In Netmind we use the e-Competence Framework and the European ICT Professional Profiles as reference frameworks for several of our services. Although initially we used SFIA as our reference model for ITC competences, since the launching of e-CF in 2012, we decided to choose this new framework. The e-Competence Framework was developed on demand for the European Comission. It incorporates a new ICT professional profile outline that will speed up its implementation in organizations.
Aleix Palau, as a representative of Netmind and user of the European ICT Professional Profiles, was invited among other experts by the European Comission to develop the second version of the model. The meeting was held last May 2017 in Rome and its main objective was to discuss how the model should evolve. Several organizers that use the European ICT Profiles as a reference framework for the definition of professional profiles assisted. Among them, there were employees from public administrations and big corporations, but also professional associations, formation centres and Human Resources consulting groups.
One of the aspects that was essential from our point of view was to keep in mind that the new version had to be useful for both traditional IT organizations and other alternative organizations. It was indispensable to keep in mind this to develop the new version, as we had to take into account the needs of organizations that had adopted iterative life cycles and Agile management models. From this perspective, Aleix expressed the need to incorporate profiles such as Product Owner or Scrum Master, as well as other profiles related to the transformation of the IT organizations: Agile Coach, Change Manager, DevOps Engineer o Digital Transformation Manager. At the end of the meeting, the expert group decided to incorporate most profiles and, to our surprise, they invited to actively participate in the project! We accepted gladly.
After almost a year of hard work, on April 2018 the version 2 of the European ICT Professional Profiles will be officially published, from now on under the name of European ICT Professional Role Profiles. As the name indicates, one of the main changes it incorporates is the evolution from the old professional profiles to roles, with the intention to make the model more flexible and useful for all kinds of organizations.
The main objective of the European ICT Professional Role Profiles is to be in the long term a common reference for the development, planning and management of the professional ICT in Europe.
The roles have been designed as a flexible tool for the construction of professional profiles in the ICT sector, with the intention of them being used as a basis and inspiration for the creation of profiles that adjust to the specific needs of every organization. At the same time, the design is made to ease the implementation of e-CF competences for the management and development of talent in the ICT teams.
The new roles of the European ICT Professional Role Profiles have been designed so the organizations can use them as a basis to detail and specify the necessary functions to implement successfully their digital strategy and to optimize the efficiency of their information systems. Likewise, the new roles want to be used as a reference language and a communication tool between all the people involved in the company, specially between Human Resources Departments and IT teams.
The version 2 of the European ICT Professional Roles Profiles is structured as it follows:
- Part 1: 30 ICT Profiles. In the new version the already-existing 23 profiles have been revised and 7 new profiles have been incorporated: Solution Designer, Digital Transformation Leader, DevOps Expert, Data Scientist, Data Specialist, Scrum Master and Product Owner. As well as in the previous version, for every profile there is a detailed description of its role, mission, deliverables, main tasks, competences and indicators. In the new version the number of competences have been limited to 5, identifying only those of greatest relevance.
- Part 2: Use Guide. It details how the model can be used for every kind of organizations and administrations with different purposes. For example, for the definition of professional profiles, for the evaluation and development of careers, for the formative CV design, or as support for the management of the organization change. In this document different roles are connected to the phases of life cycle of the IT services in the organizations, for life cycles in waterfall, as well as for iterative cycles. The derivables are also detailed and have been taken into account.
- Part 3: Methodology and Documentation. This document explains how it has been designed and developed the new version, as well as their relationship with other standards and models, such as the new ESCO European framework of professional profiles, or the European EDISON, for the data science professionalization.
- Part 4: Case Study. It collects 11 real cases that show how different organizations, associations and public administrations are using the European ICT Professional Roles Profiles. Among them, we underline the Red Eléctrica de España case, a good example of how the model can be used to support the transformation of an IT organization, a case in which Netmind has had the opportunity to take part in. I hope that I will be able to publish soon a more detailed article about this case, and to share with all of you the result of it.
The publication of the definitive version of the “European ICT Professional Roles Profiles version 2” is April 28th, 2018. We encourage us to discover it and use it! We are sure that it can be a really useful tool for both the Planning, Quality and Organization Areas or the Government of the IT Department, and for the Human Resources or Talent Departments that want to support the development and transformation of their IT Departments.
Finally, we would like to tell you in advance about a new initiative where Aleix has been invited to take part in. This initiative will complement the new version of the European ICT Professional Roles Profiles, and we hope to tell you in detail soon. The updating of the “e-Competence Framework version 4” should be available for the begining of 2019.