Integral Agile

What is Integral Agile?

Integral-­agile.com is an incrementally growing resource for people working in an agile work environment who are interested in transforming themselves, their teams and their companies. Integral-­agile.com's approach seeks to broaden people’s perspectives and help them make the transition to a fundamentally different way of working and living. The result is not simply a translative shift, but a dimensional breakthrough which will touch every aspect of a company and the individuals working in it and thus lead to greater understanding, freedom and profits beyond mere monetary value.
The Integral Agile framework has been developed independently by Michael Spayd of the Agile Coaching Institute and Johannes Schartau, until they learned of each other’s existence in early 2014. They decided to join forces and share their ideas. Michael’s focus is on his upcoming book Coaching the Agile Enterprise, scheduled for release in 2017.
Johannes is taking care of this website which focuses mostly on the direct applicability of Integral Agile.


The Integral Agile Framework

The Integral Agile Framework is your tool for agile transformation from an integral perspective. The target audience is mainly Agile Coaches, but developers and managers can apply the insights just as well. The Integral Agile Framework isn't an easy read even though it has been simplified for easier understanding. You can start by reading the introduction to the Integral Agile Framework.
You should then continue by reading about Holons, then Quadrants, Levels, Lines, States, and Types. Keep in mind, however, that this covers mostly the theoretical side of the framework. Additional information and more practical insights can be found in the blog.


Integral Agile Blog

The Integral Agile Blog is your source for the most up-to-date information and direct application of the framework. These are the latest entries:

→ The Rise of Zombie Scrum
Zombie Scrum We got out by the skin of our teeth, I tell you! Crawling through vents, hiding behind Scrum Boards and pelleting them with post-its and whiteboard markers. But we got out in time, and we’re here to warn you. Because they are here, and their number is growing rapidly. Mindless, drooling herds of developers, testers, designers and others moaning ‘chaaaange’ and shambling around the building to all sorts of brainless Scrum-activities.


→ An Evening with Henri Lipmanowicz
NaplesIt’s a warm evening in Naples, Florida. I’m walking alongside Henri Lipmanowicz and I’m struggling to come up with questions to ask him.
Now is my chance to make the most of the limited time I have with Henri. His work has had a big impact on my life and there are a million things I’d like to know. I just don’t have any idea where to start. I don't know what to ask Henri.


→ Liberating Structures - The Tools for Host Leadership
Liberating StructuresSomething happened to me at the start of the year that I would like to share with everybody. Up until that point, I had always felt like I should be much better in a particular aspect of my coaching practice. Wait, that’s not entirely accurate. I had felt like we as coaches should all be much better in a particular aspect of our coaching practice: group facilitation.


→ Twisted Team Thinking
In “The Feeling Good Handbook” David D. Burns lists ten forms of cognitive distortions which can lead to increasing pathology. If you are a coach, you might be familiar with them on the level of the individuum. But as we often focus more on the team level, it’s interesting to look at them from that particular point of view as well. These ways of thinking can undermine team morale and cause one or more of the following issues.


→ Agile Codependency
While directly or indirectly helping companies adopt or refine their agile approaches, I have noticed a tendency in many Agile Coaches which has the potential to turn into a subtle but destructive anti-pattern. Sadly, Agile Coaches still lack an official ethical guideline, and as a result many novices are unaware that they run into a distinct set of contradictions which can lead to an unhealthy codependency between themselves and their teams.