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TRIZ Home Page in Japan- 9 November

Updated: 9 Nov 2014


Dear TRIZ Colleagues,

From : Toru Nakagawa, Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin University 


"TRIZ Home Page in Japan" has been updated on 9 November in English and in Japanese pages:Nakagawa-130927


[1] On the 16th Anniversary of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan": Toru Nakagawa

[2] "General Methodology of Creative Problem Solving & Task Achieving (CrePS): Reorganizing Various Application Cases

     and Their Methods in the ‘Six-Box Scheme’ by Toru Nakagawa (OGU) Presented at Japan TRZi Symposium (Sept. 11-12,Tokyo),

     Japan Creativity Society Conf. (Oct. 25-26,Tokyo), and ETRIA TFC 2014 (Oct. 29-31, Lausanne, Switzerland).


[1] Editorial:  

   On the 16th Anniversary of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan": (Toru Nakagawa) (Nov. 7, 2014)  This Web site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" celebrates its

   16th Anniversary on Nov. 1 together with readers in Japan and over the world. This site is to promote the understanding and real usage

   of TRIZ by openly publishing information and communications related to TRIZ on a not-for-profit basis. Though I have been operating this site as a volunteer,

   this site is not a personal site but a public forum to be composed of the contributions by readers, as you see already. Most pages are published in Japanese and in English in

   parallel for the purpose of mutual understanding and collaboration between Japanese and overseas TRIZ learners/practitioners.

   I envisage that Pubic Web Sites built in different TRIZ Communities will form A Global TRIZ Community with much reduced language barriers.

   Since two years ago I have been proposing to establish a General methodology for creative problem solving & task achieving by integrating various creativity methods

   including TRIZ/USIT. I am going to widen the scope of this Web site gradually in future.  

   The number of visits since November 2005 is (on Nov. 4) 212,212 (increasing by about 14,000 for the last 1 year) to the top page in Japanese and

   36,711 (increasing by about 3,300) to that in English. Four Entrance Pages have recently been installed for your easier access to articles.

   Readers' contributions either in English or in Japanese are heartily welcome.

[2] CrePS/TRIZ/USIT Paper:

   "General Methodology of Creative Problem Solving & Task Achieving (CrePS): Reorganizing Various Application Cases and Their Methods in the ‘Six-Box Scheme’

     by Toru Nakagawa (OGU). Three papers of the same title but with some adjustments were presented at three conferences: i.e.,

     (A) Japan TRIZ Society, 10th TRIZ Symposium in Japan (Sept. 11-12, 2014, at Waseda Univ., Tokyo);

     (B) Japan Creativity Society, 36th Annual Conference (Oct. 25-26, 2014, SANNO Institute of Management, Tokyo);

     (C) European TRIZ Association (ETRIA), 14th World TRIZ Future Conference 2014 (Oct. 29-31, 2014, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland).

   My main message is:

   "We can establish the General methodology CrePS on the basis of TRIZ/USIT research by reorganizing a wide variety of problem solving methods in the 'Six-Box Scheme'".

   The on-going research activities for developing CrePS are:

(1) To make course materials of CrePS case studies. (We should just use case studies already published.)

(2) To understand different methods (including TRIZ) and to describe them in the framework of CrePS.

(3) To relate CrePS to various activities in the 'Real world'.

(4) To categorize various purposes of CrePS application, and to recommend concise CrePS processes for each category.

(5) To proliferate the vision of CrePS. -- I wish you to share this vision and collaborate together!

   In the English page, the slides presented at ETRIA TFC are posted but not the paper yet until ETRIA's public posting in Elsevier Procedia.

   In the Japanese page, the slides (for ETRIA TFC in Japanese translation) and the paper (for JCS) are posted.

   In addition, the following PDF files are also posted: Paper (for JCS (Japanese)), Slides (for Japan TRIZ Sympo (Japanese, English),

     for JCS (Japanese), for ETRIA TFC (English, Japanese)).



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

Best wishes always,

Toru Nakagawa

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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.

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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.



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