I had a second article published today on InfoQ : Seven changes to remove waste from your software process.The first one being quite popular (a few weeks in the site top articles) Ben asked me to write another one, which I gratefully did.

It can be seen as another technical (and, I hope, actionable) article on my journey towards Lean while scaling agility to a full organization.

Thanks to Ben Linders for editing and Ana Maria Ciobatoru for her work in making it look great.

I have been in charge of implementing Lean Software Development in a software vendor house for about 2 years. During this time I have been coaching a large team throughout the development of two successive versions (let’s call them V2 and V3) of our enterprise solution.

We have gradually implemented seven major changes in our organization that have helped our R&D department to remove waste from our software development process with encouraging results. This essay is about implementing these seven changes, the results we obtained and what we have learned during the journey.

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Ed Catmull is co-founder and president of Pixar. After having reached his life long goal (creating the first computer animated feature film) with Toy Story in 1996, Ed faced a terrible dilemma : what should be his next goal ? Looking at smart leaders and once successful companies stumbling and collapsing, Ed soon identified this new goal : overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration.

This is what this book is all about. Sure there are some delightful back stories of some of the most inspiring animated movies of all time. There also are the little secrets of working closely with Steve Jobs. But the most valuable takeaways of this book are elsewhere.

They are in the way Ed Catmull (with the helped of Amy Wallace) describes the path that a rather successful leader in a creative industry followed to protect Pixar and then Disney Animation from these unseen forces and to make both company strive. Interestingly enough, the core of his management and leadership practices lies in Deming principles and Japanese management : a book hypertextual could not miss … Read the rest of this entry »

This is an excerpt from Time article about “How an unlikely group of high-tech wizards revived Obama’s troubles HealthCare.gov website”.

This excerpt focus on the three rules theses wizards apply when rescuing the project a set of IT services companies has lead to disaster. All Agile principles : stand-up meetings, developers get the call, get managers out of the way, solving problems completely, reduce work in progress etc …). An awesome story.

Rule 1: “The war room and the meetings are for solving problems. There are plenty of other venues where people devote their creative energies to shifting blame.”
Rule 2: “The ones who should be doing the talking are the people who know the most about an issue, not the ones with the highest rank. If anyone finds themselves sitting passively while managers and executives talk over them with less accurate information, we have gone off the rails, and I would like to know about it.” (Explained Dickerson later: “If you can get the managers out of the way, the engineers will want to solve things.”)
Rule 3: “We need to stay focused on the most urgent issues, like things that will hurt us in the next 24–48 hours.”


This is a conversation I had together with #e20 super-connector Luis Suarez on Twitter whilst at the E20 Summit.

During the engagement panel, he stated that employee engagement was a problem, an idea you can find in many management books (Year without pants by Berkun or Flat Army by Pontefract are recent examples) articles or talks. Even this blog elaborated on that subject a while back, a post which, in restrospect, might seem a bit shallow.

Most of these resources draw on Gallup study who claims that this costs about $US400 Billion per year to the US economy, which, I agree, is a terrible human and financial  waste.

But I wonder : is this employee engagement a problem or a symptom ? Luis insisted that Social Business will help in fixing this. This is where I come to have a rhetoric issue … Read the rest of this entry »

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(Illustration by Frédéric Williquet)

The E20 Summit was celebrating its fifth edition in Paris in the stimulating premises of ESCP, and just like Jon Husband said on Facebook : “I have been having a blast”. Notice that it’s rather challenging to be somehow unbiased since I am an ambassador of the event and I always am longing for the opportunity to exchange ideas, stories and drinks with the E20 mob.

Unfortunately, I could only attend the first day of this year edition. Despite my absence I have still been able to follow the conversations of the second day thanks to the “#E20 peeps Tweeting like maniacs” as Lee Bryant noticed.

Some may have expressed their regrets that their were not so many new ideas but I don’t really share this perspective. The main impression I have brought back home is this : we are reaching some kind of maturity on the topic as some patterns of successful implementations emerge. It is great to have thought leaders discussing ideas, principles and concepts but the main value out of these conferences from my perspective are the returns of experiences : those were very inspiring indeed.

Inspiring to such an extent that I after 5 years into the topic, I eventually found my one tweet definition of Social Business … Read the rest of this entry »

“Books about the future of work make the same mistake : they fail to look back at the history of work or more precisely the history of books about the future of work and how wrong they were.”

The Year Without Pants is the story of Scott managing his team working remotely most of the time (it seems that working without pants is a kind of a funny way to say working remote), learning to use new types of online collaboration tools in the process while never using email.

A book to put in perspective with another essay published on the topic of remote work with 37Signals latest publication : Remote.

A complementary set of books about the future of work : a wonderful piece about learning to adapt to a start-up culture (Berkun’s) and some practical advises to evangelise and then succeed in remote work (37Signals) … Read the rest of this entry »


Get ready people, the next edition of the Enterprise 2.0 European Summit will happen in Paris from 10th to 12th February ! Already the fifth edition (first one was in 2010).

