ICAEW's IT Faculty held its ‘Twenty principles – one year’ event on 8 July 2015. A focus this time was on the practicalities of adopting the Principles within an organisation. Speakers included Professor Ray Panko of the University of Hawaii, James Akrigg from Microsoft, David Lyford-Smith of BDO and Kenny Whitelaw-Jones of F1F9.
Many spreadsheets are created with little thought given to design, with inadequate or non-existent documentation, with no integrity checks, by people who have had little or no training in their use. A few high-profile, costly spreadsheet errors hit the headlines from time to time, but also a vast number of less spectacular problems occur throughout businesses of all shapes and sizes.
The purpose of these Twenty principles for good spreadsheet practice is to help reduce the amount of time wasted, and the number of errors caused, by businesses (including accountancy practices) as a consequence of the way they and their employees use spreadsheets.
Christopher Blunn - Grace Frank
Tom Brichieri-Colombi - Mazars
Roland Brook - Smith & Williamson
Grenville Croll - EuSpRIG
Daniel Emkes - Harrow School
Glen Feechan - needaspreadsheet.com
Simon Hurst - The Knowledge Base
Alistair Hynd - Baker Tilly
Tony Lee - Global Aerospace
David Lyford-Smith -BDO
Adrian Maconick - Finsbury Solutions
Sanjay Magecha - Financial Visibility
Vinit Patel - Filtered
Rishi Sapra - KPMG
John Tennent - Corporate Edge
Paul Wakefield - Paul Wakefield
The spreadsheet competency framework helps you to asses ability and proficiency when using spreadsheets. The framework consists of four key skill groups, described as levels. Each group has its own core competencies and other indicative skills. There is no formal assessment attached to the framework.
So far, the following products have achieved recognition:
Any organisations interested in seeking recognition should contact the IT Faculty.