PRODUCT REVIEW (ice breaker): Nicolas Piepoli Creativity Cards

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I have been an accredited creativity and brainstorming facilitator for 8 years now. I have taken part as facilitator to almost 100 official sessions.
I have be trained in France by my company to a 5 diamond method (5 phases of divergence and convergence) allowing to fully cover the theme and leverage the creativity possibilities of the group. See my other article to know how to gather the right people into your creativity group (in french).

In all the sessions I have facilitated I have used several tools but one that works good, especially as ice breaker is the Nicolas Piepoli cards… Don’t ask me who he was and why those cards took his name. All I know is that it is a perfect way to start a creativity/brainstorming session.

how can we use such cards?

Those card are real cards but they can be used in those sessions thanks to the drawing they have.

My favourite ice breaker consists to randomly distribute one card per participant and then ask them to use the drawing to present themselves to the others. That is a powerful way to start. First people are shy, don’t really see how to do it, think by themselves etc… At that point it is important to have an accredited facilitator because they know to handle such situation. I personally take the lead, and do the exercise myself. It is easy now after so much facilitation 😉 It definitely engages the group and prove to everybody that it is possible.

Are the cards really necessary?

Absolutely not!!! Gather some nice not representative drawings and use it. The cards are just an easy way to it 😉

 

 

Change your business model!

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Changing your business model is may be the better way to improve your business at all, without any R&D or new products. Follow the 4 steps approach to maximize your chances to define a brand new future for your activity.

What is your actual business model?

Before starting to change it you have to understand your actual business model. This is a very important step that shouldn’t be minimize. spent time of this step to be sure you will handle all the inputs and necessary information. Try to share the strategic vision that your business model serves. Your business model is not « Alone in The Dark »: list your competitors and try to shape their own business model.

Create options

The Business model canva has that advantage that you can build a lot of versions in a very short time. So use it and do it. Use creativy tools, insights from established companies and other tools to shape new versions of your business model. Try to see your market from a different point of view, that is how disruptive models happen.

Test your assumptions

In all and every business model, you have assumptions. Test it to your customers, to your distribution channels, to your employees, partners, challenge your factories… Do go live with untested assumptions.

Implement your solution

Gather a team, prepare a project, draw the route and drive the car. Go as fast as possible (don’t drive fast in real life 😉 )to implement your model. Speed is king those days.

the fifth step is secret…. Celebrate.

Do you see more things to add? Do you want to share your lessons learned on changing business model? Please leave a comment.


 

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Mon carnet de note: une expérience de sketching par un nul

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Carnet de note

Je ne fais pas preuve d’une grande originalité. L’autre jour, j’étais en réunion avec quelques compères de grands groupes lyonnais et je me suis rendu compte que nous avions tous le même carnet.

Le carnet noir, couverture rigide, format A5

Bien entendu nous n’avions pas tous exactement le même mais bon, noir, couverture rigide, format A5.

Pourquoi avions nous tous le même? aucune idée. Snobisme? phénomène de groupe? copycat?

En tous les cas personnellement je vois dans ce genre de carnet beaucoup d’avantages, le premier et le plus important étant qu’on peut l’emmener partout, qu’il ne prend pas de place et qu’il est très résistant. J’ai toujours un carnet de forme et de taille différentes . Je m’en servais principalement pour noter les choses que je ne voulais pas oublier, les références de mes billets de train, la liste des courses, les principales actions à faire sur mes projets etc…

Je sketche

J’ai lu il y a quelques temps le bouquin de Bill Buxton (@wasbuxton).sketchinguserexperienceUn très bon bouquin sur le travail UX et sur le design d’expérience. J’ai bien entendu enchainé avec son suivant et complémentaire

Qu’on s’entende bien, je ne suis pas designer, je ne sais pas dessiner, j’ai même beaucoup de mal à accorder les couleurs. Bref, je pars de loin…

Mais j’ai trouvé cette approche si intéressante et surtout tellement adaptée à ma manière de fonctionner que j’ai décidé de m’y mettre. voilà quelque chose comme 6 mois. Mon book à moi ne ressemble pas à un book de designer comme celui-ci

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On n’y retrouve pas de schéma super symbolique ou représentatif.sketching non moi je sketche à ma manière.

