1. Develop profiles and curricula

Start with existing job descriptions and leave these unchanged. Cluster the job descriptions to subject-specific similarities. Not in terms of knowledge, but in terms of competences. The result can be an overview, like the professional profiles.

Per field of expertise, select the e-CF competence that seems the most relevant. Don’t forget that the value of an IT-professional is determined by a combination of competences. Only a few can permit to distinguish themselves with only one competence.

Per field of expertise, select the appropriate development opportunities. These will often be courses. But can also be joining communities, attending events etc.

The relevant competences, levels, development opportunities and certifications per field of expertise have now been mapped. Next, a baseline study can be done. This is a step that should be executed carefully. As it’s not an evaluation or an assesment. Communication and full transparancy are essential.

2.Continuous professionalisation/development

From here on, the steps to be taken depend on the goal of the project. For starters, there is a baseline that gives an overview on:

the existing competencies within IT, in a language that is the same across departments;
competency gaps in the IT population;
individual development needs in relation to the field of expertise.

3. Embed in business processes

Embedding in business processes is necessary to make sure effects aren’t one-time-only.