More effective than live workshops while being priced at self-study levels.

Amplio Consultant Educators

The Amplio Consultant Educators Learning Journey Is Designed Both for Individuals and Companies.

The ACE program for Individuals

Individuals range from senior consultants who want to get better, to beginning Scrum Masters and team leads who want to jump over those with more experience but who are missing the insights that Flow, Lean and the Theory of constraints can provide.  The ACE material integrates advanced coaching and consulting methods as well.

The ACE program centers around the Amplio GPS which is a way to diagnose an organization’s strengths and weaknesses and then co-create an improvement path with the organization. Scope ranges from running a team to improving an organization’s ability to create and deliver value. An integrated coaching and consulting workshop is also provided. All of the materials used to teach participants are made available, license-free, to participants as long as they are in the program.

The ACE program for Organizations

In today’s world of tightening budgets, organizations need to lower their costs in three areas:

  • Getting their people trained
  • Using outside consultant
  • Lowering the cost for team leads while having the best ones

The ACE Learning Journey can be used to meet all of these needs. Let’s see how.

Getting their people trained

If you’ve got an internal training organization, or even just an individual who has training experience, ACEs can create materials tailored for your organization. All of the materials used in the ACE program are made available, license-free to participants. At $1795 a year, this is less than the cost of many certifications.

Using a day of consulting time to improve your own people

Consider that for the cost of one day for one consultant you can get an ACE for a year, you’ll be able to cut down on outside consultants. Invest in your people who understand your company better than any outsider. This investment will make your people better and want them to stay.

Lowering your cost for team leads while having the best ones

Properly trained and prepared team leads can help 2-3 team, not just one. You can pay someone who can be a Scrum Master for 2-3 teams twice as much as you can someone who can only help one team. This saves you a considerable amount of money. 

How does Amplio compare to other approaches

Amplio is based on Flow, Lean and the Theory of Constraints. This enables it to be adapted and work anywhere. Amplio guides ACEs in diagnosing a company and co-creating an improvement path with them. It doesn’t take predetermined solutions as other approaches due. It enables the creation of an adaptive framework that is fit-for-purpose for those using it while being able to adapt as needs change. This makes it simpler to use as well as being something you won’t outgrow.

Amplio can also improve what you’re doing now – so you don’t have to abandon your investment. Amplio includes paths of improvement for Scrum, Kanban and SAFe.

How the ACE program works

The ACE program has 6 1-hour sessions each week for 3 straight weeks and then having one week off. The sessions vary from delivering content, creating Amplio itself, Q&A, and recording sessions. Sessions are presented at different times of the day to allow for people most every where to attend at least a couple a week. All sessions are recorded.  Participants engage in a way that works for them. Blending attending live and watching recordings.

An extensive library on a variety of issues is also available.

How does Success Engineering offer better than live training by thought leaders at self-study prices?

The ACE program is only $1795 for a year, or $995 for 6 months. It provides the equivalent of almost three days of training every month.

When a workshop is presented that has 10-20 people in it, the costs must be spread across those 10-20 people. When a program has 100-200 people in it, the cost per person goes down.

By having material be taught in small amounts over time, people have a chance to apply it. They can then ask an expert questions when they have challenges. When someone takes a 2-3 day workshop, this isn’t possible. Not to mention that 80% of the material presented in short burst workshops is lost in 2-3 days

Private workshops are useful because they enable people to work together and to start a new way of working. Public workshops are designed to make the instructors more money – not to enable people to learn what is being taught.

Benefit if you’re an individual

If you’re already an expert consultant, the ACE program will make you better. It also provides you with the opportunity to co-create with a thought leader creating a new path forward.

If you’re just beginning out in your Agile journey, what better place to start than working as peers with experts. Jump past those experienced coaches who only are familiar with Agile and Scrum. The theories of Flow, Lean and the Theory of Constraints will make you more capable than those with years of experience but not the understanding these provide.

