Virtual collaboration boards are more important than ever. While most people use them as virtual whiteboards, their potential impact is great. Our boards are designed with the following uses below.
- Real-time collaboration. This is how they are usually used – everyone on at the same time. But this is not always practical. These boards let everyone see what everyone else is thinking. This type of collaboration usually feels safer than other types.
- Asynchronous collaboration. The boards are designed so that people in different time zones can work together, even if not at the same time. This enables a new way of working. People in similar time zones can work together and then use the limited overlap time to consolidate views.
- Enables Safe Communication. Safe environments do not always exist. The anonymity these boards create enables “saying” things that might not otherwise be said.
- Enables dumping tacit knowledge. People know a lot more than they are often aware of. Many of the boards are designed to enable people to make explicit their intuitive thinking. This has a tendency to expand people’s understanding and collaboration.
- Documentation of any decisions made during a collaboration. Meetings and working sessions should result in decisions made. The boards are designed to document these and keep them up to date.
- Record sessions. This enables people who miss any to see what happened and contribute later.
- Include hyperlinks to related information. Boards can become collections of information that is useful for the teams.
Amplio workshops are based on the following boards. These are not just random collaboration boards. They are designed to work together to provide a solid set of collaboration methods that a coach can use to help teams improve. These are not mere tools. These boards enable a skilled coach, one who has taken the Amplio Development Masterclass, to guide teams through the problems we most see them face.
Other boards are available in the Amplio Consultant Educators Learning Journey.
Types of boards
- Boards that facilitate working together. These boards are designed to enhance collaboration and working together.
- Boards that facilitate decision-making. Making good decisions is enhanced when people are provided with the factors to consider.
- Boards that assist in learningNot all coaches are natural trainers. These boards help people learn by accessing their dormant knowledge.
All workshops use collaboration boards (Miro virtual boards) to present and learn concepts.
Each board has a tag saying which workshop(s) it is included in:
- ABA – Amplio Business Agility
- ACE – Amplio Consultant Educators. Different higher ACE certification levels get more boards. ACE* indicates a certain level of certification is required.
- ADM – Amplio Development Masterclass.
- AVC – Amplio Value Coach
Boards that facilitate working together
The challenges board
The challenges board not only identifies challenges at all levels (teams to organizations) but it provides guidance on understanding the cause of the challenges and how to fix them. ABA, ACE, ADM, AVC
Amplio team estimation
Amplio Team Estimation takes 10-25% of the time Planning Poker does while providing better results and also works in situations where only one or two team members know how to estimate something. ABA, ACE, ADM, AVC
Customer Journey Mapping
This provides a way to create what’s needed for an MBI as well as decompose it into features and stories.
Two different after-action reviews for retrospections
These boards are useful to see how well you’ve done and how you can improve. ABA, ACE, ADM, AVC
Creating MBIs and MVPs
Agility is predicated on creating small items of value. This board facilitates identifying stakeholders’ values and writing up what can be quickly created and released. ABA, ACE, ADM
Lean coffees are informal meetings used to learn topics where the agenda is set by the participants. ABA, ACE, ADM, AVC
Running Cafe Conversations
Cafe conversations are a great way to get 20-50 people to learn together about what they think is happening. ACE
The clean slate
The clean slate exercise is a way of clearing the air so people can work better together ACE, AVC
Boards that facilitate making good decisions
Capabilities for a quick start
Although Amplio is incredibly rich in options, it can start as simply as Scrum. This board is used to create a quick, simple start for any situation. ABA, ACE, ADM
Creating an improvement backlog
While the earlier “quick start” board is used to start an Agile transition, this board identifies what improvements are needed and the order in which to implement them. ABA, ACE*, ADM
Value creation structures
How people are organized has a big impact on how workflows. ABA, ACE, ADM
Boards that facilitate learning
The dot game
The dot game is an easy way to teach the essence of Agile in an hour in a remote manner. This can also be given to management to teach them the essence of Agile and the importance of self-organization. ACE*
First principles and factors for effective value streams.
Amplio is based on Flow, Lean, and the Theory of Constraints. When these are understood, many complex problems become understandable. ABA, ACE, ADM, AVC
Feedback on feedback
Knowledge work is mostly invisible until something is demonstrated. Eliminating waste is mainly accomplished by eliminating delays in feedback. ABA, ACE, ADM, AVC