Enjeux du numérique et stratégie d’amélioration de DSI en vidéo

Nous nous sommes lancés un petit défi à l’agence : chacun doit faire une vidéo de 5 minutes sur un sujet spécifique lié au Lean. Le sujet que j’ai choisi a été posté il y a quelques semaines : il traite de la stratégie d’amélioration et comporte un petit exercice simple pour montrer la puissance du lean comme stratégie.

Nous avons la chance de compter dans nos rangs Camille Brunat qui a travaillé dans le monde du cinéma. Ces conseils sont très précieux et ce nous permet de travailler cette dimension importante de notre carrière professionnelle. Il s’agit au moins de la trois ou quatrième que je fais avec lui sur ces 3 dernières années, et c’est la première avec laquelle je ne suis pas trop mal à l’aise. Merci donc à lui pour son coaching et son travail de vidéaste.

How to develop 21st century top professional skill in your organization

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The first part of this blog post draws on the results of a study by the World Economic Forum to identify the top professional skills to thrive in the 21st century Complex Problem Solving. This first part aim at helping you benchmark your organization and its ability to develop the right context to develop this skill through many questions.

This second part of the post provides some answers to these questions : what is a problem, what is problem solving, how to identify or develop a problem solver etc … In addition, it provides you with some paths to explore and make your organization a better place for people to develop and apply this skill, on a daily basis.

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And the top professional skill of the 21st century is …

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The World Economic Forum has just published the list of the 10 skills you need to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution.

Not only do they rank these top skills in 2015 but also the ones in 2020. because they are forward thinkers. Not forward thinkers enough if you ask Stowe Boyd though, as this has ignited some sorts of arms race in terms of #FutureOfWork concepts on his blog.

Yet, for regular chaps interested in #PresentOfWork, this is solid enough work for us to draw on :

The report asked chief human resources and strategy officers from leading global employers what the current shifts mean, specifically for employment, skills and recruitment across industries and geographies.

The aim of this first episode on the topic is to help you make this pivotal information actionable for your organization. In order to do so, this post won’t supercially skim through the report adding some noise and intellectual speculations. Rather is aims at helping you thoroughly thinking it through. Don’t want to sound like patronizing but “helping you thoroughly thinking through” means asking questions. Clayton Christensen and Jason Fried both think this is the right way to understand so it might be worth giving it a try.

The objective is twofold. First, it is to help you figure out what this information does mean in the context your organisation. Second, it is for you to benchmark your organizational development strategy, to give a hard look and see if it fosters such skill development.

The second part of this blog post will come with some hints on how to develop this oh so precious skill  …

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Stratégie : adapter la réalité à la vision ou adapter la vision à la réalité

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Une question que je me pose depuis plusieurs semaines et qu’en toute transparence, chaque dirigeant devrait se poser. Comment devons-nous « construire une vision » et définir des objectifs stratégiques ?

Devons-nous privilégier l’approche facile et la contraindre à une réalité revêche ? Ou, au contraire, adopter une approche plus ambitieuse et résolue et transformer ce que certains identifient parfois trop vite à « la réalité », pour l’aligner avec la vision ?

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Lead With Lean : Interview With Michael Ballé

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I have been lucky enough to know Michael for a few years now. I have been that lucky that he has been coaching me on few occasions. This is a huge honor to have such a Lean known figure as a coach.

In all fairness, it can also be quite painful : brutal reality does hurt. Learning is somehow confronting the world, a mess which happens to be much different from the narratives and interpretations that run through our minds. This is why we all need a coach in our thinking process : to make sure we don’t get carried away by our own misconceptions. His last book Lead With Lean is a great help in making our minds clearer about what leadership is in the 21st century.

Michael has made himself available to answer our questions and we are really happy to share this interview here.

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Lead With Lean by Michael Ballé

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Michael is a relentless researcher on the topic of Lean. Like other main influencers of this blog, such as Scott Berkun, or Jason Fried & David Heinemier Hansson, his work is priceless in that Michael keeps on going from abstract thinking (reading, studying) to concrete thinking (on the shop floor, with executives, to coach them on their strategy and their everyday problems) and back to abstract thinking (writing) : his thoughts and ideas are always validated or inspired by the reality of every day work.

Lead With Lean is a book which brings together many articles published during the last 5 years, mostly on Planet Lean. Reading these articles separately are enlightening ; reading them together, thanks to the great work by talkative and super smart Roberto Priolo (Planet Lean Chief Editor) who edited the book, is telling in that it shows the amazing strength of Michael thinking on the topic.

All these articles are like practices, a beau geste of describing in many different contexts and from many different perspectives what Lean and Lean Leadership are and why learning from them is so important today. These can also be seen as handles, practical ways of grasping some tough concepts : a very instructive book indeed.

Michael Interview on this book to be published soon … watch this space.

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La réflexion – l’élément manquant dans la perception de valeur

lean-methode-scientifique-operae-partnersDurant mes près de 30 ans de carrière, mon objectif principal a toujours été de contribuer à davantage de valeur pour mon entreprise et mes clients tout en travaillant dans des conditions agréables et épanouissantes. Comme nous passons une grande partie de nos journées au travail et que c’est parfois difficile, frustrant, stressant, voire pénible, il me semble que cela vaut la peine de prendre le temps d’essayer de rendre ce temps plus agréable.

Dans les entreprises dans lesquelles j’ai exercé, j’ai observé une sorte de modèle mental de contribution croissante de valeur : à mesure que l’on progresse d’éléments en éléments, il y a cette perception que davantage de valeur est créée. Ce modèle mental de chaîne croissante de valeur peut être représentée ainsi :

Outils > Processus > Méthodes > Stratégie > Culture

Mon hypothèse : plus l’on cherche à avoir un effet de levier important sur l’organisation, plus l’on vise haut. Une hypothèse qui ne prend pas en compte le fait de « la loi de rendement dégressif de l’abstraction» telle que la définit Scott Berkun.

Depuis que j’étudie et pratique le Lean, environ 5 ans, je constate qu’il manque deux notions fondamentales (pratiques et réflexion) dans cette perception et que l’une d’elles n’est, selon moi, plus pertinente (culture).

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