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Course Catalog: Program Management

FAM 104


7 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.

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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


3 Offerings

Provides Air Force officers and civilians a deeper foundation in everyday project management skills. More advanced project management topics are addressed using a combination of in-class lectures and discussions, project management readings and case studies, and in individual/group exercises. Topics in include: business case analysis, stakeholder management, communications management, time management, project planning, project execution and status reporting, project recovery, and transferring project management responsibility. The centerpiece of the course is a dynamic project management simulation, which integrates and applies these project management to topics. IPM 301 builds on basic project management education that newcomers to acquisition receive in the AF Fundamentals of Acquisition Ma Management AFFAM course. IPM 301 is required per Acquisition Manager Ca Career Field Education and Training Plan CFETP. Additionally, the Air Force Defense Acquisition Career Manager DACM has deemed IPM 301 a fulfillment of the APDP Level II Program Manager requirement for DAU's P PMT 252/257 courses as well as the APDP Level III Program Manager requirement for DAU's EVM 263. Target Audience 1ST Lt - Maj w/AFSC 63AX Acquisition Managers and GS 11 – GS GS 13 w/occupational Series 1101 acquisition Program managers. Central funding may be available to other acquisition coded personnel performing project management work on a limited and case-by-case basis. HOW TO REGISTER: Log on to https://acqnow.atrrs.army.mil/Login/

IPM 350


9 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.

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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


1 Offerings

A broad two-day 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 REL310. Students wanting a more in-depth dep depth depth technical discussion of relia reliability should consider REL310 and REL 4 R REL 4 REL 410 where applicable. depth technical discussion of r reliability should consider REL310 and R R R REL 410 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


1 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


Coming Soon

***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


Coming Soon

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


Coming Soon

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


1 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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