Accession Number : ADA312934

Title :   Task Structure and Scenario Design.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Berigan, Michael C.

PDF Url : ADA312934

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 112

Abstract : The Adaptive Architectures for Command and Control (A2C2) project is a four-year effort sponsored by the Office of Naval Research to explore adaptation in command and control structures. The project's first experiment involves studying interaction between task structure and organization structure. Although the organization structure dimension of interest was clear, not enough was known of the dimensions of task structure to determine the dimension of interest without further study. This thesis describes a process for developing military operational scenarios within a task structure context. First, the author conducts a literature review, defines the dimensions of task structure applicable to this project, develops a grading scale for each dimension, gives examples of the dimensions and grades each example, and describes how changes in one dimension might affect other dimensions. Then a method for developing scenarios in accordance with a predetermined structure and visualizing tasks is described, including a task structure diagram and a description of a task design process using the diagram and the dimensions previously delineated. The author then applies the task design process by developing two scenarios for the first A2C2 experiment that differ across one dimension of task structure, coordination requirements. Finally, a description of the experiment is given, including discussion of operationalization of the scenarios and organization structures, and lessons learned from the experiment with regard to scenario design.

Descriptors :   *SCENARIOS, *SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, *ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS, *ARCHITECTURE, LESSONS LEARNED, ORGANIZATIONS, SIZES(DIMENSIONS), LITERATURE SURVEYS, INTERACTIONS, STRUCTURES, THESES, BASE LINES, DIAGRAMS.

Subject Categories : Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE