Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Human Systems Integration Symposium 2011

I'm thrilled to report that my abstract was selected and I will be speaking at this symposium. My paper is entitled:

Measuring Success with The MANPRINT Analysis System (MAS): Transparent Multi-Objective Decision Analysis in an Uncertain Environment


MANPRINT is the Army’s Human Systems Integration (HSI) program. HSI programs in all the services face similar challenges when it comes to documenting the value-added by HSI practitioners on defense acquisition programs. This presentation describes how the Army MANPRINT Directorate measures success in its HSI program. The MANPRINT Analysis Suite (MAS) is a system of purpose-built tools used for measuring and evaluating the program effort. This presentation explains the components of MAS: a Qualitative Value Model (QVM) based on MANPRINT’s Seven Tenets; a Knowledge Management System (KMS) maintained by practitioners; and a Dynamic System Model (DSM) to discover areas where resources could be best redeployed. The QVM is built using Value-Focused Thinking (VFT), a decision analysis technique used in many complex decision making situations to include Operation Iraqi Freedom. The QVM draws data from the KMS, a web-based database, to calculate a system score. The DSM uses Monte-Carlo Simulation (MCS), enabling stakeholders to determine how well processes are meeting the mark, test improvement initiatives, and manage portfolios of process improvement projects. The presentation describes the three purposes of MAS: (a) Communicate Strategic Intent to internal and external audiences; (b) Enable a Community of Practice to be more efficient and effective; and (c) Improve MANPRINT’s Overall Impact on the Army’s acquisition program for the benefit of our ultimate customer, the Soldier.

Acquisition Program Management, Analysis System, Assessment Framework, Continuous Process Improvement, Decision Analysis, Dynamic System Model, Human Factors Engineering, Human-Systems Integration, Knowledge Management System, Lean Six Sigma, MANPRINT, Measuring Success, Monte-Carlo Simulation, Qualitative Value Model, Value-Focused Thinking.

For more information: Human Systems Integration Symposium 2011


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Monday, August 29, 2011

NCIS: Gibbs' Rules

Fellow NCIS Fans: I started jotting down Gibbs' Rules. Then I realized: someone else had undoubtedly already thought of this; and it would be easier to help a group than work alone on a duplicitous effort.

Help me help the NCIS Fan Wiki

All I have done to add value to the Fan Wiki's list is to highlight areas that are blank or need work. Let's help them complete the record. After all, "Everyone needs a code they can live by."

Actual Character Quote:
Never let suspects stay together.
Gibbs (to Kate): "Rule number one: Never let suspects stay together."
Never screw (over) your partner.
Gibbs: "Number one supersedes all of the others."
Jenny: "Never screw your partner?"
Gibbs: "Never screw OVER your partner."
Always wear gloves at a crime scene.
Gibbs (to Kate)"Rule number two: Always wear gloves at a crime scene."
Don't believe what you're told. Double check.
Gibbs: "Rule number three: Don't believe what you're told, double check."
Kate: "Should I write these rules in my Palm Pilot or crochet them on pillows?"
Never be unreachable.
Ziva (after trying to reach McGee): "Rule number three..."
Tony: "Never be unreachable."
If you have a secret, the best thing is to keep it to yourself. The second-best is to tell one other person if you must. There is no third best.
Jenny: "It's your fault you know."
Gibbs: "For what, leaving or coming back?" 
Jenny: "For teaching me your rules. Best way to keep a secret, keep it to yourself. Second best, tell one other person... if you must. There is no third best. (walking away) That's rule number four isn't it?"
You don't waste good.

Never say you're sorry. It's a sign of weakness.
Gibbs (to Kate): "Never say you're sorry. (laughing) You don't have to crochet that one."
Tony (to Gibbs): I broke rule #6. Never say you're sorry.
Gibbs: It was covered by rule #18.
Always be specific when you lie.
Gibbs (to Kate): "Rule number seven: Always be specific when you lie."
Never take anything for granted.
Abby (to McGee)"Rule number eight is gonna save you McGee!"
Tony: "Never date a co-worker? "
Ziva (to Tony): "Never go anywhere without your knife. " 
Tony (to Ziva)"Thought that was nine."
Gibbs: "Never take anything for granted."
Abby (to Gibbs)"Correct El Jefe. But then again you did make up the rules."
Ziva: "I assume Gibbs would have checked that out last night."
Tony: "Rule number eight: Never assume anything."
Ziva: "To be precise it's, ah, never take anything for granted."
Never go anywhere without a knife.
Gibbs (while handing his knife to Tony): "Rule number nine:"
Gibbs & Kate (in unison)"Never go anywhere without a knife."
Tony: "Rule nine."
Atlas: "What?"
Tony: "Ya know those rule they teach you guys in the Marine Corps."
Atlas: "What rules?"
Tony: "Huh, I always suspected the fact that Gibbs was making that stuff up. Well... rule nine is, ah (undoing his belt), never go anywhere (pulling out his knife) without a knife."
Abby: Rule #9 'always keep a spare'.
Tony: I thought Gibbs said nine was 'always carry a knife.'
Abby: Not Gibbs' rules...mine.
Never get personally involved in a case.
Gibbs: You okay?
Tony: Not really. I broke rule number ten. Again. Never get personally involved in a case.
Gibbs: Yeah. That's the rule I've always had the most trouble with.
When the job is done, walk away.
Gibbs: "Rule number eleven, DiNozzo."
Tony: "I would never date a co-worker boss. Trust me. I mean, why would you even—that's twelve. Eleven... when the job is done, you walk away."
Never date a coworker.
Kate (to Tony)"Not my style, Tony. I would just shoot you." 
Gibbs (just walking in)"That would be the reason for rule number twelve."
Kate: "Rule twelve?"
Gibbs: "Never date a co-worker."
Never, ever involve lawyers.
Tony: "Which means you've been here one day and already broken Gibbs' rule number thirteen."
Dwayne: "Rule number thirteen?"
Tony: "Yeah, rule number thirteen: Never, ever involve lawyers. Things are bound to turn nasty."

Always work as a team.
Jenny: "I heard your agents are pitted against each other. Wasn't that Gibbs' rule number fifteen? Always work as a team."
Gibbs: "Not on this one."
If someone thinks they have the upper hand, break it.


It's better to ask forgiveness than ask permission.
Jenny (to Gibbs): "Number eighteen: It's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission."



Never, ever interrupt Gibbs in interrogation.
Tony (to Ziva): "Rule number twenty-two: never, EVER bother Gibbs in interrogation."
Never mess with a Marine's coffee if you want to live.
Kate (to Tony): "Maybe next time you should remember rule... twenty-three..."
Marine (laughing)"Never mess with a Marine's coffee if you want to live."



There are two ways to follow someone: 

--1st way, they never notice you;
--2nd way, they only notice you.
Always watch the watchers.

Your case, your lead.
Gibbs (to Tony): "Your case, your lead. I think it's a rule."
There is no such thing as coincidence.

If it seems like someone's out to get you, they are.
Gibbs (to Abby): "Rule forty."
Abby (to Gibbs): "If you think someone is out to get you, they are."
First things first, hide the women and children.
Gibbs (to Camila Charo to tell Mike Franks): "Tell him Rule 44"
Shannon (to Gibbs): "Forty-four. First things first, Hide the women and children. You're actually writing these down?"
Clean up your messes.
Tony (to Gibbs): "Where are you gonna be?"
Gibbs (to Tony): "At the mess I gotta clean up."
Tony (whispers to Ziva): "That's 45 ... basically."





Sometimes - you're wrong.
Gibbs (written after reminiscing about his wife and his rules)