JCNS and OCD Development Course

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 early artefacts associated with the Australian Defence Capability Life Cycle (CLC): The Joint Capability Need Statement (JCNS) and the Operational Concept Document (OCD). A guided walkthrough of the OCD Development Guide is provided and selected important activities are discussed in detail. A number of exercises are introduced to provide attendees practice in developing aspects of the JCNS and OCD.

Brief Revision of Systems Acquisition

Systems | Systems acquisition | Systems engineering | Requirements engineering | Revision of Conceptual Design Activities

Brief Revision of Capability Life Cycle (CLC)

Overview of the CLC | Key attributes | Principles and Behaviours | Leadership | Governance | Phases of the CLC | Overview of Capability Management Artefacts

Conceptual Design

Conduct business or mission analysis | Define business management and business operations needs | Define stakeholder needs | Identify trade studies | Conceptual Design tutorial

Joint Capability Need Statement

Relationship to strategic guidance | Relationship to higher level guidance JCN, CPN, PIOC | Scope boundaries | How proposal will develop, deliver and sustain capabilities | Define IOC & FOC | Risks, issues, gaps

Need Statement Development Exercises

The exercises provide participants with practice in the development of a need statement. These exercises are focused on the activities required to get from identification of the problem (capability gap), through mission analysis and the development of early business needs.

A Guided Walkthrough the OCD Development Guide

A guided walkthrough the major sections of the OCD pausing to highlight the important sections as well to discuss appropriate content for each.

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 Exercise 

Define mission, goals and objectives | Define measures of effectiveness | Consider design constraints | Consider external interfaces | Produce context diagram | Define system boundary | Identify system-level trade studies | Practical OCD development





Associate Professor 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 and Leadership (MIML). 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 University of New South Wales, at the Australian Defence Force Academy 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, project management, and technology management. He is the Editor-in-Chief of an international journal, and is a co-chair of the Requirements Working Group INCOSE. He is the author or co-author of twelve books, three book chapters, and over 200 technical papers and reports.



Dr Shari Soutberg has over 30 years experience in Defence, with a focus on materiel acquisition, sustainment, organisational improvement and reform.  Shari is currently an Industry Fellow at the UNSW Capability System Centre.  Significant activities include development of a framework for delivery of joint force outcomes and training courses on capability development practices applicable to Defence.  Prior to this, Shari was the acting Chief Systems Engineer for CASG and a member of the First Principles Review (FPR) Capability Lifecycle (CLC) team which developed capability management reform initiatives.  As Director Systems Engineering and later Director Materiel Engineering in CASG, Shari led the development and implementation of Defence engineering policy and guidance, including fundamental changes arising from the WHS Act 2011.  Shari provided stewardship of the Defence Engineering and Technical Job Family through establishing learning and development structures. She also supported Defence corporate engineering and technical workforce planning including industrial relations engagement.  Whilst in the Office of the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Industry, Shari was a significant contributor to the Defence Industry Policy leading to the role of Director Industry Policy. After joining the Department of Defence, Shari worked on maritime platforms and equipment and as a project manager for naval projects.  Shari has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical), Masters of Management Economics, and a Doctor of Philosophy which addressed requirements development in Defence capability management.