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PO8.3 - Development and Acquisition Standards

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Development and Acquisition Standards

Adopt and maintain standards for all development and acquisition that follow the life cycle of the ultimate deliverable, and include sign-off at key milestones based on agreed-upon sign-off criteria. Consider software coding standards; naming conventions; file formats; schema and data dictionary design standards; user interface standards; interoperability; system performance efficiency; scalability; standards for development and testing; validation against requirements; test plans; and unit, regression and integration testing.

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Value Drivers

  • Efficient and effective use of technology to enable timely achievement of business objectives
  • Proper identification, documentation and execution of key acquisition and development activities
  • Formally defined, standardised and repeatable approach for managing acquisitions and developments
  Risk Drivers
  • Inaccurate estimations of project timescales and budgets
  • Unclear responsibilities within projects
  • Development and implementation errors, causing delays, rework and increased costs
  • Interoperability and integration problems
  • Support and maintenance problems
  • Unidentified errors occurring in production

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  1. Apply development and acquisition standards for changes to existing IT resources. Ensure that there is flexibility within the standard system development life cycle (SDLC) to cope with projects of various sizes and types.
  2. Create policies and procedures as part of the development and acquisition standards that provide appropriate and ‘fit for purpose’ guidelines for controlled development and acquisition of IT solutions.
  3. Incorporate guidance into IT standards for the acquisition of the technology infrastructure components that provide alignment with business requirements, quality practices, industry knowledge, guidelines and future technology direction.

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