TRIZ-Fest 2009: MA-TRIZ Conference and Congress Report

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    By Mark Barkan and Dr. Irina Sigalovsky

    TRIZ-Fest 2009

    Over 100 TRIZ specialists from 14 countries participated in TRIZ-Fest 2009, July 25-29 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The participants delivered over 50 papers in English and Russian. Both languages were served with synchronous translation.

    Roundtable and Seminars

    On July 25, J. Murashkovsky conducted a seminar on "Methodological aspects of research in TRIZ." On July 26, O. Gerasimov lead an educational seminar titled: "Introduction to methodology for designing innovations - G3-ID."

    The head of the department of innovatiks of the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, L. Chechurin, lead a round table discussion on "TRIZ in universities" on July 27.

    TRIZ-Summit 2009

    A closed meeting of TRIZ-Summit for developers took place July 26 with the main topic: "Development of new generation of ARIZ."

    The outcome of the meeting was the establishment of the requirements for a number of algorithms including:

    The topic for TRIZ-Summit 2010 will be determined by September 9. All those, who would like to participate in it are invited to send in their articles on this topic. To review information about it visit: TRIZ-Summit 2009.

    The Conference TRIZ-Fest 2009

    President of MA-TRIZ, Mark Barkan, delivered the welcoming address. Next, the patriarch of the world TRIZ movement, V. V. Mitrofanov, offered his remarks. Martha Gardner, a Global Quality Leader at GE Global Research, delivered the keynote address. She talked about the use of TRIZ at General Electric.

    All of the papers, presented at the conference, were divided among three sections. Conference participants voted for the best papers as follows:

    Section 1: Application of TRIZ in design for innovation

    Section 2: Development of TRIZ as a science

    Section 3: TRIZ education

    Session of MA-TRIZ dissertation council

    The dissertation council considered the following:

    Based on a request from the dissertation council MA-TRIZ presidium discussed possible changes in certification requirements. It was suggested to reduce the required number of "yes" votes from three  quarters to two thirds. President of MA-TRIZ, M. Barkan, offered to call a special meeting of presidium to discuss this issue. Upon brief discussion, the MA-TRIZ presidium voted to confirm this change with retroactive power. Please see the protocol of the MA-TRIZ presidium's special meeting. For more details visit: MA-TRIZ.

    The Sixth Congress of MA-TRIZ

    The sixth congress of MA-TRIZ took place on the afternoon of July 29.

    After hearing reports by MA-TRIZ presidium members, the Chairman of the auditing committee and the MA-TRIZ president as well as the authorized representatives of regional TRIZ organizations voted to approve the reports.

    The congress elected a new MA-TRIZ presidium consisting of: M. Barkan, USA (president); A. Kudryavtsev, Russia; S. Litvin, USA; Amir Roggel, Israel; I. Sigalovsky, USA; L. Chechurin, Russia; S. Ikovenko, USA; Shinsuke Kurosawa, Japan and Yong Won Song, South Korea.

    The official information on the congress is forthcoming and may be reviewed at MA-TRIZ.

    During the Conference

    Anatoly Kozlov, of the Siberian Federal University, celebrated his 60 birthday. Kozlov received many heartfelt wishes and a few presents. Please click on links below to view the conference in pictures.

    TRIZ-Fest 2009 Photos

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    TRIZ-Fest 2009 Slideshow

    The authors would like to thank the organizing committee and all participants of TRIZ-Fest 2009 for their devotion and hard work.

     TRIZ-Fest 2009 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

    About the Authors:

    With over 30 years of experience designing new and modifying existing systems, products and processes, Dr. Mark G. Barkan devotes most of his free time to development of TRIZ-based process analysis, improvement and synthesis. He has been particularly effective in enabling teams/people, he worked with, to deliver rapid innovation at a fraction of time. Dr. Barkan was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and received his undergraduate degree, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, at Moscow Technical University. After his arrival in the United States, he earned his MBA degree at Queens University (McCall School of Business) in Charlotte, N.C., where he has resided for over 30 years. Throughout his career he has searched for unconventional ways to better a system he was working with. As a result, he has developed the process of Innovation on Demand, which has helped many clients to achieve great results in a short period of time. He is president of the International TRIZ Association.

    Dr. Irina Sigalovsky is currently a principal at GEN3 Partners where she helps GEN3's clients build a culture of systematic innovation through innovation leadership training. She is working with Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, Siemens, Intel, Alcoa, Unilever and has an in-depth knowledge of the TRIZ-based G3:ID methodology of problem identification and problem solving. She is an experienced facilitator and developer of innovation educational materials. Dr. Sigalovsky also continues to contribute to the theoretical development of G3:ID methodology. She holds a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and a PhD degree from MIT and Harvard Medical School in Health Sciences and Technology. She is a Level 3 certified TRIZ practitioner by the International TRIZ Association. Contact Dr. Irina Sigalovsky at Irina.Sigalovsky (at)

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