[IPAC-List] SME issue

Lance Seberhagen sebe at erols.com
Fri Jun 24 09:23:02 EDT 2011

Maybe the plan is to have the 20 SMEs develop 100 exercise scenarios and
then have a smaller group of 3-5 Exec SMEs develop the final details of
the best 5 exercise scenarios (or whatever the numbers) for use in the
exam. This approach would preserve security while enhancing quality.
The only problem is that your boss forget to tell you about the plan.
Perhaps your boss didn't know, either. If so, the Police Dept and the
HR Dept need to get on the same page. Don't make a difficult task more
difficult than it has to be!

Lance Seberhagen, Ph.D.
Seberhagen & Associates
9021 Trailridge Ct
Vienna, VA 22182
Tel 703-790-0796

On 6/24/2011 8:21 AM, Klus, Thomas M. wrote:

> I have an issue that I hope to get some input on from other

> practitioners. To assist in exercise development, pilot testing and

> content validation, our police department supplies Subject Matter

> Experts from the target rank. These SME's are paid for their time, and

> they receive resume credit in their file for their participation. The

> department assigns a committee chair (from the managerial ranks) to

> oversee the SME's, and the chair is allowed a great deal of latitude on

> determining how many SME will participate. That number has been

> growing, and now it appears they would like to have up to 20 SME

> participate in the current process development. While I have raised

> concerns about the efficiency and the potential for security issues

> related to having such a large number of individuals intimately involved

> in exercise development, I am getting considerable push back from the

> department. Our department has approximately 1400 sworn positions,

> and in the current process, 20 SME's represent about 20% of the

> incumbents in the target rank, and it is likely about 30% of the number

> of potential applicants we will have in the process. From nearly any

> perspective, it seems like an extremely excessive number. I am

> advocating we limit the numbers to 6-8, as in my experience, that is

> sufficient. However, since the top officials are more likely to be

> influenced by what other departments do than simple logic and reason, I

> would like to ask, what is your target number of SME's to have involved

> in your promotional processes? Any input would be appreciated.




> Thomas Klus


> Management Analyst III, Employment Div.


> Department of Human Resources


> Fairfax County Government


> 703-324-5808




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