DoDAF 601: Developing Executable Architectures using DoDAF and Systems Engineering

This 3-day course provides a detailed understanding of DoDAF Version 2.02 and provides the principles needed to develop complete, executable architectures, using DoDAF and established systems engineering processes and tools. In addition to the coursework described in DoDAF 404, this course also introduces participants to techniques and processes for conducting systems engineering.

Who should take this course?

  • Personnel interested in developing working architectures that are DoDAF compliant.

  • Personnel new to systems engineering or those in need of a more structured approach to performing systems engineering.

What does this course cover?

This 3-day course covers the following topics:

  • What is an architecture, and what is the DoD Architecture Framework?

    Our instructor explains what the Department of Defense means by developing an architecture and how the DoDAF defines what an architecture should consist of.

  • What is systems engineering?

    Our instructor provides an explanation of systems engineering, how it has evolved over time and the benefits of following established systems engineering processes.

  • What are the DoDAF products?

    Our instructor answers the following questions:

    • What are the view products?
    • How should we select the products?
    • How can we tailor the products?
    • How are the DoDAF products related to one another?
    • What are the all view (AV) products?
    • What are the operational view (OV) Products?
    • What are the systems view (SV) products?
    • What are the technical standards view (TV) products?
  • What policies drive the requirements for the DoD Architecture Framework?

    Our instructor describes which key policy documents drive the requirements for DoDAF, such as Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA), and DoD 5000.

  • How does DoDAF support interoperability?

    Our instructor discusses the Levels of Information Systems Interoperability (LISI) model, the specific products that support interoperability and identifies Key Performance Parameters (KPPs) for interoperability.

  • What’s missing from the DoD Architecture Framework?

    Our instructor describes the missing pieces of the DoDAF (lack of methodology, lack of metrics, missing comparison tools, etc.)

  • How can we build an architecture more efficiently and effectively?

    In detail, our instructor provides a set of “lessons learned” so common issues with architecture development can be avoided.

  • What techniques should be use to build architectures and designs?

    In detail, our instructor provides a set of techniques for building architectures that can be documented using DoDAF, including systems engineering and data modeling.

  • What process should be used to build architectures and designs?

    In detail, our instructor provides a process for building architectures that can be documented using DoDAF.

  • What tools support DoD Architecture Framework design and development?

    In detail, our instructor discusses the various tools available for architecture development and how they relate to the DoD data schema (CADM) and the DoD Architecture Repository System (DARS).

  • How do we develop executable architectures?

    Our instructor describes the theoretical and practical approaches to developing working architectures that can be tested via modeling and simulation.

  • How can we apply what we have learned?

    The group applies the methodology, process and tools to a sample problem of interest.

  • How can we better communicate the results of our architecture and design?

    Our instructor discusses the means to communicate architecture results to a wide array of interested parties.


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