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AFRL S&T Systems Engineering Process: Theory and Practice – 2 Days
The application of Systems Engineering (SE) provides a structured, disciplined approach to selecting, planning, and managing Science and Technology (S&T) programs in order to provide technologies for the warfighter. This course presents AFRL's SE process of choice for S&T programs. You will explore its basis in decision analysis, become familiar with the process, and discover how application of the process on a program helps bridge the gap between S&T development and technology transition. At the end of the course, you will understand the process and be able to begin execution of it on your program.

Call SynGenics (614-638-9522) for the next scheduled offering.


Objective:

In this 2-day course, you will develop the skills to employ the AFRL SE Process specifically tailored to S&T programs. You will analyze complex decisions, manage customer and management expectations, and develop methods to strengthen program advocacy.

  • Provides a powerful structured approach to S&T planning and execution.
  • Defines program success.
  • Leads to a supportable solution within available resources.
  • Addresses multiple criteria and multiple customer requirements.
  • Assists in making the difficult decisions.
  • Offers important ways to analyze and manage controlled, calculated risks.

Benefits:

The AFRL SE process

  • Provides a powerful structured approach to S&T planning and execution.
  • Defines program success.
  • Leads to a supportable solution within available resources.
  • Addresses multiple criteria and multiple customer requirements.
  • Assists in making the difficult decisions.
  • Offers important ways to analyze and manage controlled, calculated risks.
Course Content:

Use the Process Steps

  1. Form an Integrated Product Team (IPT)
    • Customers, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), Users
    • Generate IPT Charter
  2. Negotiate Desirements
    • Develop Evaluation Criteria by Customer; Define Problem Space
    • Establish Key Performance Parameters and Exit Criteria
  3. Generate Alternatives
    • Identify and Document Potential Solutions
    • Explore Design Space
  4. Perform Value Analysis (Evaluate Alternatives)
    • Compute Desirability and Risk for Each Customer
    • Perform Sensitivity Analysis
  5. Document Results
You will receive
  • Course materials in hard copy
  • Certificate of course completion
How to Register

By Phone: (614) 638-9522 (Talk with Victoria concerning the next offering near you);
By Fax: Complete the registration form and fax it to (740) 369-6902;
By E-mail: Victoria@SynGenics.com
To register click here, print the page, fill out the information and mail or fax to SynGenics.

Course Costs:

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What Others Are Saying:

“The systems engineering approach is an ‘eye-opening’ experience . . .making us think outside what we already knew.” —Airdrop FCC Program Manager

“. . . we think all this work is great, and will inform future efforts also. Do, definitely keep this scoring methodology. We do find great value in it.” —Col. Peet, AMC/A8X


SEADS Toolkit – 2 Day

The Systems Engineering Analysis Decision Support (SEADS) Toolkit leads the user through the AFRL Systems Engineering process. It facilitates the capture of data generated during each process step, performs analysis of the data, and generates reports such as documentation of desirements, worksheets, and scorecards. These artifacts serve you, the decision maker, by pulling together in an easy-to-use format, information relevant to the decision, which is usually complex and directed toward satisfying multiple, competing objectives. The SEADS Toolkit can help you achieve success in your science and/or technology program. SynGenics experts will teach you and your team to use this powerful tool to create advantages that propel your program ahead toward technology transition, quickly, easily, and efficiently.

Prerequisite: AFRL S&T Systems Engineering Process: Theory and Practice

Call SynGenics (614-638-9522) for the next scheduled offering.


Objective:

In this hands-on course, you will learn to use the SEADS Toolkit to analyze and support complex decisions allowing you to satisfy multiple, competing criteria. Results of the analysis help you make good investment decisions, quantify and manage risk, and build a strong business case.

Benefits:
  • The analysis process embedded in the SEADS Toolkit facilitates making rational decisions.
  • Software design enables making changes and regenerating results as needed.
  • Built-in traceability makes decisions defensible and progress visible.
  • Quantifies desirability, risk, and tradeoffs. Ideal for Pre-Milestone A preferred system analysis.
  • Value analysis provides content for a strong business case.
Course Content:
  • Overview of decision process
  • Capturing desirements
    • Customers, desirement classes, required fields
    • Desirement instances, values of interest, d-curves
    • Constructed customer and exit criteria
  • Generating Alternatives
  • Evaluating Alternatives
    • Scoring against desirements, generating technology worksheets
    • Value scorecard generation, interpretation
    • Sensitivity analysis, trade-space exploration
  • Generating documentation

 

How to Register:

By Phone: 614.638.9522 (Talk with Victoria)
By Fax: Complete the registration form and fax it to 740.369.6902
By E-mail: Victoria@SynGenics.com
To register click here, print the page, fill out the information and mail or fax to SynGenics.

Course Costs:

 

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Statistical Design of Experiments (DOE) – 2 Days

What Is DOE?

Statistical Design of Experiments is a powerful body of statistically based techniques that allow a scientist or engineer to efficiently characterize a design space and to establish the link between cause and effect for processes that have multiple input factors and associated interactions. Through judicious selection of sampling points within the design domain and statistical analysis of results, a person can simultaneously measure and identify those factors that impact a process and then can optimize their effects.

Any experimental scenario with identifiable causative factors and one or more measurable responses (R) can be a candidate for DOE and associated model development. The major difference between test programs that use DOE and more traditional test programs is the simultaneous, patterned variation of several contributing factors as opposed to one-factor-at-a-time processing. Develop the skills necessary to fully understand your options and the short- and long-term ramifications of each choice when determining the best path forward for your Program. When the consequences of making incorrect decisions are high, DOE provides concrete evidence of the better choice. In developing a new technology, DOE can provide accurate estimates of the effect of utilizing each combination of variables. SynGenics has provided this level of analysis for clients throughout the Air Force Research Laboratory for years. With SynGenics’s introductory course in DOE, you will learn to design experiments, analyze results, and develop a predictive model of system behavior. DOE is a powerful tool that can help you optimize solutions. Advanced DOE further develops your ability to direct the future of your Program.

Why Use DOE?

Multi The key methodology that makes all the disciplines work together to yield the best overall formulation is called Desirability. Desirability is the latest advance in optimization technology.

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    DOE helps you:
  • Systematically analyze the nature and cause of variation using controlled testing;
  • Maximize the research benefits of testing by producing high-quality data;
  • Minimize the resources needed to perform a test program.
  • (DOE-based test programs typically cut cost and time expenses by 50%.);
Course Objectives
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    Students will be able to:
  • Plan, execute, and analyze a two-level statistically designed experiment;
  • Understand and assess more complex two-level statistically designed experiments such as those presented by Air Force contractors;
  • Be cognizant of advanced DOE methodologies that go beyond the basic two-level designs;
Course Topics and Descriptions
The SynGenics two-day Basic DOE course presents all the critical elements of two-level factorial designs. Course topics include:
  1. Quick walk through a simple designed experiment;
  2. Important pre-test planning;
  3. The Pre-Test Planning Process;
  4. Identifying factors, levels, interactions, and responses;
  5. Hidden dangers (discussed throughout);
  6. How to use Orthogonal Arrays and Triangular Tables;
  7. DOE data-analysis methods;
  8. Model building and use;
  9. Incorporating Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) into DOE;
  10. Adding Significance and Confidence with DOE;
  11. Survey of advanced methods;

In-class group exercises walk each participant through the DOE process in progressive levels of complexity, as new material is covered. By course end, the participant will be well equipped to design and conduct a sophisticated two-level factorial experiment and evaluate the resulting data using a variety of statistical analysis techniques including ANOVA.

Course Cost


Supplied Materials

Each participant will receive:

  1. A notebook of the course;
  2. CD containing several basic DOE Excel spreadsheets;
  3. An electronic (.pdf) copy of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Engineering Statistics Handbook, (also available as a download on http://www.itl.nist.gov/div898/handbook/
About the Instructor

John C. Sparks has nearly 34 years of experience as a practicing scientist, engineer, and manager. He recently retired from the Air Force Research Laboratory where he was a key proponent of DOE. Mr. Sparks designed and presented several AFRL-wide workshops including DOE, SPC, Metrics, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and a variety of safety/security briefings. He brings over 15 years of AFRL training experience into the DOE classroom. Mr. Sparks joined SynGenics Corporation in September, 2007.


