SFIA guiding principles

The guiding principles of SFIA and how to use it

About SFIA

SFIA describes the skills and competencies required by professionals in roles involved in information and communication technologies, digital transformation and software engineering. Learn more about what SFIA is, its design principles, who uses it and why they use it.

SFIA provides a common language throughout the skills management cycle.  This improves communication and understanding for all involved e.g. line management, HR and employees. By using SFIA, organisations can achieve a consistent and integrated skills and people management approach.

At the core of SFIA is a comprehensive set of descriptions of professional skills and generic attributes. This section describes how it all fits together to form a simple, yet powerful, and proven approach.

SFIA is industry and business-led and at its core is the need for experience. SFIA's model for professional capability is holistic and includes experience, professional skills, knowledge, behaviours, qualifications and certifications.

The SFIA user community has requested guidance and recommendations from the SFIA Foundation to help drive good practice and consistency of outcome, despite different approaches.  The SFIA Foundation approach is to capture good practice from the community, make it generic, provide a structure for understanding, and to publish it for the benefit of all.