Searching for better? Choose something different.

Different isn’t always better, but better is always different. If you believe the current state of Agile training is ineffective, overpriced, and controlled by a select few, join Al Shalloway in creating an alternative.

The common current training methods are old in both content and format. Success Engineering has created methods from the team to Agile at scale based on the theories of Flow, Lean, and the Theory of constraints that are more effective than preset frameworks. We also use advanced, instructor-led, ongoing education methods that lead to learning in the workplace, greater retention, and significantly lower cost.

Learn from Al Shalloway


Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Success Engineering and the lead designer of Amplio. He had been a thought leader in the Agile space before the Agile Manifesto and was asked to attend its 10-year anniversary because of his work with XP, design patterns, Scrum, Lean, and Kanban. As a former gold sponsor, SPCT, and contributor to SAFe, Mr. Shalloway is familiar with the most popular Agile methods. He is also the main creator of PMI’s Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant workshop.

 He is currently breaking new ground in more effective training, consulting, and ongoing support methods.  

Revolutionizing training to lower cost and increase efficacy by an order of magnitude each.

The state of Agile education can be summed up in two words: expensive and ineffective.

Training in short bursts just before something will be adopted can make sense. But most Agile training focuses on learning information that is quickly forgotten. Certifications have become about knowledge that is soon forgotten, not about the ability to improve in the workplace. This is ineffective and, intentional or not, is designed to require extensive follow-up coaching.

Success Engineering incorporates the latest training methods to bring learning into the workplace. And in a manner that gives organizations with a training department a way to control their own training.  We follow the advances in neuro-physiology that provide guidance on the best way for people to learn.

Amplio provides a free book on coaching – Being an Effective Value Coach – so those learning these methods can also coach in them. Virtual collaboration boards are also integrated into all workshops and provided to participants to use in their workplace.

See The parallels between Success Engineering’s innovative training methods and Henry Ford’s Model T for more on how we do this.

The Amplio (“improve” in Latin) is the first flexible framework in the Agile space.

Virtually all Agile frameworks are a kind of an oxymoron – Agile, but fixed. Amplio is organized as a pattern language. A pattern is a solution to recurring problems in a context. Each pattern has different ways to implement it based on where it is being used. This enables it to be fit for purpose while still having a clear structure for understanding. We call this a “success tunable framework” because it tuned to what’s needed for success of the organization.

Many companies have unique aspects of them. By being organized as a set of patterns, you can add or remove patterns to it. This enables it to deal with all of an organization’s challenges while not becoming complex. 

While the full Amplio language is effective for organizations up to several hundred people in the development organization, it has a subset called “Amplio-light” designed for a single team and “Amplio-Development” designed for related development teams.

Providing Proven Concepts That Are Missing in Most Approaches

Amplio includes many cutting edge concepts and practices that are not in the mainstream but have been demonstrated to be essential. These include:

  • How to understand the cause and effects present in a system
  • A pareto style analysis of value stream mapping that gets most of the value in a matter of hours instead of days
  • Identifying and coordinating on building what can be delivered soonest
  • Collaboration boards for both learning and using later in the workplace
  • A way to do a quick analysis of what is needed to avoid missing outlying requirements

Choose Better and Gain Control 

If you’re an internal change agent, you can learn how to use our approach in your organization at a significantly lower cost than common training methods. You get to be back in control of how your organization proceeds with improving its ability to deliver value. 

To learn how you can get started, contact us or join the Amplio Community of Practice – a community organized to collaborate regularly, to share information, improve skills, and actively work on advancing the general knowledge of the lean-agile practice.

Free to join.

How to Reach the Next Level of Agile Success

“Amplio” means “improve” in Latin. At Success Engineering, we believe people must continuously learn how to improve their methods of adding value to their customers. Success Engineering is in the process of creating ‘amplios’  for teams, small scale, large scale, and SAFe. All of these are pragmatic approaches validated with real-world experience. Amplio Development: The Path to Lean-Agile Teams is our first offering.

About Us

Success Engineering is the cornerstone of a group of consultants – Amplio Consultant Educators (ACE). Members of this group are part of a learning journey where they have become proficient in advanced techniques of consulting and coaching. Between the ACEs and associate companies, we can create an engagement team to fill most any set of needs.