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Course Catalog: Program Management

FAM 104


12 Offerings

FAM is the Initial Skills Training course for military and civilian acquisition professionals. This course provides a foundational understanding for basic project management skills and an overview of Air Force/DoD acquisition. FAM is an interactive course where students immediately apply what they have learned and develop program documents such as: project schedule, cost estimates, and a program budget. Students will work in teams to build an acquisition strategy that incorporates risk management, a technical approach, a contract strategy, and a product support strategy. FAM covers a breadth of material such as critical thinking, negotiations, emotional intelligence and non-traditional methods/strategies such as: mid-tier section 804 acquisition, other transaction agreements, and agile software development.

FPM 101


Online

This is a web-based course that provides students with a basic understanding of the project management framework, best practices and in some instances, methods of application for key knowledge areas of project management.

IPM 301


4 Offerings

Students will learn how to successfully apply project management knowledge and skills during project planning through readings, lectures, exercises, quizzes, and discussions. The primary audience of the course is Air Force military 63XX and civilian 1101 project managers at the 30-36 month point in their acquisition careers. It begins with a focused review of introductory project management principles and concepts drawn from the Project Management Institute’s PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge PMBOK. More advanced project management topics including comparative analysis, project planning, stakeholder management, communications management, time management, interest based negotiation, critical path management including alternatives to critical path, and earned value management are addressed through lecture, individual practice, and group exercises and discussions. The centerpiece of the course is a virtual project management simulation that allows students to practice and apply many of the concepts discussed in the course. The Air Force Defense Acquisition Career Manager DACM has deemed IPM 301 a fulfillment of the APDP Level II Program Manager requirement for DAUs PMT 252/257 courses as well as the APDP Level III Program Manager requirement for DAU EVM 263. Although this course does have a primary audience, it is open to all acquisition personnel on a space available basis.

IPM 350


14 Offerings

The Industry Standard Project Management Workshop is a four-day instructor-led class that provides students with an understanding of the differences between Air Force and industry project management. This class teaches industry-standard project management as defined by the Project Management Institute PMI in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge PMBOK, which includes the project management framework, the ten knowledge areas, and the five process groups.

LAB 202


4 Offerings

This course is required for all civilian and military Science and Technology Managers in AFRL. It is designed to give students the tools they need to plan and execute S&T programs. The course presents tailored information on the S&T program lifecycle, each functional management area, and technology transition. The course content is based on the latest policy, guidance, and best practices. JUSTIFICATON: AFRL has determined that their S&T workforce needs fundamental insights and a working knowledge of S&T program management as it currently exists in the laboratory acquisition process. TARGET AUDIENCE: Scientists, Engineers and Program Managers in AFRL and their supervisors.

REL 210


7 Offerings

A broad survey of basic reliability principles with emphasis on the acquisition life cycle, including how reliability affects cost, schedule, and performance. Focus is on using a proactive system reliability design approach and how to monitor improvements through management-led reliability growth programs. Mathematical topics are limited to basic concepts necessary to understand how reliability affects acquisition decisions. The course includes instructor led demonstrations and some in-class student assignments. Note: this course is aimed at the general acquisition workforce and is not a prerequisite to or a substitute for REL 310. Students wanting a more in- depth technical discussion of reliability should consider REL 310, or related reliability workshops, where applicable.

REQ 211


Coming Soon

This course is for MAJCOM and HQ AF requirements managers and other stakeholders who participate in writing or reviewing AF-sponsored capability requirements documents. It provides an in-depth study of the activities necessary to identify, develop, and validate capability requirements documents in support of DOTLmLPF-P change recommendations and acquisition development and production decisions and milestones. Students participate in a group activity to demonstrate development of requirements and associated performance attributes. Students are exposed to best practices and lessons learned via case studies of actual AF- sponsored capability requirements documents.

SOT 210


2 Offerings

This two-day course, designed for acquisition professionals, will introduce Science of Test SoT – a powerful methodology for test and evaluation that OSD requires to be present in every test program. The course will show how SoT is critical in the planning, design, execution, and analysis of test. SoT uniquely solves the twin challenges of test – how to vary test conditions to explore a broad battle space, while controlling the risks of making incorrect fielding decisions.

