Governance Guidelines

Often published as API design guidelines, governance guidelines provide details on the standards for the design of APIs, but also provide guidance on documentation, testing, and other aspects of API operations. Providing a human readable document that is maintained centrally or across teams, helping API designers and developers understand what makes for good quality APIs.

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API governance guidelines provide a single document that teams can use to understand what is the optimal way to design, develop, and operate an API. Providing human, but also linked to machine readable sets of rules that can be used to establish a baseline for what APIs are within an organization. API design is where most organizations will look to get started with API governance guidelines, but then most will often need to move quickly beyond design and begin standardizing documentation, testing, communication, versioning, and much more across API operations. The governance guidelines are meant to be the central record of what governance looks like across an organization.

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