The agenda for this year’s SFIA conference has been announced. It’s the sixth – which for a conference based on a competency framework must be a record. The Skills Framework for the Information Age seems here to stay.
SFIA is the industry standard for professional IT skills compiled by employers and professional bodies over a period of more than a decade. It’s now used not only in the UK, but from China to California.
If I sound positive about SFIA, it’s partly because I’m a volunteer on the SFIA Council, and partly because I am honoured to be chairing the conference this year.
Mostly, though, it’s because I’ve seen what great uses the framework can be put to at organisations as diverse as Norwich Union, the British Army, the London Borough of Lambeth and the DWP. Redoubtable Human Capitalist commentator Jason Corsello recently asked Are Competencies Over-rated? Not in these cases, they’re not.
Keynoting at the conference is Keith Aldis of itSMF, who will reflect on the international importance of SFIA in relation to ITIL (the IT Infrastructure Library). For more on ITIL I recommend a visit to the ITIL Imp.
Other speakers at the conference come from IBM, PA Consulting, the RAF, the NHS, PA Consulting and many more. For the first time this year, there are two breakout tracks – on management and implementation – so that delegates can concentrate on the area best for them.
In short, if you have an interest in IT skills, you should be at the conference.
It’s on 29th November at the DBEBR Conference Centre (formerly the DTI) at 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET. Tickets for the one-day event are £85 +VAT.
I hope to see you there.