On the Thinkers 50′s radar

August 27th, 2015

Talent spotting by Thinkers 50 …


“Osterwalder and Pigneur are the authors of Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (2014) and Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Gamechangers and Challengers (self-published, 2010). Business Model Generation is based on a tool called the Business Model Canvas. The book’s contents were co-created by 470 Business Model Canvas practitioners from 45 countries, and features a highly visual, four-colour design that explains a range of strategic ideas and tools (web)

BMGEN/VPDesign for McGill/HEC EMBA

August 7th, 2015

Webinar for the master class on “Business Model Innovation and Design”, for the joint McGill/HEC Montreal EMBA (web), by Prof. Luis Cisneros. The master class on BM design belongs to the “The Catalytic Mindset” module.

The master class aims at (a) learning about and applying the Business Model Canvas and the Value Proposition Canvas, practical visual tools to describe, challenge, and design business models, and prototyping business models using design thinking and customer development to boost future growth. The one-day workshop is a mix between presentation, q&a, buzz groups, and hands on practice.

McGill-HEC Montreal Executive MBA ranked number 1 by Eduniversal, and among Top 30 by The Economist

Culture Map

August 6th, 2015

Dave and Strategyzer have been working to design the Culture Map (web), a tool that organizations can use to assess, map and transform their cultures. We have been testing with individuals and teams for two years now and so far the feedback has been tremendously positive. It’s a tool that invites deep reflection.

Dave Gray will be holding three one-day Culture Mapping Masterclasses in Australia, hosted by Business Models Inc and presented by Wildwon. Dave Gray, is the author of business books Gamestorming and The Connected Company; he is also founder of XPLANE (more). Watch this video by Dave on the Culture Map here.


Alex will be giving a talk at Business of Software (BOS), Boston, for introducing the Culture Map, a hands-on concept to systematically assess & design organizational culture. Participants will learn about and apply this tools to assess their own culture and improve it (more).


 Previous post on Culture Map here.

Business Plan, to do or not to do?

July 23rd, 2015

Provocative article in Entrepreneur, entitled “3 Ways Untested Business Plans Are Worse Than a Waste of Time”

“Business plans, when introduced early on in an innovation exercise, are a dangerous document to create. It’s simply the wrong tool for the task and it might even lead to an expensive lesson in failure. Businesses need to throw out the business plan during the early stages of validating an idea, and instead take small, quick, incremental steps to test their business idea in the market (more).

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Rubik’s Cube for ideation

July 17th, 2015

interesting meeting with Helene Michel, professor at EM Grenoble. She has developed a serious game using the Rubik’s cube, which aims at helping people to imagine new ideas for new products or new services. She has develop MOOC on Udemy (online)


Boosting creativity with visual tools

July 15th, 2015

Workshop at Singapore on “Boost your creativity with the visual & empathy tools”, organised by Shin Yamamoto


“Based on the effective tools such as Mind Mapping, LEGO® SERIOUSPlay®, Phycological healing and so on. The Japanese talents will show you how to boots your creativity in a short period of time (more)

VPDesign at USI

July 1st, 2015

Talk on BMGEN/VPDesign at USI “Unexpected Source of Inspiration”, organized by François Husquin, CEO of Octo.

“Thinkers and opinion leaders gather at USI each year to exchange ideas, draw inspiration, and discuss the digital transformation of our societies. USI welcomes over 1 200 attendees, [...] all committed to changing their organizations for the better and quenching their curiosity. (more)

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The talk aims at discovering and applying the Business Model Canvas and the Value Proposition Canvas, two interrelated visual tools to describe, challenge, and design strategy and business models; and exploring design thinking, customer development, and lean start-up methods to boost future growth.  (video)

Bye bye Montreal

June 30th, 2015

Jolie visite, trop courte, à Montréal. Accueil toujours aussi chaleureux par HEC Montréal. Rencontres avec les amis montréalais. Nombreux séminaires, conférences et ateliers BMGEN/VPDesign.


visit of an architect studio

June 30th, 2015

A last visit at Provencher Roy (web) “Prix du cabinet d’architectes de l’année 2015″, invited by Alain Moureaux

Since 1983, Provencher Roy + Associés Architectes, a dominant presence in urban architecture in Canada, has provided architecture and urban design services to its national and international clientele (more). In 2005, Moureaux Hauspy Designers joined forces with Provencher Roy Group. This association enables both teams to combine their complementary talents in the joint pursuit of excellence and aims to widen its range of expertise by extending beyond the boundaries of traditional architecture and interior design.

Summer school on management of creativity (3)

June 28th, 2015

Talk at the Summer School on Management of Creativity in an Innovation Society, organised by Patrick Cohendet, Laurent Simon & Lucy Stojak.

“The Summer School on Management of Creativity offers an unparalleled two-week immersion in two creative capitals, Montreal and Barcelona. Courses, visits, conferences, meetings and creative experiences stud the program schedule. The intense pace promises constant discoveries, in a friendly atmosphere (more)


In this mini-workshop with hands-on exercises Yves Pigneur will introduce the latest Business Model Innovation and Lean Startup tools. Participants will learn the latest on how to design and test business models and value propositions with illustration in management of city areas. He will, in particular, get participants to apply the concepts and tools from his new book with Alex, “Value Proposition Design”.