Mon expérience de sketching

Je ne vous montrerai pas les pages de mon carnet. J’ai hésité mais les pages les plus sympas sont aussi celles qui ont pour moi aujourd’hui le plus d’importance. Par contre voici mon retour d’expérience.

  1. Le sketching c’est pour ceux qui savent dessiner
    Contrairement à ce qu’on raconte, quand on ne sait pas dessiner c’est chaud. On n’arrive jamais à bien retranscrire son idée, son approche. Bref, il faut trouver des voies alternatives
  2. Le représentatif est plus adapté
    Si vous maîtrisez l’art du schéma ce sera déjà plus simple. Personnellement c’est mon approche. Cela permet de rendre les idées et les concepts mais sans entrer dans une démarche représentative que je ne peux pas réaliser avec la finesse nécessaire
  3. Que du sketching? et bien non
    Je suis quelqu’un de visuel. J’ai besoin de voir les choses pour appréhender au mieux les concepts, les étapes etc… En travaillant sur la représentation de mes idées en schéma dans une démarche de sketching, j’ai acquis depuis quelques mois des réflexes et des outils qui me permettent d’être beaucoup plus efficace dans tous les compartiments de mon activité, même la gestion de projet.
  4. Un outil pour magnifier les autres
    Représenter graphiquement permet notamment de rendre plus abordable des outils plus complexes ou des approches extrèmement codifiées. Un exemple: j’ai déployé avec une alternante travaillant dans mon entité une démarche transverse d’innovation participative impliquant pas loin de 200 personnes. Pour permettre à mon alternante (et à toute l’équipe) d’appréhender toutes les étapes, les actions, les livrables et autres de ce projet, nous avons réalisé une frise de management du projet, visuel (je ne parle pas de management visuel au sens performance mais bien de rendre visuel le management de projet).

    Mur Pit Stop visual management
    Notre management de projet devient visuel grâce au méthode sketch et desig thinking.

    Les résultats ont été une bien meilleure adhésion, une compréhension sensiblement améliorée et quelques risques levés beaucoup plus rapidement.

Et la représentation de l’UX dans tout ça?

Et bien j’en fais pour être franc assez rarement et donc du coup je cherche des ressources pour me faciliter la tâche. Le but principal est de traduire mes idées pour que les vrais UX puissent les comprendre et éventuellement s’en inspirer.

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Getting the support from management: an innovation challenge

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As innovators getting the support of management is key. For a manager, becoming sup)porter of innovation is not necessarily straight forward. Here is some hints I can give you to embark managers to become innovation supporters:

  1. VALUE THEM
    Recognize, value and advertise managers that allowed innovation to happen in their team
  2. INNOVATION AS CAREER ENABLER
    Make sure that innovators or innovators enablers are promoted through their innovation achievements
  3. HELP THEM TO UNDERSTAND
    Train them, provide them with support regarding innovation. In one word, give them the CONFIDENCE to be innovative and promote innovation.
  4. MEASURE SUCCESS
    You do it well? You have particular achievement with innovation? Make it visible. that’s key to be sure that management will take it into account. (could be linekd with n°1)
  5. MAKE YOUR ENVIRONMENT MAP AND REMOVE THE BLOCKS
    As every change project, innovation should make its very own environment map (incl stakeholders maps, supports and constraints etc…). One this is done you have actions to do to first work with supporters and remove some blocks taht could appear on the road.
  6. TEAM SUCCESS IS MANAGER SUCCESS
    Make it clear once again. A team success is first its manager success

Getting the support of the management is key to transform your innovation initiative into a successful innovation program for the company. Especially you have to ensure the support of the middle management that can make or destroy your program.

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The INNOWEO BookMark: join the community!

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As from now, new comers on the INNOWEO Community (+100 members already, thanks for your support and interest!!) will receive a design-by-myself bookmark to never loose their page when reading an innovation book. A pdf file will be sent to you once registered, just print it A5 sized recto verso, use your best scissors and you will be done.

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Registered members will receive their file shortly. A bunch of professionally printed items will be done and distributed if you meet me at one or another occasion 😉

And just for you to know, I am working on a white paper called « INNOWEO, deploy innovation wisely » that will be sent to all INNOWEO community members and given to new comers. It should be ready this summer. It will present my way to deploy innovation within an established company, the traps and the goods.


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Et vous, vous êtes plutôt UX ou UI???

