Track Record as TOGAF® Instructor
As both the primary TOGAF® instructor and president of eLearning Launchpad, Doug Rinker is highly vested in the success of all our training engagements and client relationships. He has a proven track record as a TOGAF® 9 trainer, with consistently strong positive feedback from hundreds of attendees across dozens of similar certification prep courses for TOGAF® 9 since 2010 (averaging 4.5+ on a 5 point scale in instructor evaluation ratings*). The attendees at these courses were from a wide variety of industries and backgrounds, both technical and non-technical, all sharing an interest in improving Enterprise Architecture across their organizations.
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The average instructor rating mentioned (4.5+/5.0) is the average of all instructor-related ratings in the attendee evaluations from all courses taught by Doug since 2010 that were focused on TOGAF® 9 training and certification preparation; rated items include depth of instructor knowledge, handling of questions, use of examples, and general learning facilitation. Attendees were from prominent companies across many industries (including financial, healthcare, telecommunications, media, IT solution / technology providers, and government), and from many backgrounds (including business analysts, business relationship managers, project/portfolio managers, solution sales reps, enterprise architects, solution architects, application / data / infrastructure architects, technical domain specialists, IT operations / service management, and systems / software engineering).
The instructor evaluation data mentioned above includes courses he delivered as a contracted instructor for other TOGAF® training companies. The course materials and instructional approach used across all these courses was similar (as nearly all courses were derived from the same foundational training materials from The Open Group® and were delivered using Doug’s instructional approach and lecture style), but were not 100% identical due to some variations in editing, sequencing, and exercises. Hide
Many attendees comment that, although they had previously attempted to wade through the TOGAF® standard on their own, the light did not come on for them in many areas until receiving Doug’s practical explanation of the material and how it relates to Enterprise Architecture. As outlined in the “Experience” sections below, his broad industry experience in management, architectural change leadership, and engineering, allows Doug to “translate” TOGAF® concepts into relatable terms for your managers, team leaders, enterprise architects, business architects/analysts, and other supporting team members, whether their backgrounds are business-oriented or technical (see also the testimonial excerpts in the following section).Top
Testimonials from attendees regarding Doug Rinker’s performance as their TOGAF® 9 instructor can be viewed on our Testimonials page. Also see “Recommendations” from attendees and colleagues on Doug’s LinkedIn Profile (LinkedIn login is required to fully view “Recommendations”).
NOTE: See all testimonials on our Testimonials page, along with other important information about testimonial sources. All testimonials address Doug's performance, and are from attendees of courses taught by him, where content and duration was similar or identical to our current 4-day cert prep course.
Here are a few excerpts:
“…Doug did a terrific job teaching a 5 day online TOGAF class… He demonstrated both broad and deep mastery of the material, as well as insights as to how companies are implementing the framework. He kept the training lively and interactive, enabling me and others in the class to come away with practical, actionable knowledge and also providing the necessary ingredients to excel in the 2 levels of TOGAF certification testing…”
“…[Doug] was able to provide information above and beyond the TOGAF material, and that along with his own expertise and professional experience really gave me a 360 view of the material and its possible application points… I will remember the instructor for many reasons, but what sticks in my mind is that even at this point in my career I felt honored and humbled to be taught by what, in my experience, is one of the premier thought leaders in EA. Doug’s experience, his professional demeanor (as he fielded questions both good and bad…I know because I asked many bad ones ☺ ) was refreshing and gave me confidence to participate and get more out of class…”
“…I had attended the TOGAF training conducted by Doug. It was a high quality training which enabled me to understand Enterprise Architecture thoroughly and practically. [Doug] clarified the ambiguous concepts with industry case studies and examples. I was able to pass the certification with ease after the training. I highly recommend him as a coach and trainer…”
“…Not only did [Doug] teach an appropriately distilled set of materials, but [he] also delivered it so well, giving us very relevant examples and rationale, and letting us know key areas and concepts to remember. I learned so much from [him] ☺ …”
“…Doug brilliantly complimented the TOGAF material with many real-world examples making the content real and tangible for each student. The course was delivered in a manner that each student could safely come out of their respective shells and participate, this led to a number of very informative in-class discussions…”
“…I had the opportunity to participate in a TOGAF course [taught] by Doug and can testify [to] his communication skills and the depth of his knowledge on this subject. It was a great experience…”
