Important Note

These Standards are no longer actively maintained as Modano has developed software which automatically standardizes and automates Excel spreadsheets and financial models, preventing the need to spend hours manually implementing spreadsheet best practices.

Most people still promoting spreadsheet best practices are outdated consultancies who have published a 'standard' which is really just a thinly veiled marketing document for their expensive hourly rates business.

To learn more about automatically standardizing and automating financial models, go to the Modano website.

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Introducing the SSRB

The Spreadsheet Standards Review Board (‘SSRB’) was established in 2003 to provide a medium through which a generally-applicable, comprehensive set of Best Practice Spreadsheet Modeling Standards (‘Standards’) could be publicly maintained.

Since the first set of Standards were released, the SSRB has overseen seven major upgrades, with the last version of the Standards being Version 7.2.

The SSRB was administered on a pro bono basis by BPM and Modano. The last active chairman of the SSRB was Michael Hutchens, who has since moved on to create the world's first and only content management and automation platform for Microsoft Excel in Modano.


The SSRB was responsible for:

  • Overseeing the development and maintenance of the Best Practice Spreadsheet Modeling Standards;
  • Facilitating and managing public participation in the Best Practice Spreadsheet Modeling Standards;
  • Evaluating proposals to add, delete or modify Standards or Conventions; and
  • Promoting the general acceptance and application of the Standards throughout the spreadsheet modeling community.

The SSRB met periodically to evaluate and consider proposals to add, delete or modify the Standards that are submitted to the SSRB by any party.

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