GKJ: Group KJ Method Support System Utilizing Digital Pens

Motoki MIURA  Taro SUGIHARA  Susumu KUNIFUJI  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E94-D   No.3   pp.456-464
Publication Date: 2011/03/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.E94.D.456
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Knowledge Discovery, Data Mining and Creativity Support System)
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Keyword: 
CSCW,  creative meeting,  label work,  KJ method,  

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Summary: 
Practitioners of the Jiro Kawakita (KJ) method, a method for organizing ideas, typically use paper labels and four-colored ball-point pens to record their ideas during the creative thinking process. A similar approach is used in group KJ method sessions; however, the effectiveness of capturing and sharing the diagrams and information is limited because of the large amount of paper required. Considering the merits of the conventional paper-pen approach and the demand for quick sharing of diagrams after a session, we designed and implemented a system to digitize group KJ sessions--not just the diagrams but also the details of the creative process. We used digital pens during the session to capture the position and orientation of labels as well as their content. We confirmed the efficiency of our system by applying it to several GKJ sessions.