Strategic Decision Making – ½ Day

Use the Systems Engineering Tailored for Science and Technology (SETFST) process to define your Program’s needs, identify the technologies that will get you there, and utilize your budget in the most effective way possible. SETFST combines a number of processes and techniques to the analysis of alternatives for your specific research. The course will enable you to apply a rigorous decision-support process to improve the probability of success and manage risk. Further advance your skills in the courses below.


Defining Customer Desirements – ½ Day

If you don’t know where you’re going, it’s hard to know when you get there. When planning a development Program or Project, it is critical to know what you want the resulting technology or product to be. That’s often easier said than done. This SynGenics course will help you learn how to capture and negotiate customer desirements based on important questions:

  • Who are your customers?
  • What do they need?
  • What do they want?
  • What are they willing to pay for?

Developing a clearly defined set of evaluation criteria through desirements helps you define the trade space, set the course, measure progress, and improve your likelihood for success.


Multicriterial Desirability Optimization Methodology – 2 Days

The optimal solution is the best balance among the many desired characteristics (e.g., fuel efficiency, weight, cost). The Desirability Optimization Methodology leads to better products, less variability, lower costs, and more efficient program execution. This is a proven, systematic approach to specifying the best settings of design variables to produce a robust product. It enables you to explore the design space and prospect for best value. If the gold exists, this methodology will lead you to it. Tight budgets make it crucial that funds go where they will yield the best results. SynGenics will teach you this powerful methodology to get the most from your research investment. You will learn to establish set-points for design variables to consistently realize the optimal set of desired characteristics for your technology or product.


Technical Writing – 1 Day
Tell your story, explain your Project or Program, advocate for your technology, and make the winning case for its adoption using language that is accurate, understandable, and compelling. SynGenics experts can show you how to structure and complete those critical writing tasks to create professional documents including Statements of Objectives (SOOs), Broad Area Announcements (BAAs), case studies, briefings, and technical reports. Not your everyday grammar class, Technical Writing gives you the tools you need to recognize a good work product and develop documentation that goes beyond the minimum requirement. You will learn to prepare documents that get you noticed and elicit the results you want for your Program and your career. For course specifics and offerings near you, contact SynGenics (614) 638-9522.


Objective:

This one-day workshop provides important methods to improve your communication skills from idea through organization to first draft and beyond editing and proofreading to final draft and publication. You will learn to

  • Select the document format that most efficiently fulfills the need
  • Make complex technical information understandable
  • Write with clarity and precision
  • Prepare professional documents for publication

Benefits:

Organization, audience, pattern, and process combine to focus your document while illustrations, graphs, and charts give it impact and polish.

  • Program support depends on building its case for future programs
  • Technical writing is an important skill
  • Good writing makes technical information accessible
  • Well-written documents avoid re-editing and save time
  • Professionally prepared documents get the attention they deserve
Course Content:

Identifying your audience

  • Secrets to writing well
  • Codifying the purpose of your document
  • Organizing your material and focus
    • Choosing the right document format
    • Handling the BAA, SOO, Technical Report
    • Keys to delivering professional products the first time
  • Techniques for Interviewing SMEs and writing their information into your document
  • Clarity, Precision, Style, and the First Draft
    • Overcoming Writer's Block
    • Working with Collaborators
    • Presenting complex technical information understandably
    • Using illustrations, tables, and presentation materials
  • Producing final drafts that impress your superiors
  • Polish and Publish
Course Cost:


How to Register:

By Phone: (614) 638-9522 (Talk with Victoria)

By E-mail: Victoria@SynGenics.com

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Statistical Design of Experiments is a powerful body of statistically based techniques that allow a scientist or engineer to efficiently characterize a design space

DOE-based test programs typically cut cost and time expenses by 50%.

Two-day course does quick walk through a simple designed experiment.

The instructor, John C. Sparks has nearly 34 years of experience as a practicing scientist, engineer, and manager.