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SFIA has become the globally accepted common language for the skills and competencies related to information and communication technologies, digital transformation and software engineering. SFIA remains a collaboration – it is been regularly updated through a global open consultation process. People with real practical experience of developing and managing skills/competencies in corporate, public sector and educational environments from all around the world, contribute to ensuring SFIA remains relevant and true. It is built by industry and business for industry and business.

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The SFIA team and key stakeholders have been through the change requests for the next version of SFIA and have decided that they are:

  • Accepted: change requests which will be turned into proposals for action/wording in the next version of SFIA
  • Declined: change requests which have been rejected. Reasons for rejection are given.
  • Deferred: change requests which have merit but which are not yet fully agreed. Deferred requests will be considered for the next-but-one revision of SFIA.

Pending change requests are awaiting a decision.

We invite your comments on how we plan to meet the accepted change requests in the upgrade to SFIA 7.

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  • PROD - review use of phrase "product collateral" 0 #1278 3 Aug 2018

    It has been highlighted that this phrase may not have universal understanding or interpretation. We should maybe include a more descriptive phrase. It has also caused some issue with translation in to Spanish.

  • Version 7 Release date 1 #1277 4 Jun 2018

    Is there a date for v.7 release?

  • Change Management 0 #1276 16 May 2018

    There is no skill level that includes the skills that the Change Manager uses - this is essentially a governance role ensuring that RFCs are submitted in the correct format, with adequate plans, and then ensures the change is communicated and approvals sought. Its a non technical role whereas most o…

  • BSMO - proposed wording changes for clarity and readability 0 #1275 15 May 2018

    From Jim Owens. Details attached below.

  • BUAN - proposed wording changes for clarity and readability 0 #1274 15 May 2018

    From Jim Owens. Details attached below.

  • PROF - proposed wording changes for clarity and readability 0 #1273 15 May 2018

    From Jim Owens. Details attached below.

  • PRMG - proposed wording changes for clarity and readability 0 #1272 15 May 2018

    From Jim Owens. Details attached below.

  • PGMG - proposed wording changes for clarity and readability 0 #1270 15 May 2018

    From Jim Owens. Details attached below.

  • SFAS - review examples used 0 #1269 15 May 2018

    From Pete Brink - SWEBOK Evolution team: IEC 61508 Safety Integrity level Level 3 is usually just referred to as SIL3 or Safety Integrity Level 3. Also, I don’t think we want to vary the level by SFIA level, everyone should be able to assess any SIL based on the specification. Do you wa…

  • 'Service design' is ambiguous and inaccurate 0 #1268 29 Apr 2018

    'Service design' has come to describe a specific set of processes for conceiving of and validating a service. This subcategory describes service delivery or service level management and should be renamed.

    What we decided:

    Deferred - to be considered under the discussion of views.

    The SFIA Service Design sub-category emerged from the ITIL alignment for SFIA4,

  • Data visualisation is an unwelcome addition as a separate skill 0 #1267 25 Apr 2018

    Data visualisation is one of a number of specialisms within the area covered by 'information content publishing' along with thing like content design, information architecture, search engine optimisation, content analytics, content workflow management, i18n, web typography and more.

    What we decided:

    Deferred

  • Project Definition (Workshop) PDW 0 #1266 18 Apr 2018

    This is the process of defining where we are today (A point), where we wish to be (B point) and the activities to move the organisation from A to B. It sounds corny but it works and provides valuable documentation for future changes, uppgrades or trouble shooting.

  • Rename to "Implementation" rather than "Installation" 1 #1265 16 Apr 2018

    The term "installation" alludes to implementaiton of physical infrastructure. Renaming this skill to "Systems Implementation/Decommissioning" better reflects the "cloud-first" world we operate in today.

  • Cybersecurity 3 #1245 26 Feb 2018

    Cybersecurity is a growing aspect of all IT professionals roles and as such should be included in the framework. The description below highlights particular areas missing from our organisations perspective.

  • BPTS - Is Business process testing the best name / description. 0 #1243 31 Jan 2018

    Is Business process testing the best name / description? Does it exclude other approaches to broader User Acceptance Testing that we may see in Systems Engineering. Is User Acceptance Testing acceptable?

    What we decided:

    Deferred.

  • Skills needed for creation and maintenance of a Service Catalogue 0 #96 2 Jan 2018

    Change Request raised on behalf of itSMF International via Barry Corless (Director - itSMF International) The creation and maintenance of a service catalogue is touched on very briefly in portfolio (POMG) and in more (but still insufficient ) detail in Service Level Management (SLMO). Suggest th…

  • New Skill - Coaching/Mentoring 1 #85 30 Dec 2017

    Transfer of skills and knowledge through hands-on mentoring/coaching is an important part of the professional environment. At present this kind of skills/knowledge transfer is not well articulated by a skill in SFIA.

