Using SFIA

Introducing the SFIA wheel diagram and how SFIA supports the full human capital development cycle.

The human capital development context

SFIA skills lifecycle wheel

Our human capital development context illustrates the universal nature of SFIA and its use in seven key areas:

  • Planning and organisation
  • Acquisition
  • Deployment
  • Assessment
  • Analysis
  • Development
  • Reward

The SFIA user community has asked for guidance and recommendations to help drive good practice and consistent outcomes. 

The SFIA Foundation approach is to ...

  • capture good practice from the community.
  • work together with volunteers to make it generic
  • provide a structure for understanding,
  • publish it for the benefit of all.

SFIA is a valuable, comprehensive and readily available resource (available under licence).  This makes it indispensable as a tool to support ICT, software engineering and digital transformation professionals.

Since 2000, the SFIA Framework has established itself as the world's most widely used skills and competency framework.  The SFIA community refines and refreshes the content to ensure it meets the current and future needs of industry and business. 

Because of its simplicity, generic nature and universal applicability, SFIA is widely adopted and organisations use it to support ...

  • human capital development and
  • the transformation of their approach to people and skills management to meet future needs.

Browsing SFIA

SFIA is a flexible resource. To support this, the website provides a number of different ways to browse the content of the framework on-line. SFIA 7 is the current version of the framework, published in June 2018.