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> That requires a lot of education and that's often tough to justify...
> What do you answer to someone that tells you that, of course standard
> conformance is important but that she/he prefers using a tool 
> that gives
> a view she/he can understand than a tool which is perfectly conformant
> but that she/he can't understand?

I think that developers both in supplier and user organizations usually
understand the value of standards conformance; in my experience it's the
non-technical decision makers in both organizations who don't.

As engineers we intuitively understand the importance of investing in
"potential for change" when we build systems, and standards conformance is
part of that. The trouble is that we don't know how to measure how much
potential for change we have in a system, and therefore we have trouble
putting together a business case for this investment.

I've spent a lot of my life struggling with this problem, and the only
answer I have is to put the decision-making in the hands of engineers -
which in my case means running my own company!

Michael Kay


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