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Purpose

What is the purpose of the Acquisition Process Model (APM)?

The purpose of the APM is to provide an authoritative source for the current state Big “A” acquisition process as described and defined in law, policy, and/or guidance. The intended audience of the APM is the acquisition workforce with particular emphasis on the Program Executive Officer and his/her staff. The APM is composed of a series of interconnected processes with associated decomposition as relevant for the audience. The hierarchy provides sufficient detail to explain the high level processes without serving as a proscriptive checklist for step-by-step actions.

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What is the relationship to other known models, such as the DAU Wall Chart, DoDI 5000.02, AFI 10-601, AFI 63-101/20-101, and AFI 99-103?

From a content standpoint the APM and the DAU Wall Chart are very similar. However, the APM is updated on a continual basis to reflect changes in guidance/instruction. The APM is designed to incorporate a variety of process perspectives, with particular emphasis on the requirements process described in the Joint Capability Integration Development System (JCIDS) – CJCSI 3170 series; the acquisition process defined in the DoDI 5000.02; and the Programming, Planning, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) process described in the DoD FMR 7000.14. These documents, in addition to a set of key instructions such as AFI 10-601, AFI 63-101/20-101, and AFI 99-103, serve as the foundation for developing and naming the processes and identifying the inputs and outputs within the model.

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Who owns the APM?

SAF/AQX is the owner of the APM. All recommendations for process changes must be approved by the Acquisition Chief Process Officer.

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Content

How is the model structured from a Taxonomy perspective?

The APM uses up to a nine level work breakdown structure, with each level being referred to as a tier. Generally speaking, each tier has a specific focus/responsibility level. See below:

  • Tier 0 (the context diagram numbered 1.0) is defined as the Macro Process level with responsibility at the SAE/DAE level.
  • Tier 1 (numbered 1.x) is the Process area with responsibility at the SAE/2 LTR level.
  • Tier 2 (numbered 1.x.x) is the Subprocess area with responsibility generally at the PEO/3LTR level.
  • Tier 3 (numbered 1.x.x.x) is the Supporting Process area with responsibility generally at the SPD/PEO level.
  • Tier 4 (numbered 1.x.x.x.x) is the Activity area with responsibility generally at the SPD/PM level.
  • Tier 5 (numbered 1.x.x.x.x.x) is the Sub activity area with responsibility generally at the PM/AO level.
  • Tier 6 (numbered 1.x.x.x.x.x.x) is the Action area with responsibility generally at the AO level.
  • Tier 7 (numbered 1.x.x.x.x.x.x.x) is the Subaction area with responsibility generally at the Journeyman level.
  • Tier 8 and below (numbered 1.x.x.x.x.x.x.x.x) is the Supporting Action area with responsibility generally at the trainee level.
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What is meant by Governing/Core/Enabling?

The APM uses process types as defined by Dr. Michael Hammer:

  • Governing processes guide or direct other processes
  • Core processes create the outputs that meet stated requirements of the organization
  • Enabling processes support the execution of the core processes.
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What process information is contained within the model?

Every process in the APM has the following minimum set of metadata:

  • Process name (short reference for the purpose of the process as described in the authoritative source of the process),
  • Description of the process (based on the information contained within the authoritative source defining the process),
  • Process owner (the organization/person with official authority over the execution and result of the process),
  • Process performers (organizations/persons who participate in the execution of the process),
  • Reference document (the authoritative source for the process),
  • Active link (a link to the authoritative source used to define the process).
Additionally, for every input and output in the APM, the following metadata exists:
  • Description of the inputs and outputs (based on the information contained within the authoritative source defining the inputs and outputs).
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What causes the APM to be updated?

Changes in relevant policy or instruction as well as changes in functionality cause SAF/AQXP to update the APM.

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How frequently is the model updated?

SAF/AQXP will update the APM on no less than a quarterly basis. SAF/AQXP may make more frequent updates as necessary to reflect approved policy.

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Functionality

How can I view the properties of a particular process?

Mouseover the process box or input/output element. The properties of the process or input / output will then be displayed in the “Details” widget located on the left panel of the web page. If available, templates and guides can be accessed and downloaded from the Active Hyperlink property.

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How can I print the models?

A PDF download is available of the process model as an option from the initial entry screen. Selecting the PDF Version of the APM will allow you to view the APM as a PDF file and then print pages as necessary.

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How can I view the processes depicted within larger models?

Using the “Pan and Zoom” widget located at the left hand side of the web page, a person can zoom in on a process model and then pan to different areas of the model. To use “Pan and Zoom’, first click on the zoom gradient bar located to the right of the module to the desired zoom level; a red pan box will appear within the smaller representation of the page. Next, within the red area, Left Click and hold on your mouse to move the red box, thus panning around the process model located in the main viewer. Another way is to Hide the Left Navigation Pane by clicking on the hide icon at the top left hand side of the web page.

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How do I navigate within the APM?

The APM provides five navigation ways.

