Monday, September 04, 2006


TRIZ and Innovation - IberoAmerican Congress Day 1

There are 40 people in Puebla for day 1 (tutorials). For the whole program, see
Joe Miller and I are teaching 20 people in the beginner section, and Jose Vicente (Spain) and Avraam Serediski (France) are teaching 20 in the advanced section. Nice diversity--we have people from universities in Chile, Argentina, France, and 6 cities in Mexico, and from 5 companies and from government agencies. We have already started matchmaking, since there is considerable interest in government agencies that promote small business improvement including TRIZ as an improvement method--this was part of the system used in Alsace, starting in the early 90's, and in Nicaragua starting in 2002, so we are connecting the people asking now with the people who have already tried it (successfully!)

TRIZ people take some pride in their creative problem solving abilities, right? So it shouldn't be a problem that I found out last night that I'm giving a keynote address tomorrow, right? So, an existing resource on a suitable topic is the tenth anniversary of the TRIZ Journal. I would appreciate any advice about how to post powerpoint to a blog--I'm sending ppt to Word, then inserting the word document below. (Only the text portion of the slides comes through) So, here's what I'll be saying tomorrow (most of the time will be on the 3d slide, applying the principles of TRIZ to grow TRIZ!)

The TRIZ Journal: 1996-2006
• 1996: 2 books in English, one in German, all others in Russian or related languages
• TRIZ “community” forming based on QFD, TQM (Six Sigma), Taguchi methods/DoE
• Experience with Japanese-style quality systems: develop the culture, don’t just translate the words

Historical Reminders
• Google was 2 years in the future
• I only knew one person who had his own domain name
• Netscape was the dominant browser
• Linux development had started, but it was not being used commercially

Basic Principles of TRIZ
• Ideal Final Result
Ø “The community establishes itself”
• Use existing resources
Ø WWW was new—we didn’t know whether to use \ or / after “http” when we first
announced the TRIZ Journal
• Eliminate Contradictions
Ø I want a journal; I don’t want a journal
• Use “effects” and cross-disciplinary benchmarking
Ø Professional societies
Ø Other cross-cultural methodologies
Ø On-line user communities

NOW--80,000 readers each month, typically 6 countries on 3 continents represented in any issue

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