Who, if not Ken Wilber, could provide a better model for a holistic view of agile implementation?
Short form of AQAL by Ken Wilber. His approach of “AQAL” (all quadrants, all levels) fits quite nicely here. All efforts made to improve the strategy and the organization are represented by the quadrant at the bottom right, called “ITS”. It’s about the system. All details describing the current situation represent the upper right quadrant, the “IT”, the pure facts.
This is also the part of the quadrants that represent the outside of the issue you’re looking at. The quadrants on the other side, the left side, represent the inside view and the individual level “ME” and the relationship, interaction level “we”.
This is the missing point in the implementation of Agile. But a very important one. BY transforming to a new framework, almost all efforts are shifted to the right side, the target and external view. The other half is delegated to the stakeholders themselves. It’s like playing golf on the principle of “hit and hope.” To get the best out of something, all four quadrants must be in balance. Frankly, it’s rare for all four to be at the same level, and even rarer for them to last over time.
It’s much more important to constantly work on all four quadrants. As mentioned earlier, the path to improvement is different for each. This leads to the thesis that it takes different tools and probably different teachers. This is in line with the idea of a holistic approach.
I want you to understand that in order to implement the strategy developed on the objective side, it’s important to synchronize people’s mindset with that strategy to implement it. As mentioned earlier, both sides need to be developed and supported. On the individual level, the process can only be done by the individual. But he/she can be taught how to do it. This is what mindset training is all about. We learn to understand how our mind works. How we can use it to accomplish things and avoid sabotaging elements and train these skills.
No one consciously learns that in school. That’s what personal development, personal growth is all about. So, be agile and train your mind.