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How to Analyze and Priortize Tasks

Mission Driven Methodology

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This 2-day Mission Driven Methodology (MDM) course provides students with a proven and well-documented methodology to collect, analyze and prioritize tasks. MDM can be applied to high-level mission needs as well as to low-level detailed software requirements.

MDM is based on years of proven engineering practices and patterns. MDM has been successfully applied on small and large programs that use waterfall, agile, and hybrid design/development processes. MDM quickly bridges the gaps that often form between Operational Needs and Engineering Solutions. Common Sense is not always Common: Mission Needs are not always aligned with current Technologies. We donít always do the right things in the right order. Actions donít always change when mission needs change.

MDM is a logical extension to improve and mange traditional design processes. The entire team guides solution activities towards the key mission needs. As needs and solutions change MDM accommodates these changes within DODAF, FEA and other architecture tools. MDM allows Operations to define and prioritize mission needs and Engineering to define and prioritize the best way to realize viable solutions. It works at the apex of mission needs and technology capabilities.

From this course you will be provided a new and effective methodology to collect, analyze and prioritize mission needs. MDM helps programs operate and create new capabilities in a proven and consistent manner. Tuition:


Richard Domikis (CISSP, PMP) is the Managing Partner at Cabin Digital LLC. He has over 25 years of experience supporting the Defense and Intelligence Communities. He holds a BA in Intelligence and MS in Space Systems from American Military University and is a PhD candidate in Applied Management and Decision Sciences at Walden University. Prior to Cabin Digital he was the CTO for ManTech International and works with numerous Defense, Intelligence and Law Enforcement agencies and their contractors. As a technologist his area of expertise is broad while also specializing in sparse data predictive analytics. His background includes the design development and operation of both large ($1B+) programs as well as small fast-turn critical technologies. He continues to support of a global set of Cyber clients. s.

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What You Will Learn:

  • What MDM is and why
  • How MDM can help your existing program
  • How flight critical and safety critical design patterns are easily extended to include the entire system.
  • To balance needs with program realties
  • To help stakeholders understand difficulty of tasks
  • To help designers understand the true needs
  • How to use MDM over the life of a program

Course Outline:

  1. What is MDM? MDM is a methodology to deliver Mission Focus. A solution team must be focused on the mission and NOT just static and often incomplete requirements. Mission stakeholders must live within the technical, financial and schedule realities of potential solutions. MDM provides the tools to better achieve these goals.

  2. How are needs evaluated? MDM aligns Mission Needs with Design Activities. MDM helps the entire program understand and prioritize needs to solution mapping. MDM monitors and guides changes in both needs & technologies. MDM allows the program track and status design and capability over the life of the program. New Needs and Technology changes are quickly evaluated and prioritized

  3. Prioritization Matrix How many times has a program found itself designing capabilities no longer required or building capabilities that could have been easily purchased? The challenge is often aligning and prioritizing activities between operations and engineering. MDM accomplishes this by prioritizing tasks in a living MDM matrix.

  4. Finding the Middle Ground Finding the middle ground is easy to say and often hard to do. The key is to balance and prioritize mission needs with the engineering activities. MDM helps you define and communicate the correct compromise between needs and solutions.

  5. Accommodating Change Too often Ops are sold a tool that underperforms in the real world or Engineering builds a system that isnít mission relevant. COTS technologies amplify both of these risks. MDM helps monitor and manage these changes.

  6. MDM over the life of a Program. As a program evolves so do both the needs and capabilities. MDM provides a single focal point to manage the living design and align with architecture artifacts such as DODAF and FEA.

  7. Hands-on MDM Session. Take the concepts and as a class apply MDM to a fictional design. Learn the different perspectives and impacts of change.

  8. Lessons Learned and Next Steps. Discussion past applications of MDM provide solid examples and patterns that a student can leverage to quickly adapt MDM to their specific needs.


    Tuition for this two-day course is $1390 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to