08 Jun

The Open Forum

Off-site at Codesign-it

When I was working with the Codesign-it collective, I often heard about the Open Forum (often know as OST, “Open Space Technology”), a method that they were deploying in collaborative innovation projects with clients. In July 2018 I was able to witness how it was used by the members of the collective themselves as part of the “Summer Sprint”, their annual off-site meeting. This was an opportunity to observe more closely the ins and outs of this technology, whose origins can be found in citizen-run open forums.

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13 Feb

Who killed Velocity?

A detective

During an update of our courses at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, I was told that we would no longer be teaching about planning poker in Scrum projects. Apparently, measuring velocity was no longer part of the orthodoxy. I found this puzzling, as I had taken the rituals of estimating and measuring velocity to be part of the core processes of Scrum. Had I misunderstood the framework, or were there other forces at play?

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17 Apr

Traduction des vidéos de Frédéric Laloux : Retour d’expérience

Un projet en ligne, en autogouvernance avec des inconnus sans frontières, c’est possible ? Bien sûr, et ça marche même très bien ! C’est en tout cas notre expérience avec la traduction en 1 an des 133 vidéos de Frédéric Laloux. Un beau projet que Guillaume Jouquet et moi-même avons souhaité documenter dans ce retour d’expérience, où vous pourrez découvrir le dessous des cartes et notre interprétation des principes de Reinventing Organization.

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11 Dec

La Révolution inachevée des organisations

Detail of a gate in Versailles

Si vous avez apprécié le livre Reinventing Organisations ou que vous vous intéressez au mouvement de libération des entreprises, vous aimerez sans doute la série de 130 vidéos produite par Frederic Laloux, « Insights for the Journey. » Cette série est une mine d’exemples et de conseils pour s’inspirer des bonnes pratiques de diverses organisations ayant entrepris de se réinventer.

Les vidéos « vivent dans l’économie du don, » c’est-à-dire qu’elles sont mises à disposition gratuitement et que chacun est libre de proposer quelque chose en échange. Dans cet esprit, une communauté francophone s’est constituée pour traduire et sous-titrer l’ensemble des vidéos. C’est grâce à cette initiative que le site et son contenu sont désormais accessibles intégralement en français.

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05 Dec

Codesign-it: Journal of a journey


From October 2017 through March 2018, I spent 6 months as a resident of the Codesign-it collective in Paris. This residence was an opportunity for me to learn new skills and to dive deep into the world of facilitators, consultants and coaches.

Codesign-it! is not a company in the traditional sense of the term. It is a collective of independent professionals brought together by one question: “How do we invent the world of tomorrow, together?”

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18 Mar

Holacracy: How does it work?

Holacracy dynamic organisation

By Fabien Bataille

This article was originally published in French on Fabien’s blog Agile, Lean et Compagnie

As part of my research on new ways of working in organizations, which currently abound, I recently discovered Holacracy. It is used by Zappos, the
largest online shoes seller, in the United States
(see here [FR]). Closer to us in France “SOPRODI” (SME in industry in Clermont-Ferrand) and Antonutti-Delmas (SME transport, near Paris).

This new mode of business management, which was invented by the American company “Ternary Software”, then sold under license through the structure “HolacracyOne“, is now spreading around the world.

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10 Jan

What does work look like in the 21st century?

Scanning new ways of working

Scanning the horizon

I have started this blog to explore how work methods can foster motivation in human organisations. It is meant to grow organically, and will follow the twists and turns of my work and research.

My first idea was to start from game-thinking and see how it applies to various topics and activities. You can see this unfold in the four-fold series “Why is Scrum so much fun?

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