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Why Systems Thinking Is So Important

Systems thinking is a critical aspect often overlooked in the Agile space. By adopting a systems thinking approach, we gain valuable insights:

  1. Holistic View: Instead of focusing solely on individual components, systems thinking encourages us to consider the entire system.
  2. Relationships Matter: Systems are defined by the intricate relationships between their components.
  3. Beyond Local Optimizations: Isolated improvements (like siloed optimizations) may not lead to overall enhancement.
  4. Challenges Originate from the System: Most challenges people encounter stem from systemic issues.
  5. Consistent Behavior: Rather than relying solely on people, design systems that promote consistent behavior.

In this presentation, we’ll delve into what systems thinking entails, why it’s crucial, and how to apply it effectively to overcome challenges.

Unlocking Critical Concepts in the Agile Space

A Note from Al Shalloway:  As a thought leader with over 25 years of experience in the Agile domain—encompassing XP, Scrum, Design Patterns, Lean, Kanban, Flow, Value Stream Management, SAFe, and pragmatic use of the Theory of Constraints—I’ve observed numerous essential concepts remain mostly unknown in the Agile space..

To address this gap, I’ve developed two learning journeys:

  1. Amplio Community of Practice (Free): This community aims to raise awareness about effective practices—from teams to entire organizations.
  2. Amplio Consultant Educators Learning Journey: Tailored for Agile coaches, consultants, and trainers, this program offers live training opportunities at the cost of a self-study program. Participants can shape the future of Agile practices.

Each week we will have a review of what went on in the Amplio Consultant Educators Learning Journey.  Get exposed to new ideas you won’t find anywhere else.

No registration required, just go to LinkedIn post at time of the event 9am pacific, July 19th. 

ACoP Event. Patterns to create a configurable system.

Three problems at scale:
  1. We need a systems view
  2. The composition of the system must be based on how different aspects of the system work together.
  3. People need to decide on their way of working. That is, they need their autonomy within the context of the whole.

This session will talk about how to use Christopher Alexander’s  patterns concept and pattern languages to provide structure with flexibility. 

Presentation & Event Recordings

Being a Great Scrum Master Requires More Than Knowing Scrum

Scrum was originally designed for a different era and context. Today, merely adhering to the basic Scrum framework isn’t sufficient for teams to achieve effectiveness. A deeper comprehension of systems thinking, value stream management, and the various cause-and-effect relationships in product management can empower Scrum Masters to significantly enhance team performance. Additionally, this knowledge equips teams to transcend traditional Scrum methodologies and adapt to modern demands. Watch this inspiring session where you’ll gain the insights and tools needed to elevate your Scrum practice to the next level.

Amplio Foundations

The foundations of Amplio comprise first principles of knowledge work, guidance and the factors for effective value streams. This session focuses on how a few key principles that are helpful for any Agile team approach. 

This is a good place to start

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.