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NZ IT Code of Practice released

NZ IT Code of Practice released

Covers key practices such as conflicts of interest, competency, methods and tools.

The New Zealand Computer Society (NZCS) has released an IT Code of Practice for those working in the sector here. The code is an educational tool outlining acceptable and good practice for IT professionals and organisations. “2009 will be remembered as the year that IT started to mature into a true profession,” NZCS chief executive Paul Matthews says in a press statement.

The Code of Practice defines acceptable and good practice within the IT profession and wider sector, and forms a cornerstone for the education and learning of professional delivery.

It will be promoted as a base guideline of practice for IT professionals, organisations and, in fact, anyone involved in the delivery of IT services in New Zealand.

Matthews says the code is available to anyone operating in IT in New Zealand, including individuals and organisations, whether IT companies or organisations with an in-house IT capability.

“The Code covers key practices common to all disciplines within IT, such as conflicts of interest, competency, methods and tools, workload and representation, as well as key practices around project and relationship management, security, change management and other specific areas. There's also a section on Education and Research, as well as business-related IT practice,” Matthews says.

NZCS says it worked with international partners and considered material specific to the local environment when it put the code together.

“NZCS strongly recommends that all those involved in IT study the Code of Practice and adopt the principles contained throughout their organisation. The code will be made available to all of New Zealand and, whilst NZCS members should be exemplars of the code, all those working within IT should consider it,” says Matthews.

The code can be used free of charge with suitable attribution by NZCS Educational Partners in the development of tertiary courses.

“This stuff is important and we strongly encourage the tertiary community to use the code to help embed a culture of professional practice in the IT professionals of the future,” Matthews says.

“The release of this Code, shortly after the release of IT Professional Certification, is historic. NZCS made a statement at the end of last year that 2009 will be the year the first planks are laid to building a true IT profession in New Zealand, and I'm very proud of the fact that, whilst still in the early days, we've delivered on that promise,” Matthews concludes.

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