From Insight to Action
In this chapter, we applied the Integral approach specifically to Agile Transformations. One of the primary uses of the framework is to get the “lay of the land” with respect to a given organization contemplating transformation. The “Insight to Action” sections within the discussions of each of the four quadrants provided a host of potential topics and questions that can form the basis of your customized assessment. And, as you remain in inquiry from a place of genuine curiosity, in awareness of your way of listening, and being grounded in presence, the use of the IATF can be a powerful tool to truly “see” your system and then respond from that place, choosing how you work with what you have become aware of from a systems perspective.
Our recommended action from this chapter is to begin putting together your own Integral Organizational Assessment, one that examines the organizational landscape from each quadrant perspective, as well as from any relevant holon levels in your organization. Wherever you currently are with your Agile Transformation (e.g., start, middle, reset) is okay; just capture what you see.
Start with the reflection questions in the “Insight to Action” sections for each quadrant as inputs to your assessment—which for now will not include altitudes and specific developmental lines. If those questions aren’t useful in your specific context now, then come up with questions that you are curious about and resonate with your current challenges. For each quadrant (and considering the holons), make three columns and jot down relevant questions:
Column 1: What are the facts (observable/known)?
Column 2: What are the assumptions you are making?
Column 3: What research do you want to do to check your assumptions and confirm your facts?