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.

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.


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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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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The bad news is ignoring the work of people is almost as bad as shredding the result of their work in front of their eyes. The good news is simply looking at what somebody has done and scanning it and say “aha” that seems quite sufficient to dramatically improve people’s motivation.

Dan Ariely is an Israeli American professor of psychology and behavioral economics. He teaches at Duke University and is the founder of The Center for Advanced Hindsight. He describes in this TED talks some experiments that have been carried out to investigate the inner mechanics of personal motivation. Thanks to Vincent Ehrhart for sharing this.

Je suis un immense fan de TED (le site, hein pas le film que je n’ai pas vu). Je n’ai jamais participé à une conférence TED (assez cher me suis-je laissé dire) ou TEDx (malgré l’excellente initiative de l’équipe TEDx Bordeaux).

Ce que je trouve remarquable c’est comment TED rend la connaissance accessible et sexy grâce à quatre éléments essentiels : le format, l’humour, la diffusion et la qualité. La connaissance en objets pop, TED l’a fait et voici comment … Read the rest of this entry »

I am a big fan of Gary Hamel. His pyramid of human capabilities is one of the best clicker of this blog. The Future Of Management probably is one of the most inspirational book I’ve ever read about management.

This is an exhilarating talk Professor Hamel gave to the university of Phoenix. As if that was not enough, check out the format of the animation behind him. I suppose (actually I hope) this has been done afterwards. But the result is breathtaking. Read the rest of this entry »

This is a awesome talk by Sherry Turkle. Turkle is a professor in the Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT and the founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.

She is the author Alone Together : Why we expect more from technology and less from each other and this talk introduces the book.

The pitch here : mobile and social take us away from real time conversation. It helps us setting enough distance with each others so that we can control conversation while editing our texting, posts, emails. We can therefore control the image we present about ourselves. As such, these tools not only change the way we do but they also change the way we are.

Profound and powerful it is strongly recommended. I recognized myself in some of the examples and I’m sure you also will. The second part (as of 09:30mns) is scary in how people wish devices could become more human.

A question to my Social Business Activists friends : how do we deal with this on a personal level and on an enterprise one ?

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The Myths of Innovation

February 12, 2011

In the knowledge economy, Innovation represents the Holy Grail : the undisputed source of wealth, pride and prestige. It is one of the most respected and worshiped word in corporate vocabulary. Yet you can hardly find organisations that share a same definition, let alone have a clear plan to manage it. The reason is : we are misguided by common misconception that run rampant in business and popular culture (Berkun).

With The Myths of innovation, his second book, Scott Berkun aims to clarify the topic : he is merciless with wishful thinking using his ruthless wit and encyclopaedic culture on the subject.

This paperback re-edition is a revised version of the original 2007 edition including four new (and amazing) chapters. As usual with Scott, this is a fantastic read, filled with conviction, great ideas, provocative thoughts, common sense and unexpected bursts of humour. The telling stories, the usability of the advises, the hindsight and wisdom of conclusions and the Occam Razor approach of Scott brings bucket loads of value to the reader.

You want to know how to make innovation happen ? And, more importantly, what prevents it from happening because of cultural beliefs and urban legends ? Read on …

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As for the second time in recent history of Apple, Steve Jobs steps down from the board for health reasons, #hypertextual honors the man Fortune has voted the best CEO of the decade 00.

Billionaire and a leading figure in 4 industries, His Steveness, as his afficionados nicknamed him, enjoys a unique status as a tech business icon today.

This post as an attempt to understand how SJ became such an iconic figure of the 21st century and to find an equivalent in history (note : there is a hint in the title) ….

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Une question qui revient sans cesse : les réseaux sociaux et nouveaux outils collaboratifs sont-ils des innovations incrémentales ou révolutionnaires ? L’épatant Serge Soudoplatoff (merci Jon Husband pour le lien !) a son idée et je vous invite à regarder cette présentation aux ERNEST de Normale Sup’.

Soudoplatoff rejoint ici d’autres personnes qui ont profondément réfléchi au sujet et sont eux aussi convaincus, que ce soit au nievau de la société civile, de l’entreprise ou encore de l’économie qu’il s’agit d’innovations de rupture. Read the rest of this entry »

When Clay Shirky was a young boy he thought that the main technologies for the 21st century would be the atomic energy and the spaceships to travel throughout the milky way.

Fast forward to when he is a grown up in the late 20th century, he discovers that the main technologies are the transistors and the abortion pill. The first has allowed the advent of many electronic devices, the second has entitled women to control birth.

Both are used at individual level (companies and citizen respectively) and are not controlled by the state. As Shirky puts it : they changed the world because no one was in control of how the technology was used.

In the early 21st century he’s discovered a third main technology for this era : social networks. These have allowed for groups to gather in the cheapest and easiest way ever, with spectacular results on the society as a whole. This is what this great book is all about.

Clay Shirky does a fantastic job connecting real life stories, sociologists researches, his own experience of social tools and patterns of usage to propose a global theory based around solid ideas, main ones being extracted hereafter … Read the rest of this entry »


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