We are in the process of preparing a skill matrix for a relatively young IT organization. We have been going through some templates and still do not feel comfortable with what we have found. Basically, the idea is to have something less cumbersome to maintain and to cover all levels of the organization ( TechLead , Senior Software Engineers , Software Engineers so on). Does anyone have any innovative ideas to share in this regard ?

  • what is the skill matrix for? To clearly separate the different grades/levels of experience? Will it be used for performance reviews?
    – Al Biglan
    Commented Jul 18, 2011 at 3:57
  • Programmer/Developer only or operations staff, too?
    – SBWorks
    Commented Jul 21, 2011 at 3:13
  • Only development staff for the moment.
    – Bumble Bee
    Commented Jul 21, 2011 at 4:32
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Have you seen the programmer competancy matrix? Maybe it'll prove useful.

  • Very good link :)
    – Tiago Cardoso
    Commented Jul 16, 2011 at 0:00
  • i like that one too.
    – Bumble Bee
    Commented Jul 18, 2011 at 6:20
  • Excellent link - it is both comprehensive and suitably geeky :-) Commented Jul 18, 2011 at 13:00
  • i think this is the best we can find as of now. we are going to base our matrix on this. thanks
    – Bumble Bee
    Commented Jul 18, 2011 at 13:06
  • Really awesome! It can also be used by developers for self evaluation and/or improvement. Commented Mar 6, 2012 at 16:15

I certainly see no need to try to reinvent the wheel. If the programmer competency matrix (as suggested in the answer from karunesh)is not a good fit, what about SFIA - Skills Framework for the Information Age - see http://www.sfia.org.uk/ which can be taken further in the shape of SFIA Plus - see also http://www.bcs.org/category/7852.

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