Courses

Addressing Complex Problems

This short course (which is also the first three days of our Systems Thinking and Modelling Practice course) introduces the most appropriate ways of visualising the interrelationships between the various parts of real-world problems, from straightforward well-behaved problems to those problems that continually change over time and are resistant to corrective action. The course provides solid foundations for developing strategies and managing problems including those for which conventional reductionist ways of thinking are ineffective. Those interested in practising the skills developed on this course may wish to stay on for the following two days to complete the Systems Thinking and Modelling Practice course, which forms the basis of the micro-credential ZEIT8244 Systems Thinking and Modelling Knowledge course that may be used to gain credit towards a postgraduate program (see Masters credit section below).

The Addressing Complex Problems course is delivered by Dr Sondoss Elsawah.

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Capability Life Cycle (CLC) Management Course

The Capability Systems Centre at UNSW Canberra, provides a short course on the CLC and capability management practices for the capability workforce, including uniformed members, public service, Defence industry and other organisation providing support across the CLC. The course not only describes the CLC but also situates it in the broader context of capability management and explains the underpinning practices.

Attendees who pass the course test may record the completion in PMKEYS: Capability Management Introduction—PMKEYS Proficiency P125256.

The CLC Management short course is delivered by Professor Mike Ryan and Dr Shari Soutberg.

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Crafting and Implementing Project Execution Strategies Seminar

Dealing with complexity is a key challenge with system acquisition becoming highly interdependent with other capabilities (existing and emerging), rapid technological advancement, and greater emergence associated with end-user needs. To cater for complexity we need to ensure our project management approach caters for requirements emergence, technological uncertainty, and multiple stakeholder needs. The seminar begins with an overview of complexity, challenges associated with traditional approaches to dealing with complexity, and best practice approaches for dealing with complex projects.

The Crafting and Implementing Project Execution Strategies Seminar is delivered by Dr John Davies at the ADFA Café Training Room.

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Defence Program Management

This course provides attendees from within the Australian Defence Organisation, other government agencies and defence industry with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the principal activities and artefacts associated with the Program level of the Australian Defence Capability Life Cycle (CLC). An overview of program management is provided with particular emphasis on the way in which Defence manages Programs as part of the CLC. A guided walkthrough of the program-level artefacts is also provided and selected important activities are discussed in detail: the Capability Program Directive (CPgD), the Program Operational Concept (POC), and the Program Strategy (PS).

Prior attendance at the CLC Management Course is recommended, but not essential.

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Facilities Business Case Course

This introductory course offers a step-by-step approach to putting together a strong Business Case for facility and infrastructure projects in Government organisations. The course includes information on how to analyse alternatives, timeframes, costs, risks and develop an implementation plan.The course contains a number of practical exercises to reinforce attendees understanding of business case requirements and to allow them to apply their knowledge to real-life projects. Throughout the exercises, realistic considerations and issues are introduced. The course is ideally suited to those who are new to business case development or involved in projects with facility and infrastructure components. No prior knowledge or experience is assumed.

The Facilities Business Case Course is delivered by Sam Pedram at UNSW Canberra (ADFA), Conference Room SR03, Building 32.

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Industry Acumen *online course*

The course provides attendees from within the Australian Defence Organisation, other government agencies and defence industry with an opportunity to develop an understanding of why and how defence industry engages with the processes and products of the Capability Life Cycle (CLC), how they utilise their situational awareness, their business strategies and objectives. The aim of the course is to inculcate an understanding of defence industry’s motivations and methods in the CLC, and to ‘operationalise’ Smart Buyer as a philosophy (not just a CLC process) to underpin relationships and expectation management and to enhance situational awareness with defence industry.

The Industry Acumen online course is delivered by Dr Shari Soutberg via live simulcast.

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Introduction to Defence Project Management *online course*

The aim of this course is to provide attendees with an understanding of the processes and management practices associated with project management in the Defence environment. The course introduces participants to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK) and in particular to how it can be used to guide Defence project management and develop key Defence CLC project documents. On completion of the course, attendees will be able to describe the application of project management in Defence including: CLC project management roles and the place of projects in the Defence Capability Program Architecture (CAP); the meaning of integrated project management in Defence; and when and how project management is applied across the Defence Capability Lifecycle (CLC).

The Introduction to Defence Project Management online course is delivered by Professor Mike Ryan and Dr Shari Soutberg via live simulcast.

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Project Financial Awareness and Cost Modelling *online course*

This course provides attendees from within the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO), other government agencies and defence industry with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the issues associated with financial management in the ADO and the use of cost modelling across the Capability Life Cycle (CLC). The associated management frameworks are introduced, as are the various cost modelling techniques.

The Project Financial Awareness and Cost Modelling online course is delivered by Dr Shari Soutberg via live simulcast.

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Systems Thinking and Modelling Practice

This short course incorporates our three-day Addressing Complex Problems course, which introduces the most appropriate ways of visualising the interrelationships between the various parts of real-world problems, from straightforward well-behaved problems to those problems that continually change over time and are resistant to corrective action. The course provides solid foundations for developing strategies and managing problems including those for which conventional reductionist ways of thinking are ineffective. The last two days of the course build on the skills developed in the Addressing Complex Problems course. The Systems Thinking and Modelling Practice course forms the basis of the micro-credential ZEIT8244 Systems Thinking and Modelling Knowledge course that may be used to gain credit towards a postgraduate program (see Masters credit section below).

The Systems Thinking and Modelling Practice course is delivered by Dr Sondoss Elsawah.

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