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BMGEN à Québec

Friday, July 18th, 2014

un petit atelier sur l’innovation par les modèles d’affaires pour des entrepreneurs motivés à Québec, organisé par Tatiana Yakovenko, fondatrice de UM.N architech


Les objectifs de cette présentation sont de (a) découvrir le Business Model Canvas et le Value Proposition Canvas, des outils visuels pour décrire, remettre en question et esquisser des modèles d’affaires et des propositions de valeur, (b) mieux comprendre certains exemples marquants d’innovation par les business models, et (c) explorer les approches “design thinking” et “lean startup” appliquées à la conception de modèles d’affaires. (more)

Rencontre avec Luc Morisset qui, sur base du Business Model Canvas, a conçu un canvas spécifique pour l’Office de propriété intellectuelle du Canada, pour définir la stratégie de propriété intellectuelle d’une entreprise.

startup festival

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

The International Startup Festival at Montreal puts a new spin on entrepreneurship each year with content ranging from back-of-the-napkin ideas to champagne-popping exits. Keynotes, interactive how-to-sessions, powerful lessons from battle-scarred founders, and the list goes on … (more)

An interview of Phil Telio, founder of the Startup Festival, on the Huffington Post here

last touch to the VPC book

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

meeting with Alex, Alan and Trish at Toronto (w/ Greg online) for almost finishing the book “Value Proposition Design”

“We can see a tiny bit of light at the end of the tunnel”

meeting with Tegan Mierle (video), Creative Director & Managing Partner of Pilot Interactive (web), who prepares the VPC book illustrations

VPC book

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

The concept section of the VPC book has been sent to the developmental editor at Wiley. We managed to work the pre-readers’ comments and valuable feedback into the ’Concepts” and ’Design” sections. Some of the spreads went through a big iteration, many got substantially clearer thanks to the pre-readers’ feedback. The team is working hard to meet the June 19 deadline to submit the manuscript


Service-design at EPFL

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Nice, animated and interesting PhD defence by Anshuman Saxena’s thesis entitled ’A situated and embodied approach to service-oriented modelling’, supervised by Prof. Alain Wegmann, at LAMS/EPFL.

LAMS is the Lab for Systemic Modelling, where SEAM has been invented and developed. “SEAM is a family of methods for strategic thinking, business / IT alignment, and requirements engineering. The originality of SEAM is in the integration of generic system thinking principles into discipline-specific methods (more)

Bye bye Singapore

Monday, April 28th, 2014

last days in Singapore :-( back to Switzerland after two marvellous months in Asia, full of fruitful meetings, lectures, keynotes, workshops, masterclasses and visits … We’ll come back!

3D printer start-up

Monday, April 7th, 2014

meeting with Prof. Neo Kok Being, one of the founder, with NUS students, of Pirate3D and big fan of BMGEN

Pirate3D, making home 3D printer (Buccaneer), has recorded the most successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter (web)

Look at the nice “Pirate” journey and its interesting pivot here

CfP Busital 2014

Friday, April 4th, 2014

9th International Workshop on BUSinness/IT ALignment and Interoperability (BUSITAL 2014), June 2014, Thessaloniki


The final goal of the workshop is to bring together a large community of practitioners and researchers in the field of enterprise and system engineering, services engineering, management, and architecture. The audience of this workshop includes (but is not limited to) architects in indifferent domains (i.e. enterprise, system, process, application, and data), CIO, ICT project leaders, as well as researchers who can both contribute to and benefit from studying the business-it relationships in the organisations (more)

Submission deadline: 4th March 2014

BM/EA alignment

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Boris Fritscher, Yves Pigneur (2014) A Visual Approach to Business IT Alignment between Business Model and Enterprise Architecture, International Journal of Information System Modeling and Design (IJISMD) (forthcoming)

In this paper, we put forward an intermediary model that can support the transition between a business model and an IT infrastructure, then provide an example of how the approach can be used. The model is based on a combination of existing models: enterprise architecture and the Business Model Canvas. We show how the proposed intermediary model, which has a strong focus on a business model strategy, can help IT alignment. The intermediary model can help alignment from either a business model focus or an IT infrastructure focus because of the correspondence between the two paradigms. The focus on visualization within the intermediary model aids in quickly illustrating the common ground held by the parties involved in the alignment.


2103, a busy year

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

a super year 2013 that has brought us in Asia, Europe and North America:

- a visiting position at National University of Singapore (NUS) and HEC Montréal, with nice colleagues and fruitful meetings, and back to Lausanne in September;

- an extraordinary “Business Design Summit” in Berlin (post), brilliantly organised by Strategyzer (Business Model Generation), with fantastic authors, with 250 participants (sold-out) and great energy in the room;

- over 50 keynotes, seminars and workshops on BMGEN and a warm welcome in Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Liege, Namur, Twente, London, Montréal, Toronto, Boston, New York and … Lausanne;

- the first BMGEN “Train the trainers” workshop with Alex in Vienna;

- the still growing diffusion of the Business Model Canvas all over the world and Business Model Generation back in top 250 of all Amazon books (January 6th, 2014: image), after 4 years! now close to a million books sold, in 28 languages. “Importantly, Fortune 500 companies are now more systematically adopting the BM Canvas on a wide scale” quoting Alex (Strategyzer)

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- our regular meetings with Alex, a continuous source of inspiration!

Seasonal greetings :-)