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Reinventing Organizations with Improv’

Published on August 10, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Reinventing is not just about the org chart… Inventing radically more productive, soulful and purposeful organizations is a huge challenge that we have never been so ready to address. In his marvelous book “Reinventing Organizations“, Frédéric Laloux tells the story of a dozen of pioneers on this journey. They are in all domains (from manufacturing to personal care), of all sizes (from 12 people cooperatives to 400.000 people giants). We get to know what’s making them special, what they have in common, and we discover with enthusiasm their outrageously good results. As I had expected, it’s not only about introducing new management techniques. In the book, Frédéric frequently shows how the pioneers invest in training, for people to learn the new skills and intergate the values and behaviours needed in the new paradigms. The mostly (only?) cited training is Non-Violent Communication (NVC) – a discipline that invites people to revive their empathy and listening skills,

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CCC V0.2

(Voir le post original pour le CCC) Déjà une première itération pour le canvas. La partie droite, contenant les facteurs “groupe” (versus les facteurs “individus” à gauche) a été remaniée pour faire apparaître la culture du groupe au-dessus, les aspects “management” au milieu, et les outils en bas…

 
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Improv for Co-Design: finally a video!

I’m excited. Firstly because people might start to understand what I do without having to hire me. Secondly, I can finally stop having to admit “yeah, I know, a video would be great”. Here it is. This video is a little extract of a one-day workshop I animated for co-designing Usitoo for Factor-X. This is a nice functional economy project, but that is another story. We had a lot of fun and came up with lots of brand new ideas for Fred, who’s been thinking about this project since more than a year now. I’m sorry for all of you non speaking french: you’ll have to be happy with the images only. Hope you enjoy. Improv for Co-Design from martin mahaux on Vimeo.

 
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Collaborative Creativity Canvas v0.1 (beta)

Published on August 30, 2014 by in Uncategorized

I’m proud to present the beta version of our Collaborative Creativity Canvas! For whom and why ? Animators and Facilitators can use this tool to question the settings of their specific project in relation with their ability to foster collaborative creativity. That way, they can assess what is good or needs to be fixed in order to have their teams to effectively replace the frustrating negotiation process by a lively co-creation process. This is not just for when crazy creativity techniques are involved: in each and every daily meeting you may face conflicts: the co-creation approach helps you see them as opportunities. As it only helps you asking questions, do not expect any answer from the CCC: you’ll find them by yourself if you are a professional facilitator, you may have to hire someone to help you if you are not. It was initially developed to be applied in a technological product development context, but

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What’s wrong with most common creativity trainings ?

I just needed to summarize for you those 2 pages (300-301) from R.K. Sawyer, “Explaining Creativity, the Science of Human Innovation”, Oxford University Press, 2010. They try to identify what’s wrong with most common creativity trainings, in the light of the modern understanding of creativity. Here we go. 1) They assume creativity is an individual process or ability while much of creativity emerges from complex social and organizational systems. (…) Increasing the creativity of the employees won’t necessarily increase the creativity of the company; rather, a new organizational structure or culture may be necessary… 2) They assume that creativity is domain general, while most culturally significant creativity is domain-specific. 3) They forget to highlight the importance of commitment, hard work, and intrinsic motivation. 4) They emphasize the moment of creative insight as the critical feature of creativity, while this moment plays a little part in creative process. Creative products are the result of long, complex,

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Designing the Internet of Things around Human Beings…

No, the Internet of Things (IoT) is not called like this because then Internet will soon belong to things. It will remain the Internet of Human Beings. Just to clarify, as some people sometimes seem to forget. Well. I was invited to give a keynote and a workshop about improv and agile design in a doctoral around IoT, in Lyon (France). I was surrounded by several very skilled people in the domain, mostly technical of course. I was a bit of a challenger there, which is what I like best, so I thank the organisers again. The one thing that struck me when preparing the keynote was to realize how the IoT, basis for smart cities, smart homa, and smart everything, was in need for a specific design methodology. Writing requirements for systems is not an easy task. In my daily job as a consultant I had the opportunity to do it, in several industries

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Manifesto for Impact in Applied Sciences

Published on July 23, 2013 by in Uncategorized

The world is moving – some scientific communities seem to ignore it, or at least seem to be unable to follow at an adequate speed. Me and some colleagues believe there is an emergency for these applied scientific communities to find new paradigms if they want to finally reach impact, a prerequisite to survival. We will not be talking about details here: the core values behind the scientific system have to change. The “Agile Manifesto” has been very efficient in inspiring such a value change. So we reused the form. Here is the first version of the “Manifesto for Impact in Applied Sciences”, with a word of explanation for each sentence. More can be found in a full text version that we presented to a first applied science community (Requirements Engineering).   We value Real World Benefits and Customer Focus more than H-Indexes and Acceptance Rates The evaluation systems are not aligned with practical impact.

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Spring Tour was Great… + Slides RCIS

Published on June 3, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Heyo, the spring tour is finished. Some rest now until I fly to Rio de Janeiro for the Requirements Engineering conference, where I accepted to be the interaction chair, run a workshop on RE and sustainable systems, and talk in a panle about the future of the conference, but that will be later. Well, the spring tour, as I call it, was great. They loved impro in Barcelona (PayPal Incentive week), Brussels (XP days, Agile conference), London (City Innovation and Leadership day) and, finally, in Paris (RCIS conference). You are right, I miss Berlin, I promise I’ll come soon . In Paris, above the improv tutorial, I presented our paper on collaborative creativity with Mav (from Rolls Royce). People could not stop telling us how our presentation was cool, so I’ll share it here. It’s nothing very smart, just that we skipped the useless parts of those usually boring (don’t be afraid of words, this

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Coming Shows ;-)

Published on April 12, 2013 by in Uncategorized

I’ll be on the road with improv’ events all over europe in the coming days… Paypal’s UX Design Team has invited me to kick off their yearly Offsite in Barcelona (private event). Nominated as one of the best sessions from XP Days Benelux last year, I’ll be at mini-XP days in Mechelen (Brussels, Belgium) this 26th of april. There might be some seats left… Join us ! London’s City University is hosting my improv’ tutorial at their Innovation, Creativity and Leadership day on 13th of May. No doubt this event will make your day if you can reach London… IEEE RCIS conference (Research Challenges in Information Systems) loved it last year, so they invited me again. This will be in wonderful Paris on the 31st of May. Looking forward to see you at one of these sessions !

 
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Collaboration is rich, but we’re not there yet…

Published on March 1, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Yesterday, I was at ID’péro, a cool event from ID-Campus in Liège. I was given 10 minutes to talk about my improv stuff, while 3 other speakers were going to have it about Agile (Nicolas from Belighted), Business Model Canvas (Dominique Siblet) and Teleworking (Loic and Vincenzo from The Smart Company)… We were introduced by University of Liège’s recteur, Bernard Rentier, which was quite an honour for such an “alternative” event. The evening helped me elborate a bit on my vision so I wanted to frame it here again so I don’t loose it… The future will be collaborative. Well it seems. Collaborative economy, collaborative design, even collaborative competition… Open Source, Open Data, Open Spaces… Co-working, co-cooking, co-driving, co-everything. Many companies are now focusing all innovation efforts on collaborative initiatives. Many projects are now running agile methodologies (of which core values are about collaboration, with peers and clients), running lots of collaborative creativity techniques to

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