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When it comes to developing the skills of your IT team, you need to implement a timely and effective plan. Here we share our top 5 steps to achieving this. …

When it comes to developing the skills of your IT team, you need to implement a timely and effective plan. Here we share our top 5 steps to achieving this.

Find out more about the SFIAplus framework at http://www.bcs.org/sfiaplus


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  • 1. Steps to developing your team’s skills More than half the responding digital leaders indicated that they needed to enhance IT skills within their existing workforce. BCS Digital Leaders survey, Oct 2013
  • 2. Understand your current skills landscape Before planning development, take stock of your current skills. Determine the strengths/weaknesses of your team, and the capabilities you need to execute business strategy. Skills gap analysis involves the whole team. Bring them on board early to establish an environment of openness and transparency.
  • 3. Align your skills development with the needs of the business Implement a competency framework for consistent planning of current and future skill requirements across every function where IT skills are required. The SFIAplus framework provides an industry best practice foundation from which to define roles, align skills to business needs, and plan development.
  • 4. Create a culture of learning and innovation ‘The culture of the organisation must encourage, recognise and support the development of its IT people,’ says Paul Jagger, Business Area Manager for IBM Learning Development. Nurture a community of professional practice; to help IT practitioners develop a sense of identity and for mentoring and knowledge-sharing.
  • 5. Don’t forget soft skills and business training Even the most technically-advanced individual will be a detriment to your team if they are socially inept. As the growth of agile development puts your people out there in the business, communication skills are just the starting point.
  • 6. Empower your team to take charge of their own development IT professionals must take personal responsibility for their progression, and not see it as just an HR process. A transparent career framework will engage and motivate your people. They will be more inclined to take control of their future if they can clearly see the opportunities available to them and the steps they need to take.
  • 7. An effective skills development plan will help you create a team that is capable of supporting business growth.
  • 8. Find out more: +44 (0)1793 417 755 business.solutions@hq.bcs.org.uk www.bcs.org/businesssolutions BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT First Floor Block D North Star House North Star Avenue Swindon SN2 1FA UK ©BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is the business name of The British Computer Society (registered charity no. 292786) 2014