GKJ: Group KJ method support system utilizing digital pens

Motoki Miura, Taro Sugihara, Susumu Kunifuji

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456-464
Number of pages9
JournalIEICE Transactions on Information and Systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • CSCW
  • Creative meeting
  • KJ method
  • Label work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence


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