DoDAF Architecting

OV-4 Organizational Relationships Chart

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The OV-4 “Organizational Relationship Chart” shows organizational structures and interactions and may be civil or military. The OV-4 exists in two (2) forms:

  1. Role-based (e.g., a typical brigade command structure) and
  2. Actual (e.g., an organization chart for a department or agency).

DoDAF Architecture Framework Version 2.02 – Page 150

 A role-based OV-4 shows the possible relationships between organizational resources. The key relationship is composition, i.e., one organizational resource being part of a parent organization. In addition to this, the architect may show the roles each organizational resource has, and the interactions between those roles.

An actual OV-4 shows the structure of a real organization at a particular point in time, and is used to provide context to other parts of the architecture such as AV-1 “Overview Summary” and the Capability Viewpoints (CV).

The intended usage of the role-based OV-4 includes:

    • Organizational analysis
    • Definition of human roles
    • Operational analysis

The intended usage of the actual OV-4 includes:

  • Identify architecture stakeholders
  • Identify process owners
  • Illustrate current or future organization structures

The intended usage of the actual OV-4 includes:

  • Identify architecture stakeholders
  • Identify process owners
  • Illustrate current or future organization structures

A typical OV-4 illustrates the command structure or relationships (as opposed to relationships with respect to a business process flow) among human roles, organizations, or organization types that are the key players in the business represented by the architecture. An actual OV-4 shows real organizations and the relationships between them.

AcqTips:  

  • 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  • DoDAF Version 1.0, although outdated, has some good examples on how to construct AV’s, OV’s, and SV’s.

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