UI-UX Personnellement j’ai toujours eu du mal à savoir si UI et UX étaient complémentaires ou non, s’il y avait compétition ou si c’était simplement comme la mayonnaise et le ketchup…

J’ai enfin trouvé la réponse à mes questions dans un article du Designers interactifs (en lien ci-dessous)

Pour IxDA, association professionnelle américaine, le design d’interaction se définit comme « la structure et le comportement des systèmes interactifs. Les designers d’interaction s’efforcent de créer des relations signifiantes entre les personnes, les produits et les services qu’elles utilisent, des ordinateurs aux terminaux mobiles et au-delà. Ces pratiques sont évolutives ».

L’expérience utilisateur désigne la démarche qui consiste à influencer la perception qui résulte chez une personne de son interaction avec un produit, un service ou un environnement. C’est la dimension émotionnelle qui consitue le cœur de la démarche de l’UX. Pour Jean-François Nogier, elle retranscrit « le comportement et les retours des utilisateurs lorsqu’ils se servent réellement de l’application ». Il ne faut pas confondre d’ailleurs expérience utilisateur et ergonomie des interfaces.

Je vous propose également cette infographie intéressante

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UX ou UI??

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Prototyping: The marshmallow challenge

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Who has already try the marshmallow challenge?

That is a very interesting way to build a team and see how creative and self-organized people are. I participated myself to a bunch of them.

Tom Wudjec made a lot of experiments around this team building exercise and gives us some hints.

  • The worst people at that game? recent graduate from business school
  • The most interesting structure? recent graduate from Kindergarten.
  • The tallest ? Engineers and architect (hopefully)
  • Why? Just look at the TED conference 🙂

And you, did you try the MC? Did you succeed? Have you the high skills needed?

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SPEACH: 10 secrets to a powerful presentation

I have now  quite a experience regarding presentation to top management or venture. I also have had the great opportunities to hear from the most inspiring speakers – Loic Le Meur, Eric Ries, Bruno Bonnel… – to starting start-upers… I have gathered here the 10 top thinks I always remember before going in front of an audience. The goal is not to be exhaustive so please add yours as comments.

  1. IMPACT
    I used to play Rugby. In Rugby once the kick-off is done there is one thing every coach ask you: impress your opponent. This is done through IMPACT.
    When speaking, focus on the impact (not that you play rugby hein…) you have on your audience. Don’t forget that your words count for only 10% of your impact during a presentation. Focus on body language and voice, they’re most important.
  2. VARY!
    Move in space, change your voice tone, use silence: Again, voice and body are the most important.
    Use unusual kind of sentences: « Look », « Take note », »We are gone to explore… »
    Ask questions you answer directly « Is SPOTIFY an AGILE company? Of course it is and I will show you why. »
  3. SPEACH
    Track all your verbal tics… « heuu…. »
  4. DON’T APOLOGIZE
    Nobody knows you did a mistake or planned more time on this subject.
  5. ACQUIRE YOUR AUDIENCE
    Involve your audience, remember something shared with your audience (a previous speaker, a joke from a facilitator…)
  6. VISUAL TOOLS
    You’ll understand what a visual tool is @ 5:00 (video in english with french subtitles)
  7. Guy Kawazaki 10/20/30 rule
    Guy Kawazaki is a former Evangelist at Apple and had been part of a lot of presentations from start-ups seeking for finance.
    His rules are simple:

    • 10 slides
    • 20 minutes maxi
    • minimum font size 30
      I personally try to use those rules as much as possible.
  8. SLIDES ARE FOR AUDIENCE, not for you 😉
    Slides are a support, an add-on to your speach. Use it as it aimed for. to push your speach. And don’t ever ever read it!
  9. START PUSH
    You only have a few seconds to make the try and win your presentation. Have a pushy start is necessary. you can:

    • Ask a question to your audience « Who knows the RJD2 band? »
    • Give an information that shocked « Did you know that XXX millions of infants dies each year from Malaria? »
    • « Once upon a time… » my favourite. It is mental manipulation. Each time you ear this sentence, whatever you are making, you stop and listen, directly from your deep childhood 😉

And you what are your tips for a powerful presentation?

Resources:

A web site which opened my eyes regarding presentation and presentation design: www.presentationzen.com

Another valuable website: www.duarte.com

 


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Collaboration or Competition

As Open Innovator, transverse cross functional project manager and team manager, I can’t find anything wrong in that infographic found on Inc (by the way one of my favourite website…)

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