DoDAF Architecting

Project Viewpoints

The Project Viewpoint (PV) describe how programs, projects, portfolios, or initiatives deliver capabilities and the organizations contributing to them and the dependencies between them. These models expand the usability of the DoDAF by including information about programs, projects, portfolios, or initiatives and relating that information to capabilities and other programs, projects, portfolios, or initiatives. This expands DoDAF’s support to include the portfolio management process. Different levels of cost data can be captured in the architecture based on the process-owners requirements.

There are three (3) PV are:

  1. PV-1 Project Portfolio Relationship
  2. PV-2 Project Timelines
  3. PV-3 Project to Capability Mapping

These models are especially applicable to the Programming Phase of the PPBE Process and it’s within this phase that the Program Objective Memorandum (POM) is developed. The POM seeks to construct a balanced set of programs that respond to the guidance and priorities of the Joint Programming Guidance (JPG) within fiscal constraints. When completed, the POM provides a fairly detailed and comprehensive description of the proposed programs. The information captured within the Project models can be used within the PPBE process to develop the POM.

The Project Models can be used to answer questions such as:

  • What capabilities are delivered as part of this project?
  • Are there other projects that either affect or are affected by this project?
  • To what portfolios do the projects or projects belong?
  • What are the important milestones relative to this project?
  • When can I expect capabilities to be rendered by this project to be in place?


  • The DoDAF descriptions in this website are very generic and are mostly taken from the DoDAF Architecture Framework website. Make sure you visit the actual website for the most update information and a more thorough explanation of each viewpoint.
  • DoDAF Version 1.0, although outdated, has some good examples on how to construct AV’s, OV’s, and SV’s.

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Updated: 9/27/2017

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