Introduction to Capability Development

Course Group: 
Capability Development


This course provides attendees from within the Australian Defence Organisation, other government agencies and industry with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the processes and practices associated with the development and management of capability and capability systems. An overview is provided of the major aspects of capability systems development including systems acquisition, project management, systems engineering, requirements engineering, and conceptual design. Attendees are introduced to the principal capability development artefacts of the Australian Defence Capability Life Cycle (CLC). Practical experience is provided with the definition and development of a number of elements of the capability development documents.

This course is focused on the Australian Defence CLC and is continually updated to reflect the state of the CLC and its artefacts at the time the course runs.

Who Should Attend

Course Outline

Presenter Background

Dates & Registration

Duration: 3 days

Delivery mode: Classroom


Advertised: Canberra

In-house: All states and neighbouring countries, contact the  for more information. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.

What you will receive:

Affiliated courses: Requrements Practice (5 days), Introduction to Project Management (3 days) & Introduction to Systems Engineering (3 days)

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Anyone within Government or industry requiring an understanding of the capability systems development process, including, but not limited to;

Business managers Systems engineers
Project managers Hardware and software engineers
Capability development staff Reliability engineers
Project technical staff Supply chain managers




Introduction to Australian Capability Systems Development

Australian context for capability systems development | Capability development process | Strategic guidance documents

Introduction to Systems Acquisition

Introduction to systems | Systems acquisition | Systems engineering | Requirements engineering | Introduction to project management

Conceptual Design

Define business needs and requirements | Define stakeholder needs and requirements | Define system requirements | Identify stakeholders | Mission, goals, objectives | Validation measures | Context diagram | Conceptual Design tutorial

Systems Engineering Management

Technical reviews and audits | Systems test and evaluation | Specifications and standards | Technical risk management | Configuration management | Integration management | Engineering management plan

System Requirements

System requirements framework | Define functional/non-functional requirements | Define performance requirements | Define verification requirements | Assign rationale

Writing and Reviewing Requirements

Guidelines for good requirements | Standard requirements templates or boilerplates | Requirements language | Removing ambiguity | Guide for writing requirements | Requirements review tutorial

Defence Capability Definition Documents

Systems acquisition in Defence | Operational Concept Document (OCD) | Function and Performance Specification (FPS) | Test Concept Document (TCD) | Early Test Plan (ETP) | Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP)

Selected Important OCD Activities

Identify Stakeholders | Identify CS Boundaries (Context Diagram, Consider External Interfaces) | Identify Mission Objectives (Identify Mission and Operational Needs, Secondary Missions) | Identify Policies and Doctrine | Glossary and Referenced Documents | Define Capability System Needs (Identify all End-user Classes, Select Operational Scenarios) | Define Capability System Constraints (Enterprise, Project, External and Design) | A Cautionary Note WRT Constraints | Describe Existing System Capability | Define Materiel System Requirements


OCD Tutorial

A tutorial to demonstrate the process by which selected major OCD activities might be completed.

Capability Development Exercise 1

This exercise comprises a number of small tasks, each of which is designed to reinforce the teaching points in the preceding instruction. The tasks build on each other to provide participants with a firm practical base of the major exercise.

Capability Development Exercises 2 and 3

These exercises are focused on the activities required to get from early businessneeds to writing the system-level requirements for a relatively straightforward system based. The exercises provide participants with practice in the major aspects of capability development as introduced by the course.


 Mike Ryan  DR MIKE RYAN


Dr Mike Ryan holds BE, MEngSc and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) in electrical and ITEE colleges, a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE), a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and a Member of the Australian Institute of Management (AIMM). Since 1981, he has held a number of positions in communications and systems engineering and in management and project management. Since 1998, he has been with the School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales, Canberra where he is currently the Director of the Capability Systems Centre. His research and teaching interests are in communications and information systems, requirements engineering, systems engineering, and project management. He is the Editor-in-Chief of an international journal, and is the Chair of the Requirements Working Group of INCOSE. He is the author or co-author of twelve books, three book chapters, and over 180 technical papers and reports.










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26 March 2018 - 28 March 2018
19 November 2018 - 21 November 2018