Qualities of a good software development standard

Qualities of a good software development standard
Qualities of a good software development standard

Let’s take a closer look at the qualities that characterize a good software development standard, so we can understand it in more detail.


  • Clearly mention who the standard is intended for.
  • Describe the situations or conditions under which the standard should be used.
  • Specify the exact circumstances or conditions under which a rule or standard applies.


The content is obviously and straightforward.

  • Do not use many jargon or complex terms.
  • Define all terms and abbreviations at their first occurrence.
  • Explain why a certain guideline or rule is in place.


The content provides a call to action that audiences understand what to do next.

  • Start with the most crucial information so that audiences can quickly grasp the key points.
  • Clearly state which topic a rule, guideline, or standard applies to.
  • Provide references to additional resources to deepen understanding.


  • The content defines what is in-scope and out-of-scope.
  • Clearly distinguish between mandatory requirements (MUST), recommendations (SHOULD), permissions (MAY), and prohibitions (MUST NOT).
  • Provide examples of DO and DON’T.


  • Shows explicitly the validity status [DRAFT, FINAL, DEPRECATED] of its content.


  • Reflect the latest good practices and technologies.
  • Indicate the version number and the date of the latest modification or update.


  • Clearly specify the process for addressing conflicts or differences within the guideline or with other guidelines.

By Huong Nguyen

I am a full-stack software engineer. I have working experience with Java, Node.js, Angular, PostgreSQL, Jenkins, and OpenShift. I enjoy spending time with my son and wife on weekends. I am also a book lover. All posts and content I share solely represent my own views and do not represent the views of my employer.

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