The Altshuller Institute

for TRIZ Studies


This area is reserved for TRIZ users to post news about their experiences with TRIZ. This may included new TRIZ-related inventions and patents, reviews of trainings / conferences, or anything else pertaining to TRIZ. To post here simply log in and click "Submit News" from the Users' Menu. The Altshuller Institute reserves the rights to censor any submitted materials.

TRIZ Home Page in Japan- 26 August 2015

Updated:26 August 2015


Dear TRIZ Colleagues,

Photo-UST-Nakagawa-130927From : Toru Nakagawa, Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin University 


"TRIZ Home Page in Japan" has been updated tonight

   (dated August. 26.) in the English and Japanese pages.

[1] Paper "Subconscious Problem Solving Using Hazy Heuristics"

       Ed Sickafus (ICSI2014)

[2] Q&A on USIT and the OAF diagram (in relation to [1])

       Q: Toru Nakagawa, A: Ed Sickafus


[3] Forum: "Visual Thinking with 'Fuda-Yose' (3) -

     Visualizing the logic of Sickafus' Paper [1]"

     Akihiro Katahira, Toru Nakagawa



[1] USIT/Problem Solving paper:   (in English) "Subconscious Problem Solving Using Hazy Heuristics"

   Ed Sickafus (Ntelleck, USA)     (Posted: Aug. 25, 2015) (Japanese translation: Toshio Takahara, Hideaki Kosha,

     Toru Nakagawa: Posted on Jul. 29, 2015)

   This is a Keynote lecture given by Dr. Ed Sickafus (the original developer of USIT) at ICSI 2014, on Jul. 16-18,

   2014, at San Jose. He has shifted his focus to the research of the activities of our brains to get creative solutions and utilizing them


   In 2006 he discussed about the relationships between the logical thinking in the left brain and the image handling

   in the right brain and how to use them in collaboration. In the present paper (2014), his study has extended further:

   "The 'Ah-ha!' ideas always come out of the subconscious. Invention is not done by the conscious, but done by the

   subconscious", Sickafus says.

   Thus he recognizes the importance of handing on the information appropriately to the subconscious.

   He recommends to consider at the conscious level in the purposely-vague (or generalized) terms and images so as

   to enrich the subconscious ideation.

   The author called the method "Hazy Heuristics". We have been developing the problem solving methods in

   the direction of making them structured and logical, i.e. 'Structured Problem Solving' methods.

   Its purpose is to communicate about the methods among people and to build and educate the culture.  

   Once we have mastered such a method thoroughly, we as an individual may (and should better) use subconscious

   thinking more actively as the shortcuts in the problem solving process, he recommends.

   -- This may be the position of super-experts, as in the old saying "Enter the Form, and Leave the Form".

[2] USIT Paper Q&A:       (in English) Q&A on USIT and the OAF diagram (in relation to

   "Subconscious Problem Solving Using Hazy Heuristics" by Ed Sickafus)

   Q: Toru Nakagawa,

   A: Ed Sickafus

   This page records the fifteen email communications carried out last July in relation to Ed Sickafus' paper [1].

   In particular, on my request, Dr. Sickafus kindly wrote a 4-page introductory article on the OAF diagram in USIT:

     "Unification of USIT to One Graphic (OAF) Heuristics", Ed Sickafus, Jul. 2, 2015  

   He explains the definition and usage of the OAF diagram concisely and describes his research motivation towards

   fundamental principles in problem solving thinking. BTW, the start of SIT (Structured Inventive Thinking,

       later renamed as USIT) in Ford was revealed to be 1985 instead of 1995; the year shown in his USIT Textbook (1997) and in his

       USIT paper (1999) was found to be a typo. USIT actually started earlier by 10 years.

[3] Forum:           (in Japanese)

   Visual Thinking with 'Fuda-Yose' (3) - Visualizing the logic of Sickafus' Paper [1], Akihiro Katahira, Toru Nakagawa

   (A) Katahira has demonstrated to visualize the logic of Ed Sickafus' recent paper [1] (in the Japanese version)

   with his Fuda-Yose (or Visual Thinking) method. All the sentences of the paper are made into labels (or

   Fuda) and their logical relationships are shown in 'Fuda-Yose' diagrams section by section.

   The diagrams are shown in PDF for the whole paper, and in HTML especially for the Abstract.

   (B) Nakagawa, reviewing them, thought that for clarifying the logic of a compact document like the Abstract we

   should decompose some sentences further into their logical units. So I applied the Fuda-Yose method to the Abstract.

   The visualization was actually done in 4 steps; the diagrams are posted in HTML, in PDF, and in the

   original Excel file. This example has demonstrated the merit and easiness of Visual Thinking.

   (English version of Nakagawa's diagrams will be posted later.)


Best wishes,

Toru Nakagawa


Please visit our website for more information about these Innovation and TRIZ  topics.