Benefit if you’re a company

The bottom line is you should be growing your own people and eliminating the need for expensive outside consultants. For the cost of a consultant for one day you can have one of your people be in the training program for a year.  All the while having access to collaboration boards and license-free materials.

The benefit is higher staff retention, lower training costs, better quality way of working.

Participants choose how to be in the program

People’s schedules are different. How much time they have to participate varies both by person and by time. That’s why the ACE program enables people to participate how they want to.

Participate as a co-creator and be mentored as well

People who have time to fully participate engage in the co-creation sessions. This provides a deeper knowledge of the material as well as being mentored in being an expert consultant.

If you want to learn the equivalent of several workshops

Participate by doing a combination of interactive sessions that cover material quickly while allowing for a considerable amount of question and answer sessions. Recorded sessions allow for learning materials at your own speed as well.

If you want your problems solved

At about $160 a month, the program is inexpensive enough if all you want to do is get your problems solved by an expert. You can ask questions at any of the six sessions as well as look up sessions that will provide guidance when you need it.

Learn in the hectic pace of today's world

Because all of the sessions are recorded, many feel free to just take sessions when they have time. And go to the live sessions of greatest interest.

Special considerations

People who like the Disciplined Agile Approach.

The ACE program is led by Al Shalloway, the creator of Disciplined Agile’s premier workshop, The DA Value Stream Consultant. After leaving the PMI in 2021, Al rebuilt whatntended to be but never fully manifested. Amplio goes beyond DA with more tools, concepts,  and theory. It, of course, takes advantage of the DA Browser as it extends DA itself.

The ACE program is the only place to get the scope of the DAVSC from one of the DA thought leaders.

SPCs who want to get stagnated SAFe adoptions moving forward.

Initial SAFe adoptions have enabled many companies to move forward and create value in a quarter where before SAFe delivery in even a year was circumspect. But in many cases, continued success is not sustained. In many others organizations adopting SAFe tend to revert back to where they started. Many times the company will try again and again, only to repeat the same cycle of initial improvement followed by stagnation or regression.

The sense is that if they do it right, they’d continue to improve.

The challenge is, however, that SAFe is missing a few key components to enable sustained success. These are organized as a sub track of Ampio and include:

  • Value stream analysis to decouple ARTs.
  • Different value creation structures are used to assist in the decoupling of value streams and to reduce the delays caused by the existing coupling.
  • Minimum Valuable Increments.
  • Using MVIs in Program Increment Planning.
  • The role of management as espoused in Lean.
  • The practical use of systems thinking
Consulting Companies who want to be able to offer tailored solutions to their client.

Differentiate yourself from those companies that offer predetermined solutions.

Have your staff learn how to diagnose companies to see their challenges. The Amplio GPS also offers how to create tailored solutions for them.

Promote yourself as a company that works with your clients to help them solve their problems instead of merely selling them something.

Curriculum Covered

The ACE Learning Journey covers all of the curriculum in the Amplio System

Amplio Foundations

This is the foundation on which Amplio is based.

Coaches and consultants should start with this.

The topics covered include:

Systems thinking

  • Systems thinking provides us with a way to look at the components of the system in a more holistic way.
  • It also provides deep insights into how to improve the environment within which we work.
  • It creates the context for the rest of the foundations.

First Principles of Knowledge work

  • You can think of the “first principles of knowledge work” as the “physics of flow.”
  • Without understanding them most things will appear problematic with no sense underneath them.
  • With them you can understand what’s happening.
  • Theory is needed to adjust practices.
  • There are no universal practices. Without theory, practices must be pre-ordained.
  • A set of core practices can be adjusted with theory to become fit-for-purposes.

Managing complexity with Inherent Simplicity

  • Inherent simplicity is Eli Goldratt’s idea that we can see what’s going on in even complex systems in a straightforward, even simple, manner.
  • Managing the damage complexity can cause aligns with Agile methods when this is understood.

