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Reference and guide to SFIA version 7. Framework status: Current standard.

#22 Capability Improvement - reintroduce updated SPIM and clarify METL: change request accepted

SPIM was removed from SFIA5 - It should be reintroduced and clarification with METL established.


The skill of Software Development Process Improvement (SPIM for SFIA V5) should be reintroduced for those that are specifically charged with improving the capability of organisations as a whole.


This should be renamed, rescoped and redrafted to be more Capability Improvement - reflecting the wider scope of this skill.  This is akin to 'production engineering' from the manufacturing world.

While distributing aspects of continuous imporvement is sound, METL does not address the wider issues and scope of this activity; BPRE could be considered as covering this but in reality they are quite different in practice. 

Attached to Organisational capability development


What we decided


What we changed

New skill added called Organisational capability development to make it applicable to more than just Service improvement.

Added at levels 5 to 7.

Julian Bass says:
Sep 17, 2017 09:11 PM

This might be useful if combined with awareness of lean approaches to process improvement. I don't think SFIA should endorce CMMI as the only form of process improvement available

Ian Seward says:
Nov 21, 2017 01:46 PM

I don't think anyone is suggesting that this is CMMI as the only form of SPI - that's why potentially rewording it as capability improvement may be appropriate.

Clare Thornley says:
Oct 16, 2017 08:37 AM

I think this is useful but need to be careful re distinction as well as relationship between capability improvement and process improvement so people are clear.

Ian Seward says:
Nov 21, 2017 01:50 PM

Actually yes ... but we need to have the debate as to whether it is either, neither or both? Although SPI has been the term used, many improvements were not process related alone so perhaps the name was wrong in the first place. We have to address those that are charged with and actively involved in teh systematic improvement of an organisation whether that is process or capability.