Best wishes always,

Toru Nakagawa

Hits: 16

TRIZ Home Page in Japan- 29 July 2015

Updated:29 July 2015


Dear TRIZ Colleagues,

Photo-UST-Nakagawa-130927From : Toru Nakagawa, Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin University 


"TRIZ Home Page in Japan" has been updated tonight

   (dated July. 29. 25) in the English and Japanese pages.

[1] Visual Thinking with 'Fuda-Yose' (1)

   - Example of Burning Suicide in Shinkansen Case

   A. Katahira, T. Nakagawa, Jul. 7

[2] Visual Thinking with 'Fuda-Yose' (2)

   - Converting a (short) document into labels and

     make 'Fuda-Yose' diagrams for Visual Thinking

     T. Nakagawa, A. Katahira, Jul. 29, 2015      

[3] Subconscious Problem Solving Using Hazy Heuristics

     Ed Sickafus; Japanese translation: Nakagawa et al.



[1] Forum: From Readers:  

   Visual Thinking with 'Fuda-Yose' (1) - Example of Burning Suicide in Shinkansen Case

   Akihiro Katahira, Toru Nakagawa

   Jul. 7, 2015; Jul. 8; Jul. 19, 2015 -- No English page

   Visual Thinking method and its tool 'Fuda-Yose' were developed by Akihoro Katahira and introduced in this site on Jan. 18, 2015.

   For showing its usefulness, I asked him to show examples of usage on various themes.

   The shocking case that a 71 yrs-old man committed suicide by burning himself on a Shinkansen train on Jun. 30, 2015

   was used as an example.

   The old man's mental and social situations are described with the hope of reflecting the problems in the society in Japan.

[2] Visual Thinking with 'Fuda-Yose' (2) - Converting a (short) document into labels and make 'Fuda-Yose' diagrams for Visual Thinking

   Toru Nakagawa, Akihiro Katahira  Jul. 29, 2015       -- No English page yet.

   As a basis of using Visual Thinking, Nakagawa asked Katahira to show the method of converting a (short)

   document into labels automatically and making 'Fuda-Yose' diagrams.

   Katahira demonstrated the method by using Nakagawa's request message.

   He has made a detailed record of the conversion and drawing, in the 'Fuda-Yose' Excel sheets.

   The final 'Fuda-Yose' diagram (click the figure at right on the top page) clearly shows the intentions

   of Nakagawa's request and corresponding answers by Katahira.

[3] USIT/Problem solving paper:  

   Subconscious Problem Solving Using Hazy Heuristics Ed Sickafus (Ntelleck, USA);

   Japanese translation: Toshio Takahara, Hideaki Kosha, Toru Nakagawa

   Jul. 29, 2015

     -- The English page will be posted in mid August.

   Dr. Ed Sickafus (the original developer of USIT) gave this keynote lecture at ICSI 2014 (5th International

   Conference of Systematic Innovation) at San Jose, CA, on Jul. 16-18, 2014.

   We have translated it into Japanese and posted it in this site.

On Jun. 15-17, I paricipated at ICSI2015 held at Hong Kong, and gave a Tutorial and a Keynote on USIT and Six-Box Scheme.

The ICSI2015 was successful, and it was fruitful for me. I will post my presentations some time later.


Best wishes,

Toru Nakagawa


Please visit our website for more information about these Innovation and TRIZ  topics.

Best wishes always,

Toru Nakagawa

Hits: 63

Baldrige School launches MS in Quality Program - 19 July 2015

Baldrige School launches MS in Quality Program


The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business has set a MOD 1 (August 23, 2015) start date for its new Master of Science in Quality, Improvement, and Innovation degree CMRoeprogram, which was recently approved by the State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education.  Enrollment is now open.

The program will meet the employment needs of the many organizations who have acknowledged the link between quality, organizational improvement, and innovation initiatives, integrating these concepts into one system.

The program’s Academic Program Manager, Chuck Roe, promises the unique program will look at quality in terms of business, engineering, and manufacturing. “Students will explore the five elements of quality: producing, quality control, quality management, and continual improvement and innovation,” Chuck says, “and the program is designed to help students obtain three certifications:  Lean Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma, and Certification for TRIZ.”  Roe adds that graduating students will “demonstrate a thorough knowledge of key business concepts such as total quality management, benchmarking techniques, creative problem solving, Design for Six Sigma (black belt), systems thinking, Lean Six Sigma (black belt), and Technology for Innovation (TRIZ).”

Read More Hits: 248

Romulo Garza Award



Romulo Garza Award: Professor Inventor Category - February 2013

This last February of 2013 Dr. Noel Leon, Emeritus Professor of the School of Engineering and Information Technology of Tecnologico de Monterrey, was granted with the Rómulo Garza award in the category of Professor Inventor.

Dr. Leon graduated as DiplomEngineer in Agricultural Machine Design in 1969 from the Dresden University of Technology in Germany. He has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude) from the same University in 1976.

