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Just like football, I love music and I always will. I have been lucky enough to listen to it ever since I was born as both my parents are music fans. I love most styles of music (chamber classical music, jazz, folk, cuban, afro-beat, electro) but the one that resonates the most with me is indie-rock. A huge fan of Jimmy Page as a kid and then Johnny Marr as a teenager, I am fascinated by electric guitars and I started playing when I was twelve, more than 30 years ago. From 15 onwards, apart from the 10 years I have spent abroad (London and then Zürich), I have always been playing in a band.

Being part or leading software development teams for more than 15 years, I have noticed many common traits with the musical activity. Even if for some weird reasons, I may have not sold as many CDs as Radiohead or REM, I still believe there is some value in sharing what I have learnt through these hours of work and all the analogies we can draw with creative work in a collaborative environment.

A post in 8 measures, we are talking about rock’n’roll here …

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Everybody is talking about the Digital Transformation. My take about how to initiate the one of your company is to start with listening to people who have started the journey.

The Paris Enterprise 20 Summit is just around the corner and this is a great opportunity to do just that. It will take place on February 3-5  in Paris in UIC-P Congress Center in central Paris.

Check out the Enterprise 2.0 Blog to see how to start your digital transformation initiative.

See you there !

Alliance est une entreprise de 125 personnes située en Franche-Comté, à vingt minutes de Besançon. Jean-Claude Bihr, son directeur, a eu la gentillesse d’inviter l’équipe d’Operae Partners et nous avons eu la chance en ce début d’année de rendre visite à une entreprise du 21ème siècle.

Par quelles raisons une entreprise industrielle est-elle ainsi qualifiée ? Pour trois principales que ce blog n’a eu de cesse de défendre depuis près de 8 ans maintenant :

  1. des équipes qui définissent leurs modes opératoires et les améliorent en permanence à travers la résolution de problèmes,
  2. de l’innovation à travers de l’expérimentation en cycle courts
  3. des dirigeants qui se confrontent en permanence à la réalité peu docile du terrain et des problèmes que rencontrent les femmes et les hommes de l’entreprise.

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#hyper belle année

January 19, 2015

Un billet rapide pour souhaiter une belle année 2015 à tous les lecteurs de ce blog et à ceux qui ont la gentillesse d’y laisser des commentaires.

J’ai un peu attendu avant de le poster en raison des récents éléments dramatiques qui nous ont tous choqués. Je vous épargnerai ma perspective sur ces sujets tant tout et son contraire a été dit. Je me réjouis juste du grand élan spontané de recueillement et de dignité dont nous avons fait preuve, collectivement.

L’année 2014 a été une grande année pour #hypertextual en ce qu’elle a enfin vu le point de rencontre entre les deux orientations majeures de ce blog : les nouveaux outils collaboratifs d’un côté et les nouvelles tendances de management dans le numérique de l’autre (agile, Lean etc …).

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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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Peter Drucker coined the term Knowledge Economy some time ago. For one of the main business thinkers of the XXth century knowledge, work, productivity and innovation are tightly related : “Knowledge is the main source of wealth. Applied to the tasks we know it becomes productivity. Applies to new tasks, it becomes innovation.”

That was in 1969 (in his book The Age of Discontinuity according to Wikipedia). There are two ways to put this definition in perspective. The first one is to say : “What a visionary” – I know : I haven’t stop since I’ve started this blog. The second one is to ask : “Well, there has been a couple of changes in the business world for the last 10 years, let alone the last 45, is that definition still relevant ? Is that link between knowledge and value creation still solid?”.

The latter is the aim of this blog post. The answer is “not quite” and here’s why.

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Les inscriptions sont toujours ouvertes pour le Lean IT Summit des 16 et 17 octobre. C’est une occasion unique de rencontrer des grands noms du Lean et de l’Agile réunis cette année à Paris :

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