1.2 Transition from Interim
The PDASN memorandum for distribution,
DON Interim Guidance for PoPS Implementation,3 established
interim use of the PoPS Spreadsheet Operations Guide4 and the PoPS
Automated Spreadsheet5 for assessing the health of all programs
going to DON Gate Reviews. DON Interim PoPS assessed Program Health in five
Factor areas: Program Requirements, Program Resources, Program
Planning/Execution, Program Fit in Vision, and Program Advocacy. Those Factors
were associated with 22 Metrics, which were scored according to standardized
color thresholds to report Program Health assessment results on a PoPS
The new Naval PoPS guidance for evaluating
Program Health resembles the DON Interim PoPS guidance in many ways: Program
Health is defined by a similar framework of Factors; Factors are decomposed
into Metrics; Metrics are evaluated by Criteria that are tailored to
acquisition life cycle phases. Notable structural changes from DON Interim
PoPS to the new Naval PoPS Program Health framework are illustrated in Figure
4. In general, the Metric Criteria for each phase are applicable to all
programs, but there are some exceptions due to differences in program
milestone initiation. Naval PoPS has reduced the subjective nature of the
Criteria assessments by assigning a specific point value to each Green,
Yellow, and Red Criteria Response. The point values are embedded in the Naval
PoPS Criteria Spreadsheets.
Framework changes from DON Interim to PoPS to Naval PoPS.
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3 PDASN Memorandum for
Distribution, DON Interim Guidance for Probability of Program Success (PoPS)
Implementation, 19 January 2008.
4 Probability of Program
Success (PoPS) Spreadsheet Operations Guide, U.S. Air Force, Version 9.6, July
5 Probability of Program Success (PoPS) Automated
Spreadsheet, U.S. Air Force, Version 9.6, July 2007.