Wednesday, October 11, 2006


TRIZ in Belgium Tuesday afternoon

Kortrijk Tuesday afternoon

“Practioner session” had 2 fascinating papers in radically different areas.

Yung-Chin Hsiao presented “Scenarios of Future Home Living with Evolutionary Principles from TRIZ.” He provided a functional breakdown of the home living system, the co-evolution of people, social structures, and the physical technology of the house, the furniture, the cooking systems, the sanitation system, etc.

Filip Verhaeghe is CEO of a TRIZ-named software company: Self-Star. His talk on “TRIZ Predicts Major Shift in Information Technology” keyed of a set of controversial books
N.G. Carr2003’s “IT doesn’t matter” 2003
H.Smith’s “IT Doesn’t matter—Business Processes Do.”
Filip shows that the “on demand” (service model) will eventually beat the “on premise” (local ownership) because it satisfies the law of ideality, as well as demonstrating many of the 40 principles in action (2, 13, 1, …just for starters.) In discussion, he said that he did not know specifically which of the large IT companies are using TRIZ, but that the trends are very powerfully predictive—businesses will make this change, and those using TRIZ will be able to predict it an anticipate it better than those who just let it happen.

Meanwhile, the Quality session had Johan Batsleer on “Six Sigma and TRIZ—to mix or to separate” and Ben Barbé with “Our journey in innovation.” The Scientific session featured Siegfried Luger’s “; a new portal using TRIZ Knowledge” and Val Kraev: “Modeling for solving physical contradictions”

In the final afternoon session it became less and less clear how the organizers distinguished “scientific” “practice” and “quality” papers. I regret very much missing Edgardo Cordova’s paper on TRIZ and Six Sigma in the pharmaceutical industry—he has promised us the paper for the TRIZ Journal.

The Quality session started with Marc Heleven’s “Ideas, Creativity and Web 2.0” which had very little connection with TRIZ or innovation, but was an interesting tour of the many user-content and community of practice websites. In his conclusion he provided some useful hints about doing web searches to find “somebody, someplace” who as already solved your problem.

The concluding paper of the Quality session was from Serge Lapointe from Canada, “Innovation Programme-Tools and Tactics” which he proposes to take innovation from a local initiative status to a broader benefit as an institution-wide system. His Programme is modeled loosely on Six Sigma, with a program promotion office, sponsors, champions, training, internal experts, and an explicit reward and feedback system.

The day concluded with 2 more keynote speeches, one for ETRIA and one for the Quality conference (Hey, organizers—this isn’t realistic, with things in 3 different buildings.) I tore myself away from Jos Borremans “Transformation of an organization, the power of the metaphor” in the Quality conference to go back to ETRIA for Geert Tanghe & Yves Carton’s “High Speed Trains” which gave a high-speed ride through the iterations of “HTE” the “high speed train for Europe” developed with DFSS (VOC, Kano, …) TRIZ, DFSS, TRIZ, …The highest delighter was the accessibility of usable space—this was supported by field research—doors were small and steps were high and people were carrying baggage. Geert used a multi-dimensional variant of the 9 windows combining Here & Now, Here & Later, There & Now, …Contradiction between length of the seating space and area of the boarding vestibule: Principles 4 and 14. (asymmetry, curvature.) Is this possible? New conflict during approaches to stations when the train makes sharp curves and lateral translations. Stability vs duration of action. 13-other way around, make it more stable during transitions. Make it shaky and make it stable: can it be implemented? Shift the working frame (which window of the 9 windows we are in) and go to the supersystem. The bogie (wheel assembly) is shared by 2 cars, instead of each car having its own. This introduces new contradictions with length of car, and smaller doors. Combined asymmetry with reverse—shared bogies asymmetrically arranged. Discussion of the combination of inductive reasoning with TRIZ. Created intermediary small units that have big entrance doors and space, always keep the right angle between wheels and tracks. Other contradictions: noise vs power. Pressure wave (say due to a bombing) stays confined, increasing injury. Modular concept also blows out pressure relief, saves lives. Jack knife—link needs to prevent lateral motion and enable lateral motion. Module also has less lateral momentum, inhibiting jackknife. 20% more passengers in single deck, 80% more for double deck. Terrible disappointment: Bid went in, but the project was stopped due to fear of liability. Patent granted.

The conference banquet was called “Belgian Culinary Delights” and lived up to its name.

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