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1 DoDAF Version 2.0 Plenary Architecture Education & Training 17 August 2009 Walt OkonSenior Architect EngineerSenior Architect Engineer for Information SharingEnterprise Architecture and Standards DirectorateDoD Chief Information Officer(703)
2 Architecture Education & Training DoD Certified Architects delivering quality ArchitecturesCertified 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 Framework2
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 KeyArchitecture is a key enabler for interoperability, transformation, IT management, and decision makingIts significance at the enterprise and capability/systems level is highlighted in the following:Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996OMB Circular A-130E-Government Act of 2002AB1B2B3CD1D2D3
5 Improving DoD’s Architecture GuidanceDoDAF v2.0Federated Architecture StrategyToolsDoD Architecture Registry System (DARS)DoD IT Standards Registry (DISR)GIG Technical Guidance (GTG) ToolEducation and TrainingDoD Architecture Training EffortAll this is nothing without Certified Architects!
6 DoD Requires Competent Architects Directors of Architecture OrganizationsAvailable Architecture WorkforceTrained with knowledge and SkillsAbility to be productiveQuick selection of qualifies ArchitectsNarrative: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.66
7 The Enterprise Architect: The Must Haves Solid technology knowledgeAbility 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 needsNarrative: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.77
8 DoD Architecture Education & Training DoD must identify Architect’s opportunities for Education & TrainingIdentifies core KSAs Architects must have to be able to design, develop, and deliver DoD architectures that enable senior leader decision making and engineering designAnalyze and define the types of architecture training at different levels of architectureDefine 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 architectsTherefore, 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 FindingsRecommended Way AheadThe DoD Architect Competency FrameworkA 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 ArchitectProvide a centralized web-based site that provides visibility into existing architecture education and training opportunitiesIdentify an approach to assess the competency baseline of the current architecture workforceTake appropriate steps to institutionalize the Competency FrameworkEncourage academic institutions to develop training targeted toward senior leadership and architecture usersEncourage 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 expertsLevel 2 AnalysisPrimary function is to analyze architectures for the purposes of integration, interoperability, gap analysis, risk assessment, leveragability, compliance, and business decision makingLevel 3 ManagementPrimary function is to lead and manage an architecture effort through its entire lifecycle, from development to execution/implementationWhite 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 StandardThere 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 existA 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 representedSharing 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 workforceExecutive-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 workforceProvides collected data on the competencies of an architectArchitecture Education and Training DKO SiteOPM Job Family Standard ReviewClinger-Cohen Core Competency Review for ArchitectureDelivered two Architecture Training Tutorials at 2008 EA Conference
17 DOD IT ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE TRAINING & EDUCATION Strategic Plan 2009 Draft 1.7a
19 Certification Training Competency Framework for the DoD ArchitectEducationUndergraduate SchoolIT or EngineeringBusinessOn the Job TrainingJob AssignmentAcquisition PositionIT or EngineeringCIO OfficeCombat DevelopersAdvanced EducationGraduate SchoolIT or EngineeringBusinessCertification TrainingDefense Acquisition UniversityNational Defense UniversityFEAC InstituteThe 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 DoDProvides the visibility of certified training opportunitiesProvides 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 designAnalyze and define the types of architecture training at different levels of architectureIdentify opportunities for Education & Training that support DoD’s short and long-term missionDefine and launch a certification requirement and process that provides consistent, relevant KSAs across DoD, allowing for more consistent, efficient EA solutionsArchitecture 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, 2010DoD Enterprise ArchitectureConference 2010, San Antonio, TXSave the date!
23 DoDAF Version 2.0 Plenary Architecture Education & Training 17 August 2009 Walt OkonSenior Architect EngineerSenior Architect Engineer for Information SharingEnterprise Architecture and Standards DirectorateDoD Chief Information Officer(703)