Agile has ever been evolving with different frameworks, methods, practises since the manifesto was written. Methods, frameworks, certification wars are fierce these days. That said now we gradually start seeing a reverse movement to use different methods and practises together. Latest Scrum.org’s training about how to use Kanban in a Scrum environment is a good example. Besides there is a growing trend now to be framework agnostic among Agile community. When we look at the evolution of Agile, it has evolved from a team context to business context. I believe motive behind Business Agility is helping the agnostic movement since now you need more flexible approaches with an outcome focus. In the past, maturity of Agile adoptions have been poor for multiple reasons. One reason was Agility couldn’t be achieved by poorly adopting particular framework. Goal wasn’t Agility but implementing “x” to be Agile. Metrics were also based on adoption rates rather than achievements or outcomes.
I heard the term integrated Agile from one of Patrick’s Steyaert’s videos. My interpretation of Integrated Agile is not using x framework with y but instead having a more neutral approach where you use principles practises values that drive an outcome based Agility. It is a state where you blend and use things in an integrated manner. As the integrate word suggests pieces come together to form a new whole that also emerges continuously. An integrated approach can be unique for a particular organisation. It emerges through a set of experiments and retrospectives.
Agile coaching and consultancy has now moved to a different league. To help organisations to adopt a more agnostic approach you need to free up your mind and be less biased towards frameworks and methods.