Independent Assurance

 The centre provides comprehensive and independent assurance to senior management and project/program managers. These structured assessments focus on project management, technical, business and innovation aspects of capability development or acquisition activities. The assessments can be undertaken to support decision making at any level or at any point throughout the life cycle.

Independent Assurance diagram

Facilitated Workshops

The Center hosts a variety of facilitated workshops, including Pre-Smart Buyer Workshops.

The workshops enable efficient and rigorous definition of needs, requirements and related information for the following:

  • Project-level:
    • Joint Capability Needs Statements (JCNS)
    • Operational and Support Intent (OSI) tailored to particular expectations
    • Description of Requirement (DOR)
    • Operational Concept Documents (OCD)
    • Function and Performance Specifications (FPS)
  • Program-level:
    • Program Integrating Operational Concept (PIOC)
    • Umbrella/Program Operational Concept Documents
    • Program Strategies

Each workshop uses a structured methodology developed by the CSC supported by contemporary analysis, modelling and decision-making techniques.

The workshop format ensures that stakeholder consultation and engagement is collaborative and saves time and resources. The scope of each workshop, which is typically between one to three days, is tailored to the particular Program or Project.

The CSC workshop activities include preparation, facilities, use of requirements capture and decision-support tools, catering, facilitators with deep experience in Defence across different environmental domains, and output documents or analyses as required.

diagram of the capability systems centre

A risk assessment service is provided that focuses on analysis of the technical and engineering risks associated with capability development and acquisition activities. These risk assessments can range from high level and short duration analyses to more comprehensive assessments dependant on the complexity and scale of the project/program. Independent advice on corresponding risk reduction activities is also available.

Technical Implementation Risk Assessment (TIRA)
Systematically identify risks and inform the risk reduction work necessary to implement the proposal or future project activities. The TIRA focuses on system development activities including requirements determination, design, prototyping, manufacturing and production, software development, system integration (platform and
capability integration), validation and verification, and test and evaluation.

A TIRA can be conducted at various points across the CLC and to the depth necessary.

The centre is able to provide practical insights into the current and potential business capability and capacity with a focus on system design, manufacturing/production and integration. These assessments provide an analysis of the business’ ability to deliver and sustain the capability or provide assurance of their innovation potential in a specified domain.