A Framework for Evaluating and Implementing Standards

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Building Blocks of a Standard
In all cases, if you really want to institute a standard, it is important to provide as many building blocks as possible. This ensures a more successful implementation of the standard. These building blocks provide a framework for establishing a standard and ensure the standard has perceived value. The building block levels are (but need not be limited to):

·         Standard is defined

·         Standard has an implementable practice to support it

·         Standard has a policy that enforces it

·         Standard is being verified that folks are complying with it

·         Standard has metrics indicating the level of compliance to it

·         Standard and compliance metrics are being used by senior management to manage the organization

Keep in mind, that this should be a flexible framework. The levels in between the "define" and "manage" do not have to be in the exact order. If the policy gets established before the practice to implement it, that is fine, too.

Define
The first level is to define and document the standard that is needed for the organization. A standard is typically described as an explicit requirement that must be met. One example can be that all of the applications under development must use a specific requirements tool. Another example can be that the company must follow a set of financial processes.

About the author

Mario  Moreira's picture Mario Moreira

<strong>Mario Moreira</strong> is a Columnist for the CM Journal, a writer for the Agile Journal, an Author, an Agile and CM expert for CA, and has worked in the CM field since 1986 and in the Agile field since 1998. He has experience with numerous CM technologies and processes and has implemented CM on over 150 applications/products, which include establishing global SCM infrastructures. He is a certified ScrumMaster in the Agile arena having implemented Scrum and XP practices. He holds an MA in Mass Communication with an emphasis on communication technologies. Mario also brings years of Project Management, Software Quality Assurance, Requirement Management, facilitation, and team building skills and experience. Mario is the author of a new book entitled “<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0470746637?tag=cmf06-20&amp;camp=213761&amp;cre... Configuration Management for Agile Teams</a></strong>” (via Wiley Publishing). It provides an Agile Primer and a CM Primer, and how to adapt CM practices for Agile Teams. Mario is also the author of the CM book entitled, “<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Software-Configuration-Management-Implementation-R... Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap.</a></strong>” It includes step-by-step guidance for implementing SCM at the organization, application, and project level with numerous examples. Also consider visiting Mario’s blog on CM for Agile and Agile adoption at <a href="http://cmforagile.blogspot.com/">http://cmforagile.blogspot.com/</a>.
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