Systematiq Spotlight: Scott Clothier

Connecting clients to their goals through specialised skills and nurtured experience

The ability to solve a problem in new ways requires the ability to see that problem in new ways. As a consultancy that solves client problems every day, we are able to offer different perspectives through our diverse and skilled team members. 

Many of the team members in our training design and development business Learning Systems Analysis (LSAnalysis) are ex-uniform, who bring with them years of specialised experience and skill sets that enable us to approach client problems in unique ways and create bespoke solutions. 

Scott Clothier joined LSAnalysis as a Training and Development Consultant in November 2019. Being ex-Army, he brings over 35 years of training experience associated with Defence and his understanding of the Systems Approach to Defence Learning (SADL) is second to none. 

“SADL is a very efficient training methodology that makes working on a new project less ambiguous. Right at the onset, it helps us understand how many resources it would take to complete the task and how long it would take to get the job done. 

Through the SADL framework, we are able to add value to client goals. It allows us to gauge the products our clients need; understand how they want these products delivered and by when. It helps with streamlining work packages and ensuring all the stakeholders within a project are talking the same language.” 

Creating the SADL framework for the ADF Training System

As part of his impressive work repertoire, Scott was the Australian Army’s lead on the working group to rewrite the Systems Approach to Defence Learning (SADL), the doctrine and guidelines for the Australian Defence Force Training System. 

The goal of the project was to amalgamate the training system doctrine of the 3 Defence services Army, Navy and Air Force into one- the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Training System. 

He also assisted with the set-up of the new ADF Training System school. He led 2 of the 3 trials for the new courses being developed for the training systems practitioners-the ADF Training Designers and the ADF Training Developers. 

“Through the application of SADL, we were able to work together as a team, resolve conflict, and overcome tension and difference in opinions to achieve the end goal of the project.”

Scott has also utilised the SADL framework for a different project with Army Headquarters (AHQ) to streamline practices and increase efficiencies in course delivery.

“AHQ was looking for a modernised way of delivering a particular course within the Signals Corps Training continuum. LSAnalysis was tasked with the responsibility of bringing changes to the residential training course in Melbourne that wasn’t achieving the desired outcome. The students who registered for the course found the requirement of being away from home for the 6-month training period, extremely difficult.”

To achieve the results set, Scott and the team undertook intensive analysis to offer a number of solutions to the client. Employing the use of the SADL methodology was key to ensuring positive results throughout the entire project. 

“Through SADL, we were able to modernise the training course delivery, trim down the learning outcomes, while still keeping the students interested in the course they undertook.”

This approach allowed LSAnalysis to better understand the issues around extended centralised residential training for the Subject 4 Corporal ECN 665 course and also explore solutions to deliver the curriculum remotely, by utilising Technology-Enabled Learning (TEL).  

The final solution offered to the AHQ included a fully distributed and flexible attainment delivery method for the Subject 4 CPL RASIGS ECN 665 course that met the client’s strategic goals for Army in Motion.

Training clients on the SADL methodology increases the value we bring.

While applying SADL to client projects is one aspect of what LSAnalysis does, we often push the boundaries by training clients on SADL methodology and practices.

LSAnalysis were brought onto the LAND 400 Project Phase 3 Stage 2 – Risk Mitigation Activity by Hanwha to remediate the Training Support Plan that was created as part of their initial bid to the Commonwealth. The initial products built did not meet the requirements set by the Commonwealth and had to be resolved within a short span of time. 

The changes made by LSAnalysis to the plan, not only met the requirements of the Commonwealth, but the professional standard of the deliverables- Performance Needs Analysis products and a Training Requirement Specification – gave the Commonwealth the confidence that Hanwha could take the project forward.

Scott’s involvement in this project and use of SADL played a crucial role in realigning the project and delivering high-quality, pertinent work products. 

“Through this project we were not only able to incorporate SADL as part of the product build, but also train the Hanwha team on the use of SADL for the work packages they were managing. We went to South Korea and worked with the Hanwha South Korean team at their factory in Busan to train them on the SADL methodology. 

We were able to provide the Hanwha team with insights into what the Commonwealth was expecting. This allowed them to use the SADL methodology in the best way possible for upcoming work packages.”

Scott continues to train clients as well as the team members at LSAnalysis on the use of SADL and its benefits. 

Darren Carr, General Manager of LSAnalysis weighs in on Scott’s contribution to the team at LSAnalysis. 

“Scott acts as an audit function to critique the work of team members with his extensive knowledge and application of the SADL. Our junior team members lean in on Scott to hone their skills, while other project leads within the team utilise Scott to provide oversight on the work they are producing. Without staff like Scott it is very difficult to bring together an effective Training and Development team.” 

Learning Systems Analysis continues to offer various Learning and Development solutions that are unique and bespoke. Through training analysis, design, development and evaluation we can help devise solutions that meet your end goal.