TRIZ and USIT Solution Generation Methods -- Cross References (Index top) (Toru Nakagawa) : Posted: Apr. 3, 2003; Withdrawn: Apr. 8, 2003 - Dec. 21, 2012; Re-posted Dec. 22, 2012
(1) TRIZ: 40 Inventive Principles (according to Salamatov's textbook) -- Cross references to USIT solution generation methods (Toru Nakagawa) : Posted: Apr. 3, 2003; Withdrawn: Apr. 8, 2003 - Dec. 21, 2012; Re-posted Dec. 22, 2012
(2a) TRIZ: 76 Inventive Standards (according to Salamatov's textbook) -- Cross references to USIT solution generation methods (Toru Nakagawa) : Posted: Apr. 3, 2003; Withdrawn: Apr. 8, 2003 - Dec. 21, 2012; Re-posted Dec. 22, 2012
(2b) TRIZ: Inventive Standards (according to Mann's textbook) -- Cross references to USIT solution generation methods (Toru Nakagawa) : Posted: Apr. 3, 2003; Withdrawn: Apr. 8, 2003 - Dec. 21, 2012; Re-posted Dec. 22, 2012
(3) TRIZ: Trends of System Evolution (according to Mann's textbook) -- Cross references to USIT solution generation methods (Toru Nakagawa) : Posted: Apr. 3, 2003; Withdrawn: Apr. 8, 2003 - Dec. 21, 2012; Re-posted Dec. 22, 2012
(4) Sickafus' 21 Heuristics-- Cross references to USIT solution generation methods (Hideaki Kosha and Toru Nakagawa) : Posted: Apr. 3, 2003; Withdrawn: Apr. 8, 2003 - Dec. 21, 2012; Re-posted Dec. 22, 2012
(A) USIT Solution Generation Methods (Full Version) -- Simplified System by the Reorganization of TRIZ Solution Generation Methods (Toru Nakagawa, Hideaki Kosha, and Yuji Mihara) Posted: Nov. 19, 2002 (Note added: Dec. 22, 2012)
(B) USIT Solution Generation Methods (Extended Version) -- Simplified System by the Reorganization of TRIZ Solution Generation Methods (Toru Nakagawa, Hideaki Kosha, and Yuji Mihara) Posted: Mar. 8, 2003 (Note added: Dec. 22, 2012)
TRIZ Forum: How to Nurture and Develop Innovative Talent? (Dec. 12, 2012)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Presented at Panel Discussion of Malaysia TRIZ Conference 2012, Held by Malaysia TRIZ Innovation Association (MyTRIZ) on Nov. 6 - 9, 2012 at Penang, Malaysia.
For the panel discussion, 3 main questions were noticed before. Thus I made 5 slides for the talk; and the talk was written down in December. (Q1) How to nurture and develop creative (innovative) talent? --> 'Creative power' = 'Creativity' × 'Continuing efforts'. And 'creativity' may contain some types of attitudes, minds, capabilities, ways of thinking, etc. Different types of creativity urge different ways of nurturing. (Q2) When and how did you get interested in innovation science? --> I happened to encounter TRIZ in 1997 at a seminar. There were backgrounds for me to get interested in it. ... (Q3) Do you think school education limits the growth of students' creativity? --> It depends. Teaching a student to be creative or not is just the accumulation of positive and negative responses by the teacher (and parents and others) in various occasions of student's action and thinking for many years. ... The page is a record of my thoughts on these delicate questions.
TRIZ/USIT Paper: Creative Problem-Solving MethodologiesTRIZ/USIT: Overview of My 15 Years in Research, Education, and Promotion (Dec. 12, 2012)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Keynote Lecture presented at Malaysia TRIZ Conference 2012, Held by Malaysia TRIZ Innovation Association (MyTRIZ) on Nov. 6 - 9, 2012 at Penang, Malaysia.
