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- From: Len Bullard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Dave Winer <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 08 Oct 1999 10:24:54 -0500
Dave Winer wrote:
> This is still a standards body, not a development community.
That's the rub. You say you need cooperation. On what? How?
Quit writing standards. You aren't empowered for that.
Start writing specs but first do a better job at writing
requirements. Specs are easy to share. Start implementing specs and
modifying them based on results. Take the specs to a
legitimate and competent standards bodies for publication.
Consortia are a good source of specs because their
members have customers with immediate requirements. They
are a bad way to write standards because the customer
requirements and the vendor interests dominate the
discussion with short range objectives.
Inner loop and outer loop. The inner loop is what people
refer to when they talk about "internet time". Think
about nesting internet time inside project time and
put that outer loop in the hands of organizations that
are empowered and practiced for long term projects. Quit cheerleading
people and start cheerleading requirements. The way out
of disillusionment is to practice collaboration and
understand what is easy and quick versus what is hard
but stable: learning. Enterprises that thrive learn.
The web can't do that for you. It destabilizes your
processes and drives you back and forth, willy nilly
across the same ground. It does not produce coherence.
It wastes energy. It repeats history. Worse, it loses
referential integrity of concepts so learning is
serendipitous at best and superstitious at worst.
The web does not learn. It imitates.
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