SYS 110


Online

Provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of data management and the importance of the data management function in an integrated product team IPT. Topics covered include the following: Evaluating data requirements to achieve the goal of minimum essential being placed on contract. Ensuring the data being ordered are legally binding authorized Data Item Descriptions properly called out on the Contract Requirements List DD Form 1423. Coordinating the data order through a data review process to achieve an accurate order tailored down to fit the program. Planning for and developing a Government Concept of Operations for an Integrated Digital Environment IDE.

SYS 114


Online

Air Force Materiel Command has recognized the acquisition community would benefit individually, and collectively, if a standardized process was established to help programs affected by cost, schedule, and/or performance issues. The AIR Process was initiated to fill the need for evaluating and assessing troubled programs by appointing a dedicated team of experts to conduct a review. The team defines and documents critical program issues, finds root causes, and subsequently provides specific and systemic recommendations to address the issues. These activities will be well documented and published to a centralized database and provided as exemplars to the acquisition workforce in order to provide a consolidated source of lessons learned for future efforts.

SYS 118


Online

The purpose of this course is to provide students fundamental knowledge to begin understanding Air Force AF Life Cycle Risk Management LCRM. Fundamental knowledge includes basic definitions required to understand LCRM jargon, comparisons of LCRM taxonomy with other risk management taxonomies, and an overview of the AF LCRM process and guidance. Course Objectives: After completing this course, students will know the DoD definition of LCRM comprehend the differences between the DoD LCRM taxonomy and other popular taxonomies know the steps in the AF LCRM process comprehend the intent of each step and know AF policy on reporting Risk and performing LCRM.

SYS 182


Online

This self-paced, web-based course introduces students to the importance of applying SE to acquisition and sustainment programs, provides an overview of SE concepts and process elements, and describes the interactions between SE and other functional areas.

SYS 208


8 Offerings

***COMPLETION OF SYS 118, INTRODUCTION TO LIFE CYCLE RISK MANAGEMENT, IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BEFORE ATTENDING THIS COURSE*** This course covers the basics of acquisition/program risk and how to effectively manage risk throughout a program's life cycle to achieve program goals within cost and schedule constraints. New DoD and Air Force regulations and guidance related to Life Cycle Risk Management (LCRM) are covered. The five-step LCRM process is introduced and tools and techniques associated with this process are explained. Students work in simulated Integrated Product Teams on a real-world acquisition exercise to apply these techniques to help reinforce the concepts and importance of program risk management.

SYS 281


3 Offerings

SYS 281 provides a general overview of the latest in acquisition and sustainment policy, processes, management tools, and reform initiatives. The course delivers critical knowledge of current acquisition and sustainment hot topics, and is laced with real world examples, actual program results, and topical videos. The three core processes of AF acquisition are reviewed, as well as the primary strategic roadmaps driving weapon system sustainment. The foundational processes of test, systems engineering, risk management and evolutionary acquisition are emphasized as well. Unique acquisition peculiarities associated with space, cyberspace, and defense business systems are also covered. The sustainment arena is reviewed from the retail, wholesale, and combat perspectives, to include an overview of depot operations. Core process changes associated with sustainment are discussed, to include supply chain management, high velocity maintenance, condition based maintenance, and predictive maintenance. A wealth of acquisition references, websites, guidebooks, and management tools are also provided. A must course for all involved with Air Force acquisition and support.

SYS 282


9 Offerings

There is a need for all acquisition professionals to understand the interdisciplinary and cross- functional nature of Systems Engineering (SE), and the benefits of following a sound SE process. This course provides the knowledge and understanding necessary to meet this need. Students (engineers and non- engineering professionals) are introduced to SE concepts and the SE process. The activities and tools for implementing and managing the SE process during various phases of the system life cycle, and the interactions between SE and other disciplines/functions are discussed. Exercises give students the opportunity to apply SE tools to the acquisition and sustainment life cycle.

SYS 400


3 Offerings

This course is an outstanding opportunity to learn or refresh on issues and initiatives impacting experienced acquisition and support professionals. Topics vary from class to class, in part to reflect the most recent changes, but also to accommodate the schedules of expert guest speakers. The course enables students to listen to and engage with the experts, there is generally a different speaker or facilitator for each topic presented. The course is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn from one another as they gather together from different functions, jobs, bases, and backgrounds to share knowledge and experience during roundtable discussions. Students thus benefit from exposure to the wide range of current topics in the acquisition and support arenas, helping to assess the impacts to their roles and responsibilities.

