Après avoir défini les enjeux de la transformation digitale (1ere partie) puis donné les 7 points cardinaux de cette transformation (2eme et 3eme partie), cette 4ème partie s’attaque à une des plaies des organisations du 21ème siècle : les projets.

Que deviennent les projets dans l’entreprise numérique ? Comment sont-ils pilotés ? Comment s’organise-t-on pour en garantir le succès ? Pour les rendre efficaces ? Comment s’organise-t-on pour en faire des espaces organisationnels dans lesquels chacun y trouve son compte : contributeur, chef de projet, managers et, last but not least, les clients ?

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Dans le premier volet de cette série, nous nous sommes attardés sur une définition de la transformation digitale en proposant  d’en circonscrire l’enjeu principal :

Exploiter la radicalité des capacités d’internet (temps-réel, ubiquité, multitude) pour construire et ajuster en permanence :

  1. une connaissance validée de la réalité du marché, aujourd’hui, afin d’élaborer les produits et services les plus adaptés pour y répondre
  2. une connaissance validée de la réalité de l’organisation et des processus pour livrer le plus rapidement possible ces produits et services

Dans ce second billet nous allons décrire les quatre premiers des 7 points cardinaux de cette transformation. Pour chacun, nous allons proposer des principes, des exemples, des anti-patterns et des questions vous permettant d’évaluer votre stratégie. Ces sept points sont les suivants :

  1. la relation client
  2. les produits et services
  3. les processus
  4. les outils

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Alors que la transformation digitale (rappel : le qualificatif digital est approprié en français, inélégant mais approprié) est devenue un des enjeux majeurs des organisations, on a parfois du mal à se représenter à quoi cela correspond et à imaginer par quel bout prendre le sujet. Qu’entend-on par cette expression ? Quels sont les enjeux que cette transformation implique ?

Ce billet est le premier d’une série sur le sujet. Il a pour objet d’apporter un éclairage en proposant une définition et en en exprimant les enjeux.

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Since I joined a start-up in 2004, I have been a very active practitionner and zealot of agile culture and practices. Yet, there are a few limits to Agile that I believe Lean tackles naturally : this is why I joined the Lean movement about 4 years ago. One of the limit I have observed during the last few years is a culture trend whereby Agile community thinks they solve problems just by removing the issue : here comes the NO organization.

The NO organization aims to fight the pointless over-complicatedness of our organizations (which is good) by getting rid of the actual topics (which is arguable, at best) : no managers, no process, no paper, no specs, no estimates, no planning, no email, no what_have_you. One could argue it is throwing out the baby together with the bath water.

The NO organization exhales the seductive perfume of the radical approach. It resonates with the (often false) image of the open source community or Agile methodologies.

My 2 cents : this is just as irrelevant as the over-complicatedness it aims to fight. And here’s why … Read the rest of this entry »

photo(2)The Lean IT summit 2014 happened earlier this month and as usual it has been inspiring and fun. Inspiring as it was an opportunity to listen to stories from leading figures of the lean/agile community (Jeff Sutherland, Mary Poppendieck, Daniel T. Jones) or from major companies of the 21st century (Amazon, Spotify, ING direct, Nike and, of course, Toyota).

And it was fun because hanging out with the likes of Mike Orzen, Michael Ballé, Jeff Gothelf, David Boagerts and my colleagues at Operae Partners (disclaimer, the company I work for co-organizes the event) always is.

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The Lean Scale-up

October 16, 2014


Startups have been all the craze for the last 15 years or so and the two bubbles : 1.0 (dot com’s) and 2.0 (social apps). One could argue that their most impressive achievement is succeeding in making technology entrepreneurship sexy and successful entrepreneurs as glamorous as rock stars, despite the swimming pools flip-flap.

There have been many blog posts about what a startup is and what is not but I’ve always thought there were something missing. Until I read this essay by Paul Graham, co-founder of startup incubator Y Combinator. The name of this essay does not hold so much suspense : Startup = Growth. The guy behind the success of dozens of startups including Airbnb explains why. At this point, I can only recommend you to read this essay and come back, as this is probably the most insightful 15mns read you can have about start-up. (Go ahead, take your time, I’ll be waiting here).

First takeaway :

For a company to grow really big, it must (a) make something lots of people want, and (b) reach and serve all those people.

My perspective is that startups have put great focus on (a), the external part of the challenge, mostly thanks to Eric Ries formalization of Lean Startup. However, I believe that these small companies sometimes are left wanting on (b), i.e internal processes and management. As a result, even young companies succeeding in finding their audience and target customer sometimes struggle to deliver and to achieve promised results and growth.

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The Self Aware Organization

September 15, 2014


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This is yet another topic that has been running in the background of #hypertextual for a while now. Three events have contributed to promote it to the foreground.

First is the insightful essay by Freddy and Michael Ballé : Lead With Respect, and the subsequent conversation we had with Michael, Luis, Claude [FR] and Céline. The latter made an enlightening point.

“Leading with respect is not just a matter of personal ethics. It has to show, in actual behaviors and practices. It requires a constant effort of self-awareness, self-demanding mindset, and empathy with the diversity of team members.”

Second is the title of talk of Mary Poppendieck at the next edition of Lean IT Summit on 16th and 17th October : The Aware Organization. Last is this talk by Mike Rother, at Lean Summit 2012 where the author of #hypertextual favorite Toyota Kata establishes some interesting connections between neuro-sciences and our ability to learn.

The proposition of this post is that self-awareness is critically important for an organization to succeed, that it has to be deployed throughout the whole organization and, this deployment is the job of managers (and coaches).

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