He is recognized as the first Latin American certified in the TRIZ innovation methodology in 1996, and he is one of the leading international experts in this methodology for the development and innovation of products, processes and services. He has trained and educated engineers, technicians and managers from Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, France and Germany in this methodology. He practices also the methodology of Quality Function Deployment, QFD. He was the president Latin American QFD Association. Dr. León is a prominent member of the Altshuller Institute for TRIZ studies and serves on the Publications Committee.

In his courses, he uses the Project-based learning technique, and together with his students he has achieved the development and innovation of more than 50 industrial products.


Among some of the patents that have been granted in his name are:

  • US6739438Brake Rigging System,
  • MX261228 Portable device for self-diagnostic tests of cervical uterine cancer through simultaneous optical and electrical measurements.
  • NL/a/2005/000066 Saving Energy with an electronic sweeping circuit
    • NL/a/2005/000072 /MX 288055 Improved system of slope protection with whole or halved waste tires
    • NL/a/2006/000003 Centrifugal Filter of Reverse Osmosis with increased flow by vortex
    • Mx/a/2007/002577 Electro-thermal device for controlling the temperature in Textiles
    • NL/a/2005/000021 Axial reciprocating engine.
    • Mx/a/2008/016474Solar concentrating lens by refraction with high efficiency
    • Mx/a/2007/015520 Wall structure with thermal insulation.
    • NL/a/2005/000016 Sampling of endocervical and ectocervixcells


Dr. Leon is founder and Honorary President of the TRIZ Mexico Association (AMETRIZ), which has developed six international conferences in Technological Innovation. Currently,

he is director of the Research Chair "Engineering Design and Innovation" at ITESM, Campus Monterrey.



Hits: 1044

What Makes Samsung Such An Innovative Company?

By Haydn Shaughnessy, Contributor,

“I write about enterprise innovation”

Tech 3/07/2013 @ 6:32AM |50,392 views Forbes Magazine

Full article at:

Samsung is a global leader in screen technology, TVs, batteries, and chip design. So in terms of innovation it is doing a lot right. But we know very little about how.

Two developments convinced the company in the late 1990s and early 2000s that they could adopt a systematic approach to innovation and that is what seems to underpin their current success.

The first development provides a broader explanation for Samsung’s innovation capacity. In the late 1990s they were able to tap into a source of cheap scientific expertise in the former Soviet Union.

In 2009 BusinessWeek reported that Samsung relied on its relationships with Russian experts for its smartphone software development, adding: “Russian brains helped Samsung develop the image-processing chips in its digital TVs and refine its frequency-filtering technology that significantly reduced noise on its now-ubiquitous handsets.”

But a second effect of the relationship with Russian science was the introduction of TRIZ, an innovation method that Samsung adopted from 2000 onwards but which only reached American companies from the mid-2000s onwards (Intel is a user).

TRIZ is a methodology for systematic problem solving. Typical of its origins in Russia, it asks users to seek the contradictions in current technological conditions and customer needs and to imagine an ideal state that innovation should drive towards.

Samsung had early successes with TRIZ, saving over $100 million in its first few projects. It was also adopting Six Sigma at the time.

But it was TRIZ that became the bedrock of innovation at Samsung. And it was introduced at Samsung by Russian engineers whom Samsung had hired into its Seoul Labs in the early 2000s.

In 2003 TRIZ led to 50 new patents for Samsung and in 2004 one project alone, a DVD pick-up innovation, saved Samsung over $100 million. TRIZ is now an obligatory skill set if you want to advance within Samsung.

At the Samsung Advanced Institute for Technology, Hyo June Kim, who wrote The Theory of Inventive Problem Solving, a foundation text on TRIZ published in Korean, trained over 1,000 engineers across Samsung companies in 2004 alone.                  

What we know from this is how Samsung approaches innovation. Rather it is based on developing a creative elite. This explains how Samsung used TRIZ to get to its Super AMOLED displays.

Samsung Electronics has a sense of crisis that we have been a fast follower and we can not survive anymore in this position. Instead of leading the industry by developing innovative products, we have followed fast what the leading companies had developed. Top management pointed out this and asked employee not to be a fast follower, but to be an innovative leader.

At Samsung even the subsidiary CEO has to take TRIZ training. From looking at the various presentations I estimate that engineers get about 15 days of training plus 7 days specific project work. That’s quite an investment in method and people.

So the answer to why Samsung is so innovative – with at least two major product announcements this month – is that it is heavily invested in its people, it goes in search of special talent wherever it can find it, but specifically made astute moves into Russia early on; it targets its innovations towards specific competitors and patents that it wants to overhaul (as Apple did under Jobs); and it has an innovation culture based on extensive training, repeatable methodology and creative elite formation, backed by the highest levels of management.

To read the full article, click the link above.

Hits: 1201


join now