Amplio is Latin for “improve.” Amplio@Teams is Success Engineering’s approach to creating effective teams that improve continuously. The focus is on improving the team’s ability to do their part in their organization’s efforts to achieve business agility – the quick realization of value sustainably, predictably, and with high quality.

It builds off theories of Flow, Lean, and the Theory of Constraints and is designed to teach teams how to do Lean-Agile effectively. Its approach is to:

      • Provide some essential Lean-Agile theory
      • Provide a core set of practices tailored for the team to enable a quick start.
      • Present a way to improve and learn continuously

The Design of Amplio@Teams

Amplio@Teams is designed to meet the requirements stated in the previous chapter. Amplio@Teams accomplishes this by:

      • Starting with a foundation of universal principles based on Flow, Lean, and the Theory of Constraints
      • Presenting the “value stream impedance scorecard,” which can be used to both identify challenges and evaluate which suggestions for improvement will work best
      • Present 28 capabilities teams should have in a two-step process. The first 14 represent the core requirements for a team workflow. The others are presented for awareness – teams can implement them as needed.
      • Showing how to create a fit-for-purpose quick start
      • Key practices useful for almost all teams doing knowledge work will also be presented. These are in managing requirements, team formation, and improving workflow.

Attending to what it takes to be a coach

Amplio@Teams also includes guidance on how to convey its concepts. Being a good coach requires the following:

      1. A deep understanding of the area in which you are coaching.
      2. Being able to convey ideas to people.
      3. Understanding how people learn.
      4. Tools to help people work together.
      5. The appropriate character.

Amplio@Teams provides the first four. You have to have the last one.

The above items do not live in isolation. For example, it becomes apparent how they work together when explaining why you don’t want to be working on too many projects. Many people talk to executives by saying we must not start too many projects but instead have a focus on finishing. But many executives will hear this as getting less value, not more. Instead, we must tell them we will focus on delivering value faster. Executives will appreciate getting value sooner than working on fewer things.

Amplio@Teams Is Not a Framework

Frameworks are popular because they provide clarity on how people are to work together. It is easy to design a framework to specify this. Unfortunately, there is no universal framework that can work for everyone.

Amplio@Teams’ approach provides a set of practices that people can use – at the beginning we call this the “quick start.” But these agreements are just what we’ve got at the moment. We expect to improve them as we go. In that sense, you can consider Amplio@Teams to have a working framework (one that adjusts as you learn) and a way to improve it. This is Amplio@Teams’ “decision framework.” This decision framework enables teams to decide on better, more suitable, and effective practices. The decision framework pulls from existing methods, allowing the teams to use them without re-creating them. One role of the team coach is to learn this decision framework and expose it as it becomes useful for the team. Doing so enables the team to improve quickly with less effort.

Who This Workbook is For

This workbook is for those who want to learn how to work better continuously. While it will provide a lot of guidance on what to do, it is more of a guide for learning. Instead of practices, it focuses on objectives and why these are necessary. It also presents anti-patterns if you don’t use them. As you learn how to meet each objective, you also deepen your understanding of how things work.

How to use this workbook

This workbook is designed to be used in one of several ways.

      1. As a workbook for Success Engineering’s 12 Steps to all the Effective Lean-Agile workshops (Starting, Improving, Advanced).
      2. As a self-study guide.

This workbook can be used alone, as a lunch and learn, for a team, or for multiple teams. Feel free to contact me at al.shalloway@successEngineering.works to explore different ways to use this.

Contrasting Amplio@Teams With Scrum

      I presume that Scrum is the primary Agile approach used by many people using this workbook. We will sometimes contrast what we recommend with what is recommended with Scrum to take advantage of this experience.

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