This Keynote is based on my paper and my talk presented last March just before my retirement from Osaka Gakuin University. I am talking how I have been studying and extending TRIZ in research for these 15 years since I encountered TRIZ in 1997. The main theme of my research has been extended: TRIZ --> USIT --> New paradigm of creative problem solving (Six-Box Scheme) --> General Methodology for Creative Problem Solving. The fourth stage just started last May. "Easy to learn, applicable everywhere, and effective" is my motive in developing a creative problem-solving / task-achieving methodology. Slides are posted in HTML images and in PDF . No Japanese translation planned.
TRIZ/USIT Paper: Establishing and Spreading General Methodologies of Creative Problem-solving / Task-achieving: Recognition of Our New Target Obtained through a Multiple Modeling Approach (Dec. 5, 2012)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" paper, (Rec. Oct. 8, 2012), Published on Dec. 5, 2012.
This is a full paper written in Japanese as the extension of both the presentation at Japan TRIZ Symposium and the one at ETRIA TFC. Even though most parts overlap with the previous two presentations, the chapter of Discussions is much enhanced. It describes about the implications of the thinking approach with multiple models. The general methodology of creative problem-solving and task-achieving is a natural extension of the new paradigm of creative problem solving (i.e. the Six-box Scheme in USIT), which has been advocated by Nakagawa. Paper in HTML , in PDF (11 pages) .
TRIZ/USIT Paper: Establishing general methodologies of creative problem-solving / task-achieving: Beyond TRIZ (Dec. 5, 2012)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Presented at ETRIA TRIZ Future Conference 2012, Held by European TRIZ Association (ETRIA) on Oct. 24-26, 2012 in Lisbon, Portugal
Here are the full paper and presentation slides written in English for publishing my recent work since last May. Full paper in HTML and in PDF (12 pages, 614 KB), presentation slides in HTML and in PDF (18 slides, 155 KB).
This paper puts stress on the finding that, after considering the problem of how to penetrate TRIZ into younger people (especially in Japan), we should not restrict ourselves to the framework of TRIZ but rather to establish general methodology of creative problem-solving/task-achieving and to spread it widely. Multiple models were built by viewing from different aspects and were used to proceed step by step towards deeper understanding of the problem and finding the new insight of our general target. The desirable nature and functional process of the general methodology were discussed. It is remarkable that the process used in the present study actually illustrates the process of the general methodology.
TRIZ/USIT Paper: Multiple Modeling to Set Up the Problems/Tasks: Establishing and Penetrating the Methodology of Creative Problem-Solving/Task-Achieving (Dec. 5, 2012)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), 8th TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2012, Sept. 6-8, 2012, Waseda Univ., Tokyo
34 slides of the presentation are posted in PDF both in Japanese and in English . The presentation considers the problem of "What we should do for penetrating TRIZ into younger people", and has reached the conclusion that we should set our general target to establish the general methodology for creative problem-solving and task-achieving and to spread it widely. The presentation gives emphasis on the process of research rather than the results. The problem is not a technological but a vague and common-type problem, where TRIZ (and its individual tools) is not well suited. Thus a thinking approach with multiple modeling was used. It does not use any specific TRIZ tools, but the essence of TRIZ where we consider issues in a systematic and systemic manner. The general methodology, proposed as our new target, is a super-(super-) system of TRIZ. The steps for reaching this conclusion were guided by the thinking approach with multiple modeling and are recorded well by multiple models, i.e., diagrammatic representations, which are useful for reproduction and discussion.
TRIZ Forum: What Should We Do for TRIZ to Penetrate into Younger People? -- Education and Training of Problem Solving with TRIZ for Younger People – (Dec. 5, 2012)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), 8th TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2012, Sept. 6, 2012, Waseda Univ., Tokyo
This is an introductory presentation as the coordinator at the Session of Special Interest Talks, in the Japan TRIZ Symposium 2012. Abstract and the presentation slides in PDF are posted.
