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Towards new explorations and new challenges: the Pyxis story from 2015 to 2021

Around 2014- 2015, the story of Pyxis is quite peculiar. True to form, Pyxis continued its exploration of innovative organizational models, heavily influenced by the beliefs of its leaders. Here are some highlights of its history from 2015 to today:

 

Pyxis and startups (2015 to 2018)

 

Since its inception, Pyxis has always invested in product development. Its previous successes (Green Hopper and Urban Turtle) are a testament to its expertise in this area and product development is part of its DNA. The emergence of the startup ecosystem in Montréal caught Pyxis’ attention and made it want to participate. For a few months in 2015, Pyxis took an interest in this ecosystem and at the beginning of 2016 decided to play a more active role in it through its /Studio division. After renting an office space at the Notman House, Pyxis started investing in a few startups. In all, Pyxis has worked with 5 startups to help them develop their products.

 

A growing network (Oregon, Vancouver, Great Lakes, Sherbrooke)

 

During this period, the Pyxis network also experienced some growth. The network already had cells in Switzerland, France, Singapore and Belgium. Within 3 years, cells were added in Portland, Oregon, Vancouver, Great Lakes and Sherbrooke. Each cell is autonomous but linked to the network by its common values and the desire to work towards the Pyxis mission.

 

The logical continuation – The Argonavis project

 

The genesis of the project begins with the idea of transforming Pyxis into a self-organized network of self-organizing companies. This idea itself came from a belief by some that being in control of one’s destiny could be a vehicle for people’s emancipation. A first attempt was made by splitting Pyxis Technologies itself into cells (training, consulting, marketing, operations), while keeping at the center of the network a common administrative structure, partly resulting from Pyxis Technologies’ financial and legal obligations. This is probably the most ambitious and risky project that Pyxis has rolled out since its beginning.

 

Change in leadership 

The Argonavis project did not deliver the expected results. After Pyxis broke up into several cells, some employees bought out the company in late 2018 to continue exploration and begin writing another chapter in its history. Still driven by the values conveyed by agility, the new shareholders are determined to relaunch Pyxis and deepen the services with the aim of better addressing the different types of agile organizations.

 

Studio Pyxis becomes Done Technologies

One of the first observations following the acquisition of Pyxis by the new shareholders is that the Studio division (software development division) must have its own identity. Although the direction of the latter is aligned with Pyxis, the type of service as well as the targeted clientele are very different. Pyxis Studio therefore changes its name to Done Technologies. This change is quite major in the history of Pyxis since the company was born thanks to software development. This change marked the end of a long questioning, difficult discussions and painful reconsideration of the relevance of seeing these 2 services under the same banner. They would now contribute to the same mission but in their own way. 

 

On the way to a new generation

Agility in 2021 has not only one face but many. After 20 years of helping organizations adopt agile practices, we now see a spectrum of maturity. There are those who have not yet tried, there are those who are still adopting practices without having fully understood the agile mindset and there are those who have understood the mindset, adopted practices and are trying to deal as best they can with the human challenges associated with these changes. The world is becoming more and more complex. The mere fact of saying so is an admission of our difficulty in understanding it. The new Pyxis wants to help organizations better deal with this complexity.