We aimed two of our recommendations at the needs of the billet owners—information the OAT requires in order to build the DT board slate. These two recommendations: provide more robust requirements for each rotating billet, and limit by-name requests to the early stage of the process to avoid cascading corrections later.
Along with the need for more detailed information from billet owners, our team also identified a need for officer candidates to better provide a complete account of their knowledge, skills, and abilities. With better information for both the turning billets and the candidates themselves, the process will produce better matches.
Throw in another primary recommendation to provide a score for each billet-officer match, and you have an optimized process to support the DT board.
Our Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
AF CyberWorx and developer-engineers from Project Arc created an MVP to illustrate the realm of possibility for a DT board platform. Beginning with the work of a single Envision subject matter expert (SME), Capt Adam Bordeau, this MVP quickly showed that a system could aggregate the majority of officer and billet information instantly, while also providing a graphical user interface (GUI) that board members could use to slate candidates.
After demonstrating this initial prototype to Brig Gen Blackwell, our team was authorized to continue this MVP effort alongside the original. Two Project Arc members, 1st Lt Richard Razon, and Capt Brian Guerrero, refined the idea into a functional MVP using real system data.
Our team reviewed the design criteria with Project Arc, and the engineer-developers transformed the DT’s Excel sheets into purpose-built templates. Then we conducted user testing with the OAT, using feedback from that session to iterate the MVP.
A blueprint is only as good as our ability to follow through to completion—which is why the AF CyberWorx team also provided a series of options for continued development and sustainment of a 17X DT board system. The clear choice our team identified for continued MVP development was Envision.
The platform is uniquely positioned to provide expert development within the environment in which the MVP was created. The Envision team demonstrated the depth of their knowledge and expressed certainty that they could create the application according to our blueprint. Our research leads us to recommend Envision as the primary option.
We identified strong candidates for sustainment but are still evaluating options for the best fit. This MVP is specifically for the cyber career field but can scale and adapt to support all Officer Assignment Teams’ unique criteria.
Horizontally, other career field DTs could adopt this system with equivalent efficiency gains. All that would be needed is each career field’s specific design criteria.
Vertically, this product could assist in other officer placements as well as talent management for the enlisted force. Tailoring this for the enlisted force would require significant effort from a human-centered design team to understand the ecosystem but is squarely in the realm of possibility.
Due to the scalability of this system, AF CyberWorx has begun discussions with several MAJCOMs to determine potential long-term homes. Our team is currently conducting a series of demonstrations with these groups to find the best fit. We are excited to see this system develop into a true talent management tool for the entire Air Force talent management enterprise.
Are you interested in learning more about this MVP and potential applications? Please reach out to AF CyberWorx at email@example.com.
The Development Team board is an extremely important process that selects the upper-echelon leadership of our Air Force. The cyber career field has launched this significant effort to create a system that improves efficiency and streamlines the process. AF CyberWorx has been honored to be a key piece of this process. Our team continues to be energized in this pursuit of improving talent management, and we look forward to continuing to provide our expertise in this area.