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ESAACK For each of the 96 skills, there are seven levels of attainment that map closely to Bloom’s Taxonomy. The SFIA is updated regularly to account for the rapidly changing IT environment. It is available free of charge for organizations’ internal pur- poses, and it is now used in more than 100 countries. In the United States, the IEEE Computer Society and the Information Systems Audit and Con- trol Association are partners of the SFIA Foundation. The SFIA is the best way to ensure that the roles and competencies speci- fied for your organization are accu- rate and complete. But although the framework helps define your need- ed competencies, it doesn’t tell you if your workers have the skills that match them. Therefore, we need to assess our employees against the framework and determine what level of attain- ment they have reached in the specific disciplines in which they work. Then we will be in a good position to help employees develop personal plans to reach higher levels of attainment. A number of companies are certi- fied to train and coach in the use of the SFIA, including BSMimpact and Learning Tree International in the United States. The latter company has recently developed an online library of more than 100 skills assessments mapped to the SFIA where appropriate. (In the interests of full disclosure, I serve on the board of directors of Learning Tree International.) Those assessments go beyond just asking questions to mea- sure someone’s knowledge of a topic area to evaluate his or her ability to perform at the synthesis level. They do so by assessing the staff member’s ability to perform IT tasks similar to what you would expect him or her to be able to do on the job. The SFIA and skills assessments can put IT managers in a much better position to understand the actual skills and abilities of their current employees and work with them to address skills gaps and develop individual profes- sional development plans. Further, by using the framework and assessments throughout one’s organization, an IT manager will finally be in a good position to under- stand and then fill organizational skills gaps that are hindering overall orga- nizational performance. And that’s important because as IT managers, we are only as good as the team we develop. n June 30, 2015 FCW.COM 27 Evaluation Assessing theories, comparision of ideas, evaluating outcomes, solving, judging, recommending, rating Bloom’s Taxonomy Developed for educators in the 1950s, Bloom’s Taxonomy has been adapted to measure individuals’ ability to perform in a discipline. Analysis Identifying and analyzing patterns, organization of ideas, recognizing trends Knowledge Recall of information, discovery, observation, listing, locating, naming Synthesis Using old concepts to create new ideas, design and invention, composing, imagining, inferring, modifying, predicting, combining Application Using and applying knowledge, using problem-solving methods, manipulating, designing, experimenting Comprehension Understanding, translating, summarizing, demonstrating, discussing 0630fcw_026-027.indd 27 6/10/15 9:12 AM
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