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HUMAN FACTORS

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TRAINING NEEDS

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MODELING AND SIMULATION

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DEFENSE

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ACADEMIA

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For over thirty years, Hierarchical Task Analysis has been the most widely used, successfully applied, and easiest to learn method of task analysis. Its virtues include flexibility of application, simplicity in recording task details, and ease of communicating results. TaskArchitect was designed specifically to support hierarchical task analysis.

Designed by human factors professionals, TaskArchitect takes the mundane work out of task analysis. No more constantly editing diagrams, revising task numbering, checking plan details. All of these have been automated and no longer need to take up your time or energy - you can focus on the content of the analysis.

TaskArchitect makes it easy to record detailed information of any kind about each task. Rather than constraining you to a pre-set list of task details or method of analysis, you can define what you feel is important to the analysis. Multiple choice answers, plain text, numbers, values calculated from other task details, references to documents - all of these can be defined by you as appropriate to the problem you are solving.

 

The most critical step in planning a training program is to determine exactly what training is required. The quality of a training needs analysis determines the effectiveness of a training solution. A training needs analysis helps to identify the critical knowledge and skills your employees need to meet your performance goals. Task analysis is a fundamental aspect of training needs analysis, defining the nature and sequences of physical and cognitive tasks that constitute a job.

TaskArchitect is designed to provide a flexible platform for your task and training needs analysis. By allowing you to specify exactly which information needs to be collected, project by project, TaskArchitect enables you to break away from rigid analysis tools. Critical task information can automatically be highlighted on screen as information is entered. Information can be automatically combined, such as difficulty, importance and frequency ratings in order to create indicators of training importance.

 

Models and simulations of human performance are built on a sound understanding of the tasks that the operator undertakes. TaskArchitect enables those basic tasks to be rapidly captured, reviewed and exported to sophisticated modeling and simulation programs.

TaskArchitect offers:

  • Speedy data capture - to allow time with subject matter experts and time in the field to be reduced
  • Task information review - enhance data quality within a single site visit by reviewing information on the fly
  • Detailed task description - define up to 40 different task properties, including the cognitive, perceptual and physical aspects of the task
  • Rapid data entry - combined with export to modeling and simulation tools, this allows TaskArchitect to act as a rapid front end to more complex analytical tools

 

The defense industry has adopted task analysis as the central human factors technique in the acquisition of new systems. With a clear understanding of how equipment will be used throughout its life cycle, the monetary and human performance gains can be immense. 

Armed Forces aim to ensure that the needs of soldiers and their units are considered throughout the entire system acquisition process and life cycle. Task analysis is a fundamental part of that program: it enables those people involved in design, acquisition and training provision to base their decisions on a strong understanding of a system’s end user. They need to know what that user’s goals are, the work they undertake and the factors that will impact the effectiveness and life cycle costs of the system. But few of these people see equipment actually being used in the field.

Task analysis provides designers with a detailed understanding the context of the roles and tasks that soldiers perform, and a detailed picture of how they are or will be used. Task analysis captures this information in a concrete form for formal review, analysis and use throughout defense programs. Activities such as training needs analysis, workload analysis, system and operator simulation, and the development of documentation are all more effective when based on a comprehensive task analysis.

 

TaskArchitect is used extensively by academic institutions to make it easier for students to learn task analysis. Because students are able to focus on the process and the content of the analysis rather than the mechanisms of representing the data, they learn faster and complete more sophisticated analyses.

By gaining an in-depth understanding of task analysis, students acquire a critical skill that will be an asset in any industry. Human factors, ergonomics, industrial design, teaching, and computer science students around the world have applied TaskArchitect in their course work.