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University of Manitoba: U of M - IST - Administrative Systems - Project Review Committee - Standards Committee Mandate

University of Manitoba

U of M - IST - Administrative Systems - Project Review Committee - Standards Committee Mandate

Standards Committee Mandate

The Standards Committee of Administrative Systems was first established in 1983. Its original mandate was:

"... to improve the effectiveness of Computer Services by providing a series of guidelines rather than a set of strict rules. Although the standards within this manual were designed to be as flexible as possible, they will require constant review and revision because of Computer Services' ever changing environment."

Since that time, the Standards Committee has been reinvented several times. The original committee in 1983, its successor in 1987. The Project Review Committee in 2001 and the current Standards Committee in 2008.

Although the basic mandate has not changed, we have now refined it and reestablish two levels of responsibilities. The "legislative" process of establishing Standards shall be the responsibility of the Standards Committee, while the enforcement and policing to ensure that Standards are followed and adhered to shall be the responsibility of the Application Development and Client Support Team Leaders. Thus history has repeated itself since this was the intent of the original Standards Committee.

Along with this primary mandate, the Standards Committee will be responsible for proposing new ideas, concepts and guidelines for how the development and product support process can be achieved. Often this will involve existing technologies, but more importantly, the Committee will endeavour to address new promising technologies such as collaboration solutions, Integrated Development Environments, Service Oriented Architecture, etc. In this context, Committee members will address, guide and/or participate in prototype projects to establish Best Practices and example prototypes which others can review and follow to develop their own.