The Professional Codevelopment Group is a method developed in the 1990s by two Quebecers with the singing names of “Payette and Champagne”.

The method allows trained facilitators to lead groups of peers, ie people sharing the same profession or the same concerns and not having a hierarchical link between them *.

A session lasts on average two hours and makes it possible to address a professional situation experienced by one of the participants.

The objective for each of the participants is to develop their professional practice by sharing real experiences between peers and working collectively on real-life situations.

* Groups are made up of 6 to 8 people on average.

Did you know ? 

ViTi was created in 2015 the 1st online codevelopment platform to facilitate the animation of remote co-development groups

The founders of the method evoke the benefits of the “codev” by saying that it allows “to be formed when one does not have time”. Indeed, each participant arrives in session with in mind a professional situation on which he wishes to work: problematic, concern, project, …

The group will choose the subject of the session according to the urgency and importance as well as the appetite of the person approached to be a “client”.

During the session, the group questions the bearer of the subject called “client” and allows him to take stock of his situation, to approach it from another angle and to define his need.

They say you have to spend 80% of the time defining the problem and 20% of the time solving it. This is a bit like what happens in codevelopment. The main step is indeed the definition of the customer’s need (and its good understanding by the group), which is not always the one they initially identify.

The group allows this taking the step back which reassures and makes it possible to approach the situation with clairvoyance. The stake then becomes for the customer to identify where he can act to change his situation.
If we are talking about a learning method more than problem solving, it is because the method allows above all to learn about oneself, about its practice and its functioning through real cases.

The strength of the “codev” therefore lies in this ability to help a member of the group but also to work on his professional practice. The group of peers allows participants who help the client and who are called “consultants” to work on the resonances between the treated case and their topicality. Also, everyone leaves the session with strong learning.

From one session to another (because the codev group lives in the long term!), Each one progresses in the knowledge of oneself, the listening, the capacity to help and to be helped, the capacity to question oneself and to enter into analytical reasoning. There is a benevolent framework of mutual aid and confidentiality, it creates a community of support and peers.

For managers, it is an opportunity to get out of “isolation” and to share with peers on issues of leadership, team management, project management,  etc.

For business experts, this is an opportunity to approach their relationship to a specialized activity and to compare their perceptions with those of peers in order to get around difficulties and make progress.

It’s up to you to complete the list! Do not hesitate to share in comments your experience of the Professional Codevelopment Group.

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