“…[Doug] was willing to customize the class content to the majority of students needs including extended discussion on actual application or shifts in schedule due to pop-up events during the class…”
From management colleagues at United Technologies (prior aerospace career):
“…As Director of Electronics Operations Engineering, Doug was an extremely bright and technical professional that had a strategic vision and tactical nuance to back that up with efficient execution. He has the ability to quickly sum up the business scenario and come up with solutions that work. He is a team leader and brings the best out of those that work with him. He is results oriented and expects the highest quality effort from the team…”
“…[Doug] demonstrated a remarkable ability to grasp the context of the problem or task at hand and to convey it to those around him in a manner which always enhanced their ability to succeed. Doug’s strengths of tenacity, technical knowledge, and team building (among others) enabled him to be a strong and effective leader in a brilliant career at Hamilton Sundstrand (an aerospace systems company of United Technologies)…”
“…Doug brings a unique problem solving ability to tackle tough business issues. His experience ranges from formulating a strategic vision, to effective selling of plans and actions, and delivering results to the bottom line…”
Overall Industry Experience: Doug Rinker’s 30+ years of wide-ranging experience in training, architecture (at the solution and enterprise levels), management, technology, and engineering allow him to bring unusually high value as a trainer for your organization. Before moving into the professional training and elearning development field in 2009, Doug had a very successful 28 year career in the aerospace segment of United Technologies Corporation (UTC), a Fortune Top 50 Company – this unit of UTC is currently known as Collins Aerospace. At UTC he held a number of high impact roles in multiple organizations, including executive and functional management, leadership of strategic enterprise-wide architectural transformation initiatives, and development of airborne electronic control products and supporting test systems (including electronics and software design engineering, and the ownership and improvement of these capabilities). Additional details on Doug’s relevant experience at UTC are provided in the next section below.
Enterprise Architecture / TOGAF® Training Experience: Since 2009, Doug has leveraged many of the coaching, communication, and transformation-related skills and insights from his work in the aerospace field at United Technologies, as well as his expanded interest in industry-standard Enterprise Architecture methodology, by leading numerous certification prep courses for TOGAF® 9. These courses have been taught in both face-to-face and live virtual classroom formats, in both public and private course types, and often involved a geographically dispersed/global audience. Doug has also designed and developed a variety of custom Enterprise Architecture/Solution Architecture-related courses and content, including instructional content and assessments, case studies, courseware, self-paced interactive elearning modules, and other web-based technologies and platforms aimed at training delivery. Aside from eLearning Launchpad, Doug has performed these types of instructor and course development tasks for a number of other leading IT/Enterprise Architecture training companies, whose clients included many prominent companies in the financial, technology, telecommunications, healthcare, and government sectors.
Details of Relevant Industry Experience at United Technologies…Show Details...
Experience rooted in envisioning and delivering transformational change: Doug’s industry experience with UTC is very important to his effectiveness as a TOGAF® trainer. In his engineering and transformation leadership roles, his teams were faced with many challenging problems that spanned large portions of the enterprise, and crossed a number of boundaries among highly independent organizations – the organizational context took many forms, due to an evolving mix of centralized functions that supported and relied on decentralized units, each of which was narrowly focused on their unique products, systems, and markets. To respond to these challenges with appropriate changes, the teams needed to first understand the true business needs and motivations, especially those requiring cross-functional cooperation among “silos” that were operating in locally optimized ways (ways that were often sub-optimal for the broader enterprise). Those needs were then addressed by identifying appropriate best practices to exploit, creating or enhancing capabilities (considering process, tools/tech, and people) supported by streamlined integrations of previously siloed processes and technologies, and standardizing on shared foundational capabilities and “platform” approaches to the greatest practical extent (without sacrificing the flexibility needed for the legitimately unique needs of the organizations involved). Doug’s understanding of these architectural aspects, along with his experience in leading and coaching teams, managing change, selling ideas, and communicating with many types of professionals, greatly enhances his effectiveness as a TOGAF® trainer (and underpins his interests in architecturally-driven business improvement). Equally important is the subject matter expertise Doug gained in the engineering disciplines, business management and transformation, quality/process improvement, and integrated product development.
