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. 
  • When are the sessions? Every other Thursday, 7-8:30am Pacific. Next session is on Minimal Business Increments. August 4.
  • What is the format of the sessions? First hour is a blend of presentation and exercises. The last half hour is Q&A
  • Are the sessions recorded? Yes. You must register to get to them. They are at Success Mentors University.
  • How do I log into the sessions? That information is provided in the workshop website.
  • 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? Continue reading.

The purposes of the CoP

  • provide alternatives to the lock Scrum and SAFe have on the Agile community
  • create awareness that frameworks are inherently flawed and that other methods are better
  • 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. 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 two books being written and available online at no charge:

The books work together. One provides the content the other discusses how to convey it.

When the Amplio CoP Meets

The Amplio CoP meets every other Thursday at 7am Pacific time. The next session is July 7. Each session is 90 minutes with the first 60 minutes being a presentation and/or a working session. The last 30 minutes are for Q&A. The full session is recorded and available to those who join the community here. There are many other resources available to members. The Amplio Community of Practice Miro Resource board is available to everyone.

The content of the Amplio CoP sessions will be set a few days after the last one takes place. The first was an overview of the mindset of Amplio and is available for those in the Amplio CoP.  Register here. The next session will talk about the general Amplio approach:

  • The goal is  to improve business agility – the quick realization of value to the customer predictably, sustainably, and with high quality
  • use value stream management to highlight what’s needed
  • base actions on the theories of Flow, Lean, and the Theory of Constraints
  • identify capabilities needed to be effective and create a pattern language to speak about them
  • identify a “scorecard” which can be used to see if changes in the workflow will be an improvement.

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.

MindsetContentTraining methods

1.   Designed to improve business agility

2.   Based on systems thinking and the first principles of Flow, Lean, and the Theory of Constraints

3.  It is based on the full Amplio pattern language

4.   Uses value stream management

5.   Deals with complexity via visibility and quick feedback

6.   Sets up people to think for themselves and not follow a framework

1.  Provides a way to quantify values of stakeholders

2.  Minimum Business Increments

3.  Provides the Value Stream Impedance Scorecard

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

Q: Will certification be offered?

A: 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.

 

Q: Will the sessions always be presented by Success Mentors personnel?

A: 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.

 

Q: How can the community participate?

A: Besides joint learning and discussions we look to hold a conference before very long where presenters will host short Miro / Mural-based exercises and let the participants have the boards.

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