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Sustainability: Moving from Common Sense to Common Practice
2016 International Conference
Leesburg, VA - National Conference Center

September 18th - 21st

How to Learn the Lessons From the Failures in TOC Way - "Mystery Analysis" 7 Questions With a Case Study With Dr. Yamanaka, Nobel Prize Winner

Yuji Kishira - Partner, Goldratt Consulting

Learning the lessons from failure is not easy. It is true not to only ordinary people but also to scientists. Research and development requires numerous experiments to discover simplicity in nature. For every scientist, it is crucial to have excellent analytical mind/skill to gain the insight from the experiments. As the scale of research and develop gets larger and more complex especially cutting edge biomedical science where many researchers in different science fields such as biology, computer science, medical science, engineering, material science, etc are involved, it gets very difficult to analyze experimental results in connections with global picture where it requires some process to effectively study the experiments in a collaborative team effort as whole. It must be simple, easy and practical for researchers' daily use, and fits to collaborative team work.

A process called "Mystery Analysis" was developed to cope with these challenges by just asking graphical 7 questions as shown in the Figure 1. This process was developed to verbalize the learning process in scientific experiments. It is so simple, easy and practical that it only requires less than 30 minutes lecture then can move immediately to analyze the experimental results in a team efforts.

A case study will be shared in the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application Kyoto University with testimony of Dr. Yamanaka, Nobel Prize winner 2012.

This is so simple, easy and practical process that they are not only using it to study the experiments in research and development but also to learn the lessons from failures in daily lives which can help people to think like scientists.

The Standing on the Shoulders of Giants Process (SOTSOG)

The Giants: Scientists
  • Area not addressed: Non-scientists to think like scientists to learn the lesson from the failures
  • Historical Perspective: Using scientists’ excellent analytical skill/mind with intuition to learn from experiments to develop knowledgeConceptual Difference: Scientists v.s. non-scientists
  • Wrong Assumption: Only scientists can think like scientists
  • Analysis & Solution: Not only scientists but non-scientists, people have intuition. Intuition is "instinctive knowing (without knowing rational processes)”, it can be effectively illustrated by cause and effect logic with simple 7 questions for much more effective collaborative analysis, for not only scientists but also for non-scientists

3 Learning Objectives of the Presentation:
  • Understand cutting edge research and development challenges
  • Understand how TOC, science of management can significantly improve productivities of science activities research and development by "mystery analysis" consisting of simple graphical 7 questions
  • Understand how people effectively learn from failures in daily lives, think like scientist


Yuji Kishira born in 1959. As an author, speaker and change management leader, Yuji Kishira has been supporting holistic management transformation in various industries and government organizations. Some of his implementation are actively being picked in the mass media frequently. One of his works, "Win-Win-Win public work reform” was adopted by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and many prefectural, city Government all over the Japan. As a director of Goldratt Consulting, he is involving in various big companies holistic change initiatives to be ever-flouring companies. His special interest in the change initiatives is people’s harmony – WA in Japanese. Inspired by it, he has been rediscovering Japanese implicit best practices and making them into practical explicit body of knowledge. His various books are best and long sellers throughout Japan.

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