Research Note: Towards "TRIZ for Younger People" and "Fresh TRIZ": Documents for the Future Plan of Japan TRIZ Society: (A) Slides of Models, and (B) Description (Dec. 5, 2012)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), May 6, 2012 and May 12, 2012, Sent to the management members of JTS.
The motive to this work was to think over how to penetrate TRIZ to younger people, as a part of future directions and strategies for Japan TRIZ Society and also a plan of the Japan TRIZ Symposium 2012. Starting on May 1, I made 26 slides (including several reused ones) and a document to explain them by May 6. I sent the slides and the document via email to the management members and education group members of Japan TRIZ Society (about 30 people in total) on May 6. Several of the colleagues replied to me positively. Adding 6 more slides and their description, I sent the enhanced materials to the same members on May 12. In the present page (in Japanese), the whole document of 32 slides and 22 pages are posted in the original form. (No English translation)
First I built the models (or diagrams) of internal (mental and intellectual) steps for a (young) person to learn and accept a creativity method like TRIZ, viewing from different perspectives. Another model shows the relationships between the company's activities for introducing TRIZ and the personal intellectual growth of a TRIZ leader/practitioner. Then, TRIZ promotion activities of various promoters in Japan are depicted first individually and then in a merged model. Then, I went ahead to build a model of areas and issues where TRIZ can/should be applied. The model suggested that to such a wide range of problems and tasks we should apply not the individual tools and techniques of TRIZ (or the TRIZ method) but more generally creative thinking and general methods of creative problem solving. This finding has guided me to the statement of our new general target, i.e.,
"To establish a methodology of creative problem-solving / task-achieving, to spread it widely, and to apply it to problem-solving and task-achieving jobs in various domains in the whole country (and the world)"
I further went ahead to build a conceptual model of activities necessary for establishing such a general method, and also the models of the general method of creative problem-solving and task-achieving. -- Thus the present document written in May contains most of the aspects of my later publications.
Research Note (Guide): From "How to penetrate TRIZ into younger people?" to the new target "Establishing general methodologies for creative problem solving/ task achieving": From May to November, 2012 (Dec. 5, 2012)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Nov. 27, 2012 (English translation on Dec. 3, 2012).
This page intends to be a guide to my several related works done for these 7 months from May to November, and posted together on Dec. 5. They contain original documents shown to a group of people (in Japanese), conference presentations (slides and papers) (in Japanese and in English), and a paper published here for the first time (in Japanese). I feel that these works have made an significant step, i.e. "beyond TRIZ", in my understanding of creative problem-solving methodology.
TRIZ Conference Report (26): Malaysia MyTRIZ Conference 2012 (Nov. 6 - 9, 2012 at Penang, Malaysia) Participation Report (Nov. 15; Dec. 12, 2012)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Nov. 12, 2012
A brief report, written for the management members of JTS on Nov. 12, is posted in the Japanese page with minor modification. A very impressive event consisting of Conference, Workshop, and Competition. Held by MyTRIZ (Malaysia TRIZ Innovation Association), with the support of 2 Government Ministries, MDeC (a national agency in the field of ICT), Intel Malaysia, Univ. Science Malaysia, etc. A strategic 3-party agreement was made in 2010 among Intel Malaysia, Malaysian government, and Malaysian universities: 'Training of TRIZ to university lecturers are promoted by university's setting up, Intel's providing with its TRIZ experts without charge, and government encouragement. Then the lecturers teach TRIZ to students.' On the basis of this strategy, the Competition was carried out with the entree of 27 teams from various universities. MyTRIZ has about 50 members from industry and about 200 from universities.
