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What is TASKR?
TASKR is a locally developed, cloud based, application built to manage talent, tasks and teams across an organization of any size. It was originally built to focus on task management and has evolved into also managing the talented Airmen who accomplish tasks and the teams they form throughout an organization.
TASKR is now is focused on the problem statement: How might we manage human resources and mission requirements for any organization at a macro and micro level under one user interface in both a secure and non-secure environment?
The team started by building individual “baseball cards” using the traditional Air Force biography format to ensure that standard information such as assignment history, education and date of rank from MilPDS were captured and then added the capability for the user to enter deployments, exercises and courses that are not captured in any other system of record. In order to aid with CSAF Focus Area-2 “Developing Joint Leaders” any entry can be highlighted as “joint verified”. This feature enables discoverability of the information from a talent management perspective.
TASKR also allows user to enter any type of skill, such as design, running coach, python, project management, etc and then self-assess their proficiency level. This capability will transition to allow community endorsement of skills similar to LinkedIn. Users may also enter “interests” to provide leadership with more information when planning future professional development or deployment opportunities.
Each interest or skill is attached to the baseball card as a “tag” which also allows personnel to be tagged with things like “facility manager”, “PTL”, “UDM”, etc. These tags will allow all UDMs across an organization to be tasked without knowing who the actual UDMs are.
Each user can be tasked by anyone in their leadership chain and the individual task user interface is similar to TMT or GEARS except there is no limit to the number of accounts for each organization. Documents can also be loaded to into each task card. There are many different ways to visualize the task UI.
Task due dates can be viewed on a calendar
Tasks are graphed out based on their level of importance
Leadership can view all tasks assigned to a team (this will also help with identifying excess capacity across an organization)
One of the features we are most excited about is the team management UI. This portion of the app will allow the talent management baseball cards to form teams. This can be used to form Groups, squadrons, flights, section, or project teams (project teams can be built for a specific task and then disbanded after the task is complete).
“Tags” are used to identify skills, experience, positions, and types of tasks which allows rapid identification across large organizations.
TASKR was built to solve a local problem but we feel that many of our lessons learned could be applicable across the Air Force. Over the next few weeks, we are going to expand and begin testing across a small number of units. Our unit is not resourced to maintain large scale software for the Air Force but we believe that our sandbox could provide HAF/A1 with user tested features that could be added to current talent management systems of record (Talent Marketplace, myVector, etc) and the rest of the AF may benefit from lesson learned with the task and team management portions of the app.
TASKR Infographic (download here)
You may notice a few changes to the i.LAB website. Don’t worry, nothing has disappeared! We’re just rearranging some of the content to make it look more appealing, and make things easier to find.
When this site first started, we didn’t really know what direction it would end up taking. The i.LAB podcast was an early experiment. Turns out, people actually like it. And what’s more, people want to create their own podcasts as well!
Since we will quickly run out of room in our top navigation bar, we’ve consolidated all of our podcast links onto a single index page, which can be found under PODCASTS at the top of our page. As we add new podcast series they’ll appear here.
There will also be a few other cosmetic changes, and new content, coming in the near future. So keep your eye out and let us know what you think. Also, if you happen to notice anything being broken, or if you just can’t find what you’re looking for, please let us know as soon as possible!
A few months after the birth of our first i.Lab, we began working with outside organizations and sharing our lessons learned. One of the first questions we were asked was “can you send us your innovation checklist?” We really didn’t have a checklist at the time and actually thought that writing a checklist went against the whole idea of innovation.
Before the course started we were given the opportunity to pitch an idea for a business to our classmates through an online forum. The pitches ranged from launching an affordable middle school gardening program to supply students with fresh vegetables to a program to accelerate language learning by incorporating virtual reality. Once the class started we voted on our favorite ideas and then small project teams were formed to transition the idea from ideation to implementation using the lessons learned each day.
Stanford IGNITE is a certificate program in entrepreneurship and innovation developed by Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. The primary target for the course is post graduate students working on master’s degrees or PHDs from the graduate schools at Stanford who want to learn how to commercialize the ideas from their research.
The 9th Intelligence Squadron hosted a four-person team from Stanford University’s Hacking 4 Defense class, Apr. 20, 2018. The non-profit organization, H4D’s purpose is to generate problem-solving cooperation between academia and the Department of Defense. This specific team’s goal is to help the Air Force through the continuous improvement processes associated with the conversion of traditional film for use on a digital platform associated with the aerial imagery process, exploitation and dissemination from the Optical Bar Camera that flies on the U-2 aircraft.
Members of the 548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group were asked to attend the Defense Innovation Board (DIB) meeting in Mountain View, California on 11 July, 2018.
“DIB is a huge networking opportunity, as well as a chance to interact and influence the direction of innovation at the strategic level in not only the Air Force, but the whole Department of Defense,” said Senior Master Sgt. Matthew Phillips, 9th Intelligence Squadron superintendent.