TRIZ Case Study: Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008 Presentation

How to Use TRIZ Quickly and Effectively in Small Companies
-- A Challenge with 4 Findings from Inquiries and with 3 Tools under development --
Rikie Ishii (Dunamis Co., Ltd.) [Miyagi TRIZ Study Group]
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 May 6, 2009] 

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Editor's Note (Toru Nakagawa, May 3, 2009)

This paper was presented at the Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2008 , which was held last September by 'Japan TRIZ Society, NPO'.  The presentation was given in an Oral session on the second day afternoon.  The Author has organized a TRIZ study group in Sendai City and is actively promoting TRIZ to SMEs.  On the basis of Inquiries to over 1000 SMEs in Miyagi Prefecture, the Author's group has developed three handy and useful TRIZ tools.  The vivid presentation attracted much interest of the Symposium participants.

Japan TRIZ Society is going to post the presentation files of all the Contributed Presentations in the 'Members-Only' area of its Official Web site ( ) in PDF in May-June, 2009.  The present site, "TRIZ Home Page in Japan", on the other hand, is going to post several selected Contributed Presentations publicly, under the desire & permisson by the Authors and under the understanding by the Japan TRIZ Society.  Presentation slides of them will be posted in PDF, with the policy of updating prohibited, copying and printing permitted.

The presentation slides are posted here in English in PDF .  I also post my introduction to this wonderful presentation, in the form of 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, together with the Author's presentation slides in PDF

Author's Message to the readers (Apr. 20, 2009):

The "TRIZ Wisdom Cards" which we developed in 2007 and reported in the TRIZ Symposium 2007 have obtained accesses from a large number of companies having interests in TRIZ.  In some public organizations and universities the tool has been utilized in their workshops for generating creative ideas. 

Lately, we received multiple requests for an English edition of the "TRIZ Wisdom Cards".  And hence in December 2008, we developed its English edition, in the name of "Idea Pop-up Cards". 
When I visited several US companies in Silicone Valley last December, I showed the "Idea Pop-up Cards" to their engineers.  They enjoyed playing with the Cards and seemed to get interested in TRIZ.  The #0002 and #0003 sets of the Cards were given as gifts to the engineers of Google HQ and Apple Computer HQ, respectively.  Even without knowing about TRIZ, they immediately enjoyed playing with the Cards as a handy and pleasant tool for stimuating their ideas. 

                             Apr. 20, 2009     Rikie Ishii   (Preseident, Miyagi TRIZ Study Group)

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  Presentation Slides in PDF

Presentation Slides in English in PDF (32 slides, 1.4 MB)

Presentation Slides in Japanese in PDF (32 slides, 1.0 MB)

  Introduction to the Presentation by Rikie Ishii

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"

Rikie Ishii (Dunamis Co., Ltd.) [Miyagi TRIZ Study Group] [O-9 #38] gave an oral presentation with the title of "How to Use TRIZ Quickly and Effectively in Small Companies".  The Author is an active young entrepreneur-oriented person and is organizing a group of people in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, for studying and promoting TRIZ.  The Group sent enquiries to over 1000 SMEs  in Miyagi Prefecture.  They found: (1) 39 TRIZ Parameters are useful as the tool for hearing the technical issues/problems.  (2) Technical issues are mostly relevant to 8 Parameters.  (3) Among the 31 Trends of technical evolution, most companies recognizes only top 1/3 trends are relevant to their products.  On the basis of these findings, the Author has developed the following three handy tools:

Their first tool is a small (8x8) Contradiction Matrix.  Since only 8 Parameters are found most relevant, the Matrix was much reduced into 8x8.  The 8 Parameters are: Temperature, Reliability, Precision of measurement, Manufacturability, Difficulty of detection and measurement, Degree of automation, and Productivity.

Their second tool is named 'Worksheets for Technical Breakthroughs'.  Its concepts are described in the slide below.  The center figure shows its page for guiding the user to the 8 pages corresponding to the 8 often used Parameters.  The right figure illustrates the page for one of the 8 Parameters, where 3 Inventive Principles are shown as the hints.


Their third tool is the 'Guiding Sheet for New Product Development'.  This is based on the findings about the 31 Trends that most companies recognize well top 10 Trends while not at all the bottom 9 Trends.  Thus, as the guide for planning the development of new products, the 31 Trends are suggested to be considered one by one in three groups.  The top 10 Trends are shown as the Major routes on which companies always have to think .  The middle 11 Trends are named Customizing routes, whereas the bottom 9 Trends the Unique routes.  For each Trend the stages of evolution are shown by keywords.


*** The Author's approach is unique in the application of TRIZ knowledge and in deriving their own tools.  As you see the Author's Group has a special talent in designing the pages, cards, tools, etc.  Their tools have attracted much interests of participants in the TRIZ Symposium this year as well as last year.  See the Web site of Miyagi TRIZ Study Group (Mi-TRIZ) .



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