    What we decided:

    Deferred. Add to development roadmap after SFIA7. See also change request #72.

  • New skill - Team/Exec Support 0 #84 30 Dec 2017

    The currently isn't a specific skill that covers the role of Team Administrator / Personal Assistant / Exec Assistant adequately.

  • Cognitive Computing and Robotics 0 #80 20 Dec 2017

    Welcoming our new computer overlords to SFIA

    What we decided:

    Deferred. Important topic which is now on the investigation road map to be started after SFIA7.

  • Create a glossary of SFIA terminology 0 #79 15 Dec 2017

    It may be helpful to new or inexperienced SFIA users if we create and publish a glossary of SFIA related terms.

    What we decided:

    Deferred. Consider as potential for development post SFIA7.

    The SFIA7 guidance notes could form the first candudates for a glossary of terms.

  • Review Skills from an IT Supplier's Perspective 0 #78 10 Dec 2017

    When viewed from an IT supplier or vendor perspective, and the skills required for that organisation, SFIA throws up some interesting white areas. Among others these include marketing, HR, finance, pre-sales & sales & education. Consulting or professional services while being pretty well covered …

    What we decided:

    Deferred.

    This is a very broad set of suggestions.

    Some of the topics are covered in SFIA, some are not.

    Further work needs to be done to decompose this into specific change requests and/or requests for changes of scope for the SFIA framework as a whole.

  • PEMT - review content and format of the Performance Management skill 0 #77 8 Dec 2017

    This was a new skill introduced in SFIA6. I feel it needs some review to ensure it addresses the key aspects of Performance Management in the work place and is complementary in approach to other people management skills in SFIA.

    What we decided:

    Deferred.  Add to development roadmap after SFIA7 alongside other people management related skills.

  • SFIA as a Platform 1 #73 4 Dec 2017

    Is there is an case to port SFIA and making it a cloud based service? 1. SFIA as a Platform 2. SFIA as a nation-wide skills inventory 3. APIs to others in the eco-system 4. LinkedIn (& MSWord) integration 5. Ability to map SFIA with CoBIT, ITIL, TOGAF, eTOM and others More details below.

    What we decided:

    Deferred.

    Some of these can be considered for SFIA roadmaps. Others my be initiatives undertaken by new or existing SFIA partner organisations.

  • Recognition of a broader set of People Management skills 0 #72 30 Nov 2017

    There are some areas of people management which are recognised as critical for an effective and high performing IT workforce but which aren’t really touched by SFIA. Broadly these can be captured under 2 headings: • Employee engagement and satisfaction, attraction and retention of high performi…

    What we decided:

    Deferred. Consider for road map after SFIA7.

  • Digital Entrepreneurship 2 #69 29 Nov 2017

    This is a request to stretch the boundaries of SFIA to encompass the skill needed to identify a business opportunity using novel digital technologies, and then acquire and deploy the necessary resources required for its commercial exploitation.

    What we decided:

    Deferred.

    Add to roadmap for potential development.

    See also change request #27.

  • RESC - Resourcing - separate out recruitment and talent planning skills? 0 #68 28 Nov 2017

    This skill description combines 2 strands which may be better separated: 1. recruitment 2. workforce / talent planning Although the 2 dimensions are related they are often (typically) found in different roles / different teams / different functions. Having the skills merged as they are in S…

    What we decided:

    Deferred. Add to development roadmap after SFIA7. See also Change Request #72.

  • CORE COMPETENCIES 0 #67 28 Nov 2017

    Add ACCURACY to Autonomy, Influence, Complexity and Business Skills.

  • Include responsibilities for Diversity and Inclusion 4 #63 21 Nov 2017

    Promoting and supporting diversity in the workplace is an important aspect of good people management - it’s about valuing everyone in the organisation as an individual. To realise the benefits of a diverse workforce it’s vital to have an inclusive environment where everyone feels able to par…

    What we decided:

    Deferred. Additions made to generic business skills level 6 & 7. There maybe more to be done.

     Will be kept in the backlog of change requests and considered during continuous consultation.

    See also change request #49.

  • TEST - Improvements to address the more technical aspects of a Test Engineer role 0 #61 8 Nov 2017

    Some changes required to the wording of the SFIA 4 / 5 skills levels to address the more technical elements of the modern Test Engineer to cover Test Automation and Performance Testing or alternatively consideration given to creating a separate skill for these common Test roles.

  • Review each skill description to establish if it should reflect the SaaS 2 #58 6 Nov 2017

    With an increased focus on the end user (general public), consider each skill description to see if it should reflect the need to include the "service" element of the skill as all participants in delivery need to consider and often work with the end user.

