CrePS/USIT Paper:

USIT: A Concise Process for Creative Problem Solving
Based on the Paradigm of 'Six-Box Scheme’
-- USIT Manual and USIT Case Studies --

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University)

Presented at ETRIA TRIZ Future Conference,
held at Berlin, Germany, on Oct. 26-29, 2015

(A) Presentation slides ;
(B) Extended Manuscript Paper ;
(C) Final Paper published in the Proceedings and in the ETRIA Journal 
Posted on  May 31, 2016

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  Editor's Note (Toru Nakagawa, May 15, 2016)

This paper describes the position of the USIT process development in the perspective of the on-going establishment of the General Methodology of Creative Problem Solving (CrePS).  USIT was initialized by Ed Sickafus in 1985 as a concise process for creative problem solving, and it has been adopted in Japan in 1999 and improved further step by step to integrate TRIZ solution generation methods and to establish the 'Six-Box Scheme' as the new paradigm for the general methodology CrePS.  USIT is now fully documented in the forms of the USIT Manual and USIT Case Studies, and is explained here in a compact way.  

This paper was presented last October at ETRIA TFC2015 held in Berlin.  It was presented orally for 30 minutes.  The full paper was first submitted last September (in 11pages) and then re-submitted in a shorter form (of 7 pages) for the publication after peer-review in the Proceedings and also in the ETRIA Journal. 

Thus this paper is posted in the 3 different forms in this home page.  Each of them is shown in the subsequent HTML page as shown below.

 Three different forms HTML page PDF file PDF file out of this site
(A) Presentation slides  (25 slides) in HTML in PDF  
(B) Full paper manuscript (in an extended form, Sept. 2015) in HTML in PDF  
(C) Full paper (published in the Proceedings and in the ETRIA Journal, INNOVATOR) in HTML in PDF

in PDF in the ETRIA Journal

* Ref:  INNOVATOR, the Journal of the European TRIZ Assocation.
Special Issue: Selected papers presented at the 15th International TRIZ Future Conference - Global Structured Innovation, Berlin, Oct. 26-29, 2015
Editors: Iouri Belski, Christoph Dobrusskin, Pavel Livotov, Valeri Souchkov, Tom Vaneker.
ETRIA e.V. - European TRIZ Association. ISSN 1866-4180,
URL (open access) : 
Nakagawa's paper:  pp. 91-97


Table of Contents   (Extended Manuscript, Sept. 2015)      [Note: ## section:  omitted in the Final paper]


1.  Introduction

2. The Six-Box Scheme as a new paradigm of creative problem solving

2.1  What is the Six-Box Scheme
2.2  Conventional Four-Box Scheme   ##
2.3  Contributions of TRIZ and their limitation   ##

3.  Possibility of integrating diverse methods of creativity and innovation  

3.1  Requirements of proliferation by the society
3.2  Diversity of methods for creativity and innovation   ##
3.3  Classifying various approaches of component methods
3.4  Positioning the Six-Box Scheme in the Real World

4.  The USIT process -- its overview

4.1  Overall view of the USIT process
4.2  Problem definition step  ##
4.3  Problem analysis step (A) Understanding the present system  ##
4.4  Problem analysis step (B) Understanding  the ideal system  ##
4.5  Idea generation step and USIT Operators  ##
4.6  Constructing conceptual solutions  ##
4.7  Implementing into real specific solutions  ##
4.8  Documents of CrePS/USIT and its applications  ##

5.  USIT Case Studies described in the Six-Box Scheme

5.1  General intention of USIT Case Studies
5.2  A Collection of USIT Case Studies
5.3  USIT Case Study 1.  How to fix a string shorter than the needle 
5.4  USIT Case Study 3.  Saving Water for a Toilet System ##
5.5  USIT Case Study 4.  Picture Hanging Kit Problem   ##
5.6  USIT Case Study 5.  Increase the Foam Ratio of Porous Polymer Sheet   ##

6.  USIT Manual describing the USIT process in detail

6.1  Instructions to the USIT Process
6.2  Instructions for the idea generation step (1)
6.3  Instructions for idea generation step (2) USIT Operators

7.  Concluding Remarks

7.1  Summary of what are made clear 
7.2  Further issues and tasks in the near future



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