Re: Is there a standard to aspire to?
Meaning an ISO standard for writing code/managing projects
1) Yes, there is a whole library of those.
2) No, it all depends on what the end product is supposed to look like. On what "quality indicators" to spend the most effort. What efforts to avoid. How risk management should look like.
3) Speaking of which, maybe ISO/IEC 16085:2006 Systems and software engineering -- Life cycle processes -- Risk management is the keystone of it all. ISO/IEC 9126 Software engineering — Product quality most assuredly isn't.
4) Always start with the SWEBOK (Software Engineering Body of Knowledge) list-of-pointers.