This new concept of intelligence was developed by Jean Louis Ferrain, leader of Adelphis ACM, and Didier Naud, associate researcher at the CNRS, in their books published by Demos: "To build is to create: the dynamics of project management" and "Managerial Courage".
Creating projects together has made taking responsibility for our actions compulsory. Projects can be a source of motivation, stories and adventures that bring people together and make them proud of their accomplishments, as in the days of apprenticeships.
This is one of the new dimensions of work today. From the Industrial Revolution until the mid-twentieth century, man simply transformed things with a machine, alone or on an assembly line; they helped to transform raw materials into objects. Then came the era of distribution. Now that the developed world has automated production, and distribution requires fewer workers because of the Internet, logistics software and self-checkouts, employment is growing in services where it is necessary to work together and create something with the client.
This type of creation requires new skills and training techniques previously unknown. The gap between companies’ needs and the available skills is immense and calls for the use of professional training.
For this reason, companies are asking us more and more to help them train their staff in project management. This requires training in project support, collaboration, coordination, discovery of new ideas and learning the rules of project management. The simulation tool "Simultrain", developed by the Demos group allows a team scattered across the world to role play, during the time of a training session, a collaborative project and discover the joys of working together to improve their project oriented intelligence.
This is one way individuals learn how to develop their collaborative intelligence in the workplace. Social networks and web 2.0 technologies can also help, but the deepest understanding of collaborative intelligence comes from the real life practice of working together. The wealth of a company can be measured by managers’ will to mobilize their human resources to work this way. Project oriented intelligence will be the result, and will become one of the major keys to operational knowledge.