Agile France et Le Bonheur au Travail

J’ai eu le plaisir de donner une conférence sur le bonheur lors de l’édition 2015 de la conférence Agile France à Paris. Il s’agissait d’une version raccourcie et en français de la keynote que j’avais donné en ouverture lors des Drupal Developers Days : Happiness is Coming.

J’avais choisi de couper beaucoup de contenu pour pouvoir tenir dans les 25 minutes, et il aurait fallu en couper encore…

Un grand merci pour les feedbacks et les sourires !

Agile France – Le Bonheur au Travail from Alexis Monville

Happiness level during your last quarter

Two weeks ago, I facilitate a quarterly meeting of a distributed team. They met in person only once a quarter during this meeting.

I chose to start the meeting with an exercise to share their feeling about the last quarter. I asked:

Can you draw a line representing your happiness level during this period?

The levels are represented by weather symbols that make them more understandable for the people of this team who are coming from several countries in the world. They almost all chose to comment the drawing when they were drawing the line, and when they were not, I asked them to comment, and after that I thank each of them for sharing.

I was amazed by the amount of information shared during this simple exercise about their general feeling about their work, what make them tick from holidays to specific achievements, learnings, relation established with other people and so on…

I feel also that the state of mind of the whole group was best prepared to review the results achieved during the last quarter.

On the second day, in front of the drawing, I start by thanking them again to have shared their feelings about the last quarter and I asked them to use one or two post-it notes to answer this second question:

What are you proud of?

Once again, a good question to understand what’s important for the individuals in the team, and a good way to set the stage for the day.

If you try this, I would appreciate your feedbacks.


Happiness is Coming

I had the great pleasure to deliver the opening keynote of April 17, 2015 of the Drupal Developer Days in Montpellier. The selected theme was Happiness…

Here are the slides:

And a selection of tweets:

Thank you for your great feedbacks and for the great conversations that followed!

I feel ready for the next DrupalCon 😉


World Happiness Day

March 20th, it is World Happiness Day.

I am writing this short post listening to Happiness Sounds Like playlist.

What recommandation for this day?

dayofhappinessMaybe follow some of the suggestions of The Year of Happy and learn things about happiness that can surprise you? Or maybe follow on your pace the UC Berkeley course about Science of Happiness? Or one of those of the DayOfHappiness website summed up on the image on the right?

Or even simpler, smile to those your will cross today?

I close with an announcement, I am happy to announce that I will deliver a keynote on happiness during the Drupal Developer Days at Montpellier on April 18th.

The header image came from here.

This post in French


Le Bonheur au Travail

Au mois d’octobre 2013, je vous avais proposé de devenir producteur du film “Le Bonheur Au Travail” de Martin Meissonnier.

150194_image_61960-cropLe film a été diffusé hier, mardi 3 février 2015, dans les locaux d’eNovance (Red Hat) à Paris pour une avant-avant-première (c’était la contrepartie pour notre contribution au financement du film sur

Le film est passionnant et regorge d’exemples excellents montrant ce qu’il est possible de faire lorsque l’on commence par la confiance. Certaines entreprises sont évoquées dans le livre d’Isaac Getz, Liberté et Compagnie, conseiller scientifique du film.

Les échanges avec le réalisateur qui ont suivi la projection était très intéressant. Un grand merci à lui de nous avoir offert ce moment !

Je ne vous en dirais pas plus pour l’instant, mais je vous encourage à participer aux journées du bonheur au travail les 12, 13 et 14 février.

Et bien sur, à noter dans votre agenda de regarder Arte le 24 février à 20h50 pour la première diffusion du film en France.


L’année du bonheur

Nous sommes au début d’une nouvelle année, la période ou l’on se souhaite une bonne et heureuse année, la période ou l’on prend de (nouvelles) bonnes résolutions…

Et si cette réflexion dans le choix de vos résolutions vous conduisait à choisir d’être heureux ?

Je vous souhaite d’être heureux bien sur, mais que pouvez vous faire pour y parvenir ?

Dans un précédent billet, La Science du Bonheur, j’avais rapporté que 40% de notre niveau de bonheur dépend de nos activités quotidiennes, et non de nos gènes ou des circonstances.

HowofHappiness-coverKira M. Newman, assistant du cours sur la Science du Bonheur sur edX, a eu l’idée de faire découvrir au fil des mois de cette année 2015, les 12 pratiques du livre de Sonja Lyubomirsky, The How of Happiness.

Chaque mois sera structuré pour faire découvrir une pratique, comment la pratiquer, comment cela nous rend heureux, et enfin comment dépasser les résistances.

Prêt à être heureux ?

C’est ici !

Je vous souhaite une très heureuse année 2015.

This post in english:


The Science of Happiness

The Science of Happiness is presented as the first MOOC to teach positive psychology. An opportunity to learn science-based principles and practices for a happy, meaningful life.

I announced this in this previous article about The Happiness Advantage, I followed the ten-week course on until last week.


The most important finding, according to me, is that our happiness depends by 40% on our activities, and not on our genes or the circumstances. So we can learn things that will change our day to day life, improve our relationship and our health.

I want to thank the course instructors, Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas for all the learnings that I put into practice, and that I try to transmit to others.

You can see them introducing the course in the video below.

I recommend this great course. If you are interested, a new “self-paced” session starts on December 1st: The Science of Happiness.

This course is proposed by the Greater Good Science Center of University of California, Berkeley.


Général livre

The Happiness Advantage


The Happiness Advantage is a book from Shawn Achor describing the seven principles that fuel success and performance at work and in life in general.

The main idea of positive psychology is that happiness comes before success.

What are those 7 principles:

  1. The Happiness Advantage. Training ourselves to focus on the positive boost our performance and our relationship ability.
  2. The Fulcrum and the lever. The fulcrum is our mindset, the way we see the events that occurs. The lever is our potential (we believe we have…)
  3. The Tetris Effect. Training ourselves to look for positive patterns drives us to detect and seize opportunities.
  4. Falling Up. There’s two different paths after failure down toward depression, or up to learning and growth. It’s up to us to choose the one we want to follow.
  5. The Zorro Circle. Agilists will find this one obvious. When faced with a complex situation, focus on small steps we can handle.
  6. The 20-second Rule. Form habits with small tasks that can be started fast.
  7. Social Investment. Because social support is the predictor of your future success.

Shawn Achor finishes is book explaining how behavior (good or bad) is contagious. Probably a good thing to know to start something 🙂

I recommend this useful book 🙂

In future posts, I will tell you about how we are struggling with our Happiness Index at eNovance, and what I learn from “The Science of Happiness”, the Berkeley course I am following on edx.

You can also watch this TED Talk from the Author:

Header picture by Jarno, Creative Commons 2.0.

Version française de ce billet.