Conference had interesting invited talks both on industrial promotion/application and on teaching at universities and for children. 6 Keynote speakers were invited from abroad, and TRIZ pioneers in Malaysia gave very good presentations. Proceedings were not prepared beforehand. When the presentation slides are posted in their Web, I wish to introduce several of the presentations in this site as well. [Nakagawa's Keynote ; Nakagawa's Panel Talk (Dec. 12, 2012)]
TRIZ Conference Report (25): ETRIA TRIZ Future Conference 2012 (Oct. 24-26, 2012 at Lisbon, Portugal) Participation Report (Nov. 15, 2012)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Oct. 29, 2012
A brief report, written for the management members of JTS on Oct. 29, is posted in the Japanese page with minor modification. 2 Tutorials, 4 Keynote lectures, and 59 Contributed refereed papers; 82 participants from 27 countries. Several papers of much interest are briefly mentioned, including 'Bio-TRIZ' by O. Bogatyreva, case studies by I. Belski and by CAI Hiltmann, 'Experiences of TRIZ Promotion at BAE7 by K. Gadd, etc. We wish to post them in Japanese translation in the near future.
|Announcement: Japan TRIZ Society's Page: The Eighth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2012: Results and Documents (Nov. 15, 2012)|
On the 14th Anniversary of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan": Toru Nakagawa (Nov. 15, 2012)
This Web site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" celebrates on Nov. 1 its 14th Anniversary 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 . The number of visits since November 2005 is at moment 180,086 (increasing by about 22,000 for the last 1 year) to the top page in Japanese and 30,094 (increasing by about 3,500) to that in English. Readers' contributions either in English or in Japanese are heartily welcome.
|Announcement: Japan TRIZ Society's Page: The Eighth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2012: Advance Agenda and Call for Participation (Jun 11; Jul. 3; Aug. 1; Aug. 31, 2012)|
Announcement: An Award Is Presented to Professor Denis Cavallucci for His Contributions to TRIZ by the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Foundation
Toru Nakagawa (The "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Foundation), (Aug. 1, 2012)
The "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Foundation was established in 2009 for the purpose of further penetration and development of TRIZ in Japan and in the World. Its Award for the fourth year is to be presented to Professor Denis Cavallucci for his contributions and services over many years in the field of TRIZ. His contributions through the research, development, and education are highly appreciated and thanked.
TRIZ Forum: Necessity of more 'Tsukuri (Creation)' in Education in Japan in contrast to the currently overweighed 'Manabi (Learning)' (Jul. 3, 2012)
Kenichi Yumino (Professor Emeritus, Shizuoka Univ.), in "New Year Free Discussion with Professor Onda (Jan. 2011)", Japan Creativity Society, Jun. 2011. (Excerpt under the permission.)
Nakagawa happened to read the pamphlet again last April and was impressed much with Prof. Yumino's talk: "In education in Japan, 'Learning (Manabi)' has been the strong tradition in contrast to 'Creation (Tsukuri)'. 'Learning' assumes the texts or teachers are correct, and students should learn, understand, and use them. 'Creation' needs for the students to think, express, and make something new and original. Such new things usually include errors/failures. Only after the students correct errors again and again, they can achieve something new and valuatable. Such a process of errors for creation should be praised and taught in schools and universities. ..." This article was a trigger for us to invite Professor Yumino to give a Special Invited Lecture at our coming TRIZ Symposium on "Educating Creativity: Making the foundation for disseminating creation techniques".
TRIZ News: The CIL Journal (a Next Generation of the TRIZ Journal) (Jun. 4, 2012)
The CIL Journal has restored the whole contents of the former The TRIZ Journal and is going to start as a Next Generation of The TRIZ Journal. It will be a quarterly electric journal and book publication, starting in September 2012. The Journal calls for papers on preset special issues and publishes about 10 papers per issue after peer-reviewing. For more detail, please watch "The CIL LinkedIn Group".
Announcement: Japan TRIZ Society's Page: The Eighth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2012: Special Features (Jan. 28; Feb. 20; Apr. 27; May 16*; Jun. 4**, 2012)
From the Editor: Message: On Retiring Osaka Gakuin University (Apr. 9, 2012)
Toru Nakagawa (Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin University), Apr. 6, 2012.
I have retired Osaka Gakuin University by the end of March at the fixed age (plus 1). During these 14 years while I was working at Faculty of Informatics of OGU (and even during many more years while I was a student, and was working for the University of Tokyo and later for Fujitsu Limited), I have been owing much to you among many others for your kind support and collaboration. I am sincerely grateful to you all.
On the retirement, Osaka Gakuin University has given me the title of Professor Emeritus of OGU, and has allowed me to use my OGU email address permanently and kindly further to continue the operation of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" in the OGU Web site. In addition, on a voluntary basis, I am going to continue my work as one of the Board Members of Japan TRIZ Society, NPO, and as the Program Chairperson of TRIZ Symposium in Japan to be held by JTS. Thus I am going to continue my TRIZ/USIT activities in a way almost same as before.
TRIZ/USIT Paper: TRIZ in Japan (Mar. 31, 2012)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Keynote Lecture presented at 2nd Conference on Problem Solving Strategy and Techniques (PSST 2012), Held by IIITS and IUST (Iran), at Tehran, Iran, on Feb. 22-23, 2012.
The Keynote was requested to describe "How TRIZ entered to Japan, What has happened in the story of your country with TRIZ, and What are predicted for future". Thus I tried to present the history of introducing and penetrating TRIZ in Japan, from a public standpoint with my own view by using 16 slides. Besides the PDF file of the sides , I posted Abstract and annotated slides in HTML for your better understanding. No translation into Japanese is planned.
TRIZ Forum: Visiting Iran for PSST2012 Conference, February 2012 (Mar. 31, 2012) (Apr. 9, 2012)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Mar. 30, 2012.
Last February 20-27, I visited Iran and presented a Keynote and a research paper at the PSST 2012 Conference held in Tehran on Feb. 22-23. This was my first trip to Iran, and I accompanied my wife Masako. We were warmly accepted by the Iranian group of TRIZ promoters and enjoyed much in Tehran and the old capital Isfahan. In contrast to our previous images of Iran formed through newspapers and TVs in Japan, I have found different faces of the country and its people. Thus, I am reporting my personal experiences and impressions during the visit, along with some pictures. The page is composed of: History of communications with Iranian TRIZ group since 2006, Decision of the visit, Trip outline, Report of PSST 2012 Conference, About the TRIZ promoting group in Iran, Experiences and impressions in Iran. --- English page is now posted (Apr. 9, 2012).
TRIZ Forum: Messages from Readers: On One-year Anniversary of the 3.11 Japan Disaster and on the Occasion of Professor Nakagawa's Retirement from Osaka Gakuin University (Mar. 23; Apr. 9, 2012)
S. Saleem Arshad (Australia), and many others, Jan.- Mar., 2012; Edited by Toru Nakagawa
(Added: Apr. 9, 2012) many others. Mar.- Apr. 2012.
Last January and recently in March, I have received a number of messages from my readers and TRIZ colleagues. I would like to post some of them here, either in the English page or in the Japanese page, with sincere thanks.
TRIZ/USIT Paper: Creative Problem-Solving Methodologies TRIZ/USIT: Overview of My 14 Years in Research, Education, and Promotion (Mar. 13, 2012), (Mar. 23, 2012)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Unversity), Jan. 6, 2012, To be published in "The Bulletin of the Cultural and Natural Sciences in Osaka Gakuin University", No. 64, March 2012; Posted in "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" in Japanese, on Mar. 13, 2012; English translation: March 22, 2012.
This article is an overview of my activities for the 14 years (from Apr. 1998 to Mar. 2012) while I have been working for Osaka Gakuin University. On retiring the University by the end of March at the preset age (70) (+ 1 extra), I wrote it for a Bulletin of OGU, and under the permission of the Bulletin I am posting it here in my Web site in Japanese and in English translation. PDF (32 pages, 795 KB). Its Absract is:
"The core of my working activities has been the research on TRIZ ('Theory of Inventive Problem Solving') and USIT ('Unified Structured Inventive Thinking'). I have attended and presented at international conferences on TRIZ every year, and extended USIT (i.e. a unified and simplified TRIZ) further to find a new paradigm called 'Six-Box Scheme' for creative problem solving. In the field of education, besides several other classes on ordinary information science, I have been teaching on this theme in a lecture class and also in 3rd and 4th year seminars, where my students and I have made several successful case studies of solving familiar problems.
On the basis of these research and education, I have been working for the promotion of penetration of TRIZ and USIT. I established a public Web site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" and have been operating it for these 13 years. Founding and joining the Japan TRIZ Society, we have held 'TRIZ Symposium in Japan' annually. With further development and wider penetration, the methodologies of creative problem solving will support the movement of technological innovation and will cultivate human resources having the capability of creative thinking, I hope."
I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the people who have been supporting me for these years.
Even after my formal retirement, Osaka Gakuin University will kindly contiue to support me operating this "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" and using my email address at OGU just as before. I wish to keep my activities going on as long as my health allows me.
TRIZ/USIT Talk Slides: Overview of My 14 Years in Research, Education, and Promotion (Mar. 31, 2012)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gauin University), A talk at OGU, Mar. 17, 2012.
The 38 slides of my talk to my colleagues of Faculty of Informatics, OGU, for one hour. The talk is a summary of the full paper posted here. I put slightly more weights on introducing TRIZ/USIT than on reporting education and promotion activities. HTML pages and PDF files .
TRIZ News: TRIZ Conferences in the World: Reports and Plans (Mar. 6, 2012)
Iran: PSST 2012 (2nd Conference on Problem Solving Strategy & Techniques) was held on Feb. 22-23 in Tehran, Iran (Mar. 6, 2012)
Korea: 3rd Global TRIZ Conference 2012 in Korea (KoreaTRIZCON2012) is to be held by KATA (Korea Academic TRIZ Association), jointly with ICSI2012 (3rd International Conference of Systematic Innovation) to be held by Systematic Innovation Society (based in Taiwan), on Jul. 10-12, 2012 in Seoul. (Nov. 18, 2011; Mar. 6, 2012)
MATRIZ (Russia): The 8th International Research Conference "TRIZfest 2012" will be held on Aug. 2-4, 2012 in Finland. (Mar. 6, 2012)
Europe: ETRIA TFC 2012 will be held on Oct. 24-26, 2012 at Lisbon, Portugal (Mar. 6, 2012)
Report: Evolution of Safety Technologies of Automobiles (Mar. 6, 2012)
Yuuki Yamada (2nd-year Student, Faculty of Informatics, Osaka Gakuin University), Report submitted to the "Scientific Information Methodologies" Class of OGU, Jan. 31, 2012
The Author is a student of Nakagawa's two classes; Seminar IIA on "A variety of Input devices and methods -- Learning the evolution of technologies" and Lecture class on "Methodologies for creative problem solving". He has chosen the report theme for himself and has written an excellent survey report. He surveys the current status and near future of automobile safety technologies by referring to home pages of various makers, and interpret such technologies in terms of 40 Principles of TRIZ. He also suggests a proposal of temporary floating behavior on water in case of some emergencies. I was amazed with this report and am happy to post it here in my Web site.
Forum: Teaching Practices: Nakagawa's Seminar Class of 1st-year Students for Learning with "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey: Part 4: Nine-Students' Reports and Nakagawa's Comments (Posted: Mar. 6, 2012)
9 Students and Toru Nakagawa (Faculty of Informatics, Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Feb. 1, 2012.
A collection of reports (excerpts) by nine students and Nakagawa's comments is posted in a new Japanese page, as a detailed record of communications between the students and their teacher. This is a result of Nakagawa's Seminar Class at OGU, which was described first on Jan. 3, 2010 in detail in Japanese and briefly in English . The Seminar Class is for basic training of 'Reading, Writing, Thinking, and Presenting', and uses the book shown above as the text for discussion. Students were requested to write reports four times with the theme of 'What I learned and thought in the Class'. Reports of all the classmates were fed back to the whole class with Nakagawa's comments. This serves as the training of not only writing, but also mental attitude and real activities in life.
Announcement: Japan TRIZ Society's Page: The Eighth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2012: Plan, Call for Papers, and Special Features (Jan. 28; Feb. 20; Apr. 27*; May 16*; Jun. 4**, 2012)
TRIZ/USIT Lecture Notes: Methodologies of Creative Problem Solving (A Series of 14 Lectures Given to the Class at Osaka Gakuin University) (Jan. 22, 2012)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Lectures given to the Sophomore Students of Faculty of Informatics, Osaka Gakuin University at the "Scientific Information Methodologies" Class, From October 2010 to January 2011.
Lecture Notes (in Japanese) of the 14 lectures are posted in PDF in the Japanese page. Using TRIZ and USIT as the backbone, I am teaching methodologies of creative problem solving in a wider scope. Table of Contents is shown in English. You may read in English some more detail of the class in my ETRIA TFC2007 paper .
Announcements: Publication Announcements of TRIZ Books: "TRIZ Practices and Benefits" Book Series, Etc., Involved by Toru Nakagawa (Jan. 22, 2012)
The TRIZ publications involved by Toru Nakagawa and published by Sozo Kaihatsu Initiatives (SKI) are summarized. Here are 5 books in Japanese Editions translated by Nakagawa et al. They are:
 Darrell Mann: "Hands-On Systematic Innovation", Japanese Edition, Supervising translator: T. Nakagawa, Jun. 2004.
 Darrell Mann et al: "Matrix 2003", Japanese Edition, Translated by T. Nakagawa, Apr. 2005.
 Larry Ball: "Hierarchical TRIZ Algorithms", Japanese Edition, Translated by Toshio Takahara & T. Nakagawa, Sept. 2007 (CD-R Edition)
 Umakant Mishra: "TRIZ Principles for Information Technology", Japanese Edition, Supervising translator: T. Nakagawa, Jan. 2012 (CD-R Edition)
 Darrell Mann: "Matrix 2010", Japanese Edition, Translated by T. Nakagawa, Feb. 2012
TRIZ Books (Announcement of Publication): Japanese Edition of Darrell Mann: "Matrix 2010" -- Publication Announcement (Plan) (Jan. 22, 2012)
Translated by Toru Nakagawa (OGU), (to be) Published by Sozo Kaihatsu Initiative (SKI), Feb. 2012 (plan)
In 2000, Darrell Mann and Simon Dewulf (CREAX) initiated a big research project of analyzing all the US patents granted since 1985 for revising TRIZ knowledge bases. One of their results was "Matrix 2003" which was an entire update of the Altshuller's Contradiction Matrix. Darrell Mann (Systematic Innovation) has kept the project's activities and recently published an up-to-date edition "Matrix 2010", for maintaining higher-than-90% appropriateness of the Inventive Principles suggested by the Matrix. He says they have analyzed more than 3 million patents so far. The number of parameters has increased from 39 to 48 to 50, and the number of suggested principles in each cell is now up to 9 in comparison to max 4 in the original Matrix. Once you understand the great vision of Contradiction Matrix by Altshuller, why don't you utilize its up-to-date edition "Matrix 2010".
TRIZ/USIT Introduction: Lecture: TRIZ: Problem-Solving Methodology for Innovation (Jan. 9, 2012)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Invited Lecture at Faculty Development Seminar of Material Science Graduate School of Nara Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Dec. 26, 2011
I am much honored to be invited to deliver a lecture at FD Seminar of NAIST, the top-most graduate school in science and technology in Japan. To 80 faculty members I talked about TRIZ/USIT in a compact way for 50 minutes. "A methodology for creative problem solving has been established in the form of TRIZ/USIT and penetrating in the world; it can be applied to real problems in R&D in industries and in graduate schools, and can be incorporated into education in universities and graduate schools to empower for innovations." PDF file of the lecture slides and its table of contents are posted. In Japanese, only.
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