Scott Berkun was in Paris for a few days as he was invited to speak at USI 2014. That was a great opportunity to meet him and to discuss about his books, his time at Microsoft and WordPress, how and where he grew up and how it feels to be a writer in the 21st Century. Scott has been kind enough to allow us some of his time, the most important thing he can give as he wisely writes in Mindfire.

A great dinner at the terrace of La Mauvaise Réputation, in Montorgueil neighborhood. And a few drinks as well : champagne, Armagnac, beers and a bottle of St Estephe 2011 for good measure: a bit young, but we still managed to work it out. It was so inspiring, I’ve still managed to remember just about everything despite the drinks. Yet, if I remember well the ideas, the transcript may not gives good justice to Scott verbal skills and precision in the words he uses.

There are not so many opportunities to meet one of #hypertextual heroes and that evening has been a milestone in the history of this blog. This is how the conversation went …  Read the rest of this entry »

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Alors qu’approche la nouvelle édition de l’USI (les 16 et 17 Juin à Paris ) #hypertextual a rencontré cette année encore un des membres d’Octo les plus actifs dans la préparation de cet évènement. Après François Hisquin (2012) et Ludovic Cinquin (2013), Guillaume Plouin cette année.

Pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas encore cet évènement organisé par Octo Technology, l’USI est la conférence autour du numérique que l’on peut qualifier sans aucun doute de plus passionnante de l’hexagone, voire d’Europe. Les disciplines présentes sont variées (technologie mais aussi prospective, sciences dures ou sciences humaines, management, leadership, ou philosophie) et les intervenants sont prestigieux : Ray Kurzweil, Michel Serres, André Comte-Sponville, Chris Anderson, Leo Apothecker, Bjarne Stroustrup, Neil Armstrong ou Philippe Starck. Et la liste va s’allonger cette année encore avec des personnalités telles qu’Edgar Morin, Patrick Dixon, Isaac Getz, Nancy Duarte, ou encore mon collègue d’Operae l’excellent Antoine Contal …

L’occasion au travers de cette rencontre de se pencher de plus près sur les grands moments qui ont marqué l’USI et s’attarder sur la mécanique interne de l’organisation d’une conférence qui célèbre sa septième édition cette année…

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Having gained some momentum on the topic of video interview with the last Lean IT Summit, I have been delighted to help Kongress Media mogul and #e20 organizer Bjoern Negelmann in doing some others within the scope of this year edition of the Enterprise 20 Summit. Thanks to Jan Grüb for shooting and editing those.

I was lucky enough to engage in video recorded conversations with #e20 rising star Céline Schillinger, Wirearchy father Jon Husband and IT strategy über-expert and visionary Dion Hinchcliffe.

A huge honor to have access to their expertise and a great opportunity to discuss issues such as the alleged death of Social Business the struggle to implement #e20 successfully and their main takeaways from the conference.

Last but not least, a great opportunity to notch up some more trophies to #hypertextual interviewees record.

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#hypertextual a eu la chance de croiser la route de Mariana Zanetti, auteure de The MBA Bubble qui vient d’être traduit dans la langue de Geneviève Fioraso sour le titre Le MBA est-il un investissement rentable chez les Editions Maxima.

L’ouvrage a ouvert une discussion de l’autre côté de l’Atlantique ou Mariana est citée par le Fincancial Times aux côtés de personnages aussi important dans le monde des écoles de management que le professeur de Stanford Jeffrey Pfeiffer (co-auteur d’un des livres de chevet de ce blog : The Knowing Doing Gap).

Il n’était pas envisageable que #hypertextual soit absent de cette conversation car le sujet de l’enseignement du management aujourd’hui réside à l’intersection des thèmes de ce blog : management, culture et 21ème siècle. Un sujet traité indirectement dans de nombreux billets et fontalement dans la revue d’un autre ouvrage polémique sur le sujet : Managers not MBAs de Henry Mintzberg. Tout comme ce dernier ouvrage, Le MBA est-il un investissement rentable s’avère être une lecture indispensable pour ceux qui envisagent ce cursus ou qui souhaitent prendre du recul sur le sujet après l’obtention de ce diplôme.

Mariana a eu la gentillesse de nous expliquer pourquoi : c’est ici et maintenant … Read the rest of this entry »

Here is the last of the interview from the series made during the 2013 Edition of the Lean IT Summit. And it is quite an interesting one with CI&T VP, Europe & ASPAC Leonardo Mattiazzi.

