Architecture and Engineering Service (AES) Team supports the Agile Center of Excellence (ACOE) Product Line Management (PLM) by developing Product Line Architecture (PLA). Activities include planning, research, artifact development, and analysis. AES team helps define current state PLA and recommends target state improvements. VA has multiple mission areas, Veteran services and business functions that fall within product lines defined by ACOE.
The purpose of the PLA is to:
PLAs define the roadmap for a core mission area, business service, or enterprise service. They are driven by business needs and deliver products that improve the delivery of services to VA staff and customers. From an investment perspective, PLAs drive decisions for a business case or group of business cases supporting a core mission area or a common or shared service. The primary stakeholders for PLAs are executives, senior leaders, and their staff who run VA business operations.
The PLA is related to Enterprise Architecture (EA) through three principles: structure, reuse, and alignment. First, the PLA inherits the framework that EA uses, although it may be extended and specialized to meet the specific needs of a core mission area or common or shared service. Second, the PLA methodology reuses important assets defined at the enterprise level including data, common business processes and investments, and applications and technologies. Third, the PLA methodology aligns with elements defined at the enterprise level, such as business strategies, mandates, standards, and performance goals. These principles are essential elements in ensuring PLA value.
To successfully support PLM, AES Team creates five architecture views that present complex information clearly and coherently. The purpose of these views is to enable business owners, Portfolio Managers, and Product Line Managers to plan and execute product enhancements for their systems. These architecture views divide the problem space into manageable pieces, according to the stakeholder’s viewpoint:
There are five core architecture views identified for each Product Line:
The purpose of these views is to enable business owners, Portfolio Managers, and Product Line Managers to plan and execute product enhancements for their systems.