What is Amplio

The meaning behind Amplio 

Amplio means “improve” in Latin. Amplio is a well-defined but very flexible approach to improving an organization’s ability to deliver value to customers and to support them over time.

It is not a framework in the normal sense, but provides the advantages frameworks provide (quick starts, clear ways of working) without their disadvantages (pre-ordained practices which are not universal).

It includes practices from most of the Agile approaches available but is based on deeper roots, being an integration of Evo, Flow, Lean, and the Theory of Constraints. This provides flexibility while providing an immense body of knowledge to avoid having to reinvent practices. See Standing on the Shoulders of Giants for more.

Amplio can stand on its own or can be used to improve other approaches, such as Scrum and SAFe. It can do this because it is based on principles that can be applied in any context. It also recognizes the importance of many constraints that are mostly ignored in the Agile space.

These include:

  • Organizations need a consistent way of working while enabling teams to choose their own fit-for-purpose way of working.
  • People need a defined workflow to create clarity on what to do and to get started. However, this workflow needs to be able to change over time as the team and the work they are doing changes. That is, they need to be given an adaptive framework.
  • People need to be given practices that will help them when they need it without overloading them with too much information.

While the need for these is self-evident, no popular framework deals with any of them. Instead, frameworks come from a pre-ordained solution that gets applied to the organization adopting it. These solutions also tend to ignore the aspects of a transition that are critical. These include the rate, depth, scope, how fit-for-purpose the adoption is, what support materials are included for new adopters, and any constraints put on the transition by its sponsors. See Adoption Factors to Attend To for more.

Amplio is based on a two decade study of what works by interviewing hundreds of consultants and practitioners in both successful and unsuccessful Agile adoptions. Many of the concepts required are not found in most Agile methods. See The Genesis of Amplio to learn how Amplio was created and what many of these concepts are.

The Amplio approach

Amplio takes the approach that first, you need to be clear about what you are up to. Then you look to see what challenges are in your way. Then you come up with an improvement plan. And then you implement it. While this may appear obvious, popular frameworks start with pre-ordained practices – none of which are universal. Amplio’s short tailoring, either as a start on its own or to improve an ongoing adoption of another approach, takes little time while having many advantages.

Amplio accomplishes this with an advanced GPS that quickly creates an improvement path tailored for an organization. This small time it takes to create this enables a path that is fit-for-purpose, lowers resistance, and saves a significant amount of cost.

Amplio also provides an extensive body of knowledge, an extensive set of consulting, training, and support materials so people do not have to re-invent the wheel.

In addition, Amplio is based on a scientific approach to success management. These foundations provide guidance on how to choose the best practices for your situation.

This approach is spelled out in more detail on the following page:

Amplio’s Collaborative Engagements

It should be apparent that pre-ordained practices will not be fit-for-purpose all of the time. Yet our popular frameworks are built on them.

Frameworks need to be tailored. 

If should also be apparent that people in an organization know more about it than any outside consultant will.

These two facts require us to combine the experience of an expert with the knowledge of those working in the organization.  

This can be readily accomplished by using templates to decide the specifics of an adoption path.

Learn more about collaborative engagements: