MOBIS Contract Information
Innovative Decisions, Inc. (IDI) is pleased to continue to be a part of the MOBIS Program. IDI is a veteran-owned small business and is headquartered in Vienna, VA. IDI offers services across two Special Item Numbers (SINs) covered in the GSA MOBIS Federal Supply Schedule:
SIN 874-1 Integrated Consulting Services
SIN 874-7 Integrated Business Program Support Services
Task Orders: TBD
MOBIS Company POC:
703 217 8963
MOBIS Customer Satisfaction Manager:
Senior Vice President
703 635 3043
IDI provides expert advice, assistance, guidance and counseling in support of agencies’ management, organizational and business improvement efforts. IDI also provides studies, analyses and reports documenting any proposed development, consultative or implementation efforts.
Examples of consultation services include but are not limited to:
Decision and Risk Analysis
Decision trees are a good way to structure and analyze many decision problems. IDI decision analysts help clients clarify options, assess impacts of uncertain events and conditions, calculate expected costs and benefits, and set priorities. Fault trees are used to understand the risk of a strategy or system failing, and to find the best way to reduce the risk.
IDI specializes in building decision and risk analysis models using software such as DPL from Syncopation Software, Ltd.
Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis
Many decision problems have more than one objective that must be considered. In source selections and analysis of alternatives, clients must balance objectives that may be in conflict, such as low cost vs. high performance, or near term fixes vs. long term efficiency. IDI decision analysts help clients build and use multiple objective choice models.
IDI specializes in building multiple criteria decision analysis models using software such as Logical Decisions for Windows from Logical Decisions, Hiview from Catalyze, Ltd., and Analytica from Lumina, Inc.
Probabilistic Inference Analysis
Trying to draw conclusions from a large amount and variety of information can be a difficult task. IDI decision analysts help clients build models that use Bayesian Nets, empirical data, and subject matter expertise about the likelihood of evidence occurring under different situations, and then show the probability of each situation given the information.
IDI specializes in building probabilistic inference models using software such as Netica from Norsys, Inc.
Program and Budget Development
Resource allocation decisions usually do not involve an either/or choice among different functions or programs. IDI decision analysts help clients decide how much of their limited resources to devote to each program or area in order to get the most “bang for the buck” out of a limited budget.
IDI specializes in building resource allocation models using software such as Equity from Catalyze, Ltd.
Process Modeling and Simulation
Most government agency processes are a system that defines the amount and quality of the organization’s work outputs. Using continuous or discrete event simulation models, IDI decision analysts help clients visualize and understand exactly how their processes or systems work today, and how to design better ones.
IDI specializes in building simulation models using software such as Extend from Imagine That, Inc.
Optimization and Statistical Analysis
Most government agency operations are a constant balance between keeping costs down and meeting mission needs or customer requirements. IDI decision analysts help clients optimize their production operations using linear programming, scheduling and network analysis models.
IDI specializes in building optimization models using software such as Risk Optimizer from Palisades, Inc.
IDI provides facilitation and related decision support services to agencies engaging in collaborative efforts, working groups, or integrated product, process, or self-directed teams.
Examples of facilitation services include but are not limited to:
Strategic Planning Off-Sites
The IDI approach to strategic planning in an organization makes extensive use of facilitated strategic planning conference methods and tools. Often, we use groupware tools during Situation Assessment to gather, organize and prioritize information on the organization’s current mission, values, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. GroupSystems by GroupSystems, Inc., is the premier electronic meeting support software in use today. Participants provide input using notebook computers while the facilitator guides the group discussion. GroupSystems allows meeting participants to collectively brainstorm ideas, categorize them, vote on priorities, share written comments, and compose a finished document. It can also be used as a platform to launch other tools that might be needed during a meeting. Group output can be printed immediately and distributed for implementation. This conference approach allows review and revision of the current situation with input from all participants and builds broad support within the organization.
For Goal Development, we also use decision analysis tools to help off-site participants structure and evaluate alternative strategic concepts. Logical Decisions is a stand-alone, multi-criteria decision making software tool that makes use of both multi-attribute utility (MAU) theory and the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). DPL is a multi-stage decision making software tool that allows modeling of uncertainty and risk, multiple decision criteria and multiple decisions. Used in conjunction with GroupSystems, they enable strategic planning off-site participants to establish contingent goals based on alternative futures, and then to evaluate the goals for robustness across a range of scenarios.
