Industry Best Practice is best achieved by using the IfSQ Level-3 Standard, Industry Best Practice for Computer Program Source Code. Software which complies with the standard is is more likely to be error-free, is easier to debug, and much less expensive to modify than non-compliant software.

A Level-3 Assessment takes about 5 minutes per page and can be performed by a team of two programmers who have both completed the IfSQ Level-3 Assessment Course, one of whom has at least two years experience in the language in which the program is written. The following research findings influenced the content of the standard: