Concurrency Management

Maintaining training systems to match the current state of the actual weapon systems they emulate has been a challenge since the earliest days of training system development.  ATC uses a Concurrency Management (CCM) process change that is subsequently imposed on training curricula and the process allows for a real-time analysis of: impact and estimated cost of curricula adjustments due to:

  • Change Impacts in Publications from Reference Material Rewrites
  • Equipment Upgrades
  • Policy and Procedural Revisions from the Warfighter/Employee Suggestion, Safety Issues, Doctrine, External Regulatory Impacts, or Client Operational Needs/Changes

Our change management approach provides a means by which instructional material can be maintained to the highest level of accuracy and improve the ability to keep training material in-sync with operational requirements.  ATC used this process during the first year of concurrency sustainment after product delivery for the USMC KC-130J program.  ATC’s CCM team tracked the 600+ changes and made revisions to the 775+ aircrew and aircraft maintenance lessons and their associated instructional materials.  Through this effort, our team assisted the Government in realizing a high concurrency level for the KC-130J training system; producing a training environment that accurately emulates a realistic mission environment via the aircraft and associated equipment.

Our CCM process provides early and accurate responses to aircraft/mission-driven changes, revisions to publications, and external procedural requirements.  Our Training Impact Report provides decision makers with the objective data required to make timely planning and resource decisions regarding the implementation of changes.  A typical team consists of ISD personnel and Subject Matter Experts (SME) who provide an in-depth analysis to evaluate and interpret technical information for impact on all training system components (i.e., training devices, curriculum, and courseware).  This objective, third-party approach to CCM enables our clients to control costs related with the implementation of change proposals.

ATC not only provides detailed impact assessments but also tracks the status of the change during implementation into the various training system components (i.e., trainers and courseware) via a web-based Concurrency Management System (CCMS).  This approach provides training system managers with real-time status of the change implementation as well as an overall status of the entire training system.  Examples of the types of data captured include the quantity of lesson materials impacted, man-hours required for implementation, and specific training device impact.  The purpose of the concurrency process is to provide for early and rapid response to equipment driven changes, revisions to procedures and any new user-driven requirements to the training system. Concurrency provides a conduit for communication between these sources of change and the affected training product teams.