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1 DoDAF Version 2.0 Plenary Architecture Education & Training 17 August 2009
Walt Okon Senior Architect Engineer Senior Architect Engineer for Information Sharing Enterprise Architecture and Standards Directorate DoD Chief Information Officer (703)

2 Architecture Education & Training
DoD Certified Architects delivering quality Architectures Certified Enterprise Architects design the information technology architecture structure enabling the efficient and effective acquisition of hardware, software and services utilized by the DoD in missions supporting the warfighters. Defense Architecture Framework 2

3 Definition for the DoD Architecture Framework
The DoD Architecture Framework is the structure for organizing architecture concepts, principles, assumptions, and terminology about operations and technology into meaningful patterns to satisfy specific DoD purposes.

4 Architecture Is Key Architecture is a key enabler for interoperability, transformation, IT management, and decision making Its significance at the enterprise and capability/systems level is highlighted in the following: Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 OMB Circular A-130 E-Government Act of 2002 A B1 B2 B3 C D1 D2 D3

5 Improving DoD’s Architecture
Guidance DoDAF v2.0 Federated Architecture Strategy Tools DoD Architecture Registry System (DARS) DoD IT Standards Registry (DISR) GIG Technical Guidance (GTG) Tool Education and Training DoD Architecture Training Effort All this is nothing without Certified Architects!

6 DoD Requires Competent Architects
Directors of Architecture Organizations Available Architecture Workforce Trained with knowledge and Skills Ability to be productive Quick selection of qualifies Architects Narrative: As DoD and IC move in the Information Age the external environment is imposing discontinuous (many would argue – disruptive) change - Terrorist networks, Drug cartels, Information Technology, Economy etc. The way to achieve these must haves and secure interoperability is through a comprehensive certification program. 6 6

7 The Enterprise Architect: The Must Haves
Solid technology knowledge Ability to describe an IT project as a business solution (not in terms of technology) Aptitude to see from various viewpoints, and to understand the implications for the customer, for the business and its units. Capacity to handle tactical EA needs while also considering long-term, strategic EA needs Narrative: As DoD and IC move in the Information Age the external environment is imposing discontinuous (many would argue – disruptive) change - Terrorist networks, Drug cartels, Information Technology, Economy etc. The way to achieve these must haves and secure interoperability is through a comprehensive certification program. 7 7

8 DoD Architecture Education & Training
DoD must identify Architect’s opportunities for Education & Training Identifies core KSAs Architects must have to be able to design, develop, and deliver DoD architectures that enable senior leader decision making and engineering design Analyze and define the types of architecture training at different levels of architecture Define a certification requirement and process

9 DoD Architecture Training
Expanded need for architectures and their significance in achieving defense of our nation results in the need for qualified architects Therefore, we are confronted with questions: Does the DoD have a pool of qualified architects? What are the competencies of an architect? Is there a core body of knowledge? What education and training courses exist? DoD – IT Architects Career Path–Architects Series

10 White Paper: Outline Preface Introduction Purpose, Scope, and Approach
Findings Recommended Way Ahead The DoD Architect Competency Framework A culmination of input gathered through research, interviews, and workshops on the standard knowledge, skills, and abilities DoD Architects should obtain at varying levels of maturity.

11 What Does the White Paper Recommend?
Formalize a Competency Framework for the DoD Architect Provide a centralized web-based site that provides visibility into existing architecture education and training opportunities Identify an approach to assess the competency baseline of the current architecture workforce Take appropriate steps to institutionalize the Competency Framework Encourage academic institutions to develop training targeted toward senior leadership and architecture users Encourage academic institutions to develop certification programs based on the Competency Framework

12 DOD Architect Levels Level 1 Development Level 2 Analysis
Primary function is to develop architectures based on user requirements and input from subject matter experts Level 2 Analysis Primary function is to analyze architectures for the purposes of integration, interoperability, gap analysis, risk assessment, leveragability, compliance, and business decision making Level 3 Management Primary function is to lead and manage an architecture effort through its entire lifecycle, from development to execution/implementation White paper identifies the functions and associated KSAs for each level. These KSAs are independent of educational degree, working domain (contractor, civilian, military), or career title (GS level, rank, or role).

13 Findings – No Standard There is no standard to guide the professional growth of architects in the DoD. Expectations have not been consistently established. A career path for architectures does not exist A baseline for training and experience for architects does not exist. Architecture analysis does not occur consistently. Architecture is not applied consistently in decision processes. Need to the improved integration and federation of architectures. Information management is not effectively represented Sharing and reuse of architecture data is not enforced.

14 Findings – No Visibility
Architects do not know where to find the right training. Some courses exist that address aspects of architecture; however, few architects are aware of their existence or value. Current architecture courses do not sufficiently cover architecture basics. Current certification and accreditation programs are not governed, This results in certified architects who do not possess the appropriate knowledge or skills.

15 Customers and Stakeholders
Architecture stakeholders, “Senior Managers”, do not have a full appreciation of benefits of architecture. Evaluation of the architecture workforce Executive-level seniors are not appropriately prepared to use architectures for decision making purposes or enterprise-level management. Architectures are the tool to ensure Mission Requirements are delivered.

16 Accomplishments WHITE PAPER - Phase I: A Competency Framework
Defines a path for a quality architecture workforce Provides collected data on the competencies of an architect https://www.us.army.mil/suite/doc/ Architecture Education and Training DKO Site OPM Job Family Standard Review Clinger-Cohen Core Competency Review for Architecture Delivered two Architecture Training Tutorials at 2008 EA Conference

17 DOD IT ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE TRAINING & EDUCATION
Strategic Plan 2009 Draft 1.7a

18 DKO Site URL - https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/530507

19 Certification Training
Competency Framework for the DoD Architect Education Undergraduate School IT or Engineering Business On the Job Training Job Assignment Acquisition Position IT or Engineering CIO Office Combat Developers Advanced Education Graduate School IT or Engineering Business Certification Training Defense Acquisition University National Defense University FEAC Institute The certification program must align with other key components of the agency (career road maps, competency models, business strategies – both short and long term). Additionally, job assignments and management expectations must be aligned in support of the new vision. Alignment and clarity of long term agency EA goals is key to the success of future enterprise architects here at DoD. That is the direction for EA success. Thank you for your attention and interest. If you have follow-up questions or comments, my contact information is on the cover slide. 19

20 EA Education & Training Program Benefits
Provides an overarching standard to guide the professional growth of architects in the DoD Provides the visibility of certified training opportunities Provides managers with a consistent resource pool

21 DoD Architecture Education & Training
Map core KSAs Architects need to design, develop, and deliver DoD architectures that enable senior leader decision-making and engineering design Analyze and define the types of architecture training at different levels of architecture Identify opportunities for Education & Training that support DoD’s short and long-term mission Define and launch a certification requirement and process that provides consistent, relevant KSAs across DoD, allowing for more consistent, efficient EA solutions Architecture is a key enabler for interoperability, transformation, IT management, and decision making. An effective comprehensive certification program must support the 4 Architect focus areas EAs and allow EAs to continue to grow and learn throughout their careers.

22 DoD Enterprise Architecture Conference 2010, San Antonio, TX
May 10-14, 2010 DoD Enterprise Architecture Conference 2010, San Antonio, TX Save the date!

23 DoDAF Version 2.0 Plenary Architecture Education & Training 17 August 2009
Walt Okon Senior Architect Engineer Senior Architect Engineer for Information Sharing Enterprise Architecture and Standards Directorate DoD Chief Information Officer (703)


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