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Agile via HD


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Agile Transformation Approached differently

In our view, the biggest challenge is that Agility is NOT approached as a new way of operating, but rather as a new set of values which, mostly, lead to a following and compliance-mindset, either internally or on a group level, if not both, contradicting the agile manifesto from the get-go.

We have developed a proposal for agile transformation through Holistic Dialogue (HD).
HD can pave the way for Agile transformation as well as expose the existing blind spots for a supposedly agile-ready environment. It allows individuals and groups to understand how to perceive things holistically, without any expertise or method.

This proposal came about due to the astonishing rate of failed agile transformation initiatives which is around 96% (Agile Adoption Survey 2018" by the Standish Group, State of Agile Report 2016" by VersionOne, Pulse of the Profession: Capturing the Value of Project Management" by the Project Management Institute, CHAOS Report 2013" by the Standish Group)
  • Inquiry & Exploration

    HD can help Agile principles manifest individually and collectively by allowing space for unhindered inquiry and exploration.

  • Holistic Perception
    HD can help understand how to perceive things as a whole, which can improve communication and collaboration within teams and subsequently nurture a quality of creativity beyond the everyday traditional mind.
  • Independence and Autonomy
    An HD fosters an environment where each individual feels empowered to inquire/ explore for themselves, unhindered by the common expectation to agree or disagree, moving towards a place of autonomy where the distinction between the personal and impersonal is irrelevant.
  • Facilitation

    An HD Facilitator’s role is to clarify what is going on, when needed, and what might need attention. Especially during phases where confusion and miscommunication are dominant.

Dialogue vs Coaching vs Counseling

In a nutshell, Coaching and Counseling concern themselves with organizing consciousness as the individual has it, while HD concerns itself with the total understanding of consciousness and beyond, if there is such a thing.


Counseling concerns itself with the content of the past and, consequently, the future, and co-living in our environments with peace and no conflict.


Coaching, on the other hand, concerns itself mainly with the content of the future, sometimes delving into the past to clear any limiting beliefs in order to achieve what is desired and make progress.


HD does not concern itself with the content of the past or the future per se but with understanding the nature of that content as a whole and the movement of the same within an individual and a group.

HD In-depth

Generic HD Procedure

To Discover

the common ground between the group members.
To Explore

the limitation of our current communication and, potentially, go beyond it.

To Understand

the process of thinking and thought and how limiting it can be in relationship and creative work.

To Go Into & Unpack

the impact of listening in the here-and-now rather than reflecting on theories or deriving meaning from previous experiences.

To See

what happens when listening is its own action.
Your Facilitator
  • Holistic Dialogue & Meditation Facilitator | Artist | Consultant

3 Months HD Program


To be agreed upon with the management team, yet we do recommend of the following frequency:

  • 3 Months of weekly HDs per department, team or any agreed-upon configuration.
  • 3 Months of weekly HDs for the executive team.
  • 3 End of month company-wide HDs.
Duration of an HD Meeting
1.5 to 2 hours a week.

Each weekly and monthly HD will start with no agenda or structure but the opening talk by the facilitator on the first meeting and the maximum duration of the meeting.

About Structure (Rationale 1)
Any structure or formula to bring about the Agile principles cannot go very far. Also, having self-managed teams is part of the Agile principles. So, any imposed formula is a directive that did not come from the team itself.
About Learning (Rationale 2)

A learning of a different kind is necessary. Not the traditional kind driven by goals, targets and accumulation of knowledge and experiences. Such traditional learning breeds compliance no matter how rational it sounds in psychological terms.

About Learning (Rationale 3)
The problems of the individual need no expertise or accumulation of knowledge because all that does is nothing but clutter the brain even more. Thus, a conversation, AKA a dialogue, that depopulates, in real-time, rather than populates the psyche with content/concepts is key for holistic perception.
About Learning (Rationale 4)
Then action is not a mere idea that needs implementation but an already executable happening, hence, Agile. Our requirements and requests are changing rapidly making a clear mind a daily necessity.

Ending Notes

The manifesting results are to be observed through the work and daily interactions. As for the immediate effects, it depends from one individual to another. Also, this process, with time, might lead to filtering out individuals who are typical followers - where they can be placed in better suited roles/positions.

This is not a service that Tripute provides but rather a temporary partnership because nothing would happen unless all parties are fully immersed, especially since this endeavour is quite unpredictable and has the potential to change things fundamentally in ways that might even surprise the executive team themselves.

Together we can begin to reverse the ridiculous failure rate of agile transformation and break free from the traditional way of doing and seeking things. Through going directly into the core of the matter–the individual’s perception and system of operation–we could, factually, outgrow our animalistic heritage.

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