Thursday, April 16, 2009

Compliance made simple, part 2

"Compliance made simple" is still a lie, but I do have a rock-solid suggestion for easing the pain and getting started (after taking the first step): read the law/regulation/guidelines/Pirates Code for yourself. Print it out, scribble on it and mark it up with a highlighter if you need to (I prefer "printing" to Windows Journal and virtually scribbling on a Tablet, but whatever works for you...)

After reading the appropriate regulations, then look for official supporting documents, but don't be surprised if they don't quite agree, they will still help.  Only after this homework is it safe to start listening to the "experts".

Many regulations are long-winded and difficult to comprehend on the first pass, but even if you only pick a few details out of the original material you'll be ahead of many people facing the same compliance challenges as you.  And "ahead" is where you want to be.