TRIZ Forum: Letters from Readers
On "TRIZCON2001 Report", 
On "Essence of TRIZ", and 
Beyond TRIZ
Ellen Domb; Ed Sickafus; Valeri Souchkov; Ji Jun Ho; and James Kowalick          [Posted on Jul. 17, 2001]

Editor's Note (T. Nakagawa, Jul. 17, 2001)

     On articles posted in this site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan", the Editor has received a number of email messages from readers in Japan and overseas.  Several of them written in English are posted here under permission of the correspondents.  They are:

 (1)  On Nakagawa's "Personal Report of TRIZCON2001":
           from Ellen Domb (TRIZ Journal);  Ed Sickafus (Ntelleck, USA), and Valeri Souchkov (InBITween bv., The Netherlands)
 (2)  On Nakagawa's "Essence of TRIZ in 50 Words":
           from Ji Jun Ho (Korean Aerospace Industries, Korea)
 (3)  On Beyond TRIZ:    from James Kowalick (Renaissance Leadership Inst., USA)

     In Japanese page, in addition to the above messages written in English, the following messages are also posted on Jul. 4, 2001.

(1')  On Nakagawa's "Personal Report of TRIZCON2001":  from Toshimitsu Kataoka (Anritsu)
(2')  On Nakagawa's "Essence of TRIZ in 50 Words":  from an anonimous reader; Toshio Oura (NEC)
(4)  On Introductory References for TRIZ Novices:    Question from Akira Tokunaga; answer by  Toru Nakagawa
(5)  On Creative Problem Solving Methods Developed in Japan:  from Toru Nakagawa; reply by Keigo Tanabe

     We are grateful to all these contributers for their valuable communications and discussions.

      This site, "TRIZ Home Page in Japan", is open for readers' contributions, either in English or in Japanese.  Please understand that the forum is moderated and it takes two to four weeks before posting.
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 (1)  On Nakagawa's "Personal Report of TRIZCON2001":

   (a)  Ellen Domb  (TRIZ Journal, USA)  Apr. 28, 2001   email:

I am using the "welcome" letter in the May TRIZ Journal to tell our readers about your report on  TRIZCON2001.
I appreciate your candid remarks, (I agree that there are too many consultants and not enough businesses at the meeting!)  and I'm sure our readers will appreciate them also.
  (b)  Ed Sickafus  (Ntelleck, USA)    May 1, 2001       email:  "Ed Sickafus" <>
Just got back from a short trip in the south (Alabama) and found your email report on TRIZCON2001 -- nice report, I'm sure many people will appreciate your efforts.  (....)
  (c)  Valeri Souchkov  (InBITween bv., The Netherlands)  Jun. 15, 2001 email: "Valeri Souchkov" <>
I hope everything is all right at your side!
First of all, I'd like to thank you for the translation of your notes presenting a summary of TRIZCON.  It was extremely interesting to read a detailed report about the conference for I was unable to visit the event!   (....)


 (2)  On Nakagawa's "Essence of TRIZ in 50 Words":
            Ji Jun Ho (Korean Aerospace Industries, Korea)   May 29, 2001

My name is Ji Jun Ho, and I live in South Korea.
I am working as an aircraft engineer in Korean Aerospace Industries.
I am very happy to visit your Web site and read much TRIZ documents.
I have been learning TRIZ for about one year, and am leading the TRIZ Study Club in my company.
I want to translate your "Essence of TRIZ in 50 Words" into Korean language.  This Essay is very good to understand TRIZ.
Thank you !


(3)  On Beyond TRIZ
          James Kowalick   (Renaissance Leadership Inst., USA)    Apr. 25, 2001

Hello!  I must tell you that I am appreciating your web site very much.  Your Web site has brought together all people in the world who have a connection with, or an interest in, TRIZ.  TRIZ appears to still be in the "infancy stage" with regards to its application by western nations --- including the United States.  One reason that TRIZ appears to remain in the infancy stage, is the language of TRIZ, which many potential practitioners believe to be rather intractable.

Perhaps someday we will have the time to get together to discuss what has been happening "beyond TRIZ."

As you may know, the Renaissance Leadership Institute (RLI) was the first training and consulting firm to fully embrace TRIZ in the United States, in the early 1990's.  Before that time, I had been following some aspects of TRIZ written by a Russian early than Altshuller --- concerning a unique form of functional analysis, not unlike S-fields, but (in my opinion) superior to S-fields.  I first encountered these writings around 1975.  At that time they were in an English translation of a French book entitled "Fragments of an Unknown Teaching."

For the last ten years, we at the RLI have been developing further creative techniques, procedures and approaches.  One of these is Triads, which was little-developed just four or five years ago, but which is now a creative tool that is more powerful than even S-fields or Functional Cost Analysis.  Yet, Triads makes use of these former tools.  Each tool has its appropriate place.  Another area of emphasis is the integration of problem-solving tools with each other --- as well as with the other stages of engineering development associated with a product.  Naturally TRIZ, Triads and other creative tools belong more in the first stage of engineering development --- "Concept Design."

For nearly a decade, we have been teaching TRIZ to children in northern California, and the results are most positive.  The school involved is a private school.  We may, in the future, be publishing information about this project.  In the meantime, we have been developing a "creativity curriculum" for children, accompanied by school manuals and workshops.  We have also been developing teaching manuals for teachers.

Another RLI project has been in developing creative software.  We now have eight different software modules that we use with corporate clients.  This software is text-based (non-graphic).  Our clients' technical professionals say that the text-based software is superior to graphic invention software now on the market.

Our most recent development has been integrating our creative processes (including TRIZ) with the approach called "Disruptive Technologies."  Disruptive Technologies is an approach that occurs repeatedly in the world of global business.  Altshuller and the TRIZ community had failed to notice how disruptive technology works.  It has several parallels with TRIZ; however, it is quite different.  When disruptive technologies is used as a business forecasting tool, it is very powerful, and it leads to new product families.  RLI has developed predictive algorithms based upon disruptive technologies.

One tool of TRIZ that I personally have found to be very fascinating is "Sabotage Analysis" or "Sabateur Analysis" or "Subversive Analysis" (it goes under several names).  RLI is further developing this tool, because of its broad applicability for many industries.

Another too that produces excellent results also goes by several names: "Plus-Plus," "Alternative System Design," and "Feature Transfer."  RLI has examined these three versions of the tool, and has further developed it so that it is far more effective in coming up with next-generation product and process designs.

RLI is actively engaged in publishing creativity books.  We will be broadcasting more to our many friends as our first offerings appear in print.

I hope that this brief synopsis serves to let you know a little about what RLI is doing.

I look forward to meeting you again, sometime.  I believe that we may have met at one of the very first TRIZ programs (it was combined with Taguchi Methods) in the City of Industry, at the Sheraton Resort Hotel near Los Angeles.  At that time I was actively the co-editor of the TRIZ Journal ( which I founded with Ellen Domb. Since then, RLI's activities have grown, and I turned over the web site to Dr. Domb.

Best wishes to you, and once again, congratulations on the wonderful service that your TRIZ website is offering to the world!

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