By Eric Landree, Richard Silberglitt, Brian G. Chow, Lance Sherry, Michael S. Tseng
This description of the appliance of the RAND Corporation1s PortMan portfolio research and administration procedure and Delphi consensus-building technique for the nationwide safeguard organization (NSA) details Sharing providers (ISS) department highlights how those equipment let the data-driven research of venture portfolios and the allocation of analysis and improvement (R&D) and operations and upkeep (O&M) assets based on worth, possibility, and price.
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27 28 A Delicate Balance 4. The Delphi method, as part of the portfolio management process, provides not only a mechanism for generating consensus, but also a forum for senior management to address and discuss areas of disagreement. The process of developing metrics collaboratively allowed program managers and senior management to offer critiques and suggestions as to what constituted value and risk, essentially providing everyone a common view of the direction of the portfolio. It enabled them to asses and debate the relative merits of a given project using a consistent and explicitly stated set of transparent metrics.
5 This definition assumes that the projects are independent and nonduplicative. It also sums the combined value metrics for each selected project rather than the individual value metric components. 6 For example, projects that provide contractor support may decrease linearly in value with decreasing funds. Projects that rely on purchasing specific hardware or software may have a very high minimum cost threshold, below which the systems can no longer be afforded and the entire value goes away. Alternatively, projects that are primarily focused on sustaining or maintaining current systems may be able to adsorb significant decreases in budget before the value begins to decrease significantly.
The data generated during the Delphi process also allowed program managers and ISS management to advocate for or defend specific projects or project actions to upper management. Ultimately, the RAND PortMan portfolio analysis and management method, as applied in this study, allowed the members of NSA ISS to conduct transparent, datadriven risk-reward analysis and decisionmaking that helped to achieve the optimal overall portfolio balance and to identify areas for risk mitigation. APPENDIX A Project Descriptions SERV1 O&M This program includes a collection service, serial number generation, preparation, validation, release, and dissemination tools for text-based SIGINT reports.
A Delicate Balance: Portfolio Analysis and Management for Intelligence Information Dissemination Programs by Eric Landree, Richard Silberglitt, Brian G. Chow, Lance Sherry, Michael S. Tseng