By Freya Purnell
With many large IT projects running into trouble, causing time and budget overruns, Standards Australia has published a new standard to provide additional guidance for governance leaders.
Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO of Standards Australia, said the standard has been prepared to set out how significant IT projects can benefit through the use of appropriate governance frameworks and principles.
“Organisations undertaking significant IT projects will find this is the ‘go-to’ document when it comes to linking governance and management,” said Dr Evans.
Dr Evans said guiding successful projects, driving change within organisations, and achieving desired business outcomes, requires clear engagement between governing bodies and their senior executive.
Max Shanahan, project editor and member of Standards Australia Technical Committee, IT-030, said AS/NZS 8016 offers a model of engagement between an organisation’s governing body and management.
“It is based on the model outlined in ISO/IEC 38500:2010 Corporate Governance of Information Technology and is designed to raise awareness among boards and executives of their governance responsibilities,” Shanahan said.
Shanahan said the standard is also designed to assist members of governing bodies, who are required to evaluate business cases for major IT-related investment decisions, without having the benefit of a technology background.
The standard was developed by Technical Committee IT-030, ICT Governance and Management, with committee members including representatives from organisations such as the Australian Computer Society, the Australian Information Industry Association, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Project Management Institute, and the Queensland Government Chief Information Office.
The standard is available from www.standards.org.au.