  1. Vertical navigation - Two icons in the APM allow vertical navigation. The process boxes allow downward vertical navigation, that is, clicking on a process box takes the user to the next level of process decomposition. The standard icon in the upper left portion of each process page (Go Up 1 Level) allows the user to return to the page one level up from where you are currently located (e.g., If you are on the 1.3.2 page and click on the Go Up 1 Level Box, you will then go back to the 1.3 page in the process).
  2. Horizontal navigation - Two icons in the APM allow horizontal navigation. Located in the lower right hand corner of each page, the BACK and FWD arrows will allow you to move forward and backward to the processes sequentially (e.g., From page 1.3.1, click on the FWD button and you will continue to 1.3.2, by clicking the BACK button, you will return to the 1.3.1 page).
  3. Process Inputs and/or Outputs based navigation - From any page in the APM, click on the input/output to see all pages where the input/output is referenced - please note that each input/output is hyperlinked to all other occurrences in the model. You can click on any of these pages to immediately go to that page.
  4. “Go To Page” - Another way is to use the “Go To Page” widget on the left hand side of your web browser, if you know the name and number of the process, click on the drop down menu and then highlight the process name you would like to view, once highlighted, click the green arrow to the right of the “Go To Page” widgets.
  5. Search function - You can use the Search Pages widget to identify all locations a particular word/phrase is used. By typing such word/phrase and clicking on the green arrow, the APM presents a list of potential locations will appear below the Search Engine. Click on the desired search result(s) to view the search query; a red / orange locator arrow will locate the object (process, input, output, etc.) on the model in the main viewer. For an exact match, use quotations around the word/phrase. The results of the query will not reset after viewing a result, so that the other results can be viewed, if desired.
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Success Stories

How has the APM benefited the USAF?

Air Force personnel have used the APM in the following beneficial ways:

  • The APM provided input to OSD senior leadership in the review of decision making processes.
  • The APM provided the basis of standard processes for Acquisition within the Organization Execution Plan.
  • The APM served as a foundation for an integrated sight picture of relevant reviews in support of the Integrate Working Group (IWG) – this integrated sight picture provided input to the Center for Naval Analysis in support of their acquisition study. Specifically, the APM provided the detail processes underlying the integrated set of reviews for an ACAT I program. The below image is also part of the APM.
  • The APM provided a process framework for various Rapid Improvement Events (RIE), including the Future Air Force Organization, Human Systems Integration, Engineering Enterprise, and NGREA RIEs. The RIEs leveraged the relevant processes as the current state baseline. The APM also provided the specific policies underlying the processes.
  • The APM provided an acquisition process perspective for the attendees of the Lean Applied to Acquisition Business Process (LAABP) training. In conjunction with the LAABP’s intent to provide the improvement tools and methodology to address process issues, the APM demonstrates the companion framework of current state processes.
  • The APM served as a process foundation to create the Acquisition Enterprise Architecture (AcqEA) Versions 1.0 and 2.0. Specifically, the APM is the approved process component for the AcqEA.
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Communication

How can I provide comments for recommendations?

There are several ways to provide comments or feedback for the APM. First, you can access an option from the initial entry screen. There you can select the Change Request Form, fill in the information, and submit to the enclosed email address. Second, you can also scroll to the bottom of the initial webpage and click on the Contact SAF/AQXP CPI Branch. The system will then prompt an email screen to the workflow where you can then provide feedback on the model.

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How can I be informed concerning changes (both current and future)?

Scroll to the bottom of the initial webpage and click on the Contact SAF/AQXP CPI Branch. The system will then prompt an email screen to the workflow where you can request updates for current and future changes in the APM. Additionally, as an option from the initial entry screen, select the Version Description Document to learn about the most recent changes in the APM.

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Who do I talk to get additional information?

Scroll to the bottom of the initial webpage and click on the Contact SAF/AQXP CPI Branch. The system will then prompt an email screen to the workflow where you can request additional information about the APM. SAF/AQXP personnel will respond to your request within two business days.

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Troubleshooting

The web page loads, but with hyperlinks of process model names on the left hand side of the web page. How can I fix this?

In Internet Explorer, when the page first loads, a prompt reading Allow Active Scripts to Run will be displayed below the menu of the browser. Click Allow in order to Allow Active Scripts to run for this web site; other web browsers will not render the process model with the exception of Firefox. In Mozilla Firefox, install the IE Tab add on then switch the rendering engine from Mozilla Firefox to Internet Explorer (click on the Firefox symbol at the bottom of the browser screen to switch engines) to render the full functionality of the web site.

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The APM site will not load properly and a warning screen appears.

Some firewalls will block the APM website due to the use of Active X technology (in the form of client side Javascript and AJAX code embedded within the navigation widgets). Consult with your network administrator to resolve this issue.

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The list of hyperlinks does not fit on the page.

Some components of the APM have more hyperlink references than will fit on the standard desktop screen display. Hit CTRL and – (minus sign) to reduce the font size for the hyperlink display. Once you do this, click on the appropriate component to see the list of hyperlinks. Repeat this process until all of the hyperlinks fit on the screen. Please note that CTRL and 0 (zero) will restore the font to the original size.

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