DOTMLPF Analysis

Courtesy of heroic Ukrainian resistance at the evil hands of the worst of humanity, I learn of this framework for assessment of capabilities to accomplish any particular mission.

Ungainly pronounced dot-mill-pf, I believe. A method from the American military. Not necessarily an organisation renowned for its must-copy systems and approach. So let's see how (if) this applies to our theatre of galore.

An extra suffixed letter can also appear after a hyphen; either an I or a P. The acronym features;

Doctrine, Organisation, Training, Materiel, Leadership (& education), Personnel, Facilities - Interoperability/Policy.

Interestingly, the wikipedia entry of the day suggests this checklist 'also serves as a mnemonic for staff planners to consider certain issues prior to undertaking a new effort'. A semi-permanent state for many a salesteam through re-orgs, process (r)evolutions and new product launches.

UK military uses a version with mnemonic Tepid-oil. The Australians, nine elements of 'Fundamental Inputs to Capability'.

It seems their main purpose is to identify capability gaps. Which you either fill when self-assessing, or exploit where in competition.

Whilst not designed for a solo enterprise, I decided to try this out on my own push at this time. Video Calls That Sell.

It can be said that as an analysis tool, even sticking with a top-line view, you can quickly pull out areas requiring work. The model doesn't suggest which should be highest priority. Yet ranking is something that lends itself well to an empowered phase two among a team.

I also found it useful to add as a summary sheet to the other tools I've used. Perhaps more as planning checking than strategy creation. Handy nonetheless to hopefully ensure no glaring hole goes unattended.

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