Amplio means “improve” in Latin. It is the name of Success Engineering’s approach to improving organizations, teams, practitioner roles, and coaching roles. Success Engineering has several products based on this approach – strategy/budgeting, portfolio/product management, and development. This page, however, is about the free, guided study program that’s part of the Amplio Community of Practice. This will just be referred to as the Amplio CoP because the paid-for workshops go by their name, and not just the CoP. You can learn more about them here.
The Short Story
- How do I sign up? Register here. It’s free.
- What do I get? Being a member gets you access to recorded sessions plus a few Miro boards. There are also several podcasts made available to members.
- Are there any live sessions? These happen about every two to four weeks. You can see what’s coming up by going here.
- How do I find out what’s going on? A monthly newsletter will let you know about new podcasts and sessions.
- Where do I ask questions? Amplio Community of Practice LinkedIn group.
- Can I learn on my own without joining? Sure. Much of what we cover is freely available in these books being written.
- How do I learn more about Amplio? Read the book, or join the CoP.
The Purposes of the CoP
- Learn Agile from a perspective of Flow, Lean, and the Theory of Constraints.
- Get access to several virtual collaboration boards that you can use in your work.
- Educate the community on why ongoing education programs are better than short-term certifications
- Provide some powerful concepts that are little used in the Agile community but which we have found to be essential
Who the Amplio Community of Practice Guide Study is For
The Amplio CoP is for anyone who wants to learn a better way of adding value to customers while improving the working environment of an organization. While open to anyone, the CoP is geared towards:
- Those new to Agile
- People having challenges with Scrum
- PMPs looking to move more into the Agile space
Discussions and questions about the Amplio CoP can take place on the Amplio Community of Practice LinkedIn group. In addition, much of the content presented in the CoP can be found in these free online books (currently being written):
Taking Scrum into the 21st Century with Lean
The Amplio Community of Practice (Free)
Value Stream Coach
The Amplio Development Masterclass
Latest Learning Journey
Amplio Consultant Educators
Going From Scrum to Flow/Lean/ToC to Amplio
Introduction to the Amplio Development Masterclass
What is the Amplio Approach?
Because the Amplio approach is based on the first principles of Flow, Lean, and the Theory of Constraints, any part of it can be used to improve other methods, such as Scrum, Kanban, and SAFe.
Amplio is not an extension of the current Agile. Just a few years after the Agile Manifesto Net Objectives shifted into being based on Lean, then included Flow and the Theory of Constraints. Amplio, therefore, has a long, deep heritage. After years of attempting to get Scrum, Kanban, and SAFe to include these approaches Al Shalloway is now bringing Amplio out on its own. It is being rebuilt from scratch since the PMI acquired the Net Objectives IP.
Amplio is based on a different mindset, has different content, and uses different training methods than the popular Agile frameworks. The mindset is the key difference. Amplio covers the entire spectrum of business development.
1. Designed to improve business agility
3. It is based on the full Amplio pattern language
6. Sets up people to think for themselves and not follow a framework
1. Provides a way to quantify values of stakeholders
3. Provides the factors for effective value streams
4. Provide fit-for-purpose solutions
1. Provide ongoing, instructor-led training to learn over a period of months
2. Provide a way for internal change agents to train their company’s staff
Why We’re Doing This
A personal note form Al Shalloway
In “Unlimited Wealth”, Paul Pilzner posited that wealth equals physical resources multiplied by technology (including information) raised to the nth power where ‘n’ is the effects of the technological advances. The industrial age brought in great advancements because it greatly increased the technology available. But the industrial age is still one of a zero-sum game. A zero sum game occurs when there is a transfer of wealth from one person to the other but the net wealth remains the same. For example, a person may buy a stereo from a store and the person now has a stereo and the store has some money but the net wealth of the two entities remains the same.
The information Age shuffled in yet another major wealth creating potential. For the first time we didn’t need to be enmeshed in a zero-sum game. Wealth can be multiplied in every transaction. If one company has information of value and provides it to another company, now both companies have the information. While the industrial age enable us to create wealth faster by leveraging human physical strength, the information age allows us to create wealth through sharing it. With artificial intelligence, information is now being created from information itself.
The potential now is advancing the state of technology. Fortunately, how to do this is already known. The question is not creating new methods but taking existing ones and enabling organizations to apply them.
I feel that the potential of changing the world may just require making everyone wealthy by doing what we already know how to do.
“I am enthusiastic over humanity’s extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuity. If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver. But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top. I think that we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday’s fortuitous contrivings as constituting the only means for solving a given problem.” – Buckminster Fuller
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller
“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Meade
Frequently Asked Questions
Will certification be offered?
Certification will not be offered for any of the Amplio workshops. The founders of Success Mentors University (Al Shalloway and Joshua Barnes) do teach the Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant workshop together which has certification, but it is not an Amplio workshop. They have created the Value Stream Management Master class as a 4-month follow-on to provide ongoing support for the workshop.
Will the sessions always be presented by Success Mentors personnel?
No. We will often host sessions between the normally scheduled sessions. These will often include others in the community that we feel have great offerings, even if they compete with us.
How can the community participate?
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