"Digital policies and standards are guidance statements put into place to manage risk and ensure that an organization’s core interests are serves as it operated online. Think of policies as guardrails that keep organization’s digital presence from going off the road."
- Lisa Welchman, Author of Managing Chaos
The Government of Saskatchewan’s Digital Standards Framework exists to establish a “one government” online experience for our province’s public service and ensure optimal digital quality, consistency and effectiveness.
Standards make sure that the right content and service gets to the right citizen at the right time. In addition to making our users tasks easier to complete, standards will also take the stress off of developers. Common patterns and issues are solved once with the code and available for re-use.
Government of Saskatchewan expects that providers of citizen and business-facing online services work to meet policies and standards.
Standards should not be thought of constraining, rather they enable collaboration, creativity and growth.
Here are two examples of standards-based frameworks that should be familiar to you and show there is necessary flexibility while maintaining a standard (e.g. music and DNA).