  • Language refresh 2 #57 31 Oct 2017

    A general comment about refreshing the language such as using ‘cyber security’ instead of ‘security’ as well as ‘digital’ and ‘cloud’ in some places to add relevance or specifically draw in the new aaS world.

    What we decided:

    Deferred.

    To be actionable - this change request needs to be more specific to actual skill descriptions which need to be updated.

    Will be kept in the backlog of change requests and considered during continuous consultation.

  • Security Administration - Consider Blockchain and Cryptography 0 #56 31 Oct 2017

    Consider whether dealing with Blockchain and Cryptography would be skills in their own right. Suggested adding administration of these to Security Administration

  • Pen Testing - reflect how this has evolved as a component of acceptance testing 0 #54 31 Oct 2017

    Consider adding in as a component of Acceptance testing or adding acceptance testing into the description of Pen testing.

  • Information Security - Minor change around risk and consideration of security architect 0 #53 31 Oct 2017

    This change identifies a minor change to wording and also raises a couple of points about the security architect role.

  • Blockchain, Distributed Ledger Technology, Smart Contracts, Crypto 1 #44 1 Oct 2017

    Blockchain, DLT, SmartContracts, Crypto are topics I believe SFIA need to incorporate into the scheme without delays.

    What we decided:

    Deferred. Add to SFIA7 roadmap for investigation post SFIA7 launch.

  • What about automation / engineering skill sets? 0 #43 1 Oct 2017

    Skills focused Operational Technology? With industry 4.0 and IT/OT convergence bringing IT and OT skill sets closer than ever, it would be great to see how these skills sets might work closer together with in the SFIA framework.

    What we decided:

    Deferred.  Will be kept in the backlog of change requests and considered during continuous consultation.

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) - New skill or skills? 4 #35 6 Sep 2017

    The importance of AI needs to be considered and introduced.

    What we decided:

    Deferred.  Add to development roadmap after SFIA7.

  • Digital Use Skills - introduce this area 8 #28 6 Sep 2017

    Introduce a number of 'digital Use skills'

    What we decided:

    Deferred. Add to SFIA development roadmap as a priority after SFIA7 launch.

  • Extend Skills one level down to address trainees or allow entry paths 6 #26 6 Sep 2017

    Some individuals do not have the skills as identified at the lowest level in SFIA but are working in this area - could we recognise the lower level as a trainee?

    What we decided:

    Revisit with the work to documnt Skills Assessment guidelines.

  • Currency to be addressed 5 #25 6 Sep 2017

    The issue of currency needs to be addressed

  • New Entrants and repositioning - guidance needed 0 #23 6 Sep 2017

    Consider introducing guidance around new entrants to IT and repositioning

  • TEST - Improvements to address needs of Software Engineering 1 #20 10 Aug 2017

    Some changes in emphasis and wording across the Skill description and skill level descriptions to ensure Software Engineering is addressed.

  • Verification, Validation & Testing - Improvements to address needs of Software Engineering 2 #19 10 Aug 2017

    Should the description of skills related to verification / validation activities be standalone or embedded in each individual software engineering related skill.

    What we decided:


    Deferred.  Will be kept in the backlog of change requests and considered during continuous consultation.

  • PORT - Improvements to address needs of Software Engineering 0 #17 9 Aug 2017

    Some changes in emphasis and wording across the Skill description and skill level descriptions to ensure Software Engineering is addressed.

    What we decided:

    Deferred.  Will be kept in the backlog of change requests and considered during continuous consultation.

  • SYSP - Improvements to address needs of Software Engineering 1 #13 8 Aug 2017

    Some changes in emphasis and wording across the Skill description and skill level descriptions to ensure Software Engineering is addressed.

    What we decided:

    Deferred.  Will be kept in the backlog of change requests and considered during continuous consultation.

  • Skill description in structured fashion 1 #10 8 Aug 2017

    It will be easy for reader of the SFIA framework document , if skill description is written in terms of bullet points and keywords are highlighted ..

  • Audio Visual skills 1 #3 27 Jul 2017

    A couple of user organisations and individuals have suggested that the AV aspects could be developed further.

    What we decided:

    Deferred.  Will be kept in the backlog of change requests and considered during continuous consultation.

  • Ethics 1 #1035 2 Oct 2014

    Security: Professionals should comply with ethics in order to safe guard business entities and activities carried out in an organization

  • Add in an entry point at responsibility level 4 for the CNSL skill 0 #92 11 Jul 2014

    I have worked in a consulting firm for 20 years and we have found that our entry point is actually at SFIA level 4. Our senior consultant role is at level 5 and our principal consultant role is mainly at level 6. This should not be confused by the fact that may contractors refer to themselves as …

    What we decided:

    Deferred.  Will be kept in the backlog of change requests and considered during continuous consultation.

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