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Title: Gap Analysis of Department of Defense Program Management Competency Standards in Preparation for the Shift to Portfolio Management in Defense Acquisitions
Authors: Adam Deitrich
Jordan Reid
Conor Stewart
Keywords: acquisitions
portfolio management
competency standards
Issue Date: 10-Nov-2021
Publisher: Acquisition Research Program
Citation: Published--Unlimited Distribution
Series/Report no.: Program Management;NPS-PM-22-005
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to perform a gap analysis on the existing Department of Defense (DOD) program management competency standards to determine if changes are required to fully adopt product portfolio management (PPM) strategies in defense acquisitions. We do this by comparing the current DOD standards to the Project Management Institute's Portfolio Management Professional certification standards. We ask where the gaps in the standards exist and where the standards align, and assign a Barrier to Implementation (BTI) score to each gap in the DOD standard. The study found that the DOD is on average 41% aligned with industry standards. In the higher weighted domains of Governance and Strategic Alignment, alignment percentages are significantly lower. The composite BTI score for the DOD is 1.45, indicating low to medium BTIs for most of the gaps. Results do not suggest that the DOD is incapable of conducting PPM, but rather that the current competency standards do not align with industry best practices. Defense acquisitions professionals should review our analysis and formulate Portfolio Management Career Field Functional Competencies to further professional standards, develop the necessary job skills and evaluation criteria, and further the process of achieving congressional mandates for portfolio management implementation.
Description: Program Management / Defense Acquisition Community Contributor
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