Have you been engaged with
capabilities today, yesterday, this week or over the past couple of days?
Capabilities and the need for optimal capability portfolio management are
everywhere. For example, these capabilities that surround us consist of the
following: whether we are speaking to Warfighter capabilities with the likes of
'Strengthening Warfighter Capabilities: The Art of the Possible' for the
Department of Defense or AFCEA NOVA; Defense Secretary Gates Calls For ‘A
Unified Missile Defense Capability'; a Fit for Purpose Architecture with the
likes of DoDAF 2.0; Government Civilian Agency capabilities such as supporting
Federal Government, States, Local Governments, nonprofit organizations' capabilities which includes reviewing emergency to security capabilities to IBM
capabilities such as myself where I am personally measured.
In addition, as the United
States Government is making progress and will continue to develop more robust
capabilities and capacities to meet current capabilities, how do align
capabilities to strategy? How do we really figure out how to 'connect the dots' regarding tactical
execution such as requirements, project, product line engineering, systems
engineering and actionable architecture management to the overall capability strategies? What do we do when there
are budget cuts and resource allocation constraints as barriers? As these
constraints limit and shape our capability scope and determine 'what we can and
cannot accomplish', the goal is to determine right decisions in a way that is systematic,
audit-able and repeatable.
IBM Rational Focal Point can
help you. Rational Focal Point is a configurable 100% web-based software
portfolio management platform that allows agencies to capture, classify,
govern, align, decide, control and evaluate capabilities.Let's look at a typical
capability lifecycle, where an agency is able to manage capabilities and
capability portfolios with standards, governance, key performance indicators,
traceability, decision support and assessments such as even performing
Capability Maturity Model Integration task if necessary. Although this is one
example of a capability lifecycle and portfolio support, an agency has the
ability to easily configure the Rational Focal Point software platform to fit
it's taxonomy classification, process and leverage existing IT investments.
Agencies are able to import capability information via spreadsheet and other integration means; nonetheless, users need standard template forms to submit capability proposals, work on capability, view capability analytics and decision support trade-off exercises. The following figure is a Rational Focal Point screenshot capturing a capability proposal based on a standard template specific to your taxonomy. This example will be using Department of Defense Lifecycle Guide Materiel framework; however, agencies can implement current processes or implement other frameworks, such as the Balanced Scorecard (BSC), or the US Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF), The Ministry of Defence Architecture Framework (MODAF), The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), Zachman's Framework for Enterprise Architecture, Feature Driven Development (FDD), Scrum & other Agile methods and Quality Function Deployment (QFD) House of Quality as examples.
Rational Focal Point supports this stage gate process and improves upon this by optimizing the decision points with additional trade-off analytics for incremental stage gate analysis using standard quantifiable methods such as the Analytic Hierarchy Process to determine right decisions in a way that is systematic, audit-able and repeatable method. The following figure is a screenshot of Defense Acquisition Lifecycle Guide Materiel process (Please click the image to enlarge). This goes through the stage process accessible by role based users (security permissions to access and edit the capabilities) from submission to Materiel Solution Analysis to Technology Development to Engineering & Manufacturing Development to Production & Deployment to Operations & Support. In addition, as the capabilities and related portfolio artifacts such requirements, features, systems and products are in the Pre-Systems Acquisition, Systems Acquisitions and Sustainment phases, users are able to drive value with analysis, decomposition, traceability, impact analysis and quantifiable decision support .
As voice of the stakeholder inputs are gathered and quantified, this information can be correlated with other weighted criteria factors such as cost (expense & budget), time, resource availability, technical & architecture feasibility, strategies (such as missions, initiatives, goals and objectives), risk, performance measures and other factors such as human life factors. The following figure is a screenshot of Rational Focal Point leveraging Army RDECOM ARDEC capabilities prototype which were gathered off public websites and imported via integrated spreadsheets for improved Capability voice of the stakeholder throughout the stage gate governance using the Defense Acquisition Lifecycle Guide Materiel process (Please click the image to enlarge)
As capabilities get approved throughout the lifecycle, capability managers are able to request for resource allocations. Once requesting for resource allocations to satisfy the capability work efforts, capability managers, PMO personnel, system engineering managers, product line engineer managers and project managers are able to look into resource supply versus demand analysis. This gives additional insight into capability portfolio management collaboration and decision support for committing to capability deployment efforts.The following figure is a screenshot of Rational Focal Point resource supply versus demand analysis (Please click the image to enlarge)
As capabilities are assigned to effort, the capabilities can decomposed into requirements and work items for further tactical implementations and management. The capabilities can be linked to related requirements and work where if a particular requirement, for example, becomes 'Suspect' based on an impact change, the capability becomes suspect. When the capability becomes suspect this triggers an email notification to the capability portfolio manger and/or an alert on her/his personalized capability portfolio management dashboard. The following figure is a screenshot of Rational Focal Point integrated with Rational DOORS for effective Capability to Requirements management execution integration & traceability (Please click the image to enlarge). Further requirements management execution, impact analysis and integrations such as Rational Rhapsody for effective System Engineering (SysML) or actionable enterprise architecture for requirements driven architecture with Rational System Architect can all be traced back to the Capability Portfolio Management environment and rationalization of the capabilities to be deployed.
* Capability planning (capability phasing).
* Capability integration planning.
* Capability gap analysis.
Rational Focal Point gives agencies the CAPABILITY to collaborate via a configurable 100% web-based software portfolio management platform which allows the capture, classification, governance, alignment, decision reliability, control and evaluation analysis for optimal capability portfolio management.