Virtual collaboration boards are more important than ever given the reality of remote work. Many people use these as regular whiteboards. At Success Engineering, however, we take advantage of our decades long experience doing remote, instructor led, training and have created boards that take advantage of what these boards can do. These include the ability to:

  • record sessions so those missing them can see what happened 
  • to have hyperlinks to related information
  • provide ways for people to work together asynchronously – this is especially useful when people are in widespread timezones

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 Master Class, to guide teams through the problems we most see them face. 

Here is most of what’s available:

1. The challenges board

This board can be used by individuals to identify the challenges their teams are having. It is a great way to identify and discuss the challenges present, why they are there, and what to do about them

This board can also be used as an ongoing “impediments board” to list challenges the team has had. It can also be used as a way to run a retrospection.

2. First principles and the Value Stream Impedance Scorecard (VSIS)

This board lets teams learn together about how the first principles of Flow, Lean, and the Theory of Constraints, affect what they do. After that, the value stream impedance scorecard is presented so that people can see how they can look at their work to see these first principles in action.

3. The damage delays cause and the value of feedback

The true quality of the work being done is mostly invisible until something is demonstrated. When an error is made but not detected for a while the amount of work required to fix the error increases dramatically. This board helps people collaborate with each other to see how to remove delays and speed up getting feedback.

4. Agile requirements and using Minimum Business Increments

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.

5. Value creation structures

How people are organized has a big impact on how work flows. Organizing teams to work well together is often not something easy to just jump to. This board presents different ways to migrate to improve how people are organized.

6. Timeboxing or flow?

Timeboxing is not appropriate for all teams. This board helps participants be clear when each approach is better for them. This board guides teams through what to look for to see which approach to take.

7. Capabilities for a quick start.

Although Amplio is incredibly rich in options, it can start as simply as Scrum. It accomplishes this by showing how to take a subset of its suggested capabilities and which could be partially implemented. This enables a quick start to take place while providing what’s needed as the teams need more.

8. Run a Café Conversation

The Cafe Conversation enables groups of up to 60 people to collaboratively solve problems while getting to know each other better. This board can be used to discuss most any problem or garnering of insights for the group.

9. Do a pre-mortem

It is useful to look to see what can go wrong before jumping into a new project. This board walks you through a way to do this called the pre-mortem. It can be done as a small team or with the Cafe Conversation board, depending upon the number of people involved.

10. Two different After Action Review boards

Either of these can be used to help during retros.

11. Create an improvement backlog board

While the earlier “quick start” board is used to start an Agile transition, this board identifies what improvements are needed and the order to implement them.

12. The clean slate boards

Sometimes you need to clean up the “elephant in room.” This board provides a safe way to discuss what may be difficult topics.

Boards provided in the Value Stream Coach Workshop

1. 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.

Other boards are coming.



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