#42 Revisit the need for the 4 Sustainability skills
In 2010 - 4 sustainability skills were added to SFIA version 4 to create SFIA 4G. This should be revisited with 2 key lines of inquiry. 1 - Should sustainability been seen as a standalone set of skills - or can it be adequately covered in other specific skills? 2 - Do we need 4 separate skills?
The attached document from 2010 explains the rationale for introducing these 4 skills.
The four skills are:
- SUST Sustainability strategy (in Strategy and architecture)
- SUMI Sustainability management for IT (in Strategy and architecture)
- SUAS Sustainability assessment (in Change and Transformation)
- SUEN Sustainability engineering (in Development and implementation)
The document states:
"in the management of sustainability the inclusion of four new skills will help incorporate sustainability thinking into the mainstream. "
One of the principles of SFIA is to reflect skills seen in the "real world of work" - do the 4 sustainable skills pass that test?
My personal experience is that take up of these skills in most organisations and by individual IT professionals is either non-existent or negligible. Anecodotal feedback from other SFIA consultants is the same.
Are there any training, qualifcations etc which rely on these skills?
Download: SFIA4G_sustainability_skills.pdf (997.1KB)