It’s not how to be complete or purposefully incomplete. It’s how to disseminate useful information at the right time without overloading people

Almost all the challenges I see people discussing on LinkedIn are due to concepts/practices missing in Scrum & SAFe

Many of these concepts are discussed in our

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Missing concepts

1. Minimum business increments (MBIs) provide a focus on what can be delivered soonest. (AD)

2. The idealized value stream is a Pareto approach to value stream mapping (ACE)

3. The Analysis matrix can quickly analyze domains with many options. This assists in determining the order of implementation while avoiding duplicate work to be done. It often creates value by making more features available in more places. (VSC)

4. Focused solution teams enable efficient teams of 8-40 people working on one product. Also a great way to start a transition to Agile. (AD).

5. How to increase innovation by attending to the unstated objectives of your clients. (ACE)

6. How people create their reality in their languaging & how to take advantage of this (based on Fernano Flores’ work) (ACE)

7. Amplio Team Estimation is 4x faster than Planning Poker, gives better results, & works well in situations PP doesn’t. (AD)

8. Systems thinking provides a holistic view necessary to solve complex problems. (AD)

9. How to deal with the effects of complexity by attending to quick feedback. (AD)

10. Accumulated risk provides insights into how to manage work in process across all levels of work being done. (AD)


11. Have a simple start based on the needs of the client that can be further tuned to them as needed. (AD)

12. When & how to use timeboxing or flow. What to do when cross-functional teams are not appropriate. (AD)

13. Use kaizen or kaikaku as a change method

14. Create flexible improvement backlogs Vs roadmaps both to start & continue to improve. In the same way we don’t want big designs & plans for our products, we don’t want them for our improvement activities. This can have planned significant changes in it.

15. Uses single, double, & triple-loop learning. Immutability is neither required nor desired. (AD)


16. Based on Flow, Lean, & the Theory of Constraints. Amplio is not a hybrid approach but is designed directly from reality. (AD)

17. Organized around the value stream to improve alignment while helping avoid local optimizations. (AD)

18. Uses Eli Goldratt’s (The Choice) Inherent simplicity – “If we dive deep enough, we’ll find that there are very few elements at the base – the root causes – which, through cause-&-effect connections, are governing the whole system.” (AD)

19. Structured as a pattern language enabling a flexible framework. Core options for implementation are provided with access to others as needed. (AD)

20. Scale-free methods enable you to start small & grow without abandoning what you’ve done


21. Focuses on Agile at scale. Not scaling Agile.

22. Integrates a focus on stakeholder values a la Tom Gilb. (ACE)

23. Can wrap SAFe, make it simpler, & avoid its common stagnation. 

Management & Culture

24. Incorporates Lean Management which provides managers insights on their needed role

25. Attends to the context & culture of the organization

Training Format Improvements

26. Incremental training in the workplace. (All Amplio Learning Journeys)

27. Incorporates Miro boards. (All Amplio Learning Journeys)

28. Collaborative engagement model. (ACE)

29. Designed to be brought in-house – consultancies and in-house training organizations.

30. Workshops embedded in learning journeys – making Q&A sessions available for up to a year. (All Amplio Learning Journeys)

31. A way of disseminating all of this information without overloading people. You can’t give them everything upfront but you don’t need to limit what you give them.


32. Coaching methods integrated with training. (All Amplio Learning Journeys)

33. How to reduce the J-Curve (ACE)

It’s useful to see the evolution of Agile methods. And not be left using old methods. Wherever you are on the spectrum you can keep using what you’ve learned while going to the next step.


Associated Workshops

If you want to learn more about this approach, check out these two online, Amplio workshops:

Amplio Community of Practice

In this every other week series Al Shalloway will discuss topics he thinks are important but either overlooked or done poorly. These will include topics like dealing with complexity, the risks of using frameworks, and how the lessons of engineering can be useful in product development. He will also talk about his own approaches to the team, enterprise, SAFe, and being a coach.

Amplio Development Masterclass

This workshop is primarily for coaches who want to go to the next level and transcend particular approaches but instead think for themselves. It is also useful for people in an organization who are responsible for how effective their coaches are.