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#1468 Remove skill Methods & Tools METL change request pending

The current Methods & Tools skill lacks context and is adequately covered in other skills.

The current skill Methods & Tools is a generic skill that lacks context.

Most IT professionals use, adopt and adapt appropriate tooling, but typically only within their area of expertise.  The selection and adoption of methods and tools is already adequately covered in existing specialist skills, which provide the context needed.  Most roles within Information Technology are likely to use methods and tools to fulfil their roles, but this does not mean they possess any more skill than the general population and therefore I believe it should be removed from the framework as a generic skill and incorporated into specialist skills.

Examples of how methods and tools are covered in existing specialist skills:

 - Project Management PRMG (L5) - "Adopts appropriate project management methods and tools"

 - Systems Development Management (L5) - "Selects, adopts and adapts appropriate methods, tools and techniques"

Testing TEST (L5) - "Adopts and adapts appropriate testing methods, automated tools and techniques to solve problems in tools and testing approaches"

Requirements Definition and Management REQM (L5) - "Selects, adopts and adapts appropriate requirements definition and management methods, tools and techniques"

Software Design SWDN (L5) - "Adopts and adapts software design methods, tools and techniques"

Proposed change applies to Methods and tools

Current status of this request: pending

Matthew Burrows
Aug 31, 2023 09:33 AM

METL is often used for those who adopt methods and tools for the use of others, i.e. their specialism is helping other professionals with their use of methods and tools. This is different from the examples given where individual professionals are configuring methods and tools as part of their own use. On balance I think it should stay in SFIA as it's not a complete duplication.

Alexander Haddad
Oct 18, 2023 04:09 AM

I agree with the above comment. This SFIA skill is definitely related to organisational development of methods and tools rather than specific individual application which is covered in the specialists skills. It might be best to address the change to the guidance text. In most cases you'll have a capability lead with specialist skills and METL helping the organisation adopt a framework for specific methods and tools in a discipline or specialist area. This is evident in the roles of a scrum master vs agile coach for where both roles select, apply and educate regarding agile methods and tools, whereas only one may be primarily responsible for delivering agile methods and tools as standard frameworks for the organisation to adopt. In small organisation you will likely have individuals who fulfil both roles. This is the same for Design thinking or any other related discipline whereby most roles require promotion of ' Design Thinking' methods and tools, but one particular role or title would be responsible for implementing organisation wide standards of ' Design Thinking' methods and tools.

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Oct 31, 2023 10:19 AM

I also agree with this comment. also in european companies there is a role at level 6 or 7 as Chief Methods Officer.

Garry Tyrrell
Feb 01, 2024 10:08 AM

I also agree with Matthew and the respondents. METL continues to have relevance and practical application. It most definitely should remain in V9.