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Title: Program Management versus Portfolio Management in Defense Acquisition
Authors: Robert F. Mortlock, Raymond D. Jones
Conor W. Stewart, Adam T. Deitrich
Jordan M. Reid
Keywords: portfolio management
program management
gap analysis
NDAA acquisition guidance
acquisition reform and innovation
Issue Date: 10-Mar-2022
Publisher: Acquisition Research Program
Citation: Published--Unlimited Distribution
Series/Report no.: Program Management;NPS-PM-22-024
Abstract: This research performed 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 acquisition. Current DoD program management standards are compared to the Project Management Institute's Portfolio Management Professional certification standards to analyze alignment and gaps between the standards. Barrier to Implementation (BTI) scores are assigned to address the identified gaps in the DoD standard. The study found that the DoD program management competencies are on average 41% aligned with portfolio management industry standards. The DoD program management competencies are least aligned with the portfolio management domains of governance and strategic alignment. The composite BTI score indicates low to medium level of implementation barriers for most of the gaps. Results indicate that the DoD is capable of conducting PPM, and further research is needed to fully align the current competency standards with industry best practices. Defense acquisition senior leaders should consider formulating DoD portfolio management career field functional competencies to address congressional mandates for portfolio management implementation within the DoD.
Description: Program Management / Faculty Report
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