A chance to witness that if Social Business moniker has been downgraded in the buzzword ranking of some consultants, real people are still leveraging digital transformation in their organizations to achieve meaningful results. The conference propose a rather exciting cast with many different returns of experience from many different industries and many different countries

Last but not least, an exciting set of keynotes with Zdnet digitalization oracle Dion Hinchcliffe (who made an excellent one last year), Rachel Happe the leader behind the Community Roundtable, Jon Mell from IBM and Dan Pontrefact, author of the acclaimed Flat ArmyRead the rest of this entry »

Sur la lancée de mon intervention au Lean IT Summit avec Laurent Alt, le directeur de la R&D logiciel de Lectra, je présenterai ce même retour d’expérience sur la mise en oeuvre du Lean Software Development pour le passage de l’agile à l’échelle lors de l’Agile Tour Nantes 2013 qui aura lieu le 14 Novembre.

Cette fois-ci je serai accompagné par Michel Cavalier, un manager agile de haute volée avec qui j’ai eu la chance de travailler durant ces 6 années à Lectra.

Pour rester sur de l’auto-promotion liée aux Agile Tours, j’ai proposé un Lightning Talk (5mns) pour l’Agile Tour de Bordeaux, édition qui aura lieu, elle, dès ce Vendredi, le 8 Novembre.

Je serai ravi de vous croiser lors de chacun de ces évènements et vous ferai un compte rendu circonstancié des 2 évènements. (cf Agile Tour Bordeaux 2012 et 2011).


The most recurrent question of the European Lean IT 2013 conference was at the heart of a dedicated panel : how does Lean IT positions itself in a world dominated by Agile culture ? There was (from left to right) Pierre Pezziardi, Steve Bell , Hakan Forss, Mike Orzen, Michael Ballé, Daniel T Jones and not appearing on the picture Regis Medina, Takashi Tanaka, Laurent Bossavit, and Antoine Contal (moderator).

A wonderful panel that has launched many thoughts for #hypertextual …

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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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Just discovered this conference over the summer. It is happening in Boston in early October and for the unlucky ones being on that side of the pond and not being able to attend European Lean IT Summit, this undoubtedly is the conference to go if you’re in the IT industry.

This is quite an impressive cast with the likes of Joel Spolsky, Scott Berkun and, as far as we are concerned today, #1 Business Thinker Clayton Christensen and #hypertextual long time heroine Kathy Sierra.

Most of the previous talks being online, #hypertextual could not resist sharing these two. You will hardly find talks related to software product development and design as inspiring as these two. Both may seem a bit long (1 hour) in these TED days, but believe me : every single second of it is worth your time.

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Wayhay ! I am glad to announce that I will be speaking at the European Lean IT Summit 2013 Edition in Paris on October 3rd and 4th. It is some kind of honor to speak in the same event as experts such as Michael Ballé, Steve Bell, Dan Jones, Yves Caseau, Pierre Pezziardi or Mike Orzen. Read the rest of this entry »

Dans le cadre des Masterclass Communication de la commission européenne, j’ai eu l’opportunité de faire une présentation dans les locaux de l’institution à Bruxelles le 25 Juin 2013. Voici donc le support utilisé dans cette présentation de deux heures.

Europhile convaincu, (davantage au sens anglais qu’au sens français, plus limité) et souhaitant participer à l’apaisement dans la tension Bruxelles-Paris, j’ai donc eu l’honneur de présenter dans la langue de Montebourg un état de l’art sur l’utilisation de ces nouveaux outils de communication émergents à des cadres des différentes directions de l’institution. Mille mercis à l’impeccable Diane Sifflet (du crew #EdgeExperimenters) pour m’avoir offert cette opportunité.

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Yet another curated TED Talk, too inspiring not to be blogged about. Erik Brynjolfsson is co-author of Race Against The Machine, an essay he wrote together with his MIT Sloan School of Management fellow professor Andrew “Enterprise 2.0″ McAfee. Professor McAfee, who also made an excellent TED talk on this topic, is a very well known figure on #hypertextual ([humblebrag] I even managed to shake his hand and to thank him in a quite clumsy way during Boston E20 Conference in 2011 [/humblebrag]).

What impressed me the most in this talk is the smooth and easy way the speaker brings ground breaking ideas. The bottom line : the automatisation of everything is taking jobs away from workers, and this shall include even knowledge workers. As a result we are living in a time of exponential changes (an idea I first heard in 2011 USI talk from Ray Kurzweil) but we are wired for linear changes. We therefore need to transform the way we work and move towards more team work and take advantage of big data to move towards more scientific approach.

Here are some transcripts of this brilliant talk.

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Jacob Morgan is principal at The Chess Media Group and has been a very active promoter of Collaborative Software for the last few years.

I had the opportunity to meet him at a party at the Enterprise 2.0 Summit in Boston in 2011. I knew his work before that as I’ve read many of the case studies his company has shared through their blog. I was quite impressed by his enthusiasm and his sharp mind on the topic despite his rather young age (he was 28 back then). He told me then he was writing a book : I guess it is the first time I read a book that was introduced to me by his author prior to the publication so please forgive me for bragging about it.

The Collaborative Organization introduces itself as a Strategic guide to solving your internal business challenges using emerging social and collaborative tools. It is a truly useful book as it is clear, actionable, based on solid experience and many research studies. It allows to define a strategy suited to your own context with many tricks of the trade to tactically address the many issues such project implies.

Last but not least, the book contains insights from many thought leaders such as Don Tapscott (already quoted here), Gil Yehuda, Charles H Green, Oscar Berg or Andrew McAfee and, for each section, there is a testimony by a project leader of such initiative in many different industries : insurance, publishing, video game, health care, logistics, government, organisation …

This allows to multiply the perspectives and make it a genuine valuable and collaborative effort …

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