Providing Key Insights for Great Coaching

Value Stream Coach 

Workshop description

The Value Stream Coach is designed to supplement both the Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant and Amplio Development Workshops. It focuses on providing a few advanced topics not covered in either workshop.  The agenda for the workshop is: 

  1. How to start an engagement. Includes set-up work, initial conversations, and running a pre-mortem.
  2. The MBI toolkit. This is used to help create MBIs. This topic covers 2 sessions.
  3. How to improve SAFe with value stream management and MBIs.
  4. Attending to stakeholders and their values.
  5. Attending to the Customer journey in creating requirements (Nov 17)
  6. The Analysis Matrix as a requirements method and as an Agile Planning Method.
  7. Value Flow Planning and Coordinating core teams with the people who support them.

The VSC is comprised of 8 sessions delivered every other week on Thursdays at 7am Pacific over a 4 month period.  The intent is to enable learning, applying, and getting help as needed. All sessions are recorded to accommodate a coach’s busy schedule.



DAVSC, ADM, or advanced Agile workshop


4 months. 3 hours / month




Live virtual (Zoom)


This workshop is primarily for graduates of the Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant workshop and the Amplio Development Masterclass. However, any advanced Agile coach is welcomed, although they will need to read some of Amplio Development: The Path to Effective Lean-Agile Teams for background. 

The Amplio Workshops are not your normal workshops:

All are grounded in the science of learning and integrates coaching

  • Taught in small increments over time to allow the adoption of what’s learned in the workplace
  • Integrates coaching since participants must be able to convey what’s learned to the people they work with
  • Presents a blend of theory and practice, which not only improves retention but enables participants to go beyond what is presented

They use virtual collaboration whiteboards to present and learn concepts

  • These boards enable a significant amount of learning
  • They are provided to participants to use after the workshop in their work
  • This enables asynchronous learning in both the workshop and when they are used in the participants’ workplaces

Mindset and practices

  • Based on the theories of Flow, Lean, and the Theory of Constraints
  • Includes several essential practices not taught in the popular frameworks
  • Based on a pattern language enabling it to be simple to start, but richer as needed, and tailorable to the people using it

Our workshops are just the beginning

  • One-year program provides for after-workshop support
  • Tools used to teach participants are made available to them to use in their workplace
  • Q&A sessions enable participants to ask experts for real-time advice as needed

Grounded in the science of learning and integrating coaching

It has been well-established that intensive training over 1-4 days is very ineffective. Over 80% of the information presented is lost in just a few days. It’s why no college teaches this way. People learn best in little chunks and where they can apply it between sessions. Amplio Development is presented as 12 lessons over four months. All the sessions are recorded with open weeks every three lessons to enable participants to catch up. This accommodates the busy professional’s schedule.

Amplio’s approach is based on Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise and Seeing what others don’t: The Remarkable Way We Gain Insights. “Peak” tells us that it’s essential to stretch people’s skills a little on an ongoing basis. Presenting concepts in patterns instead of just practices makes the material more applicable and creates the foundation for continued learning. “Insights” provides methods to enable people to connect the dots of the advanced concepts presented.  These two approaches manifest each week based on a virtual board that participants use to see a problem and learn how to solve it. This not only trains participants in needed skills but these virtual boards can also be used in their workplace.

Great information has little value if it can’t be conveyed in the workplace. Amplio Development, therefore, integrates coaching methods in each lesson.

Workshop uses collaboration boards (Miro virtual boards) to present and learn concepts

One or more boards are used each session. Each board is oriented toward identifying challenges and showing how to solve challenges.

The challenges board

This starts the workshop off by identifying the challenges participants are having. It sets the stage for how to solve them.

First principles and the Value Stream Impedance Scorecard

Amplio is based on Flow, Lean, and the Theory of Constraints. When these are understood, many complex problems become much more straightforward.

Agile requirements and using Minimum Business Increments

Agility is predicated on creating small items of value. This board facilitates identifying stakeholders’ values and writing up what can be quickly created and released.

Timeboxing or flow

Agility is predicated on creating small items of value. This board facilitates identifying stakeholders’ values and writing up what can be quickly created and released.

Do a pre-mortem

Take a little time to avoid some of the problems you will otherwise face

Two different After Action Review boards

These boards are useful to see how well you’ve done and how you can improve

Better estimation in one fourth of the time

Steve Bochman’s relative estimation is both faster and more useful than other methods

Wrap up board and clean slate boards

The wrap-up board is a valuable reference, while the clean slate exercise is a way of clearing the air.

About our boards

Click below for more detail on these boards.

Mindset and practices

Amplio is based on the first principles of Flow, Lean, and the Theory of Constraints. This means that it can be contextualized to any situation. It provides a simple start that adjusts as the teams learn by providing a way to tell which of several optional practices would be an improvement.

It also includes several essential practices that aren’t in popular frameworks.  These enable much better product management and workflow management.


The workshop is just the beginning

No workshop will transform a person alone. Even though Amplio facilitates learning in the workplace, more is needed. This is why we provide the opportunity to enroll in our 4 month program Value Stream Coach at $100 off the normal $395 fee.

It is also suggested that all participants enroll in the Amplio Community of Practice at no cost.

a low cost.


Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Success Engineering. Al is a recognized thought leader in the areas of: Lean, SAFe, Kanban, Scrum, design patterns, Acceptance Test-Driven Development, Lean-management, value creation networks, Lean product management and more. He is the creator of the FLEX system that is the heart of the Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant workshop. He has co-written 5 books ranging from Design Patterns to Agile at Scale. He holds Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Mathematics from MIT and Emory respectively. He is an international speaker. He is a former contributor to SAFe and SPC trainer.

Why you should take this workshop if you are a professional coach.


Most “coaching” workshops today are about how to follow a given framework. This workshop enables you to see what the people you are coaching needs based on their situation.  Go beyond being a mere facilitator. Learn how to assist teams in working in better ways.