The Post-WorldSummit for Chinese Quality (WSCQ) seminar on Extenics (可拓學) was organized byHong Kong Society for Quality (HKSQ) andDepartment of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management (SEEM), CityUniversity of Hong Kong on 8 July 2016. Beforethe seminar, I introduced the background of WSCQ and its theme was Quality andInnovation. Therefore, we invited Prof.Cai Wen (蔡文) and Prof. Yang Chunyan (楊春燕) to be our guest speakers to continue theyesterday keynote for more details introduction.
Then wetook a group photo for memory. Mostparticipants come from industry.
Prof. YangChunyan (楊春燕) (Director, Institute of Extenics and Innovation Methods, GuangdongUniversity of Technology) was the first speaker and her topic entitled “ExtensiveInnovation Method” (可拓創新方法). Firstly, she introduced theFour Steps of Extensive Innovation (可拓創新四步法) included Model (建模), Extension (拓展), Transformation (變換) and Selection (選擇).
Then Prof.Yang used a pen as an example to introduce Basic-element (基元) theory. Pen as object used to build model we calledit Matter-element (物元) which included the pen’s characteristics and values. And then Prof. Yang used the function of pento explain Affair-element (事元).Pen used to write which was anaction. Its characteristics include whoused it, what to be done after use it and what method to be used, when andwhere to use it, etc. Finally, Prof.Yang employed the pen’s structure (or components) to explain the Relationships-element(關係元).
Afterthose consideration, a Model of Pen’s Basic-element (基元) was established. The purpose to build such model was tofacilitate standardization, refinement, quantitative and computerization.
Prof.Yang introduced Extension Analysis (拓展分析) that included Divergence (發散樹), Correlative (相關網), Implication (蘊含系) and Opening-up (分合鏈).
The fourconjugation pairs were also discussed and they were “Nonmaterial part (虛部) vs Material part (實部)”, “Soft part (軟部) vs Hard part (硬部)”, “Latent part (潛部) and Apparent part (顯部)” and “Negative part (負部) and Positive part (正部)”, as well as “Intermediate part(中介部)” in eachpairs .
Lastly,Prof. Yang briefed the Selection (選擇) in seven steps. Industry needed to participate in the firstthree steps that were to select the measurable objectives, confirmation ofweighting and first evaluation.
Prof.Cai Wen (蔡文) (Founder of Extenics and The Director of International Academy ofExtenics (HK)) was the second speaker and his topic named “Creative ThinkingRevolution - Extensive Innovation Method” (創意的革命—可拓創新方法). Firstly, Prof. Cai discussedthe Conjugation Analysis in more details.
Someexamples employed Conjugation pairs were discussed as follows.
- “Nonmaterial part (虛部) vs Material part (實部)” - The Empty Fort (諸葛亮的空城計)
- “Soft part (軟部) vs Hard part (硬部)” – Two Chinese sayings: “one boy is a boy, two boys half a boy, andthree boys no boy” (三個和尚沒水喝) and “Three heads are better than one” (三個臭皮匠,勝過一個諸葛亮。)
- “Negative part (負部) and Positive part (正部)” – UK prisoner boat incident and then policy changed from “Off-shorenumber” to “Landed number” so as to solve the problem.
- “Latent part (潛部) and Apparent part (顯部)” – As iceberg that we only observed the top one above water.
Afterthat Prof. Cai use this four conjugation pairs to develop new product.
He saidthat new product creation had three innovation methods. The first one was come from customer needwhich had not been fulfilled. (從需要出發,無中生有)
Secondinnovation method was from existing product in which employed extenics theoryto transform and improve to be new product. (從已有的產品出發)
Thethird one was come from the disadvantages of existing product. (從現有產品的缺點出發)
Anotherusage of Four Steps of Extensive Innovation was to solve the contradictionproblems.
Afterthe presentation, I on behalf of HKSQ presented souvenir to Prof. Cai Wen andProf. Yang Chunyan.
Then Itook a photo with all my teachers.
(Left:I, Prof. Yang Chunyan, Dr. K.S. Chin, Prof. Cai Wen and Prof. KF Pun)
Groupphoto for professionals
(Left:Mr. Peter Fung, Dr. Victor Lo (ISIHK), Dr. Aaron Tong, Dr. CO Chan (ISSC),Prof. Yang Chunyan, Prof. Cai Wen, Prof. KF Pun, Dr. YC Chow, Dr. KS Chin andI)
Then wehad lunch together.
Finally,we led Prof. Cai Wen and Prof. Yang Chunyan to visit the art exhibition inCityU.
Itcombined art and information technology together.