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BTW, I think some specs and standards efforts fail 
with paid consultants because the interest of the 
leader(s) is to promote the consultancy, not create the 
spec or standard.   This replicates the 
processes of pop music: songs are picked to 
promote the singer but songs are written 
to get a hit for the publisher.  Most of the 
time that works until a good song is given to 
a bad singer or vv.   This process is ok for 
spec work (which is what it is called in the 
music industry) but not for standards (where 
a good song in the hands of a bad singer is 
worthless but might get you through one gig).

If you want an instant hit, be a good singer 
with a song written for the room (the middle gazelle).  

In this domain, as Tim Bray says, that's 
the minimum required to declare victory.  
Just remember, a summer 
is a lifetime to a teen-ager, a year is long to a 
twenty-two year old, and a decade, nothing 
to someone my age.  If the song or specification 
is to become a standard, it has to still be 
fresh 20 years later even if reorchestrated.

Is that easy?  No.  That's why it's lonely 
at the top and you have to afford flops. :-)



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