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SV-8 – Systems Evolution Description

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The SV-8 depicts the whole lifecycle view of resources (systems), describing how they change over time. It shows the structure of several resources mapped against a timeline.


The intended usage of the SV-8 includes:

  • Development of incremental acquisition strategy.
  • Planning technology insertion.

Product Description

The SV-8, when linked together with other evolution Models, e.g., such as CV-3 Capability Phasing and StdV-2 Standards Forecast, provides a rich definition of how the Enterprise and its capabilities are expected to evolve over time. In this manner, the model can be used to support an architecture evolution project plan or transition plan.

A SV-8 can either describe historical (legacy), current, and future capabilities against a timeline. The model shows the structure of each resource, using similar modeling elements as those used in SV-1. Interactions that take place within the resource may also be shown.

The changes depicted in the SV-8 are derived from the project milestones that are shown in a PV-2 Project Timelines. When the PV-2 Project Timelines are used for capability acquisition projects, there is likely to be a close relationship between these two models.

Creating a Systems Evolution Description (table)

To create a Systems Evolution Description (table):

  1. Click on Systems Evolution Description in the Action Artifact area, and then select Create New Diagram.
  2. Type the diagram name and press Enter.
  3. This opens the table of Systems Evolution Description. Click on New Version of Configuration above the table to create a new row of Version of Configuration.
  4. Enter the version number.
  5. Select the Resource (i.e. ResourceArchitecture, System, ResourceMitigation, SecurityEnclave, CapabilityConfiguration, Organization, Person, Post, Responsibility, Project, NaturalResource, ResouceArtifact, Software, Technology, KnownResource).

DoDAF Example: Systems Evolution Description