Finally, we use other tools to assist in developing and analyzing alternative strategic approaches and implementation plans. Equity by LSE Enterprise is a multi-attribute utility analysis tool for static resource allocation. Equity makes it easier for the team to assess costs and benefits for multiple levels of many projects or programs, and then shows the most efficient mix of programs for any level of resources. Extend by Imagine That, Inc. allows system dynamics modeling using either continuous or discrete event simulation. Extend can also be used to understand business processes, redesign operations, and promote learning throughout an organization.
IDI uses a facilitated approach to analysis of many problems using extensive subjective judgement and subject matter expertise. This approach, known as decision conferencing, attempts to combine the best of both internal and external analytical approaches by bringing together a small group of subject matter experts and key stakeholders who provide substantive expertise, with external facilitators who provide process expertise. The result is a series of intensive meetings that seek to identify key issues, evaluate alternatives, and introduce an implementation mechanism.
Decision Conferences can be viewed as decision facilitation with the major effort being accomplished in several days through a series of very intense group meetings in which key players interact to explore the decision process as well as the decision itself. The expertise of the agency is absolutely essential for success, and the level of expertise needed is typically that which resides in the heads of staff and key experts. While supporting information is important, it is supplemental to the process rather than being its focus. During the decision conference, computer-based models often are used as a focus for group discussion and the structured conference process allows participants to debate issues constructively while forcing the group to represent its collective judgements in a logically consistent and easily communicated fashion.
A typical decision conference consists of a 2- to 3-day session, followed by further analysis and reporting. The overall goal of the conference is to develop informed consensus among key players. The decision conference involves the organization's planners and implementers, as well as a team of three facilitators. Normally, each facilitator plays a distinct role in the conference. The lead facilitator moderates and controls the sessions, elicits information, asks questions, channels responses, and builds analytical models in response to group input. A second team member interacts with a computer to implement in real time the models developed by the group leader. The third team member acts as a conference recorder, documenting all major decisions and providing an audit trail of rationale for the session.
IDI provides a wide range of program and project management support services to include development of requirements, project team formation and meeting facilitation, project planning, scheduling, performance metrics development and tracking, and documentation and project close out.
Examples of business program support services include but are not limited to:
IDI consultants make sure that an agency understands the purpose of the proposed project. IDI uses a facilitated group process called a Decision Conference to explore the problems and agency needs that initiated the project. During this session, a management team will carefully examine the idea for the project to determine whether or not it benefits the organization. During this process, a decision making team will identify if the project can realistically be completed.
IDI consultants help project managers develop a project plan based on best practices and years of experience. A project plan, project charter and/or project scope will be put in writing, outlining the work to be performed. A Decision Conference may be held to begin the broad requirements definition. During this phase, IDI assists the project team to prioritize project tasks, calculate a budget and schedule, and determine what additional resources are needed.
IDI consultants provide support to functional and mission area teams by helping to coordinate schedules, facilitate meetings, and document and distribute draft products and action items. IDI may also build tailored spreadsheet models to support project activities with analysis and to collect and populate the models with data.
IDI consultants have many years of experience developing performance metrics for a wide range of projects. Project managers often find it difficult to establish metrics for anything but resources used during the course of the project. Performance metrics - work outputs and outcomes - are necessary to measure progress toward the project goals. IDI uses a methodology called Multiple Objective Decision Analysis (MODA) to help project managers structure a complete and balanced set of performance metrics. Performance metrics allow project managers to compare project status and progress to the actual plan, as resources perform the scheduled work. IDI consultants assist project managers to adjust schedules or do what is necessary to keep the project on track.
Project Close Out
After project tasks are completed and the project manager has approved the outcome, IDI consultants assist in evaluation and assessment of the project. This is necessary to highlight project success and/or learn from project history. IDI uses advanced surveys techniques and analysis tools to gather information and develop meaningful assessment results. Project documentation is often neglected by project managers at the end of a project. IDI consultants use checklists to ensure that all aspects of a project close out are addressed.