Value Streams

  • Value streams, while only a metaphor in knowledge work, provides insights on how work flows across an organization.
  • They can be used to understand the relationships between different parts of the organization.
  • They can also be used to understand the relationships between the organization and its external stakeholders

Factors for Effective Value Streams

Combining systems thinking, first principles, streams provides us with insights on how to improve our work methods.

Christopher Alexander’s approach to system design and patterns.

Alexander provides an approach to decomposing systems enables us to see the relationships between the components. This is consistent with systems thinking. When we learn his use of patterns we can create a model of an organization that describes how its components can work together while enabling each part to work in a way that is fit for purposes for them.

Being an effective value stream consultant

The ACE program centers on making great consultants better.In particular, it trains consultants in:

  • being able to diagnose an organization’s challenges at all levels
  • creating an improvement path forward
  • coaching / training people in this path

Reference workshop: The Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant workshop. This aspect of the ACE learning journey goes well beyond the DAVSC which Al Shalloway created for the PMI. It adds more collaboration boards, more focus on the customer journey, a more advanced GPS, and a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of knowledge work.

Being an effective Value Coach

This content improves a person’s ability to engage with people they are leading. 

This focuses on how people learn, react, and resist change. It goes well beyond just listening and speaking better. It includes how to decompose complex concepts into small, learnable chunks and to present them to people so they can learn quicly.

 

Business Agility at Scale

This content works well with the being an effective consultant. It is intended for development organizations of up to 500 people. But can be used to provide insights on how to improve SAFe as well since it has many improvements over SAFe components.

Reference workshop: LeSS. Only not based on Scrum.

Basic Lean Agile Solution Team (BLAST)

This content covers how multiple teams working on related products can collaborate and rely more on alignment than coordination.

Reference workshop: Scrum@Scale. BLAST predates Scrum@Scale by several years and is based on Lean and value stream management. It is more flexible in that it enables teams to use either sprints or daily-timeboxing – or even a pure flow based system.

Product Management

Product management must start at the beginning of the value stream and go through consumption. This involves:

  • identifying critical stakeholders both within and outside the organization
  • Clarifying their success criteria and constraints
  • Defining the investment pillars of the organization
  • Translating initiatives into a series of work items – either MVPs for determining if new products are available or MVIs if we’re extending existing ones. 
  • Using these to sequence the work to be done
  • Attending to the customer journey.
  • Creating MVIs with full kitting
  • Decomposing MVIs into features and stories using a collaboration board.
Advanced Team Level Methods

Amplio is based on Flow, Lean, and the Thoery of Constraints. Teams need to work in a way that works for them. Amplio Team provides a simple start for a team whereas Amplio Development creates a more advanced team level approach.

Collaboration boards are made available to participants

Collaboration boards such as Lucid, Miro, Mural, are great tools to train, collaborate and make decisions together.

ACEs are provided with several Lucid boards. You can see the list here.

Creating a simple start with an adaptive framework

Most approaches lock you in by providing preset starts but with no means to adjust them as the need arises.

Amplio provides both a way to create tailored approaches and a way to adjust it as needed. We call this an adaptive framework.

An invitation from Al Shalloway

The ACE learning journey is a unique opportunity to learn with a group of experts as peers. But it’s much more than that. Many of us believe there is a better way to together to improve the effectiveness of individuals and organizations. The ACE Learning journey is a community of experts creating this next generation of Success Management. We are working to change the world by changing how people approach their work. I especially invite you to join us if you have a sense that not only is this possible, but that you want to participate in it.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

Get a Taste of the ACE Learning Journey – Selected Recordings of Sessions

The best way to learn about something is to experience it. Here are three recordings of selected sessions from the Coaching Track.

Attitude and Capabilities of a Value Coach. This presentation captures a session from the Amplio Consultant Educators program within the Coaching track. Attitude plays a pivotal role in successful coaching. While certain attitudes may stem from your personality, here we refer to how you approach situations—an aspect that is adaptable. At times, you may find yourself deviating from your intended attitude. Moreover, coaches require a foundational set of capabilities, which are also explored in this session.

An Effective Way for Coaches to Start an Engagement. This presentation explores effective strategies for coaches to initiate engagement with a new group of individuals they are coaching. It delves into various challenges coaches may encounter when building rapport with individuals who may initially harbor distrust towards a new coach.

People’s listening, filters, transformers, triggers, and active speaking.  People don’t listen to you, they listen to their “listening.” That is, the voice inside their head. What you say gets filtered and transformed while triggering the person in often adverse ways. Knowing this enables you to get insights of their thinking based on how they respond to you. This enables you to ask questions and make statements in a more effective manner. 

What they are saying

The ACE training program goes far beyond basic Agile training. Agile, Lean, Flow, Theory of Constraints, and much more are all weaved together, resulting in a unique set of workshops in terms of style, content, and presentation. There’s plenty of interaction between Al and the participants to ensure these workshops go far beyond the theories and address practical ways of applying this indispensable knowledge.   Peter Sperling

The Amplio Consultant Educators is the crown jewel and an entirely different approach to knowledge sharing and community learning, it comprises a diverse group of experienced Agile practitioners who constantly share diverse approaches and ideas but continue to challenge assumptions and develop new shared knowledge. The dynamic nature of the group is in itself Agile in Motion, very much worth the cost of admittance as it helps you become a much better coach and consultant. The focus is on making Agile work better by tapping into existing knowledge and diverse experiences, always challenging assumptions to discover new ways of getting better at doing Agile, which cannot be overestimated. It feels more like a group of peers hanging out and sharing their various experiences, it elevates existing knowledge and experiences to greater heights and fosters better understanding through great collaboration.  Patrick Taiwo

Learning Objectives

Take coaches and consultants to a high ability in both coaching and consulting. The end goal is the same, the path taken is dependent upon the level of capability people are at in the beginning and the amount of effort they apply to learning. 

Selected Concepts Rarely Offered Elsewhere

Amplio virtual collaboration boards

Virtual collaboration boards are more important than ever. While most people use them as virtual whiteboards, they can be used for learning, decision-making, and working together. Take the link below to learn more about the boards and which ones are available to you. Participants get copies of the boards after three months in the program. 

View all boards

Click "board details" to get more information on why these boards are so useful as well as to see the complete list of boards in Amplio.

Grounded in the science of learning and integrating coaching

It has been well-established that intensive training over 1-4 days is very ineffective. Over 80% of the information presented is lost in just a few days. It’s why no college teaches this way. People learn best in little chunks and where they can apply it between sessions. The Amplio Consultant Educator learning journey is an ongoing study program. Three one-hour sessions are provided each month. 

Amplio’s approach is based on Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise and Seeing what others don’t: The Remarkable Way We Gain Insights. “Peak” tells us that it’s essential to stretch people’s skills a little on an ongoing basis. Presenting concepts in patterns instead of just practices makes the material more applicable and creates the foundation for continued learning. “Insights” provides methods to enable people to connect the dots of the advanced concepts presented.  These two approaches manifest each week based on a virtual board that participants use to see a problem and learn how to solve it. This not only trains participants in needed skills but these virtual boards can also be used in their workplace.

Great information has little value if it can’t be conveyed in the workplace. Amplio Development, therefore, integrates coaching methods in each lesson.

Learn concepts and practices not in any popular framework

ACEs learn concepts and practices not in any popular framework. We have found these to be essential to be able to tailor an approach to a particular situation while keeping it simple for the adopters. These concepts create a coherent approach and can be adjusted to the situation at hand. 

Mindset and practices

Find your problem before settling on a solution

As obvious as this sounds, anyone hawking only one approach is providing predetermined solutions.

Amplio’s flexibility enables ACEs to run a diagnostic and then figure out an improvement path.

Attend to how people learn, react, and process new information.

To be an effective consultant or coach, you must learn how to convey information.

This is a useful skill for anyone.

Understandingi people is a critical skill that’s not often taught.

This includes Core coaching skills

 

Get the success criteria and constraints of critical stakeholders.

