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Here Integral Agile related books, articles, web sites, videos, and other info. There is a lot here, so jump to the perspective that interests you.

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Integral Theory & Thinking (general)
I Quadrant – Leadership & Engagement
IT Quadrant – Competencies, Products and Technologies
WE Quadrant – Cultures, Communities & Vision
ITS Quadrant – Systems Thinking and the Flow of Value
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Integral Theory & Thinking

A Theory of Everything, Ken Wilber

Sex, Ecology and Spirituality, Ken Wilber. Considered by many to be Wilber’s fullest expression of his Integral vision. Planned to be the first book of a trilogy.

Integral Spirituality, Ken Wilber. Despite the title, it is largely a full, mature expression of Integral Theory altogether, including the “inside” and “outside” of each quadrant.

Integral Psychology, Ken Wilber. Great for comparing developmental models from all major researchers in the field.

A Brief History of Everything, Ken Wilber. A more accessible summary of the thinking of Sex, Ecology and Spirituality, in question and answer format.

Integral Life Practice, Ken Wilber, Terry Patten & others. This is a full-scale resource to create a cross-training approach to body, mind, shadow and spirit development. Very cool.

An Overview of Integral TheorySean Esbjorn-Hargens. An overview featured on Integral Life, a very comprehensive resource for the Integral community.

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Leadership & Engagement (I) – The “Coach-Leader”


The Leadership Circle Profile – a comprehensive 360 assessment that helps you get a clear view into your leadership effectiveness.  Many ACI leaders are certified facilitators of this profile and can administer the individual and leadership culture profiles, helping individuals and groups understand their results. We use this in our Integral Agile bootcamp.

Bill Joiner and Stephen Josephs: Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change
The leaders we need now are not heroes, they are synergists who bring the best out in everyone (including themselves). This book is a clear articulation of the levels of leadership in play now and where leadership is evolving.

Peter Senge and others: Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations and Society.  This one is a little academic, but also quite poetic. Either way, the payoff is big. Amazing insights. Also see Senge’s The Fifth Discipline under systems thinking below.

Daniel Goleman: Primal Leadership. EQ research applied to leadership, coins the term resonant leadership.


Coaches Training Institute
The individual coaching training school Michael Spayd and Lyssa and other ACI leaders attended.

Karen Kimsey House, et. al.: Co-Active Coaching, 3th Edition: Changing Business, Transforming Lives
This is the latest version of this book and has some wonderful updates to the co-active model.  It does not contain the Powerful Questions appendix (see the 2nd edition for that).

International Coach Federation
Lists all accredited coaching schools and administers coaching credentials.

European Mentoring and Coaching Council
Lists all accredited coaching schools in Europe.

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Competencies, Products & Technologies (IT) – The “Process-Leader”

Principles of Product Development Flow, Don Reinertsen. This is the seminal work in cutting edge Lean thinking applied to product development. Hard to read, but don’t worry about that the first time through :-).

Eric Ries, The Lean Startup. A seminal book in applying Agile and Lean thinking to product (and customer) development. Also see Steve Blank, Four Steps to the Epiphany.

Henrik Kniberg, Lean from the Trenches: Managing large scale projects with Kanban. Very practical book on implementing Kanban process.

David J. Anderson, Kanban. The classic book articulating the kanban paradigm.

David Rico: The Business Value of Agile Software Methods
This book gives you all the numbers and formulas you could possibly want on why Agile methods produce more value than other ways of working.

For when you need some more convincing data, here are Waterfall vs Agile statistics vs industry benchmarks from QSM Associates and Michael Mah-article + webinar


Daniel Goleman: Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence. Definitive works in the area of EQ, defined (and measurable) as specific competencies.

ICAgile Facilitation and Coaching Track: Learning Objectives
A guide for the learning objectives for the Agile Team Facilitator and Agile Coach levels of mastery.

Agile Coaching Institute: Agile Coach Competency Framework
The competency areas that make up the palette of skills and knowledge areas an agile coach draws on to do the “dance” of agile coaching.

Michael James: A Scrum Master’s Checklist

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Culture, Communities & Vision (WE) – The “Facilitative-Leader”


Reinventing Organizations, Frederic Laloux. A critical piece of research that articulates the cultural and practices mindset of the leading edge of organization (Teal). Also a good synopsis of Integral altitudes within the context of organizations.

Spiral Dynamics, Don Beck & Chris Cowan. This is a seminal book, although not well written. The original source is Clare Graves, The Never Ending Quest, edited by Chris Cowan and Natasha Todorovic. This is an outstanding story of Graves’ original research that led to the founding of “spiral dynamics.”  Spiral Dynamics integral, is Don Beck’s site. He has worked extensively with Ken Wilber and the Integral community.

The Reengineering Alternative, William (Bill) Schneider. Well researched and articulated model of organizational culture types (control, competence, collaboration, cultivation). A short summary can be found here. More comprehensive diagnostics for corporate culture and for your leadership-culturelink are also available from certified facilitators such as ACI. Michael Spayd’s research on Agile and org culture (in Schneider’s terms) can be found here. Bill Schneider’s site is Corporate Development Group.

Deep Democracy & Worldwork, Arnold & Amy Mindell. Mindell is central to understanding individual and group dynamics, especially that create, or impede, the WE space.

Center for Right Relationship
Coach training school offering Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (team coaching). This is the school that Michael S. and Lyssa are certified in and deeply influenced our work. We highly recommend their training.


Family Constellations – Bert Hellinger, founder of the modern constellations movement, wrote a number of books, some transcripts of his constellation work. Love’s Hidden Symmetry is the most complete collection, and Love’s Own Truths is his own reflections on his controversial work. There are many websites, including this one on Systemic Constellations.


Integral Life, a very rich multimedia resource for the Integral community. This is one pay site you actually might be willing to sign up for (we do).

ORSC Global Community Network. This is a great community of relationship systems coaches. The discussions are extremely warm and collaborative, with very little or no one-upsmanship going on. Sign up for the ORSC Open list, unless you are taking their classes, when you can access the ORSCers list.

Retrospectives – The retrospectives group, for those interested in hearing what others do. This has also been a very open and supportive group.

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Systems Thinking & Flow of Value (ITS) – The “Systems-Leader”

Peter Senge: The Fifth Discipline, a truly seminal book that introduced systems thinking to a wide management audience. 

Thinking in Systems, Donella Meadows. A classic book on systems thinking.

Margaret Wheatley: Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World
Great material on why the mechanistic view of the workforce no longer works. What worked for me: start with Chapter 8 then go back to the heavier science at the beginning.

Steven Johnson: Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software
Why agile teams are more like ecosystems than machines is explained with lots of examples in this book.

 Scaled Agile Framework – by Dean Leffingwell and others. A very Its quadrant oriented agile scaling model that brings together the best of Scrum, XP engineering, Kanban and Lean product development. Also see Lyssa’s Integral view of SAFe.

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Agile Management & Leadership

Being an Agile Leader, Michael Hamman & Michael K. Spayd

The Manager’s Role in Agile, Lyssa Adkins and Michael K. Spayd

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