Training, Systems Engineering, Facilitation and Coaching

IDI’s roots are in the systems engineering and group decision process disciplines, where risk is mitigated and success is motivated by inclusive, facilitated interaction among stakeholders.  IDI engagements begin with the same first three steps: 1. Define the problem, 2. Engage stakeholders, and 3. Clarify the problem.  IDI finds that engagement with stakeholders and facilitated sessions are essential to clarifying organizational values, developing an understanding of data sources and quality, exposing hidden objectives or constraints, and understanding the art of the possible for the clients risk or opportunity requiring a decision and investment of time, money, and/or physical resources.  IDIers are skilled diplomats, who are confident and capable facing a group of potentially hostile stakeholders without the benefit of a voting machine or pollster to tell them how to react.  IDIers know that organizational success is frequently influenced more by the engagement and interaction among stakeholders than by the final decision.  This makes IDI a valued member of many analytic teams where we facilitate collaboration and blend into our teammate’s culture and norms.

Noteworthy applications:

  • Creating processes and techniques to integrate and perform early validation across the elements of the operational concept, boundary definition document, and requirements of a system
  • Design and implementation of facilitated sessions across a wide spectrum of national security organizations
  • Delivery of tailored short courses that span the spectrum of systems engineering, decision/risk analysis, and soft skills
  • Transfer of our analytical technology to customer teams via training and coaching; examples include simulation modeling for a federal agency and Bayesian network modeling for national security


Training Courses

Our training courses cover the spectrum from systems engineering, decision and risk analysis, through soft skills for analysts.  Most of our courses are offered to our client organizations as part of special course.

We are currently offering the following courses:

  • Decision & Risk Analytics
  • Introduction to Bayesian Networks Using Netica
  • Multi-Objective Decision Analysis (MODA)

In addition to those courses currently scheduled, IDI offers the following upon request:

  • Systems Engineering
  • Group Facilitation
  • Value-Focused Thinking Using Multi-Objective Decision Analysis
  • Resource Allocation
  • Strategic Planning


Engineered Systems

IDIers have provided the full spectrum of systems engineering services to customers in the intelligence community, national defense agencies, and commercial firms.  These services include creational of operational concepts that include mission requirements, usage scenarios, and definition of the system boundary; requirements development and derivation; functional and behavioral modeling, analysis of alternatives, tracing requirements to architectural elements and test requirements, and definition of the test system.



IDIers are experts at helping project teams, task forces, executive boards, and other groups achieve their objectives by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of their group processes.  IDI specializes in using a systematic and flexible group facilitation technique known as decision conferencing.  Using decision conferencing techniques, IDI decision analysts have facilitated hundreds of meetings, conferences, and off-sites in support of strategic planning, resource allocation, evaluation of alternatives, risk assessments, and other critical tasks for many national security organizations.  The facilitated decision conference process builds a common purpose within the group and a shared understanding of the problem, and leads to informed choice and commitment to action.

IDIers routinely provide coaching to their analytically inclined clients as part of every project we work. In addition, we have transitioned our approach to modeling and simulation to a federal agency and routinely receive small contracts to mentor and provide more sophisticated training to them. Similarly, we have transitioned the development of Bayesian networks to another national security organization and work with them on training and quality review.