FALL 2018/SPRING 2019 – OPTIMIS Cadet Project

Cadet Project/Design and Development

FALL 2018/SPRING 2019

USAFA Cadets stand outside a pilot training simulator at Travis AFB.


The 21st Airlift Squadron created an in-house Microsoft Access database called OPTIMIS to capture instructor write-ups on student pilot performance. The developer long since departed, leaving it unsupported. They needed to redesign it as well as expand it to include more functionality and compatibility with the Graduate Training Integration Management System (GTIMS).


AF CyberWorx used several of their in-house tools to bring OPTIMIS to transition.
      • A cadet capstone project carried OPTIMIS through the discovery phase to a low-fidelity prototype and the first stages of user testing.
      • The in-house designers and developer matured the MVP through modern methods.
      • The AF CyberWorx team reached out to champions and stakeholders across the Mobility Air Force to expand the project’s reach within the Air Force.
      • Kessel Run, who were developing a suite of matured applications with similar aims to OPTIMIS, liked the scalability, mobile capability, and ease of use of the program.


AF CyberWorx officially transitioned the OPTIMIS project to Kessel Run September 2020, granting it further development, maturity, long-term sustainment, and delivery to end users across the Air Force. It left a legacy with AF CyberWorx in the form of The Other Airmen project focused on discovering how to enable citizen developers who don’t have the knowledge, resources, or time to design and develop traditional home-grown applications.
Problem Statement:

How can the 21st create an OPTIMIS replacement solution that incorporates theprinciples of 360 feedback toprovide analytical data on theentire training system?