In May 2016, Deanna collaborated with Prof Tim Foresman and Strategics’ Chris Mills, and board members of SIBA and Regional Development Australia to workshop skills required for a world driven by spatial technologies. From smart city planning to managing our prison systems and environmental sustainability, spatial skills are becoming more critical.
Interestingly, we discovered that while STEM is important, so too are the soft skills, like communication, empathy, parallel processing and systems thinking. Business development, story telling and strategic planning also featured as complementary skills requiring special attention.
In 2014, we led a project on behalf of Simulation Australasia to develop and deliver a companion to the Introduction to Simulation in Australia (now Simulation Fundamentals 1) program. Deciding what to include (and NOT include) was a real challenge, and eventually the program emerged as Foundations of Simulation Acquisition. It was great working with Melanie, Elyssebeth, Nicole and Roger on this. We then delivered several iterations of this program across Australia and New Zealand, largely to Defence personnel and contractors, receiving exceptional feedback along the way.
Some highlights included:
- seeing participants discover how they unconsciously hide critical information from key stakeholders
- uncovering a culture of learned helplessness around requirements matching
- learning about significant failings in simulation, like
- the B707 crash at East Sale
- severe motion sickness in a helicopter simulation
In early 2011, we worked with the Rebel Group (Rebel Sport and Amart All Sports) to support regional managers’ professional development, and later to coordinate a learning and assessment centre for national store managers. Our role involved:
- recording observations during individual presentations and group activities
- providing feedback to participants relevant to the company’s internal competency framework
- leading the assessment team
- identifying for assessors things to watch for during observation
- helping assessors to prepare for giving difficult feedback
- debriefing assessors after feedback sessions
- ensuring accuracy, completeness and consistency in all assessment records