Better Presentations

July 28th, 2014

Just pilling (inspirational) links:

How to Draw an Owl

July 24th, 2014

According to @DesignUXUI, it applies to "99% of #programming tutorials on the web"

Pretty accurate… and I could add that, from fig. 1 you can also draw a cat.

Random Medical News

July 18th, 2014

Apparently, This great Cartoon by Jim Borgman was first published by the Cincinnati Inquirer and King Features Syndicate 1997 Apr 27; Forum section: 1 and reprinted in the New York Times, 27 April 1997, E4.

Obviously it was not a "world-changer" ;-)

I discovered it from the first slide of a presentation by Ivan Oransky (@ivanoransky), who, let’s have a dream, will now move it to the "historical humour" section.

They will always try change from inside the box

July 16th, 2014

Can’t stop trying to bypass deprecated paradigms

July 16th, 2014


The 10 most important work skills in 2020

July 11th, 2014

This infographic sums up a report by the Institute for the Future for the University of Phoenix Research Institute.

How to scale successfully

July 11th, 2014

Another great picture by Hugh MacLeod (@gapingvoid).

Refonder le système de santé

July 10th, 2014

Semaine faste pour le changement.

Aujourd’hui, Frédéric Bizard présentait ses 40 propositions pour réformer le système de santé français.

Beau travail qui détaille avec pertinence les cinq piliers d’un système cible : l’organisation, la gouvernance, le financement, les modes de paiement et les comportements individuels et déterminants sociaux.

Frédéric Bizard a malheureusement géré son temps de façon imparfaite (difficile de lui lancer la première pierre…), insistant sur les points techniques initiaux qui asseyent la crédibilité du modèle proposé, mais passant ensuite à marche forcée sur la partie cruciale des évolutions sociétales.

Il est bien difficile d’imaginer les retombées de ce travail. Frédéric Bizard démontre de façon aussi convaincante les aberrations du système que la persistance du pilotage qui les a créées. Peut-on imaginer qu’un modèle dont la pertinence tient dans son approche globale – et n’a pas d’intérêt en tant qu’évolution cosmétique de l’existant – soit jamais adopté dans sa pureté originelle ? Imaginerait-on Frédéric Bizard ministre heureux ?

Lorsque j’ai interrogé Frédéric Bizard sur le sujet, il m’a répondu qu’il fallait croire au changement. Je me souviens maintenant qu’il a, dans les premières minutes de sa présentation, évoqué la Petite Poucette de Michel Serres. Pour être moi-même adepte de ce superbe penseur, je garde en tête la prédiction que Petite Poucette prendra le pouvoir à trente ans. Malheureusement nous ne connaissons pas l’âge de la belle enfant, et nous ne savons donc pas combien de temps nous devrons nous contenter de « croire au changement ».

Un des éléments qui a particulièrement éveillé mon attention dans le discours de Frédéric Bizard est son insistance sur la perte de confiance qui s’est installée entre chacun des acteurs du système actuel, et l’importance de rétablir cette confiance par une nouvelle répartition des rôles dans la prise de décision.

C’est un sujet que Dominique Lehalle a superbement traité dans son éditorial titré « Un cas d’école » du dernier numéro de DSIH. C’est probablement un texte qu’il faudra lire pour se mettre en appétit avant d’attaquer les 40 propositions !

L’autre bel objet de cette semaine est le Livre blanc de la NHS The new era of thinking and practice in change and transformation. C’est un document réellement enthousiasmant qui couronne la naissance d’une cellule d’injection de processus innovants au sein du méga-organisme public qu’est la NHS.

C’est inspiré, un peu trash, très anglais au meilleur sens du terme. À consommer sans modération pour atteindre à l’ivresse si particulière et si rare de ceux qui croient au changement.

War on jobs

June 27th, 2014

Hawaii Volcanoes

June 26th, 2014

Hawaii Volcanoes from QT Luong on Vimeo.

How to become a good leader in 2 steps

June 13th, 2014

Kristian Evju

June 10th, 2014

Kristian Evju is a Norwegian artist whose captivating art work is fully drawn by hand using graphite and acrylic.

As described in an interview, Kristian prepares his papers in a very specific way:

I actually take the paper in the shower with me – the paper is almost as tall as me! (Kristian’s 6ft 5) and soak it completely and then prepare the board which is paper emulsion-like fibres which you have to feed with layers and layers of acrylic medium to make it archival and then sand it and then do it again – it’s a long process!

