The ACE Self-Study Track

A Self-Study Track for ACEs and Everyone Else

This page comprises the Amplio Consultant Educators Learning Journey is a community of people learning together while extending the state of the art of business agility, consulting and coaching.  While led by Al Shalloway to convey Success Engineering’s Amplio approach, its true intention is to create leaders at all levels.
This page lays out the self-study track of the program. Feel free to read and learn along at your own pace even if you aren’t in the program. If you are in the ACE program or the Amplio Community of Practice (free) you can attend Dr Is In type sessions most Thursdays 8-9am.
The Self-Study Track is organized to parallel the ACE tracks of:

  • Objectives: The what and why of success engineering. Includes Amplio Foundations.
  • Understanding and deciding on implementations. Being an expert consultant.
  • Leading by creating value to others. Being a value coach.

with an added track to demonstrate virtual collaboration boards used in the program.

Topics on this track will be added weekly. Dates are provided so you can easily see what’s been added.






Ongoing at your own pace.



Self-study for Business Agility. What must be accomplished and why
The Amplio Development Quick Start. BA_ACE_VC
  The philosophy of frameworks as training wheels. 24_02_19
  Borrow team member – reference coming soon.
  Shared team member – reference coming soon.


Self-study for Amplio Consultant Educator. Understanding and deciding on implementations based on Amplio Foundations (the science of knowledge work)

Learn about value streams with these videos. 24_02_17

Daily Timeboxing, Sprints, Flow, and Cadence. This describes how to decide whether to use daily timeboxing or sprints. 24_02_18

Self-Study Value Coach. How to convey the concepts needed for people to understand how they can improve their work

Learning Strategy that explains why you need more than empiricism. These are chapters from Paula Stewart and my Being an Effective Value Coach: Leading by Coaching People to Add Value for Themselves and Others. 24_02_17.

  1. Evidence Without Understanding Is Often Ignored. Empiricism alone is not enough. We need a theory to explain it or people will often ignore it. “Experience teaches nothing. There is no experience to record without theory. Without theory, there is no learning, and that is their downfall. People copy examples and then wonder what the trouble is. They look at examples, and without theory, they learn nothing.” Edwards Deming
  2. Why You Need Theory as Well as Evidence to Enroll Management Better Methods. We think that much of the challenge with enrolling stakeholders and management in Agile is that many Agilists don’t present a model explaining why Agile works. It’s actually missing from much of Agile. Explaining why, with validated theory, can bridge this gap.
  3. Teaching With Theory. You truly learn something when you experience it. But that doesn’t mean you have to start from scratch when given a new concept. People have a lot of experience related to new concepts. They just need to connect the dots between a new concept and their experience. Theory can create this bridge.

Virtual Collaboration Boards Used in the ACE Learning Journey

Many of the boards presented here are Miro boards. Success Engineering is currently converting our Miro boards to Mural.

Both will be available in the future but it is unlikely we’ll keep the Miro boards up to date.

All of the boards presented here are available to license on a per-person. All of the boards presented here are licensed for individuals in the ACE Learning Journey – access them through the ACE Dropbox folder.

  1. Amplio Team Estimation. People are biased toward underestimating the time it takes to accomplish something. The “planning fallacy” is a term psychologists use to describe our tendency to underestimate how long it will take to complete a task. Amplio Team Estimation is a relative estimation method that can create better estimates. It takes 10-25% of the time Planning Poker does while providing better results. It also works when only one or two team members know how to estimate something.

    Watch a video on how to use it here. 24_02_17

Coming Soon (links at this point are descriptive)

  1. The Sprint or One-Day Timeboxing board guides in deciding how a team should plan their upcoming work.
  2. The Challenges Board not only identifies challenges at all levesl (from teams to organizations) but it provides guidance on understanding the cause of the challenges and how to fix them.
  3. Two Different After-Action Review for Retrospections. These boards are useful to see hwo well you’ve done and how you can improve.
  4. A Pre-mortem takes little time and avoids many risks you may otherwise face. This is based on Gary Klein’s pre-mortem approach. It will soon be integrated with Luke Hohmann’s Remember the Future.
  5. Lean Coffees are informal meetings used to learn topics where the agenda is set by the participants.
  6. Running Cafe Conversations is a great way to get 20-50 people learning together about whatever they think is happening.
  7. The Clean Slate Exercise is a way of clearing the air so people can work better together.

Amplio Learning Journeys

A learning journey is an ongoing process of skill development, unlike one-time workshops where retention is low. Learning journeys introduce information gradually for practical application in the workplace, emphasizing continuous learning.

Success Engineering promotes lifelong learning by offering ongoing access to learning materials. Private training can be arranged for accelerated curriculum transition.

Amplio Bootcamps

A bootcamp is a concise 3.5-hour workshop dedicated to a specific topic. Bootcamps are categorized into different levels, each with specific prerequisites outlined in their descriptions.

Integrated Q&A sessions and exercises are incorporated into all boot camps, with the final 30 minutes dedicated to interactive engagement. Every bootcamp includes a comprehensive workbook and a copy of the presentation slides.