Companies need to align with the strategy of the critical stakeholders. This is at both the global level and for each product. 

Include management from the start and have them lead by creating great working environments for the teams.

The role of management has changed from managing people to managing the systems people are in.

This requires systems thinking and value stream management.

Use Minimum Valuable Increments to focus on value consumption quickly.

MVIs focus on both how to deliver value quickly while identifying who needs to be involved in doing this.

Use systems thinking to understand how they inform behavior.

Systems thinking is an essential thought process.

Systems thinking teaches us:

  • Systems are more about the relationships between their components than the components themselves.
  • Systems must be looked at from a holistic perspective.
  • Changes in one part of a system may affect other seemingly unrelated, parts. This implies that optimizing the parts may lead to adversely affecting the performance of the overall system.
  • Systems contain sub-systems and are themselves in larger systems.
  • Systems are designed (intentionally or not) to create the behavior you see.
  • Systems are responsible for most of the challenges in them. This includes the effect a culture has on an individual’s actions.
  • If you want consistent behavior, have the system help create it, don’t expect people to do it.
    Use value streams to attend to the flow of work in your organization.

    Value stream management is one fo the most effective ways to see how to improve overall effectiveness – from a team to the entire organization. This includes learning about:

    Use Christopher Alexander’s perspective of decomposing systems that highlight the relationships between different teams working together.

    This provides a way to decompose a system without being reductionist.

    Alexander’s approach to design enables a greater understanding of the issues and forces between the components of a system than either reductionist thinking or putting pieces together.

    Create quick feedback to avoid the potential waste that complexity brings.

    Complexity obscures certain relationships between actions and people. The real problem we face are when a small error triggers a big problem. We can avoid these by attending to the cause and effect we know and mitigate any complex relationship we haven’t seen before. This enables our understanding to grow while not being at the effect of complexity.

    Have a way to select your best contextual practice.

    While there are few universally effective practices, there is usually a best practice for a particular context.

    Knowing how to find these requires a combination of first principles, inherent simplicity, factors for effective value streams, and implementations organized as patterns, each of which includes an objective, with a why, a conceptual solution, and potential implementations of what’s needed.

    This requires the following:

     

    Understanding how to create effective value-creation structures.

    Value creation structures are how people are organized in a combination of teams and individuals. The proper organization makes a huge difference in how people work together. Several value-creation structure patterns are essential in the real world. Amplio includes structures such as:

    • cross-functional teams
    • core teams
    • feature teams
    • component teams
    • borrow team member
    • shared team member
    • Focused Solution Teams
    • Basic Lean Agile Solution Teams
    Core coaching skills
    • Miro boards to support decision making
    • How to create simple, fit-for-purpose starts

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    Use an approach that gives you needed information on what to do when you need it.

    Too little information is just as bad as too much.

    We want a systems that’s easy to use, not one that’s purposefully incomplete requiring us to fill in the blanks when how to do that is already known.

    Amplio is based on the first principles of Flow, Lean, and the Theory of Constraints. This means that it can be contextualized to any situation. It provides a simple start that adjusts as the teams learn by providing a way to tell which of several optional practices would be an improvement.

    It also includes several essential practices that aren’t in popular frameworks.  These enable much better product management and workflow management.

     

    The workshop is just the beginning

    The ACEs learning journey is a year long endeavor that we encourage people to renew. Each year new concepts and Miro boards are presented. This is really a life-time learning journey but at a cost of a 2-3 day workshop each year.

    Learning facilitator

    Al Shalloway

    Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Success Engineering. Al is a recognized thought leader in the areas of: Lean, SAFe, Kanban, Scrum, design patterns, Acceptance Test-Driven Development, Lean-management, value creation networks, Lean product management and more. He is the creator of the FLEX system that is the heart of the Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant workshop. He has co-written 5 books ranging from Design Patterns to Agile at Scale. He holds Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Mathematics from MIT and Emory respectively. He is an international speaker. He is a former contributor to SAFe and SPC trainer.

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