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Technical CONOPS and Concepts Course Student Testimonials

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  • “I am pretty deep in [deleted] program development for the [deleted] and they really, really need CONOPS support. My fear, though, is that they’re going to simply “shop” the CONOP out to a Beltway Bandit, rather than building it through what I consider the best approach: A contractor “guided”, multilayer, organically developed document which is driven largely by the scenario development. I’d like to figure out how to use your depth of experience in my SME areas.”
  • “My decision to take this course was, by far, the best training decision I have made during my 23 years of civil service. This was my first in-depth exposure to the CONOPS environment and the knowledge garnered has already had a major positive impact on the way in which I think, collaborate with others, and design systems for the war fighter. My more than favorable opinion of this course is twofold. While the material covered was appropriately structured and well organized, I attribute much of my newfound understanding and motivation to the instructor's indelible delivery.” (used with permission from Dave Robinson, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City, FL June 2010)
  • "Last year, a colleague used your approach with the state of Mass to develop a statewide initiative for interoperability that got them a 97 out of a 100 rating from DHS for PSIC grants... I frequently point to his experience to make the point of getting people to work together... same thing I feel you're really doing by building consensus with the CONOPS building as the technique." "I will certainly respond with positive feedback if asked. You delivered what was promised and the students described the course as definitely enlightening."
  • "...I found it to be one of the few practical and immediately useful courses I've taken in or out of the Air Force. I had never written or been part of the process that produced a CONOPS before I attended and I was carrying 26 years of bias against courses of this type. Mack McKinney's approach was far too meaty, and "uncommon" sense oriented not to enjoy. He's teaching this course at the AOC and I think you'd enjoy both his presentation and his overall approach to writing and evaluating CONOPS."
  • “Please see the attached flyer concerning the next local CONOPS training course. I took this about 4 years ago and thought it did a great job of blending common sense with the JCIDS requirements for CONOPS. The next course in our area is scheduled for {dates} and will held at [location]. There should be a couple of seats available. Although the course is a little pricy... it's jam packed with practical application and exercises. No -- I don't work for this company and this is not a paid advertisement... I just thought it was a quality product for Strategic Planners and Requirements personnel.”
  • “Please see the flyer. It describes an IT focused CONOPS course, one that I took about 3 years ago and found it to be very helpful. I recommend it. It appears they will have a handful of openings for the training...This course is perfect for mid-level guys struggling to capture and articulate the intent of a specific project. This course is fairly intense and well worth your investment.”
  • "I wanted to take the time to thank you for hosting a great course. We have already begun to implement the OPCON for some design in [deleted]. I am very interested in the licensing and consulting for projects so any additional information would be great. . . . I hope all is well and look forward to a continued relationship "
  • "Thanks for a very informative course, Mack! I will definitely be recommending this course to colleagues and clients."
  • "You are very kind and the best ambassador for your country. It would be a pleasure to join you in the great CONOPS community! Thanks alot for everything my brother Mack!"
  • "I really enjoyed the CONOPS course last week. It had a lot of value for what I’m working on. Thanks again for a very worthwhile 2 days and I look forward to future interaction."
  • "Thanks again Mack for your great support! You and your team really go the extra mile and it shows. We’ll be in touch (very soon I hope)."
  • "It was a great and useful course….and of course you are a very knowledgeable and great instructor. I am at NAVAIR as of this moment and indeed I can verify several of the issues you pointed out."
  • An email from a course graduate to his colleagues: “Please see the attached flyer concerning the next local CONOPS training course. I took this about 4 years ago and thought it did a great job of blending common sense with the JCIDS requirements for CONOPS. The next course in our area is scheduled for 9 - 10 Dec and will held at Ft Sam Houston. There should be a couple of seats available. Although the course is a little pricy... it's jam packed with practical application and exercises. No -- I don't work for this company and this is not a paid advertisement... I just thought it was a quality product for Strategic Planners and Requirements personnel.”
  • "You're a great person, an outstanding teacher, and I strongly believe in your product and what you're doing for the customer."
  • "As I am a converted member of the CONOPS cult, I will continue to refer folks to you. A good class deserves to be heard."
  • "Thanks Mack. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and believe I will thoroughly use the knowledge you've provided me. I am glad I was persistent and you receptive for me to get into a class." (He had scheduling problems in being able to attend a class)
  • “Just a note, maybe you might want to include this in your course material: I just attacked my first CONOPS since your class. I had written several before that were, personally, unsatisfactory, hence my enrollment in your course. Now, back in the CONOPS saddle, I blew my client’s socks off. They have been bidding DoD work since the earth was young but never ever have seen/done a CONOPS. The ultimate test will be if they win (which, happily, is not entirely based on a great CONOPS). I will say that your course has truly made my CONOPS writing shine. It was an incredible pleasure writing the thing as I knew precisely what needed to be said and how to say it. I didn’t know that before your excellent class. Thanks again.”
  • “Thank you for offering the course. I learned a lot and gained some good resources to refer back to. In the meantime, I intend to analyze the previous CONOPS my department recently finished at DHS.”
  • “It has been a pleasure taking the CONOPS course- it appears that a lot of effort was invested into putting it together; It gave me a serious and useful insight into CONOPS.”
  • “I also enjoyed the course and benefited from your CONOPS craftsmanship.”
  • “I drank the Kool-Aid! This is going to greatly improve now I approach current and future projects.”
  • “Based on my 25 years of DOD experience, the review of CONOPS and elements were good. The methodology was of the most value, as there are many opinions as to what constitutes a CONOPS.”
  • “Great course with very useful tools.”
  • “I found the class engaging and informative, the handouts are valuable: no improvement needed. Everyone who reads or writes CONOPS should be required to take this course. I didn’t find any of the material irrelevant.”
  • “The course was worth my time and I think you guys put out a solid product.”
  • “Best value was the templates and the standardized process. Lack of process has killed us thus far.”
  • “The first step is the biggest and I now feel I can confidently take it.”
  • “Course provided lots of Context to the work I do in requirements development and will greatly help me in eliciting information.”
  • “Appreciated the Good, Bad and Ugly module - - - it is very valuable to see concrete examples and likewise for the format.”
  • “Excellent course! My CONOPS crafting just made a quantum leap!”
  • “Invaluable course! Highly recommend it. Handout simplifying TTPs WRT CONOPS was great.”

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