Following standards

The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.”
Carl Rogers.

If everyone is standardised, then nobody is exceptional. Nobody stands out. Everyone is consistent. Everyone is commoditised since there are no differentiating features. Not sure about you, but I want to differentiate. I want to be unique.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of what the standards bodies are doing for OSS to make things simpler through common interconnectivity of tool-sets, etc, etc. However, I also wonder whether the standards are getting prescriptive enough that they might suppress quantum innovation.

To take just one example, are the standards creating a structured approach when the future could be one of highly unstructured data?

Let’s take an application model – The edge of the application (the interfaces) need to be consistent with other tools so that the CSP isn’t locked into proprietary tools that will give the CSP limited flexibility. Does that mean all innovation has to happen in the core of the application? That’s where the product can be remarkable, not out at the interfaces. Or so it would seem.

Do you think standardisation stifles creativity, or provides the building blocks to innovate from?

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