Key roles and architectural initiatives: Over his 28 year career at UTC in business/technology transformation, executive management, project/program management, design engineering, and cross-functional team leadership, Doug was responsible for several major transformation programs with company-wide impact, integrated product development (IPD) processes, the design/development of aircraft electronics and software, and product test system development. Many initiatives that he led involved the integration, standardization, and alignment of engineering/early manufacturing processes, tools, and technologies across multiple business units, using flexible platform strategies and the principles of IPD.
The concepts of “platforms” as mentioned above, and the associated common “building block” elements, were applied to product test systems, product designs, and manufacturing processes and setups. This allowed shared, standardized hardware and software elements to be used across many diverse product lines while still providing the flexibility needed for the unique customer-driven requirements of individual products. The results of such initiatives were higher quality, lower development and manufacturing costs, faster cycle times/greater automation, shorter learning curves, and greater customer satisfaction in product development, test system development, early and full production manufacturing, and lifecycle support.
Formal positions held at United Technologies Corporation (aerospace systems unit):
- Executive-level: Director of Electronics Ops Engineering (staff of 100+, 6 departments, multiple sites) (7 yrs)
- Engineering Department Manager (3 positions: Test Eng’g, Software Eng’g, Ops Eng’g) (11 yrs)
- Group Engineer (technical and supervisory, HW and SW) (3 yrs)
- Electronics / Software Design Engineer (7 yrs)
- Periodic dedicated and part-time assignments as program manager for major product, software, or capability development programs
- Improvement of engineering processes and integration across disciplines
- Improvement of new product introduction by better integrating design engineering with manufacturing
- Standardization and streamlining of manufacturing assembly/test setups for new designs, allowing early automation to replace more error-prone and costly manual processes
- Standardization of product and test system design elements across several decentralized engineering organizations
- Development of common test strategies and common automated test platforms for both manufacturing and engineering across multiple business units and many product families (with ability to support unique product characteristics with simplified adaptations via flexible platform interfaces)
- Development of aircraft control electronics and software, automated product test systems, and related process improvements, while in roles as design engineer, project/program manager, and functional discipline manager (these products supported dozens of major commercial and military aircraft development programs)
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Certifications / Credentials Relating to Enterprise Architecture / TOGAF®
View Doug’s verified badges issued by The Open Group for the certifications and credentials listed below (link is to external Acclaim digital credentials site that supports The Open Group).
TOGAF® 9 Certified (Level 2 certification)
The Open Group®
TOGAF® Essentials 2018 (credential for detailed knowledge of the changes in TOGAF 9.2 – this is the latest version, released in 2018)
The Open Group®
The TOGAF® Standard – Version 9.2 (credential for holding both TOGAF 9 Certified certification plus demonstrated up-to-date knowledge and application of the latest 9.2 version of TOGAF released in 2018
The Open Group®
TOGAF® Business Architecture – Level 1 (credential for detailed knowledge of the latest Business Architecture domain description/analysis concepts reflected in TOGAF 9.2 (beyond the business architecture knowledge required for TOGAF 9 Certified certification alone)
The Open Group®
ArchiMate® 2 (an Enterprise Architecture modeling language standard)
The Open Group®
Practitioner Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture
BCS ISEB (now known as BCS Professional Certification)
E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate
Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD)
Masters of Applied Science – Information and Communication Technology
University of Denver, 2010
Masters of Business Administration
Northern Illinois University, 1997
Bachelors in Electronics Engineering Technology
University of Toledo, 1980
Other Independent Coursework/Programs Completed:
- Darden Executive Leadership Program (University of Virginia)
- “Lean” Operations / Value Stream Mapping – (University of Michigan)
- Six Sigma Quality (Motorola University)
- Scenario-Based eLearning (ATD, formerly ASTD)
- eLearning Authoring Tools & Related Web Technologies (200+ hours of online training)
- Graphics Design / Multimedia Technology (several college level courses)
Doug Rinker is based in the Chicago area (Rockford, Illinois).
(DAR Solutions LLC)
8661 Oakwood Glen Dr
Rockford, Illinois 61108-7005
Contact or connect via LinkedIn: Doug’s LinkedIn Profile (InMail available)