Latest Presentation

How to Move Forward Without Pre-determined Frameworks

The 17th State of Agile Report highlights a shift from rigid frameworks to tailored solutions. Improvement initiatives should focus on assessing, understanding, and implementing enhancements iteratively. Goals should prioritize delivering incremental value and accelerating time to market. Customized approaches are preferred over generic frameworks but may overlook essential concepts. 

Effective systems require cohesive relationships between components and consistent organization-wide agreements. Amplio enhances workflow in knowledge-based industries and refines existing frameworks or adopts a Kaizen approach.

This presentation offers guidance on developing a tailored approach with simplicity and requisite know-how.

Presentation in PDF format can be found here.

Agile GPS Presentation Series

Our Agile GPS empowers you to align teams around value, obtain quick feedback to avoid working on the wrong things or in the wrong way, manage workloads efficiently to prevent development bottlenecks, foster collaboration and alignment, and nurture a culture of continuous learning. The Agile GPS is based on Flow, Lean, the Theory of Constraints, and Human-Centered Development. It enables you to anticipate problems to avoid them and when you do hit them provides insights on how to solve them.

The GPS is integrated with the Amplio system to enable you to create an effective approach to improve your ability to create value. Many of the concepts, activities, and artifacts that we have found invaluable in achieving agility. Each week we present a webinar that educates you in these essential issues.

Previous Presentations

Agile GPS: Why Systems Thinking Is Essential

The outcome of Systems Thinking is to improve our opportunity to sense problems and opportunities earlier, because if we don’t sense them earlier, we are doomed to experience them later at far greater cost and penalty.

The Agile GPS: A Path to Enhancing Value Creation for You and Your Stakeholders

Discover a unique approach to Agile frameworks that goes beyond simple impediment identification or providing all-encompassing solutions for the entire organization.

Presentation & Event Recordings

Amplio Foundations: Flow, Lean, and the Theory of Constraints

The shift from Waterfall to Agile was just the beginning. While embracing flexibility in product development and timelines, the challenge remained in finding a predictable success model. Amplio addresses this by integrating Flow, Lean, and the Theory of Constraints into a foundational model. It includes principles on knowledge work dynamics, practical guidance, factors for efficient value streams, and a method for predicting practice changes’ impact. The Amplio Community of Practice helps navigate challenges stemming from a lack of understanding, ensuring you can leverage this foundation in your work, regardless of your chosen approach.

Customer Journey Mapping: Bridging the Gap Between Business and Development

Explore Agile Concepts for Executives and Developers. Learn about Minimum Business Increments, Full Kitting, and Customer Journeys to foster effective business and development partnerships. Discover the power of aligning systems with customer expectations and how understanding the customer journey fuels innovation. This presentation emphasizes the importance of not just small interactions but a holistic understanding of customer workflows, driving innovation for enhanced future experiences.

How to Solve Problems Using Principles and Factors for Effective Value Streams

Embark on a transformative journey with Al Shalloway in this compelling video presentation, where he delves into the art of problem-solving within Value Streams. As a seasoned expert in Lean-Agile practices, Al unravels the core principles essential for effective Value Stream management, guiding viewers through the identification and mitigation of common challenges. Gain insights into the influential factors shaping Value Streams and learn from real-world case studies and best practices. Whether you’re a seasoned Agile practitioner or just starting your journey, Al Shalloway’s expertise offers a roadmap to streamline processes, eliminate waste, and optimize the flow of value for enhanced organizational success.

The Basic Lean-Agile Solution Team (BLAST Overview)

During a presentation from Success Engineering’s Amplio Development Masterclass, Al Shalloway demonstrated a case from 2007 where a company successfully implemented Scrum at the team level but faced challenges in coordinating multiple teams effectively. Shalloway introduced a solution known as BLAST (Basic Lean-Agile Solution Team) to address this issue by implementing a shared backlog, resulting in reduced integration time. Despite BLAST predating Scrum@Scale and Nexus by approximately ten years, it shares striking similarities with these frameworks.


Optimizing Value Stream Management With Flow, Lean, and the Theory of Constraints

The presentation begins by introducing value streams and emphasizing the reasons why they should be utilized. It highlights the disparity between how companies are structured and how their work actually flows, shedding light on the inefficiencies that can arise. The discussion further explores the detrimental effects of delays, which can lead to wastage of resources and time. Shifting the focus from people to the work itself is advocated as a key strategy for optimizing value streams.


The Amplio Challenges Board

The Amplio Challenge board is a great way to see what your challenges are and what you can do about them. It can be used as the centerpiece for a one-shot collaboration effort or as an ongoing documentation of your challenges. It can be used for identifying challenges, exploring how to eliminate challenges, seeing what’s in your way from doing so, and identifying any action items you take.

Amplio Team Estimation – A Faster, More Effective Estimation Method Than Planning Poker

This event has people learn Amplio Team Estimation, an estimation method based on Steve Bockman’s Team Estimation. It takes about 1/4 the time of Planning Poker, gives better results in general, and works in places Planning Poker doesn’t.

The Essence of Agile Explained with Lean, Flow, and the Theory of Constraints

This live session presents the essence of Agile based on what we’ve learned in the 20+ years of the Agile Manifesto. It presents what Agile is by presenting the essence of Lean, Flow, and the Theory of Constraints. Each of these has a few key lessons that not only illustrate the essence of Agile but provide insights on how to achieve it. 

Taking Scrum Into the 21st Century

The Scrum Guide now says that Scrum is based on Lean. However, there is little in Scrum that incorporates Lean thinking. This talk will present a minimal set of Lean principles and two concepts that will greatly improve your Scrum adoption. This talk is for Scrum adopters who want to improve how they use Scrum. This talk will focus on steps to take to improve Scrum. While it won’t talk negatively about Scrum, it will show you how to go beyond it when called for.

Explaining the Essence of Agile With Value Streams

Agile is often explained in terms of incremental building and delivery. It is more useful to take a holistic view and attend to the flow of value creation in the value stream. Agile should not be focused on the development part of product creation but the entire path from concept to consumption. This presentation discusses challenges in value creation and what you must look at to overcome them.

Using the History of BLAST (Basic Lean-Agile Solution Team) to explain how to solve challenges in the workflow.

BLAST was created as a one-off solution in 2007 to solve the company’s challenges with multiple teams working together. This presentation discusses how we arrived at a solution using the theories of Flow, Lean, and the Theory of Constraints. Therefore, the points discussed in the presentation are useful for learning how to use theory to create new practices and coordinate the work of 2-9 teams. To see a writeup of BLAST, go here.

Using Value Streams to Explain Lean-Agile to Executives

Executives want business agility – the ability to deliver value predictably to their customers faster, with high quality, and sustainably. But they are not interested in Lean-Agile; they just need to use it. This presentation will show you how to introduce value streams to executives to explain what an organization has to do. It will show how attending to value streams can increase innovation, speed time of delivery, lower risk, and reduce costs. All the while helping align the organization.