Amplios

What is an Amplio?

We call each of Success Engineering’s collaborative engagements “amplios”. Amplio is Latin for “improve”. Amplio means a method for improving both where you are and on an ongoing basis. Success Engineering has two families of amplios – one for teams and one for organizations. These are called Amplio@Team and Amplio@Scale. These sub-products enable specialization based on size and if the organization is already following an existing approach. See more below.

Each Amplio uses a Miro board to enable virtual collaboration. The boards allow engagements to be spread out over a few days instead of the standard practice of intense engagement where people are overloaded and don’t retain much of what’s learned. During the collaborative engagement, the engagement leader educates and guides the participants through the Amplio Decision Framework (ADF). This process takes advantage of what the participants know about their organization while being guided by someone who has deep experience in what works. This way of working takes general knowledge of practices and tunes them to the specifics of the organization. A tailored working method that includes roles, events, artifacts, and guidance is the result. The Miro board, plus other Miro boards of general applicability, are licensed to the engaged company for use for continuous improvement. 

Amplio@Teams

Amplio@Team is designed to help a team, or small group of teams, learn how to be effective in Agile development. Amplio@Team can also be used to tune a team already doing Scrum, Kanban, or another approach. Depending upon the number and experience of the teams involved, this engagement can take the equivalent of 1-2 days.

Participants are led through some basic Flow, Lean, and Theory of Constraints theory on which Amplio@Team is based. Then the participants use the decision framework in both collaborations with each other and with the engagement leader. A consensus on manifesting the 2 roles, events, artifacts, and guidance required for effective teams is achieved. This decision process ends with documentation of what’s been decided and the rationale for the decisions. Finally, the decision framework and other Miro boards are provided to the engaging teams for continuous improvement.

Amplio@Scale

Amplio@Scale is designed to help small to midsize organizations improve their ability to deliver value to their clients while improving the quality of life of their employees. Two Amplio@Scale workshops are being offered – Amplio@Midscale and Amplio@ForSAFe. Both work essentially the same way, but the Midscale engagement takes an organization from ground zero, so to speak, in learning Agile while the Amplio@ForSAFe takes advantage of their current SAFe adoption.

While companies are different, there are many objectives they must take to be effective. These include effective budgeting, timely allocation of funds, identifying what would be of value to their customers, how teams decide what to work on, and more. In addition, some companies have additional external constraints such as government regulation or more internal complexity such as integrating hardware and software.

Amplio@Scale takes a value workflow (often called a value stream) approach. Flow, Lean, and systems thinking tell us that starting anywhere except for an entire value stream will be, at best, a partial solution. Amplio@Scale borrows from the best practices of Kanban, LeSS, SAFe and Disciplined Agile’s FLEX to identify what an organization needs to do to have effective value delivery. The collaborative engagement centers around creating a tailored approach for selected value streams that may compromise some or all of the organization involved.

This decision process ends with documentation of what’s been decided. The decision framework and other Miro boards are provided to the engaging teams to use for continuous improvement.