Leonardo has been quite generous as he stopped by to share so many lessons learned while implementing lean in about every activity of their company. Many fascinating take away are highlighted in the video for them to be more actionnable. Leonardo also talks about leadership but also about they mix Lean approach and collaborative online tools to make things happen in their Disrupt!  innovation initiative.

Thanks to him for the conversation, to Camille Brunat for directing and editing the videos, to Florence Préault, for coordinating this interview series project, and to Supernormal for the music.

Giuseppina Allegretti is head of risk group in IT Department at Banca Nazionale del Lavoro. During the 2013 edition of the European Lean IT Summit, she made a very inspiring talk about Lean leadership and gemba walks. What I really enjoyed in her talk was the quiet yet determine tone, completely in line with her relentlessness approach of digging for new continuous improvement opportunities.

She also presented one of the most appropriate slide I have seen related to leadership in general and lean leadership in particular with the following principles : How we manage little things is how we manage big things / Reality is not always what we imagine / A long way starts with a little step / Go and See = Coaching people / Attention is the best way to care about people.

She has been kind enough to discuss gemba walks, leadership, change management and more with us in this video interview. So thanks to her for the conversation, and as usual with this interview series, thanks to Camille Brunat for directing and editing the videos, to Florence Préault, for coordinating this interview series project, and to Supernormal for the music.

Hakan Forss is Lean and Agile coach at Avega Group. Hakan is one of the many Agile coaches that, while digging deeper into agile practices, has reached the shores of Lean, what he calls the fountain of knowledge. In this short video interview he shares his insights on how lean can help improving agile teams.

His Lean IT Summit presentation this year on how to apply Toyota Kata principles to agile teams has been very inspiring as he offers a lean approach to agile continuous improvement. While doing so, he brings lean deep thinking to agile practitioners and he builds another bridge between the two approaches. (Refer to #hypertextual Toyota Kata book review for more information of what the principle is).

Hakan has been kind enough to allow us some time to discuss his journey, how to articulate agile and lean and how Legos can help in building great slidedecks. Many thanks to him for the conversation, to Camille Brunat for directing and editing the videos, to Florence Préault, for coordinating this interview series project, and to Supernormal for the music.

Here is the second video interview of the European Lean IT Summit Interview Series. Daniel Breston defines himself as a IT Service & Operations Management Improvement Advisor & Coach. We’ve first met during the Lean Masterclass by Steve Bell in 2012 and we have kept in touch since.

Coming from an ITIL background, Daniel passion about the topic of Lean is quite contagious. His Lean IT Summit 2013 presentation has been extremely well received : his return of experience of implementing Obeya in a Lean IT project in a support team was quite telling.

In this exciting video interview, the Texan talks about his lean journey, ITIL and this project.

Many thanks to him for giving us some time for this conversation. And as usual for this series, thanks to Camille Brunat for directing and editing the videos, to Florence Préault, for coordinating this interview series project in such an efficient way, and to Supernormal for the music.

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A graduate from HEC Business School, Catherine Chabiron has been Lean Office Manager at Faurecia for the last ten years or so after having worked in many different areas such as Marketing, sales, accounting logistics etc … Faurecia is a world top 10 automotive parts manufacturer. While driving the Lean implementation in their IT department, Catherine has had a major contribution in aligning Faurecia IT with the business. She also is a major contributor to the Lean community worldwide as her talks at Lean IT Summit 2011 and 2013 showed.

Her description of how Lean management matches her expectations in terms of management method resonates particularly well with #hypertextual evolution of centers of interest  :

When I discovered Lean management (…), it looked like everything I had seen as being common sense and best practices up to then, unfolded into this management approach.

#hypertextual is very glad she discusses all this and more in this interview …

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As part of the European Lean IT Summit, Roberto Priolo (Managing Editor at the Lean Global Network) and myself did some video interviews of the speakers. It was a great opportunity to discuss lean concepts further with these practitioners and, incidentally, to try this new type of exercise, far more complicated than it seems to be.

First of this series is Michael B. Jones who presented at the conference how, as a Senior Manager Digital Content at eBay, he uses lean and agile to manage their digital content and to enable commerce by creating content customers love. An engaging interview with someone working in one of the major online company.

Many thanks to Michael for sharing his insights with such enthusiasm, to Camille Brunat for directing and editing the videos, to Florence Préault, for coordinating this interview series project in such an efficient way, and to Supernormal for the music.

Le Lean IT Summit approche à grands pas et c’est un bon moment pour rencontrer les conférenciers et comprendre leur perspective du Lean dans l’IT. Dans ce cadre, un entretien avec le président de l’Association Nationale des DSIs s’imposait.

Pierre Delort a mis en oeuvre cette approche de management dès 1991, avant même la parution de l’ouvrage séminal de Womack et Jones. Non content de cette première expérience il a ensuite fait un PhD sur le sujet à l’école des Mines Paris Tech.

Il nous raconte ici son parcours, sa vision et en quoi aujourd’hui le sujet du Big Data qu’il a piloté à l’INSERM s’inscrit dans cette démarche. Un entretien qui offre une perspective complémentaire à celle de Ludovic Cinquin sur la DSI de demain

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Ludovic Cinquin est un personnage singulier dans le paysage de l’ Il est directeur Général de Octo France, un cabinet de conseil IT dont l’influence rayonne bien au delà de sa dimension (150 consultants) grâce à ses publications, son blog et surtout l’USI, la conférence IT la plus passionnante d’Europe, conférence qu’Octo organise.

Ce qui donne un relief particulier à son parcours vient de sa formation initiale centrée sur la production. Il s’est donc formé à l’IT sur le terrain (il a rejoint Octo et l’industrie IT en 1998) et à travers de nombreuses lectures (Di Marco, Weinberg, Feathers, Glass), lectures qui l’ont nourri et qui ont guidé sa réflexion vers une vision systémique du SI du 21ème siècle, une vision ouverte, lucide, scientifique et d’une clarté admirable.

On retrouve cette vision à travers ses contributions dans les publications Octo (Partageons ce qui nous départage ou les Géants du Web) mais surtout dans les différentes présentations qu’il a faites à l’USI. On pense en particulier à son tryptique sur les mythes (2008), les biais (2010) et, la plus marquante à mon sens, celle sur les lois de l’informatique (2011) une trilogie indispensable pour tout professionnel de l’IT. Un peu comme Leigh Buchanan révant de Bob Sutton en DRH du monde, on se prend parfois à imaginer Ludovic dans le rôle de DSI de la France.

Mille mercis à lui d’avoir eu la gentillesse de nous accorder cet entretien fleuve (compter 10 mns de lecture) durant lequels nous avons abordé des sujets autour de la DSI de demain, sujets sur lesquels il est intarissable : les technologies, les usages, l’innovation, son management, le modèle des géants du web, les mythes et les lois de l’informatique, la culture Octo et même le théâtre sont abordés ici … Read the rest of this entry »

This is the second part (part 1) of the conversation with Michael Ballé and Dave Gray, respective authors of “Le Lean Management” [FR] and “The Connected Company“. A conversation bridging Lean and Social Business, covering a wide range of organization development topics, brought to you by #hypertextual …
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There is one big advantage in blogging about many different subjects at the intersection of Organizations, Cultures and 21st century : the opportunity of bridging communities. As #hypertextual early years heroine danah boyd puts it, it is to make connections where none existed before. Within that scope, #hypertextual is over-excited to publish a conversation with Michael Ballé and Dave Gray two of this blog favorite business thinkers in today’s hyper-changing economy.

They both co-authored two of the most inspiring books of 2013 #hypertextual bibliotheque. From this side of the pond : Michael Ballé and “Le Management Lean” [FR] the ultimate french reference on Lean Management (that Michael will discuss during next European Lean IT Summit) written with Godeffroy Beauvallet. From the other side of the pond : Dave Gray, the author of The Connected Company a leadership and business strategy guide for the 21st century conceived with Thomas Vander Wal.

I’ve read these two books in a row and just found it remarkable that authors from different school of thoughts (Lean and Social Business respectively) converge on so many topics regarding the 21st century organisation. I could not stop from asking them to discuss these here and, to my delight, they accepted. A huge honor to host such a conversation : part one below … (and part two online)

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Peter Gumbel est auteur, journaliste à Time Magazine et enseignant à Sciences-Po où il a été directeur de la communication. Britannique installé en France depuis 2002, il vient de publier un troisième essai sur la société française.

Elite Academy succède ainsi à French Vertigo (2006), où le journaliste se questionnait sur les raisons profondes du pessimisme ambiant, et On Achève bien les écoliers (2010) où il remettait en cause un grand nombre des principes de notre éducation nationale à l’aune des résultats comparatifs de celle-ci dans le concert international.

L’auteur poursuit ici son travail d’auscultation de la société française en traitant ce que le vénérable Edgar Schein appelle les Basic Assumptions, ces éléments fondateurs des cultures qui sont tacitement admis, tabous et jamais discutés ouvertement. Avec Elite Academy c’est au tour des grandes écoles et de notre culture de l’élitisme …. Read the rest of this entry »


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