Then you stretch it, which is a delicious process and lay it down carefully, smooth it down nicely and leave it, it’s soft and has a dynamic feel and when it becomes dry it becomes a really hard shell, it’s like leather when it dries. You can shape it into any shape you want. When stretched it reacts and it becomes a smooth service, you can’t believe it. It’s like magic, all the wrinkles come out.


June 7th, 2014

Yesterday was the 70th anniversary of the landing of allied troops on the beaches of Normandy. It has been marked by a large number of commemorations and festivities, probably because it is the last tenth anniversary that veterans can attend to.

The Huffington Post commemorated by means of "11 Striking Images That Bring The Past And Present Together". Here are my favorites.

English to Developer Translation Guide

June 2nd, 2014

Responsive Organizations

May 30th, 2014

In a great article by the title "On the Nature of Digital Transformation: 10 Observations", Mike Arauz draws the set of operating values that defines "Responsive Organizations":

Biology of Shadoks

May 30th, 2014

Current world is all about entrepreneurship, but we can notice that, in some anachronistic balancing movement, technocrats thrive.

This is remarkably noticeable in health where huge public initiatives from governments keep failing one after another, with little place left for the bottom-up projects that could deliver the personalized services people so badly need.

Two pictures flashed today on my Twitter List and it is amazing to realize that, combined, they perfectly explain the biology of Shadoks. The Shadoks being these (so French) stupid birds that (so well) impersonate technocrats.

Shadoks’ daily task is “to pump”, unfortunately with no visible effect. They keep pumping, however, for fear that the situation could become even worse if they didn’t.

The first sentence, from @gregyoung explains how Shadoks can multiply:

Wrong models cause massive accidental complexity.

This is something we actually know well in health. IMHO wrong models thrive there because they enable University Hospitals to publish and major companies to build a wall of costly stupid standards (namely HL7) to keep startups away.
The main "wrong model" currently – the seed of technocrats big projects – can be summed up as "a record of medical records is a continuity of care record".

The second sentence, called Bullshit Asymmetry Principle by his author, @ziobrando explains where Shadoks get their energy:

The amount of energy to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it.

It perfectly explains two things:

  1. Wrong models can thrive for years and durably pollute their ecosystem,
  2. People can fail while not being able to understand why they failed, giving birth to failures pilling up due to the Duning-Kruger syndrom, as explained by my Complexity Awareness Equation

Better know that, unless they are limited by severe budget cuts, technocrats will keep on trying and failing endlessly. When Shadoks are on the way, entrepreneurs should move to another ecosystem and not wait for them to starve!

When taking a risk, you can either be audacious or courageous

May 17th, 2014

Has there been a point when you’ve decided to take a big risk to move forward?

Oh, yeah. There are two frames to this idea of taking a risk. When you’re taking a risk, you can either be audacious or courageous—two different things. If you have audacity and take on a risk, it means you don’t know what you’re getting into; you’re walking through a door, into a dark room, with no idea what’s there. If you have courage, it means that you know exactly what’s behind that door; there’s something dangerous, hard, and it’s going to make you really uncomfortable. I think you get to be more audacious when you’re younger because you don’t have as many experiences to reference. When you’re older, you know a lot of patterns; you know exactly what’s behind that door, and you don’t risk as often. In that frame, I have to say that I have always chosen to be audacious, even though I shouldn’t be. I have the courage to be audacious.

John Maeda (@johnmaeda) in an interview by Tina Essmaker (@tinaessmaker) for The Great Discontent (TGD) (@greatdiscontent).

The best teachers…

April 27th, 2014

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see. Alexandra K. Trenfor

Discontinuation of Multiple Medications in Older Adults

April 26th, 2014

Intriguing algorithm from a paper by Doron Garfinkel, MD and Derelie Mangin, MBChB freely accessible from The JAMA Network.

I wonder why it should only apply to old adults and only for discontinuation. It seems to me it should apply for anybody anytime when making a prescription.

Child’s Play

April 25th, 2014

Original poster from gapingvoid art

Success is so captivating. It’s also very elusive.

What makes someone successful? IQ, EQ, social standing, hard work, good timing, organizational skills, dogged determination, thoughtful delegation, or plain, old, luck? There are a thousand possible answers and certainly no single one. But whatever they are, there is something that truly visionary entrepreneurs have: The ability to make it look easy.

And it’s never easy. Ever.

Until it is.

Until it’s in the past tense.

Funny how that works….