Communicating in the Modern World

Organization and Change Consulting, Instructional Systems Design (SAT or DACUM) and Project Management

What is this all about?

Business Consulting in Training and Development

WakiTaki currently holds a Training and Development Consulting Contract in the field of Oil and Gas in the Middle East.

By conducting Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation of courseware in Upstream professional development and Project Management of the deliverable process using MS Project software;  deliverables are on time, on budget and have tailor made impact to the company bottom line.

For example, the cost of collapsed boreholes and lost circulation alone costs the oil and gas industry over 1 billion dollars annually in increased costs.  One of the courses worked on in conjunction with former retired subject matter experts from Schlumberger was a tailor fit course in Geophysics for Engineers with a concentration on Vertical Seismic Profiles looking ahead of the bit, with the introduction of a mud weight calculator and other tools to help engineers better predict failures. This course goes far beyond Power Points and class discussion with a Virtual Reality 3D Seismic Trainer built in Unity 3D that shows what happens to the borehole under certain conditions with industry leading accuracy of the mud weight calculator.

I exist because We exist

 

WakiTaki  (probably an organization you haven’t actually heard of before) is building its reputation by building yours.  That is called client service.

Media is what makes the world go round

Randy Stewart Miller has been a leader in the media revolution.   The year was 1991 and Randy was a lift operator on weekends at Deer Valley Resort, an Intelligence Sgt in the 19th Special Forces Group with expertise as a technical trainer in Korea and a Political Science student at BYU.  Randy was working on a new communication method with students from around the world over a 2400 baud modem at the Kennedy School of International Relations.  Randy was playing the role of the PRC in an international relations simulation.  Each turn of the simulation took a 24 hour turn around.  Definitely asynchronous communication but the beginning of the revolution.  After graduating, Randy served four more years in the US Army as an airborne combat medic with the 1/508th infantry in Panama, and as a trainer for the Expert Infantry Badge and Expert Field Medical Badge with additional service in El Salvador, Honduras and Suriname.

In the winter of 1999, just as everyone was supposed to be waking up to Y2K,  Randy laid out the plans for Distance Education via broadband networks (at a time when most of the world was operating off of 14.4 baud modems on copper wire). He had a full understanding of fiber optics and created the systematic plan while working the winter in Aspen, Colorado.  Distance Education at this time was based on the large Open University concept or again, asynchronous communications. The idea of two way synchronous communication with an instructor was not on the radar at the time let alone the idea of full HD video instruction with an instructor, but the idea just needed time.

It was clear that day would come and the vision was fully materialized in 2016-17 (Link) (Link) as the Texas Real Estate Commission accredited ChampionsLive! as face to face live classroom instruction which was a milestone in Texas for online instruction and accomplished the plan from the winter of 1999.

In 2007 Randy graduated with a Masters of Distance Education from the University of Maryland in a joint program with UMUC and Universität Oldenburg (Link) and has been perfecting Instructional Design methods since that time.

SAT/DACUM/ADDIE

SAT (Systems Approach to Training), DACUM (Develop a Curriculum) and ADDIE (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Training) are all interrelated terms.

SAT (Link) was first developed by the US Department of Defense to train soldiers and first appeared in 1975. DACUM is similar to SAT’s Analysis phase and widely used in the college and corporate world to create a school house curriculum.  ADDIE was created by the Center for Educational Technology at Florida State University for the U.S. Army and then quickly adapted by all the U.S. Armed Forces (Branson, Rayner, Cox, Furman, King, Hannum, 1975; Watson, 1981).  ADDIE is also called the “5 step approach” as the acronym stands for the 5 steps in creating a training system.

WAKITAKI still uses the SAT model with the addition of PRINCE2 Project Management skills.  Since most training courses and curriculum development plans follow the Project Management methodology (are generally self contained business processes that have an initiation and closing phase), it makes sense that an Instructional Systems Designer (ISD) would be well versed in both SAT and Project Management.

PRINCE2 (Link) is the most straight forward and certification friendly of the Project Management organizations and also the most cost friendly as well.  Business as usual tends to be repetitive. Projects are more complicated and therefore have their own life cycle.  Following a Project Management framework does not guarantee a project success, but it does increase the likelihood of completion and therefore reduces risk to an organization trying something new.  Most courses and curriculum, under the ADDIE model, falls into this category as long as the design and development is closed out.

Evaluation is the process of validating the circle and setting the stage for the next “project” even if its the same course title.  The US Army came out with additional methods of training called “hip pocket” training.  This is where the senior member of the group teaches directly from experience.  The leader of WakiTaki (Randy Stewart Miller) was also a stakeholder in Army Learning Method 2015 where hip pocket training was joined with on the spot training via mobile devices.  You can visit the original contract here and the video of what its all about here.

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Our Work Process

The CEO and Chief Architect for WakiTaki Corporation is Randy Stewart Miller. Using the latest principles in Project Management, Organization and Change, and Training and Development, Randy sets the standard in the Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Training and Organizational Consulting to the Oil and Gas, Aviation, Real Estate, Agriculture and Military industries.

PLANNING

We understand your needs

Incorporating the principles of Project Management, and not just incorporating training requirements but understanding the clients business goals, is the key to planning Change Management. Randy Miller comes from a background of Organizational Change working at a Senior Instructional Design level for KBR, Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI International, DynCorp, the US Department of State, Phillips 66, Champions School of Real Estate and Saudi Aramco. From little seeds do big trees grow, but we also have to be prepared to trim the tree and grow new roots. Re-inventing ourselves is not just an option: It is a requirement in today's world.

IMPLEMENTATION

We make it work using all available talent

Kirkpatrick Certified and Peter Block Flawless Consulting Certified, Randy Miller
consults with clients on needs assessments and then implements a plan that is technologically sound, educationally sound, and provides measurable results working with Subject Matter Experts from any industry. This requires design leadership and a thorough understanding of ``what's possible``. What's possible comes from both 15 years of experience as an Instructional Designer and another 10 years in web based ideas, a Masters Degree in Distance Education from the University of Maryland (2007), but also not resting on one's laurels. It's a big world and it is moving fast. One can not be an Organizational Change professor without being interested in how that change occurs in the real world.

DELIVERY

We deliver the complete product

Everything is just talk until projects are delivered on time, on budget and providing value for the company. The hallmark of good design is making the complex simple. Taking this to task requires the right media, the right message, with the right instructional approach, in the right place under the right circumstances. In the Department of Defense they call this ``train as you fight``. Training should be realistic, relevant and go beyond checking a box.

Get in touch

+1 832 525 3316

info@wakitaki.com