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August 2020 - SFIA 8 consultation update

August 2020 - SFIA 8 consultation update

A 2 minute update on the SFIA 8 consultation - and a reminder of how you can get involved.

Estimated reading time - 1 min, 48 sec.

Behavioural factors in SFIA...

  • Out of the SFIA 8 scoping workshop in May came an initiative to explore how SFIA can represent behavioural skills.
  • A working group has done some detailed investigation and research into the options
  • Thanks to Phil Lovell and Penny Coulter for sharing their progress so far.
  • They have come up with an innovative way of showcasing the behavioural factors already present in SFIA 7.
  • The next step will be to share this for wider review. 

Testing skills...

  • We have included testing skills in SFIA since the earliest versions. 
  • Thanks to Angela Martland for providing insights into the impact of agile working practices, automation, data, security on the roles and skills associated with testing
  • We will summarise, suggest improvements and look to publish guidance for the application of SFIA to testing roles  

Business analysis skills and roles...

  • I listened to an interesting webinar considering the impact of digital technologies, business architecture and solution development approaches on the role of the business analyst.
  • I reached out to the panellists to help review SFIA's coverage of business analysis skills.
  • All of them offered to help and I had an initial call with Debra Paul and Christina Lovelock to come up with an approach. 
  • Both are very familiar with SFIA and have extensive experience of creating and managing business analysis services. 
  • We came up with several areas for further investigation.
  • We will progress and share these for review.

Information and cyber security skills and competencies...

  • The detailed analysis work continues and the draft documents are available for review and comment.
  • We feel SFIA as a framework is well placed to support an enterprise-wide view of security-related skills and competencies. 
  • This aligns with industry-led moves to ensure that security is treated as a responsibility for everyone - not a siloed speciality. 

Robotic process automation (RPA)...

  • There is a lot of market information and use cases out there to investigate.
  • The graphic below presents a broad view of automation.
  • We can see the connected nature of many of themes we are looking at for SFIA 8 - big data, machine learning,  RPA, business analysis, cloud computing. 

(credit EMERGN)

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Peter  Leather

SFIA Updates Manager & SFIA 8 Project Manager