Acquisition Support

We have experience of providing acquisition programme support throughout the life cycle of the project. We have a reputation for providing cost effective, evidence based advice and impartial input to our clients activities.

Requirements management is an essential component in order to analyse and elicit the objectives of an organisation. We have extensive experience of working with a range of stakeholders to elicit and manage requirements, integrating requirements, identification of attributes, relationships with other information and the changes for these so that their requirements can be expressed effectively to decision makers.

e of stakeholders to elicit and manage requirements, integrating requirements, identification of attributes, relationships with other information and the changes for these so that their requirements can be expressed effectively to decision makers.

Key Benefits

  • Effective management of requirements for analysis, traceability, prioritisation, change impact etc)
  • Gain understanding of requirements in context and obtain commitment to requirements
  • Improved requirements traceability (origin / change / relationships)
  • Fosters dialogue and a common understanding between disparate capability owners

We have a proven ability to manage requirements by working with stakeholders to understand and refine them in order to produce a requirements set that traceable, set in context, well defined, aligned and can be readily understood by all stakeholders involved. We have supported the management of requirements for numerous acquisition and capability deployment programmes across defence, helping to ensure that all requirements have been identified and managed in support of the objectives of the capability owners.

Providing the decision maker with the ability to monitor key processes and performance in real-time is essential to making timely and accurate decisions. Dashboards provide the decision maker with powerful, flexible and intuitive displays of the key information they required in an easy to understand graphical format. With just a couple of mouse clicks you can immediately drill down to the identify the root cause of any issues and take any corrective action required.

Key Benefits

  • Allows the user to make faster and more accurate decisions
  • Graphical intuitive dashboards provide an easy to use interface format for the decision maker
  • Dashboards summarise the essential information about your business
  • Dashboards are traceable and underpinned by a relational database
  • Supports quantitative analysis techniques, application of metrics and key performance indicators.

Complex interrelated projects require effective management to ensure overall programme goals are achieved. An effective programme manager needs to identify and manage cross project dependencies, manage risks, and solve issues across projects and major Lines of Development (LoDs).

We have significant experience of supporting government organisations in the identification of non-aligned projects and requirements as well as providing recommendations for remedial action. We also assist our clients in relation to the management of suppliers, providing a combination of programmatic support and relevant subject matter expertise.

Key Benefits

  • Clearly defined and understood strategic outcome that individual projects are supporting
  • Early identification and resolution of cross project conflicts
  • Coordinated management of risk across constituent projects
  • Optimisation of the delivery of outcomes

There is nothing more powerful than an idea. But an idea that can’t be shared is in great danger of being misunderstood or lost altogether. Effective engagement with key stakeholders, augmented by innovative techniques for representation of new concepts, enables the production of clear, powerful descriptions and visualisations. These can be utilised to assist in the expression of coherent concepts to decision makers to achieve ”buy-in”.

We have a proven ability to take a draft concept, work with stakeholders to understand and refine it in order to produce visualisations that clearly convey the originator’s message in a manner that can be readily understood by the target audience. Our experience includes the production of visualisations to express capability concepts, operational concepts, mission scenarios, technical solutions, lessons identified and issues.

Key Benefits

  • Effective communication of complex concepts to non-specialist audience.
  • Fosters dialogue and a common understanding of the concept between disparate stakeholder groups.
  • Powerful and intuitive graphical based formats.
  • Increased meaning, emphasis and context to added to concepts.

Operational deficiencies are often not identified until delivered equipment is in the hands of the end user. Such problems could be identified prior to delivery, at latest, during the Test and Evaluation (T&E) phase. T&E is, therefore, a key and critical phase in any equipment programme.

Our team has in-depth and current experience throughout the T&E phase covering the full spectrum of our capability areas. We believe that the adoption of robust and rigorous processes, coupled with lessons identified during the various international programmes we have supported, will ensure a high level of success. However, we temper this with a pragmatic approach to ensure a cost effective outcome.

Key Benefits

  • Definition of strategy and cohesive plans
  • Assurance through system requirements and design
  • Support through validation, verification and acceptance
  • IO and operational effectiveness analysis and reporting
  • Advice on synthetic and simulated test environments
  • Operational demonstration, exercise and experimentation support

Our team has in-depth expertise and up to date experience across all T&E disciplines, covering the full spectrum of our capability areas. We adopt a pragmatic approach and use international best practice in advising our customers on the best way forward to achieving a successful outcome in their T&E activities. Our approach to T&E has a proven reputation of delivering high quality and cost effective independent support to the customer and end user community.

A Capability Roadmap is a comprehensive plan of the current and future development of the enterprise. It captures strategic aims and intent, refines these into capability requirements, and charts the evolving state of the enterprise as it strives to meet them.

Key Benefits

  • Aligns acquisition activity to strategic plans and goals.
  • Identifies capability gaps, shortfalls and overlaps.
  • Supports the comparison of solution options against strategic requirements.
  • Fosters dialogue and a common understanding of the evolution of the enterprise between disparate stakeholder groups.

IO Management is the means by which IO issues are crucially understood and, where possible, overcome. Both national and international activities need to be harnessed in support of IO management. Nationally, a process is required which promotes the development and sustainment of IO enablers based on sound operational requirements whilst having an eye on IO with legacy platforms. From an international perspective, IO management involves the sharing of ideas and information in different fora and the adoption, or not, of associated results nationally.

We have been involved in the promotion of interoperable solutions from the enterprise level down to specific equipment. We use a range of processes and tools to support the evaluation and management of IO, from an EA approach down to iSMART for TDL IO management. We strive to find novel ways of employing these tools and processes to increase their effectiveness in the management of IO.

Key Benefits

  • Aids customers to integrate essential IO practices into their existing acquisition processes
  • Allows IO to be measured with national and international partners - maximising IO whilst minimising IO surprises
  • Saves money by identifying key risks during development
  • Enables operational requirements to be supported coherently

A major factor in the achievement of IO is the employment of national and international standards. Standards management is the process of evolving those standards to correct deficiencies and to support the introduction of new capabilities required by different communities of interest. This activity requires strict configuration management of data, linked with the ability to optimise changes and understand their impacts.

JCSys has experience of supporting organisations in the development and implementation of standards management processes. Furthermore, our team possesses unparalleled technical and operational expertise which we have employed in the management of many international and national standards. JCSys can assist your organisation in Standards Management as part of an effective IO management strategy.

Key Benefits

  • Understanding of the “direction of travel” for international standards content and therefore early warning of capability shifts
  • Ability to engage own nation entities (services, platforms) in standards management process increasing buy-in, awareness and participation
  • Better self-knowledge through determining the changes on own nation systems or platforms
  • Potential to influence the form of changes to better meet own nation capability requirements

Effective management of IO requires authoritative policy which is endorsed and enforced by an organisation of empowered stakeholders who each understand and execute their responsibilities. Experience has taught us that a good IO process without policy will result in a sub-optimal solution. JCSys consultants have provided advice on policy and have developed sustainment directives and processes for a number of nations, directed towards specific national needs.

Key Benefits

  • A well-defined sustainment policy or directive offers a sound structure on which to build a national process for IO management and reduces the opportunity for narrow platform-based stovepipe approaches
  • Having clearly expressed processes increases both control and efficiency; again, the opportunity for non-harmonious and bespoke solutions in minimised
  • A good national sustainment process supported by clear direction can enable the opportunities inherent in process interactions with international bodies to be maximised whilst minimising the negative effects of international demands

Perhaps the greatest danger to sustainment is a fragmented approach solely based on individual platform needs and enacted using processes which are hidden from the remainder of the community (including the central authority); in these circumstances, system of system needs are lost. Having a defined national process does not necessarily constrain individual systems from achieving what they want but it does ensure that decisions can be made at the network level thus mitigating any negative impacts of changes at the platform level. Whilst the international processes involved in TDL sustainment inevitably impose demands, having well-defined and widely understood interaction with them offers the potential to realise benefit as well as ensuring a full and productive part is played in these key international activities and forums.

Ensuring you have the right tools to do the job is always at the forefront of our training delivery, Acquisition Management is a specialised area and you can often only develop effective skills in this area through project exposure and experience. Our consultants have over twenty years' experience of supporting complex aquisition projects, from the concept phases, through to operational testing and through-life support. It is in these areas that we feel that we can transfer our knowledge to you, ensuring you are better prepared for your challenging time ahead. Whether it is; Capability Integration Capture, Requirements Management, Business Process, Procurement Strategy, Assessing Competitive Bids, Systems Interoperability or Stake Holder Management, we can provide you with a tailored package that will support your acquisition training needs.

Key Benefits

  • Effectively identifying your training needs through personal engagement.
  • Gain understanding in areas where experience is normally the only source.
  • Improving your knowledge and understanding of acquisition management through experienced based training.
  • Fosters a higher level of acquisition knowledge thus reducing program risk.