|A Rationale for Adopting SIT into a Corporate Training Program|
| Ed Sickafus
(Ford Scientific Laboratory)
TRIZCON99: First Symposium on TRIZ Methodology and Application, Held by Altshuller Institute for TRIZ Studies, at Novi, Michigan, on March 7-9, 1999, pp. 247-252
Preface for the publication
in this "TRIZ Home Page in Japan"
(Toru Nakagawa, May 8, 1999)
by Ed Sickafus was presented at TRIZCON99 as cited above, and translated
into Japanese by Toru Nakagawa under the kind permission of
Altshuller Institute for TRIZ Studies,
Ford Motor Company, and the author, Dr. Ed Sickafus.
version has been published in the Japanese
the "TRIZ Home
Page in Japan" under the permission. We are grateful to Altshuller Institute, Ford Motor Co.,
and Dr. Sickafus for their permissions which help Japanese readers understand how to
promote the TRIZ methodology (including SIT/USIT) in their companies.
In the present
paper, Dr. Sickafus describes the process of his introducing SIT (Structured
Inventive Thinking; a much simplfied version of TRIZ) into Ford Motor Co. He presents
detailed reasonings why and how he chose SIT in comparison with TRIZ itself, why he chose
to establish an in-company specialist team in place of adopting outside consultants,
why he focused on the pre-engineering concept generation phase instead of the engineering
designing phase, and why he is emphasizing rapid problem solving in place of invention.
His rationale on these issues is full of insights which we readers should sit and think over.
English version is not published here. It will probably appear in
the near future
in the author's Web site: http://ic.net/~ntelleck/
advised to read Dr. Sickafus' preceeding paper
on his team's current activities;
it was presented last November at the First TRIZ International Conference, and is posted
in the author's Web site. Its Japanese translation by Nakagawa can be seen in the
Japanese page of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan".
the SIT methodology itself, Nakagawa's
report of "USIT Training Seminar"
instructed by Dr. Sickafus is a handy and thourough reference.
Access to the
author should be:
Ed Sickafus, Ford Scientific Laboratory, Dearborn, Michigan, USA
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