TRIZ Paper: Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008 Invited Talk

TRIZ activity in Corporate R&D Division -Application to system, method, and software technology -
Yojiro Fukushima (Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.)
The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Oct. 26, 2008
[Posted on Mar. 8, 2009] 

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Editor's Note (Toru Nakagawa, Mar. 7, 2009)

This paper was presented as the Invited Talk at the Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2008 , which was held last September by 'Japan TRIZ Society, NPO'. 

Japan TRIZ Society decided last January to post the presentation slides of Keynotes and Invited Talk publicly in its Official Web site (and also in the Official Pages of Japan TRIZ CB) both in English and in Japanese.  (Note: Japan TRIZ Symposium requests the authors to provide presentation slides (and optionally full paper, in addition) in advance as the final manuscripts for the Proceedings.  The present Invited Talk does not have a full paper.)

In the present page, I would like to post my introduction to this valuable Invited Talk for making it familiar to wider range of readers.  The introduction is an excerpt of my "Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008" posted on Oct. 26, 2008.  The introduction is now translated into Japanese and posted in my Japanese page of this site.

Note that the Matsushita Group companies changed their names since Oct. 1, 2008, into Panasonic Group companies.   Matsushita Electric Industries Co., Ltd., i.e. the leader company of the Group, is now named Panasonic Corporation.

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Excerpt from: 
Personal Report of The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2008
by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Oct. 26, 2008
Posted on Oct. 26, 2008 in "TRIZ Home Page in Japan"


Yojiro Fukushima (Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.) [I-1 #I03] gave an invited talk on "TRIZ activity in Corporate R&D Division -Application to system, method, and software technology -".  Application of TRIZ to IT and software field has been an important direction useful for many Japanese (and other countries') industries. Yojiro Fukushima reported their 5-year experiences of carrying out 150 real TRIZ projects in this field. 

They started one-day TRIZ training in 2003 and then problem solving projects with the aid of TRIZ in their real jobs.  The following graphs show their fields and purposes of TRIZ application in these projects.  And the tables show their ways of training (below) and of performing the application projects in small engineering teams.  You should notice that all these activities have been carried out by the TRIZ team without outside consultants except at the initiation. 


It is remarkable that TRIZ has been used in the real projects in their division, i.e. System Engineering Center, Corporate R&D Division.  Their job process is shown in the slide below.  Engineers work on project planning and problem definition with the support of TRIZ instructor, and they have to pass the intermediate review by the managers/staff.  Then the engineers further work on problem definition and solution generation with the guidance by the TRIZ team and have to pass the final review on the results.  Thus the supporting activities of the TRIZ team are always checked and evaluated by many managers and staff in the division so as to fit the organization's policy. 

For guiding engineers in these real projects, Yojiro Fukushima shows his model of problem analysis (see left slide).  And he also recognizes the needs of extending some of the concepts in TRIZ tools, as summarized in the right slide.


On the basis of these experiences, he summarizes the essence of his learning and concludes as shown below.


*** This presentation is very impressive in the point that they use TRIZ (together with other supporting methods) for supporting engineers to perform their real jobs especially in the initial stages of project planning, problem definition, and solution generation.  Such a practical scheme has been developed in the IT/software area where the application of TRIZ is still quite new; this is an amazing achievement. 

Please note in the above slide, Fukushima mentions new TRIZ textbooks and software tools in this field.  Umakant Mishra's book of "TRIZ Principles for Information Technology" (TIC, Draft edition, Apr. 2007) is now under translation into Japanese (by Nakagawa and SKI); Fukushima's group is the first eager reader of Japanese draft and says they have obtained much confidence in their understanding of TRIZ in IT/software field. On the translation project, please refer to a separate page in this Web site .

The presentation slides of this Invited talk will be posted in the official site of Japan TRIZ Society, and also in my Web site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan".



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