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Business Capability Lifecycle
The Business Capability Lifecycle (BCL) is the overarching framework for the planning, design, acquisition, deployment, operations, maintenance, and modernization of Defense Business Systems (DBS). BCL facilitates rapid DBS acquisition and deployment by providing a process tailored to the unique requirements of business systems.
What does BCL do?
BCL improves defense business system capability definition and streamlines the acquisition process by:
Join the BCL Conversation
Common Access Card (CAC) users: Please join and bookmark our milBook site, "Business Capability Lifecycle (BCL)," to ask BCL-related questions,to view BCL documents/templates and lessons learned, and to engage with other BCL users
milBook is a DoD professional networking tool that provides a secure venue for knowledge transfer and collaboration. milBook access requires a CAC issued in one of the authorized DEERS account types. To join milBook, go to https://reg.milsuite.mil/reg/index.php.
Official BCL guidance has been published as part of the Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG), Chapter 12: "Defense Business System Definition and Acquisition Business Capability Lifecycle (BCL)."
The BCL DAG chapter provides an in depth look at the inputs, processes, and outputs for each activity performed during BCL. It also elaborates on critical process-enablers, such as DOTMLPF-P and outcomes, and discusses in detail BCL tenets, governance, and roles and responsibilities.
BCL 101 provides a high-level overview of the BCL process, including phase descriptions, background, governance, current BCL efforts, etc.
BCL Fact Sheets
BCL fact sheets are brief one-page explanations of important aspects of the BCL process and BCL framework.
Business Case Template
The Business Case provides a compelling, defendable, and credible justification for the recommended approach to solving a defined problem. It includes a Problem Statement, which is the output of the analysis conducted after a business need, capability gap, and / or problem is identified. Together, the Business Case and Problem Statement address the fundamental decision of whether or not the department should take further action to solve the problem and also erase the need for duplicative and cumbersome documentation requirements.
Program Charter Template
The Program Charter articulates the manner in which the program will be managed and is an evolving document that develops additional levels of detail as the program matures. The Program Charter initiates the program, is guided by the Business Case, and integrates the program manager’s management plan with contractor plans and supporting plans such as the Systems Engineering Plan (SEP) and Information Support Plan (ISP). The Program Charter is the integrated program execution plan that the program manager and functional sponsor are responsible to implement.
DoD’s BCL policy is currently established through the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics) Directive-Type Memorandum (DTM) 11-009, Acquisition Policy for Defense Business Systems.