WKSP 0649


Coming Soon

This workshop covers user specific Program Management PM education and consultation within the following areas: PM, Systems Engineering, Earned Value, Contracting, Financial Management, Schedule Management, Cost Estimating, Industry Standards in PM, Strategy Development, Other PM areas as requested by the customer. NOTE: The length of this workshop varies on location and instruction. 0 CLPs are automated through ACQNowCL students will be given a course completion certificate to specify/justify the amount of CLPs earned during the workshop they attended. COST: This workshop is NOT centrally funded, organizations requesting this workshop may be responsible to provide funding for items such as: instructor travel, books, handout printing, and other needed course materials.

WKSP 0657


1 Offerings

The workshop is designed to help Air Force program/project teams IPTs develop business acumen, work effectively with industry partners, and negotiate better business deals in support of the Air Force mission. Students will learn 1 how stock market data can be found and analyzed 2 how to read, apply, and relate various financial statements, 3 how industry makes investment decisions and what motivates those decisions, 4 the difference between cash flow and profitability, and 5 basic principles for successful negotiations.

WKSP 0666


Coming Soon

This workshop covers the basics of defense business system acquisitions, and how to effectively manage Defense Business Systems DBS throughout the Business Capability Acquisition Cycle BCAC to achieve program goals within cost and schedule constraints. Air Force AF regulations and guidance related to BCAC and DBS Acquisitions are covered. The five- phase BCAC process is introduced and tools and techniques associated with this process are explained. Students work in simulated Integrated Product Teams on real-world acquisition exercises to apply these techniques to help reinforce the concepts and importance of DBS acquisition management.

WKSP 0670


Coming Soon

This workshop will cover the services acquisition 7-step process with a specific focus on step 4 – requirements definition. Workshop top topics include: requirements elicitation techniques, how to document requirements in a services acquisition environment, risk identification and risk management principles, and developing a cost estimate for services acquisition projects.

WKSP 0677


Online

These workshops will focus on information from the Services Acquisition community. Topics will include but are not limited to: *Mon @ 0930 ET Intro to Services and the7-step process model *Mon @ 1330 ET Stakeholder identification and Analysis *Tue @ 1300 ET Requirement Elicitation Techniques *Wed @ 1300 ET Requirement Analysis and Writing *Thu @ 0930 ET Basics of Risk Mgt *Thu @ 1330 ET Intro to Cost Estimating *Fri @ 1300 ET Surveillance and the QASP Performance Management.

WKSP 0678


Coming Soon

A high level introduction to the agile approach and how it is applied to agile software development. An overview of scrum highlights the application of the agile iterative and incremental approach. This introduction goes a step further to outline the implementation of DevOps and the application of security measures to DevOps, which results in DevSecOps.

WKSP 0681


4 Offerings

This workshop is an opportunity to bring the latest topics to the Air Force general populace in a short, 2- hour online format. Most presentations will be live-streamed video presentations from senior leaders and policy makers. The intent is to provide a platform for continued updates and education of AF people outside the traditional classroom using technology to deliver content to where you are today. Offerings will vary, depending on the speaker or topic being presented. This streaming offering of WKSP0681 will be held for 2 hours, on the dates and at the times indicated in each offering. Presentations will be broadcast live via MS Teams video. Registration will close one work day prior to each workshop and students will be notified of the URL to join the MS Teams session. Students do NOT need to have an MS Teams account, but will be given GUEST access to the session. Specific computer configuration and connection information will be provided upon registration. Successful completion of this workshop earns 2 CLPs.

WKSP 0684


7 Offerings

This workshop will introduce the generations that make up today's US Air Force and Space Force and show trends for how each generation prefers to communicate.

WKSP 0688


Coming Soon

SCRM 200 is an initial course design to build a foundation and highlight the current threats and risks facing the Air Force supply chain. The SCRM 200 course provides a range of topics from adversarial and non-adversarial threats, counterfeit parts, DoD policies, cybersecurity, and future technology. Additionally, SCRM 200 will explore the global supply chain to demonstrate the Air Force position in the commercial environment as well as show where and when SCRM activities take place. Once students have completed this introductory course into supply chain risk management, they will have the tools and education needed to protect their organization's supply chain. This course is designed for the Air Force logistics community but is open to all members of the DoD family.

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