Denmark wins with ISO standard for Government IT contracts
In the recent past there have been a number of large governmental IT projects fail in Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK, remember the NHS NPfIT? These were widely reported in the press. Whilst the Dutch and British wait for the results of a parliamentary enquiry into the scale of the damage, the Danes have come up with K03.
K03 is the nickname for the new standardised contract covering the delivery of large IT projects to the Danish government. What is special about this standard contract is that the suppliers are obliged to cooperate with technical quality inspections which will conform to the ISO 25010 standard for software product quality.
The ISO 25010 standard defines things such as reliability, maintainability, security and transferability. Using this standard as a basis, it is possible to construct a measurement system which highlights the differences between software created following good programming practice, including good architecture, tidy programming, modular approach. This is a roadworthiness test for software systems.
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